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Eagles News: Carson Wentz contract extension is “increasingly unlikely this offseason”

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/4/19.

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Eagles at the combine: Andrew Berry’s role, Carson Wentz’s unlikely extension, veteran QB options for No. 2 spot and more - Inquirer
A contract extension for Carson Wentz, even though he’s available for one, is increasingly unlikely this offseason. Both the Eagles and the 26-year-old quarterback would have incentive for waiting a year. The team needs to see how Wentz recovers from the stress fracture in his back and whether he can finish a season for the first time in three years. He would conceivably want to increase his value, especially compared with classmate Jared Goff. While Roseman would have likely structured an extension to create enough salary cap space in 2019, a one-year reprieve does allow the Eagles to make short-term investments designed to help them get back to the Super Bowl. Roseman declined to give a timetable on Wentz’s return, but sources close to the quarterback said that he is expected to be healthy by the start of workouts in mid-April.

NFL Mock Draft Roundup 2019: Ed Oliver falls to the Eagles - BGN
I’d be shocked if Oliver fell to No. 25 but I don’t think it’s impossible he could fall a little further than expected and the Eagles could trade up for him. (The same goes for Wilkins.) Oliver has drawn some comparisons to Aaron Donald. You certainly wouldn’t mind sticking that kind of player next to Fletcher Cox.

Kyler Murray, No. 1 Story at the Combine, And No. 1 Pick in the Draft? - FMIA
I’ve maintained all along that the Eagles had a choice in roster construction this winter: keep Nick Foles for another year at maybe $20 million as quarterback insurance for the oft-hurt Carson Wentz … and then lose at least one of their must-have vets like defensive end Brandon Graham. They found little market for Foles, knew they’d probably get a third-round compensatory pick for Foles in the 2020 draft, knew they might not be able to get much better than that in trade, and so did the right thing and gave him his freedom. (Les Bowen of reported Foles will likely sign with Jacksonville.) Now, about them being smart. Graham signed Friday for three years and $40 million. That average of $13.3 million per year could look like a bargain when or if one of the big pass rushers doesn’t get franchise-tagged this week by the Tuesday 4 p.m. deadline … and ends up with a contract of $17 million a year or so. Good moves by Philadelphia GM Howie Roseman, who gets Graham for a manageable number and gives a good guy the franchise is indebted to, Foles, his freedom and gets a third-round pick (likely) in return.

Dwayne Haskins (Re)Introduces Himself - MMQB
If I’m betting, I’d absolutely take the short odds and put Nick Foles in Jacksonville like everyone else. But for the reasons I detailed above, I’m not writing that down in ink, yet. I think the Redskins and Dolphins could be heard from in the Foles discussion. And I know the Jaguars weren’t going to trade for Foles had the Eagles tagged him. Jacksonville likes him, and OC John DeFilippo, who was Foles’s QB coach in Philly in 2017, would love to have a familiar face taking snaps. The larger question is how far the Jags will go financially. Add that up, and it’s hard to peg Foles’s market a year after Case Keenum got a two-year deal at $18 million per that guarantees him $7 million this year if Denver cuts him, and Sam Bradford did a one-year deal in Arizona that could’ve maxed out at $20 million.

Report: Jaguars expected to sign Nick Foles - Big Cat Country
First, isn’t it sort of a red flag when a high-priced veteran quarterback only has one team going after him? Second, if the Jaguars don’t outbid themselves and get Foles cheaper than expected that’s... good, right? It doesn’t force them to put off drafting a first round quarterback (though it does lessen their chances).

Jacksonville reportedly making a run at Nick Foles, what does it mean for the Giants? - Big Blue View
If this report is accurate and Foles winds up signing with Jacksonville, it could change the calculus of the New York Giants search for a quarterback to be the heir for Eli Manning. The Giants are also rumored to be a potential landing spot for Foles, based on the familiarity between Foles and Pat Shurmur, who coached him in Philadelphia. But by the same token, Foles’ former quarterbacks coach, John DeFilippo is now the offensive coordinator in Jacksonville. If the Giants are looking to free agency to find a “bridge” quarterback to replace Manning, it sounds like Foles will soon be off the market.

2019 NFL combine: Top draft prospects, risers, best of Day 3 workouts - ESPN In$ider
Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson: Scouts Inc. position rank: No. 2. Wilkins ended up with a solid day but was not in the same class as some of these other top defensive lineman. And that’s not necessarily a huge knock, considering the wild numbers some of these guys posted. At 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, Wilkins ran a 5.04 in the 40, which registered in the top 10 for defensive tackles and was well above average.

Five Takeaways From the NFL Combine, Day 5: This Pass-Rushing Group Is Ready to Take Over - The Ringer
Sunday’s workouts were all about the edge rushers, from players like Montez Sweat, who shocked evaluators, to Nick Bosa, who showed exactly why he may be the top overall pick in April’s draft

Pauline: Montez Sweat won’t worry about his draft stock after Sunday -
DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State: During Saturday’s Journey to the Draft podcast, I mentioned Sweat was expected to test through the roof and he did exactly that. Sweat’s numbers were off the charts as he timed 4.41 seconds in the 40, touched 36 inches in the vertical jump, 125 inches in the broad jump and, timed an extraordinarily fast 7.0 seconds flat in the 3-cone drill. His 21 reps on the bench press was a good number considering his arms measured 35 3/4 inches long. Already graded as one of the top five pass rushers in this draft, Sweat has moved into the first half of Round 1.

A running list of players who are changing their draft stock at the NFL Combine - SB Nation
Winner: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State. Montez Sweat came into the combine as a first-rounder. He’s leaving the combine as a probable top-10 pick. Not only did the 6’2, 260-pounder run an absurd 4.41-second 40, but it was also a record for defensive linemen. He earned rave reviews on Sunday, with NFL Network even comparing him to D.K. Metcalf. But it wasn’t just Sweat’s speed that turned heads in Indy. He also performed well in his drills, looking smooth and showing he can change directions quickly. Unlike Metcalf, Sweat was strong in agility tests, turning in top-four times at his position in the three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle.


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