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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/14/19.

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Three free agents who make sense for the Eagles, version 2.0 - PhillyVoice
John Brown, WR, Ravens (5’11, 178): The Eagles badly need more speed in their offense, and Brown (28) would certainly give them that. He has 4.34 speed, with 40 career receptions of 20+ yards, 13 career receptions of 40+ yards, and a career yards per catch average of 15.0 yards. In 2018 with the Ravens, Brown had a nice season, catching 42 passes for 715 yards (17.0 YPC) and 5 TDs. Those numbers would have been better had the Ravens not switched out Joe Flacco for Lamar Jackson. In the 9 games before Jackson became the starter, Brown had 34 catches for 601 yards and 4 TDs. His fit in the Eagles’ offense as the No. 2 receiver on the outside is obvious. Even if he can’t duplicate the production he had in the first half of the season last year with the Ravens, Brown’s mere presence on the field could open up the intermediate ares of the field for Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, and even the run game. [BLG Note: I also mentioned Brown as a potential target back in January.]

2019 NFL Team Needs - Rotoworld
Wide Receiver: The Eagles’ needs extend to running back and arguably defensive line, where their success has been tied to a deep rotation of disruptors. Graham and Ngata’s expiring deals are especially relevant here, although youngsters Derek Barnett, Josh Sweat, and Treyvon Hester could take on bigger roles. Losing Wallace to a broken leg/ankle last Week 2 dealt Philadelphia an underrated blow, stripping the Eagles of their lone true vertical presence. Alshon Jeffery still dominates in the contested game, and Nelson Agholor is a quality slot player, but Philadelphia needs a true long-ball threat. Free agent John Brown would check that box after finally staying healthy last year with the Ravens.

8 players the Eagles can cut or trade to save salary cap space - BGN
The Eagles exercised Nelson Agholor’s fifth-year option last year, which means he’s currently set to make nearly $9.4 million this season. None of that money is currently guaranteed, however, so the Eagles could move on from him if they wish. After having a breakout season in 2017, Agholor was a bit less impactful in 2018. He wasn’t good enough where paying him nearly $9.4 million is acceptable value. If the Eagles are going to retain Agholor, they’re going to need to find a way to lower his cap number with a contract extension. And that extension must account for how abysmal Agholor was for the first two seasons of his career. In other words, the new deal needs to offer reasonable value and not represent a blatant overpay. I don’t think the Eagles would flat out cut Agholor, especially because they can’t get a compensatory pick for him if they do that. If the two sides can’t agree on an extension, maybe the Eagles temporarily keep his $9.4 million number and then try to trade him. It’ll be pretty interesting to see how this situation plays out. I’d guess a contract extension is coming for Nelly.

The QB Scho Show #13: Kyler Murray & The Battle of Marathon - BGN Radio
Michael Kist is joined by Mark Schofield react to the Kyler Murray takes flying around and analyze his game, plus what does the Battle of Marathon and draft takes have in common? Tune in and find out!

In Slow News Cycle, Random News And Notes - PE.com
Just to update you on what’s happening at the NovaCare Complex at this very moment … not much at all. A few players are here rehabbing injuries. The coaching staff and personnel department are quiet. The draft preparation and free-agency plans ramp up next week. It’s the offseason. It’s slow. It’s 180 degrees different than it was a year ago. When you hear the expression, “What a difference a year makes,” think about now. Just a reminder that free agency begins on March 13 and the NFL Draft kicks off on April 25. The Eagles have a lot of work to do before free agency begins to get under what is expected to be a salary cap limit of $187 million to $191 million for 2019. Teams must be under the exact number, which will be determined in the weeks to come, prior to 4 p.m. on March 13.

WR Golden Tate enters free agency with a different mindset - ESPN
“If I could have my cake and eat it at the same time, I would definitely want to go to someone who I feel like is going to have a chance to win it all, like the Phillys and things like that,” he said. “But who knows. I want to go into a good situation -- a good head coach, good quarterback on a good team. It’s hard to find all of those.” But he shouldn’t have a hard time attracting suitors. Tate had more than 90 catches and 1,000 yards in each of his past two full seasons with the Lions, and has missed only two games since his rookie year. He believes his production over the long haul will be kept in mind as teams consider the statistical drop during the second half of the 2018 season while making a transition to a new team. ”Although my stats kind of went down since joining the [Eagles], I think you know what you’re going to get from me,” he said at the end of the season. “I’m reliable. I’m clutch. I feel like I’m good in the locker room. So we’ll see what happens.”

