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Eagles should steer clear of Antonio Brown - NBCSP
Brown turns 31 in July, and though he remains one of the most productive receivers in the league, his numbers have dipped some since his bonkers 2013-15 seasons. We’re not talking about somebody whose best days are still ahead. Nor is receiver one of the Eagles’ biggest needs. Alshon Jeffery is a superstar. Zach Ertz is a tight end posting receiver-level production. Nelson Agholor is a fine supporting player and Dallas Goedert could have a bigger role in the offense next season. It wouldn’t hurt to add talent here, just not at the expense of $12 million and a bunch of draft picks, and certainly not for a malcontent in his 30s. You probably don’t need to worry about the Eagles going after Brown, and all the evidence indicates they shouldn’t.

Eagles’ 7 Round Mock and the re-signing phase - BGN
With the offseason underway, there’s a bevy of choices facing the Philadelphia Eagles. What players the Eagles will re-sign, cut, renegotiate with, pursue in free agency, and draft is still a mystery, but that picture is becoming more clear. For starters, it doesn’t sound like the Eagles are working with Golden Tate on a contract extension. Is it because they’re waiting to move Nelson Agholor and his healthy fifth-year option price tag of $9.3M? Or because they’re looking to take a second swing at New York Jets’ restricted free agent Robby Anderson? Regardless of the cause, Tate’s recent tweets sure make it seem like the Eagles aren’t prioritizing his return.

The DB Discussion - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles could turn to the draft, but haven’t they already done that with Mills, Maddox, Douglas and Jones? If there is a CB they love, go take him. I just don’t think this is an area to force a move. One of the keys for me is that the Eagles can have competition. They aren’t relying on one or two guys to solve the problem. Have the players battle it out in Training Camp. The best duo wins, regardless of experience or draft status. The goal is to find a pair of solid outside CBs and see what they can do. Now, the DBs could fall flat on their face this year and CB could be a major area of need in the 2020 offseason. But you could also see some players emerge and solidify the position for years to come.

Fran Duffy’s Combine Preview: Running Back -
Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic: The junior, who has scored more touchdowns than anyone in college football over the last two years, has been a dynamic player for Lane Kiffin. A large reason for that is his athleticism. Singletary has LeSean McCoy-esque lateral agility, speed to burn in the open field, and the ability to make defenders look silly one-on-one in space. His physical tools should put him in position to test extremely well on the turf in Lucas Oil Stadium, and he should be a Day 2 selection in April.

NFL experts predict: Answering 2019 offseason’s biggest questions - ESPN In$ider
Dan Graziano, national NFL writer: Jags trade RB Leonard Fournette to Eagles for QB Nick Foles. Why not? The Jaguars have clearly soured on Fournette, and the Eagles obviously don’t need Foles at the franchise-tag price. Fournette would give Philadelphia the kind of back LeGarrette Blount was for them during their Super Bowl run (only better, if he can stay healthy), and the salary relief (Fournette is scheduled to make about $2.9 million this year and $4.2 million next) could help Jacksonville take on Foles on a new contract.

Antonio Brown bids farewell to Steelers fans: “time to move on and forward” - Behind The Steel Curtain
Throughout the tumultuous offseason for the Pittsburgh Steelers, there has been a strong silence from All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown. While former and current teammates, Mike Tomlin, Art Rooney II and anyone else with a microphone chime in on the situation between Brown and the organization, Brown has remained silent. That is, until now... On Tuesday, Brown posted this video on multiple social media platforms with a simple message to Steelers Fans.

Antonio Brown Has Officially Requested a Trade. What Happens Next? - The Ringer
But while those could be written off as eccentricities, Brown also faces mounting legal issues. The mother of Brown’s daughter said he pushed her to the ground during a dispute about payment for the daughter’s hair appointment last month, according to a police report of the incident. Brown was not arrested, though the NFL is investigating the incident. One of Brown’s lawyers told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that the allegations are “baseless and false.” Brown has filed for custody of the daughter. Brown is also facing a lawsuit in Florida for throwing furniture off of a 14th-floor balcony and nearly hitting a child, according to the suit. And just hours before Brown posted the trade request on social media on Tuesday, he no-showed for a court hearing at which he was found guilty for reckless driving for going more than 100 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone in Pennsylvania. The team that trades for Brown will inherit these issues.

Pass-rushers to target in the 2019 NFL Draft and free agency - PFF
Brian Burns, Florida State EDGE — Though he doesn’t get the same love as Bosa and Allen do at the top of the draft, Florida State’s Brian Burns is loaded with pass-rushing talent. His 90.4 pass-rush grade tied for eighth at his position this past season, and he ranked third in the country in total pressures with 66.

26 NFL veterans who could be cut candidates in the 2019 offseason - SB Nation
Timmy Jernigan, DT, EaglesNelson Agholor, WR, Eagles. Jernigan is good enough to justify his $13 million salary when healthy, but Philadelphia headed into the offseason already over the cap and still has to figure out how to handle its Nick Foles situation. The five-year veteran would be a difficult cut to make, but with $7 million in savings to be gleaned from his release, the Eagles may have no other choice. Same goes for Agholor, who shed the “bust” label that followed him over his first two years as a pro to develop into a useful, if not prolific target for the Eagles. His $9.38 million fifth-year option for 2019 is entirely non-guaranteed, and if Philly thinks if can run with Alshon Jeffery at the top of its WR depth chart and a handful of cheaper options like a re-signed Jordan Matthews and Mack Hollins, it could send the USC product to the unemployment line.


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