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How Joe Flacco trade influences Eagles’ options with Nick Foles - ESPN
The market for Foles seems small based on this exercise, and it would shrink further if he had to be acquired via trade. The Jaguars appear to be the most likely landing spot. The Eagles have plenty of incentive to work out a tag-and-trade. They not only would get value in return -- the Ravens are expected to receive a midround pick in return for Flacco, which seems reasonable -- but also would ensure Foles doesn’t end up in the NFC East. Jacksonville makes sense for both sides. What the Jags have to weigh is whether they should agree to a trade to guarantee they get their guy, or bet Foles shakes loose in free agency and pursue him aggressively there.

Offseason Evaluations: LT Jason Peters - BGN
The Philadelphia Eagles have decisions to make at almost every position at the roster this offseason. Whether related to the cap or the draft, starters or depth pieces, these players and the possible avenues of their future with the Eagles requires some good tape study, roster management, and foresight. That’s what we hope to model here. Starting us off: Eagles’ future Hall of Fame LT Jason Peters.

Many of the posted 2019 NFL Super Bowl odds make little sense - PhillyVoice
The Eagles at 20/1. The Eagles were truly a dominant team in 2017, and hey, they won it all. In 2018, they made it to the divisional round despite an absurd number of injuries. In the 2019 preseason Super Bowl odds, they’re behind the 4-12 49ers and tied with the 6-9-1 Packers? What?!?

OT Jordan Mailata: How Does He Factor Into ‘19 Plans? - PE.com
Is that enough to advance Mailata into the equation along the offensive line in 2019? A team that values excellence up front, the Eagles have some delicate questions that need definitive answers as they rebuild around quarterback Carson Wentz. Is Jason Peters, at age 37 and with a hefty contract, coming back for another year as a starter at left tackle? Where does Halapoulivaati Vaitai fit into the projections? What is a realistic timetable for Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks as he recovers from an Achilles tendon injury suffered in January? Those are just a few of the questions. The Eagles want to be great, not just very good, up front. They want to be deep and strong and athletic and powerful and build chemistry and continuity as they get Wentz back into his flow. Mailata is part of the plan, no doubt about it. It’s just that we don’t know the timeline of that plan. It’s hard to imagine that Mailata would go from a no-game-action rookie season to a starter protecting the franchise quarterback’s blind side in one year, but who knows? The Eagles understand that they are dealing with an athletic freak here.

Draft History: Grades and stats for every first- and second-round pick since 2015 NFC East edition - PFF
Nelson Agholor: Things looked bleak for Agholor over the first two years of his career, where he combined to drop 11 catchable passes and earn an overall grade of just 55.0 across the 2536 snaps in that span. However, he turned it all around in Year 3 thanks to a move to the slot and has averaged 1.59 yards per slot route run from the slot ever since, the ninth-best mark among receivers over the last two seasons.

Should soon-to-be free agent Jordan Hicks be judged by how he played with the Eagles or the time he missed? - Inquirer
This is why Hicks is one of the offseason’s most intriguing questions for the Eagles. When he’s on the field, he’s one of their top defensive contributors. And he’s been productive in both a 4-3 defense and a 3-4 defense, so he’s versatile enough to transition to different schemes. But a reputation can be tough to overcome, and he must convince teams to consider what they see on the field more than the time he’s off it. “It can be tough to shake, and it’s something I’ve battled since I came into the league,” Hicks said. “The more I focus on it, I think the more of a waste of time it is. Because at the end of the day, injuries are going to happen. The injury I had, the only way to avoid it was not to be playing hard. So when you get injured like that, what can you do? …Now, I understand the other side of it where people are saying it’s every year. But the more I focus on it, the more of a waste of time it is.”

Broncos and Ravens Get a Major Piece of Offseason Business Done Early with Joe Flacco Trade - Sports Illustrated
As for Nick Foles, his situation is more complicated. The Eagles have until March 5 to decide on hitting him with the franchise tag. That gives them three weeks to find a suitor willing to deal for him with the $25 million (or so) tag attached, find out whether Foles is willing to go to and/or explore a long-term deal with that team, and do it without breaking the rules on the tag that say it’s not there to facilitate trades. Eagles czar Howie Roseman is great at this kind of thing, of course. But this one won’t be easy, particularly when Foles may be motivated to see whether the division rival Giants (with his old OC Pat Shurmur) or Redskins would be interested. Maybe a deal with someone like Jacksonville, and another old OC of Foles’s (John DeFilippo), gets done. Maybe the Eagles decide just to let Foles walk and collect the 2020 comp pick (which would probably be a third-rounder) instead.

Nick Foles ‘probably’ interested in Giants, Eagles return ‘unlikely’ though not impossible - NJ.com
Multiple people with knowledge of Foles’ thinking, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told NJ Advance Media that it’s “unlikely” he returns to the Eagles as Carson Wentz’s backup for 2019. Though, if Foles doesn’t find the starting job he’s seeking on the open market, that could change. One team Foles is expected to keep tabs on: the New York Giants. Foles would “probably” be interested in joining the Eagles’ NFC East rival, one person with knowledge of Foles’ thinking said, if the Giants ultimately decide to move on from Eli Manning.

The cap implications of acquiring Case Keenum, Nick Foles - Big Blue View
Are those figures too steep for a Giants team that right now needs to address Landon Collins’ contract and add more offensive line help, a free safety and a few complementary pieces on defense? They might very well be unless the Giants are planning a massive salary cap purge, one that while cleaning out some dead weight would also likely create some holes that don’t necessarily need to be created. But if nothing else, the question becomes whether Keenum and/or Foles are better options than Eli Manning. If the Giants are going to move on from Manning before his $5 million roster bonus is due, they would probably benefit more in the long-term if they instead focus on reducing Manning’s 2019 cap number and drafting his potential successor.

NFL Draft Analytics for WR - Rotoworld
The mission of this column is to find what parts of an NFL prospect’s profile that actually matter. Does a wide receiver’s college receiving yards per game matter to overall success? What about just for his NFL YPT? Has the 40-yard dash been correlated to NFL PPR fantasy points? The list goes on and on, but this column will answer a lot of those questions.

Joe Flacco’s trade to the Broncos will have a ripple effect for these 11 NFL teams - SB Nation
It already seemed like Nick Foles would end up as the replacement for Blake Bortles, who will likely be jettisoned soon. There’s reportedly been a lot of mutual interest between Foles and the Jaguars. It looks even likelier now. Flacco is scratched off the Jaguars’ list of quarterback candidates, and Denver is removed from the list of possible destinations for Foles. The Jaguars need a long-term solution at quarterback and could use the No. 7 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft to address the position. So the wild card here is that Keenum may be an attractive option as a bridge starter while a rookie is preparing for the job. Keenum would presumably be much cheaper than Foles. Still, it’d be an upset at this point if Foles didn’t wind up in Jacksonville.

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