Eagles Mailbag: Which position will Eagles target with 1st-round pick? - NBCSP
As for the first question, I think the two places I’d start are on both lines. The Eagles put a huge priority on building through the lines and this is almost a perfect storm. They need help at offensive tackle, defensive tackle and defensive end, and this draft has plenty of them. There could be as many as five or six offensive tackles to go in the first round and Howie Roseman already praised this class for being extremely deep on defensive linemen. One thought about a deep draft class at a position is to wait to get one, but that has backfired on teams before. Why not get a guy at 25 who would normally go in the teens? In the modern era of Eagles football (from Andy Reid’s first year in 1999), the Eagles have drafted 17 players in the first round. Eleven of them have been linemen. In fact, 18 of the Eagles’ last 25 first-round picks have been linemen.

Jaguars offseason blueprint: Quarterback - Big Cat Country
Nick Foles has been a popular name associated with the Jaguars, but I find the match to be incongruous. You’ve probably read a dozen speculative media articles about Foles and the Jaguars, but I have yet to hear one solid whisper to incline that the Jaguars have legitimate interest. It has mostly been lazy media dot connecting with DeFilippo in town, and to be honest, Foles was largely Doug Pederson’s pet in Philadelphia while DeFilippo groomed Carson Wentz and Nate Sudfeld. Unless Foles takes a massive discount to be guaranteed a starting position, this just doesn’t seem to be financially feasible, and Jacksonville doesn’t have the offensive weapons at tight end or wide receiver for Foles to be successful.

Falcons sign DE Steven Means to one-year extension - The Falcoholic
The Falcons left open a roster spot in week 1 with the intention of signing Means to a non-guaranteed vet minimum deal. The team clearly likes him but not enough to have guaranteed his salary. He has some upside but will turn 29 this season. He should have a good chance at holding onto a final roster spot.

Joe Flacco to Denver — does that put Case Keenum in play for Giants? - Big Blue View
Odds are that the Giants are not moving on from Eli Manning in 2019. If they wanted to, though, saving $17 million against the salary cap, perhaps this development makes Keenum an option as a veteran placeholder/mentor while the Giants develop or look for a long-term solution. Keenum had the best season of his career in 2017 with Shurmur as his offensive coordinator. He went 11-3 as a starter, completed 67.2 percent of his passes, had career-bests in passer-rating (98.3) and QBR (74.3) and took the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Championship Game.

Futures: Dwayne Haskins - Football Outsiders
When the Ohio State offense was clicking last year, Haskins looked great -- but when things broke down, he looked like a different quarterback. Nonetheless, Derrik Klassen says that for all his flaws, Haskins is still the safest quarterback prospect in this year’s draft. [BLG Note: Future Giants QB?

Kirk Cousins asked what Vikings fans wanted as a giveaway. ‘Your contract,’ many replied. - Washington Post
One Twitter user predicted, “This is not gonna end well for you,” and for the most part, that person was correct. When Kirk Cousins asked Vikings supporters Tuesday what he should hand out to a lucky recipient, he set himself up for a torrent of snarky responses from a justifiably frustrated fan base. In response to his question, “What do you want me to giveaway?” many answered, “Your contract.”

The Raiders Will Play in [Insert City Here] in 2019 - The Ringer
They need a stadium to play in before their move to Las Vegas in 2020. As their relationship with the city of Oakland deteriorates, ambitious suitors are putting forth creative proposals. How does the Tucson-Birmingham Raiders sound?

Yes, Poop Johnson is a real player in the CFL and I love him - SB Nation
No, Mr. Poop is nicknamed that because he poops A LOT. He’s a big man, and he’s not shy about talking about his bowel movements. He stated in an interview once that he goes five times a day, which ... as a big man myself, that’s impressive and a little scary.

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