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Eagles News: Cowboys named most likely playoff team to miss the postseason in 2019

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2018 Football Outsiders Awards - Football Outsiders
Which playoff team is most likely to miss the postseason in 2019? (Last Year’s Winner: Buffalo Bills) — The Cowboys finished the regular season at 10-6, but that includes a 9-3 record in games decided by eight points or less. With more typical luck in close contests, they likely would have missed the playoffs entirely. They share a division with the Eagles, who once again won a playoff game with their backup quarterback, and Washington, who might have won the division if their quarterback hadn’t ruined his leg. The road back to the postseason will be a tough one.

Carson Wentz and Alshon Jeffery sat next to each other during the Sixers’ win over the Lakers - BGN
Sunday’s game between the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers further disputed the idea that Wentz and Jeffery aren’t on good terms. Philly’s franchise quarterback and No. 1 wide receiver sat side-by-side at the Wells Fargo Center yesterday afternoon (as pictured above this story). Wentz and Jeffery also got their picture taken with The Answer, Allen Iverson.

The Kist & Solak Show #78: Eagles 7 Round Mock - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Benjamin Solak both ran simulations and came out with a 7 Round Mock for the Philadelphia Eagles 2019 NFL Draft haul! PLUS Golden Tate’s tweets and is Jordan Hicks going to test the market? All that and more! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles Pro Bowl OG Brandon Brooks tweets progress of surgically repaired Achilles - PhillyVoice
So, that begs the question, is getting rid of your cast and scooter 25 days after surgery normal, or does that progress exceed expectations? I asked a doctor. He said, “As expected.” So there you go.

A Couple of No’s - Iggles Blitz
Tate had a couple of tweets that made it seem like he hasn’t heard from the Eagles and is a bit frustrated. It never felt likely that Tate would sign an extension. He is at his best in the slot. The Eagles have Nelson Agholor for that role. If Tate had come here and somehow been a perfect fit, that would have changed things. Then you find the money and pay the man. That wasn’t the case. Tate was an awkward fit. The Eagles will now let him walk in free agency and hope to get a 4th or 5th round comp pick in 2020. Tate does have real value for some team.

Offseason Roster Needs Start At Line Of Scrimmage -
On the defensive side, end Brandon Graham is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent and there’s no word on whether the Eagles can bring him back. Same with defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who signed a one-year contract in the 2018 free agency period. Furthermore, the Eagles need to add to this position group – end to end. They need more to help Fletcher Cox at defensive tackle. They need more depth at defensive end – it will certainly help when Derek Barnett returns to full health.

Eagles Mailbag: Trying to predict the team in five years - NBCSP
That means in February of 2024, so we’re through the 2023 season, which sounds like it’s about 50 years in the future. Will there be flying cars yet? Anyway, here’s my answer: Carson Wentz, Derek Barnett, Fletcher Cox. Wentz was the easiest one. He’s going to get a mega deal this offseason or next offseason and if he’s as good as the Eagles think he’s going to be, he’s not going anywhere for a long time. Don’t even worry about the contract. If he’s an MVP-level player, the Eagles will pay. Barnett might be an interesting answer, but his contract runs through the 2020 season and since he was a first-round pick, he’ll have a fifth-year option for 2021. Then I’m kind of assuming the next contract extension would get him to this target date. And Cox is under contract through the 2023 season, although he’d probably need to extend before then. He’s 28 but just had the best season of his NFL career in 2019. His cap number goes kind of crazy over the next three years, but the Eagles can’t afford to lose him.

Predicting offseason dominoes: 7 free agents who could cause ripples - ESPN
The Patriots sign Golden Tate to a two-year, $22 million deal. With Rob Gronkowski potentially retiring and Chris Hogan a free agent, New England probably needs to add a receiver this offseason. Coordinator Josh McDaniels might also change the offense post-Gronk, and adding 30-year-old Golden Tate would likely produce more spread looks with two excellent slot receivers in Tate and Julian Edelman.

McCourtys Tell All About Super Bowl LIII: From Flores’s Plays to Hoyer’s Crucial Role - Sports Illustrated
10. Just a friendly reminder on the Nick Foles situation in Philly—the team can shop Foles around now as if he’s on the franchise tag, which will land at about $25 million for quarterbacks. The window to tag players opens a week from tomorrow, and closes on March 5. By then, Philly should know whether moving Foles on the tag is feasible. And have a deal worked out if it is. If they can’t get something worked out, or at least know that getting a deal is a certainty by March 5? Then, they let him walk and take the comp pick next year.

The Five Most Fascinating Takeaways From the American Alliance of Football’s Debut - The Ringer
The Alliance of American Football made a bold gamble. It bet that Americans would sit on their couches this weekend, turn on their television sets, see that football games were on between teams they’d never heard of in a league they didn’t know existed, and think “Hey, it’s been too long since I watched a football game, let’s check this out!” The AAF hoped Americans would feel this way exactly five days after the Super Bowl. That gamble appears to have paid off. Millions of Americans tuned in to watch teams like the Arizona Hotshots, Birmingham Iron, and San Diego Fleet kick off the new minor league’s first week of action. Actually, they didn’t kick anything off—there are no kickoffs in this league, for player-safety reasons. Still, we’re intrigued. What were the most notable things about a weekend of weird rules, weirder logos, and an alarming amount of Christian Hackenberg?

Highlighting top “buyer beware” free agents in 2019 - PFF
RB LeVeon Bell — Le’Veon Bell is really good at his job. He’s not a free agent to avoid because of his talent; he’s a free agent to avoid because of his asking price. As PFF’s Eric Eager detailed here, running backs are replaceable in today’s NFL and lack value as a result. Bell falls into that category regardless of how successful he was before he sat out the 2018 season. The soon-to-be 27-year-old back wowed us with high grades in his first five years in the league, but his current contract projection (Four years, $60 million, $33 million GTD, per Jason Fitzgerald) is simply too high given his positional value.

NFL future power rankings: Step aside, Patriots. It’s time for the Colts and Chiefs - SB Nation
7) The Eagles’ cap situation isn’t as dire as it looks, but their chance at getting better this offseason will depend most on how well they do with three picks in the first two rounds. If Carson Wentz is healthy for 16 games in 2019, he’s an MVP-level quarterback who will make the Eagles tough to beat. But Philadelphia was an average team on offense and defense for most of 2018 and doesn’t have many opportunities this spring to fix that.


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