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NFL overhaul rankings: Rating teams that will change most in 2019 offseason - ESPN In$ider
10th most — Quarterback Nick Foles could be the headliner to leave Philly this offseason, depending on a few things. The team needs to overhaul the cornerback position with or without Ronald Darby, who can become a free agent. The defense and running game could be two areas hit hardest by change. Defensive end Brandon Graham, 30, is the Eagles’ only 16-game starter without a contract for 2019, but quite a few “name” players have expiring deals. That list includes linebacker Jordan Hicks (12 starts), Darby (nine), safety Corey Graham (nine), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (nine), receiver Golden Tate (seven), receiver Jordan Matthews (three), defensive back Corey Graham (nine), halfback Jay Ajayi (three), receiver Mike Wallace (two) and scatback Darren Sproles. Michael Bennett has seemingly played well enough to return, but his contract carries no cap consequences if the Eagles decide his $7 million price tag is too steep.
Report: Nick Foles voids 2019 option by paying $2 million back to Eagles - BGN
We’ll see if the Eagles can find a way to trade Foles. If they can’t, he’ll be a free agent available to sign with any team when the new league year begins on March 13. If Foles does sign with another team in free agency, the Eagles could potentially receive a compensatory pick for him in the 2020 NFL Draft. Meanwhile, Philadelphia will move forward with Carson Wentz as their franchise quarterback.
Revisiting the Eagles’ roster moves over the last year - PhillyVoice
Releases: No-brainers. Guys who walked in free agency: The Eagles were right not to overpay to retain them. Re-signings: Mostly misses. Signings: Ew. Trades: Howie made fewer trades than normal. Bennett was a great addition, and Worley didn’t really matter, frankly. While I can respect the idea of “keeping your foot on the gas,” the Tate trade was terrible value. More trading this offseason please, Howie. I need fun things to write. Draft: So far so good. In-season pickups: Really well done. Impressive work by the scouting department. Moves not made: Golf clap.
How Do Eagles Take Defense To The Next Level? - PE.com
What Schwartz did with the defense, considering injuries at every level, was considerable. The defense kept the Eagles in games down the stretch and in some cases, the shutout at Washington in particular, was downright dominating. To build upon that next season, the Eagles’ defense needs to challenge its roster, add layers to the scheme, and get healthy in the months to come. The sense here is that the Eagles are going to look quite a bit different on defense in 2019. They’ve got a good foundation in place. There is much to build upon. Next step: How do the Eagles make the defense a Super Bowl-caliber unit for next season?
2019 Potential Cuts: Wide Receiver - Over The Cap
Nelson Agholor, Eagles. Cap Saved: $9.4M; Cash Saved: $9.4M; Dead Money: $0. Agholor has been pretty steady the last two years with around 700 yards a season and while he is likely never going to live up to the lofty first round expectations he is worth a long term deal somewhere in this price range. The question is will it be with the Eagles? The Eagles are tight with the salary cap and they did look to add to the receiving corps with the trade for Golden Tate mid season which may say something about what they think about Agholor’s value. I would not be surprised if he is extended but would be mildly surprised if he plays the year out at this figure.
From Le’Veon and Foles to Free Agency and Cap Games: 10 Business of Football Offseason Storylines - Sports Illustrated
I still maintain Nick Foles will leave the Eagles and Antonio Brown will stay with the Steelers. Foles’ parting is bittersweet for many in Philadelphia adored him (myself included), but the Eagles have rightfully committed to Carson Wentz privately and publicly. Whether through Foles buying his way to free agency, or through a franchise tag/trade by the Eagles (which makes no sense to me), both sides realize they can’t “cheat on” Wentz through this affair any longer.
Turns Out Doug Pederson Can Golf, Too - Crossing Broad
A mystery Crossing Broad reader sent us this video last night. He or she happened to run into Doug Pederson at Topgolf in Moorestown, New Jersey, and Crusher Doug was just just absolutely killing it in the short game. Love the Tiger Woods fist pump. And Doug’s short game is right up there with Phil Mickelson.
The Athletic’s NFL “Super Bowl-Era” franchise rankings - The Athletic
All by themselves in 14th with nobody too close in either direction are the Eagles. They were the big movers in 2018’s list with the first-time Super Bowl championship. They jumped up 11 points with their unlikely win and left the ranks of the “never won it” forever. It is somewhat surprising that they did not secure a Super Bowl during that run from 2000-2010 with Andy Reid always having the Eagles in the mix and going to NFC championship games five times in eight years. Like the Vikings, the big zero on their ledger was a constant source of misery. Unlike the Vikings, they will never have to hear it again. For this year, they tacked on another point with a strong playoff run and still maintain a 10-point lead over Kansas City (and Reid) behind them.
Duron Harmon: Y’all let Lane Johnson know I’m having fun - PFT
After Super Bowl LII, Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson took a shot at the Patriots. He said Eagles players have fun, while Patriots players have fear. A year later, the Patriots are getting the last laugh. “Y’all let Lane Johnson know I’m having fun,” Patriots safety Duron Harmon posted on Instagram with a picture of the Patriots’ championship parade.
13 way-too-early predictions about the 2019 NFL season - SB Nation
2019 NFL MVP — Why I picked Carson Wentz: It’s kind of wild how ho-hum we all were about the season Wentz had in 2018. After spending the offseason rehabbing an ACL tear injury he suffered late enough in the year that he wasn’t ready for Week 1, Wentz finished with career highs in completion percentage (69.6), passing yards per game (279.5), and passer rating (102.2). That was after he almost won MVP in 2017.
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