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How Eagles are using fake contract years to create cap space - NBCSP
In the often-baffling world of NFL contracts, Eagles vice president of football operations and salary cap guru Howie Roseman has been designing contracts with fake years, a tool that spreads out cap hit into contract years that are guaranteed to never exist. It’s kind of cheating. But according to the CBA, the collective bargaining agreement between the NFLPA, the players’ union, and ownership, it’s completely legal. NFL contracts can be very complicated, but in simple terms, a player’s salary cap figure for a specific year is determined by adding together three components.

Eagles RB coach Duce Staley reportedly had Tevin Coleman rated as his top free agent running back - BGN
It was awfully curious to see Coleman sign such a relatively modest deal with the 49ers. It feels like the Eagles — who currently have about $25 million in cap space — could’ve made an offer that trumped Coleman’s familiarity with Shanahan. Especially if Duce had him as his top running back! So, what happened? Did Howie Roseman simply fall asleep at the wheel?

NFL meetings: We’ll finally find out what the Eagles’ Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson think - Daily News
It is not unheard of for a trade or signing to occur during the meetings. The Eagles signed defensive end Chris Long during the meetings in 2017. This year, running backs Duke Johnson of Cleveland and Jordan Howard of Chicago have featured in Eagles trade speculation. Lurie hasn’t spoken to reporters since the season ended. We don’t know his thoughts on how 2018 went, on scrutiny of the medical staff after the Eagles suffered such an extraordinary number of soft tissue injuries, or the departure of Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles in free agency for Jacksonville.

A Saturday celebration brings together music, community, and the Eagles -
Kensho Watanabe bounded onto the stage Saturday at the NovaCare Complex’s practice bubble wearing a Carson Wentz No. 11 T-shirt and he got down to business after a moment of Eagles talk to a crowd of 1,400 invited guests. For the next hour, Watanabe led The Philadelphia Orchestra through a spectacular performance that ended with the Eagles Fight Song, Fly, Eagles Fly, and a standing E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles ovation. This was a special day and first-one-of-a-kind event for the Eagles and for The Philadelphia Orchestra providing a sensory-free concert and for the autism community to embrace the power of love and inclusion.

Norris: NFL Draft Rankings, Top 50 - Rotoworld
13. iDL Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame. Age: 23 | Athletic Profile: 84th percentile. Where He Wins: Gives you a chance of winning a one on one rep every time he’s fortunate to have one. Won from a variety of alignments, face up or over top of a gap. Wins with immediate explosion or locking up, creating a balance advantage, and winning to one half of a blocker. It can be difficult to find interior players with balance, flexibility and explosion. He offers that combination. His awareness is at a high level, as even when his job is to create lanes for others, he still works towards the quarterback on a flat line when hitting depth. Add leverage and hand use to press above his eyes, and you’ve got a winner. Forecast: I know Tillery isn’t often ranked here, but he fulfills so many of my biases. He offers the potential to create disruption from the interior on every play.

Rob Gronkowski Retires—On His Own Terms, and As One of the Greats - MMQB
For the record, two of the nine proposals on the ledger would’ve been enough to send the Saints, rather than the Rams, to Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII. Proposal 11, from the Chiefs, would make all personal fouls, called or not called on the field, subject to coaches’ challenge. Proposal 12, from the Panthers, Eagles, Seahawks and, interestingly enough, Rams, would do the same for all player-safety-related fouls. If either of those policies had been in place in January, it’s almost certain that Nickell Robey-Coleman’s helmet-to-helmet hit on on Tommylee Lewis would have resulted in a challenge and a penalty that would have given New Orleans a first down and the chance to run down the clock before kicking a chip-shot game-winning field goal.

Reality Not So Nice For Patriots As Rob Gronkowski, Best Tight End of His Era, Walks Away From Football - FMIA
“Of course we want to keep our best players. Listen, I had many conversations with him. He had the stupid penalty in Philadelphia where he lifted his leg in the end zone [in a faux dog-urination scene] and I brought him into my office and I showed him the front page of the New York Post and said, ‘Is this what you want? Is this what you want your legacy to be?’ He looked at me and he said, ‘Well you know, I just don’t understand the celebration rules.’ I said, ‘Well you know you can’t do that!’”

John Mara angry at thought Giants are keeping Eli Manning out of ‘sentimentality’ - SNY
Mara got angry and emotional when reporters at the NFL owners meetings on Sunday night raised that question. He said it was “absolutely nonsense” to suggest he’d ever let personal feelings get in the way of keeping or dumping any player. And he seemed genuinely stunned that he’s read so many stories suggesting that’s why Manning is still on the team. ”I’ve read that and I have to tell you that really gets under my skin,” Mara said at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. “Because that is absolutely nonsense. Do I feel a certain amount of sentimentality towards Eli? Of course I do. Would I ever let that get in the way of making a football decision? Absolutely not. And I can not believe that some of you write that.

Rob Gronkowski retires after 9 seasons and three Super Bowl rings. What’s next for the Patriots? - SB Nation
Gronkowski steps away from the game at 29 years old but with plenty of miles on his odometer. The oft-injured All-Pro struggled through a long list of maladies through his NFL career, dealing with injuries to his back, forearm, groin, and knees that often kept him from the field — he missed 29 regular season games in his nine seasons in New England. While he claimed he was the healthiest he’d been all season before the Super Bowl, he decided against throwing his body into the fire for one more season, leaving a massive hole in the Patriots’ passing attack in the process. He finished his career with five Pro Bowl invitations, four first-team All-Pro appearances, three Super Bowl titles, and the title of 2013’s NFL Comeback Player of the Year.


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