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How Howie Roseman made $47 million disappear - NBCSP
Through a series of moves — contract restructures, player releases, disappearing years in new deals — the Eagles have gone from $19 million over the cap to more than $24 million under the cap. To be exact, the Eagles have $24,190,641 available under their adjusted 2019 cap figure of $197,508,046. That’s the 11th most currently in the NFL and most among NFC East teams. The Cowboys have $19.1 million, the Redskins $12.8 million and the Giants $10.9 million. The Eagles’ adjusted cap figure is higher than the NFL salary cap figure of $188,200 because the Eagles carried over $6,101,096 in cap space from 2018 to go with $3,206,950 in cap adjustments. Add the $6.1 million, $3.2 million and $188.2 million and you get the Eagles’ 2019 cap figure of roughly $197.5 million. Just by cutting ties with Tim Jernigan, Stefen Wisniewski and Nick Foles, trading Michael Bennett and restructuring Nigel Bradham and Rodney McLeod, the Eagles cleared out over $47 million in cap commitments.

Eagles target Duke Johnson reportedly wants the Browns to trade him - BGN
Browns running back Duke Johnson has requested a trade out of Cleveland, according to a report from Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. Johnson did not show up for the beginning of the Browns’ offseason workout program on Monday and NFL insider Adam Schefter notes a trade is “likely still to come.”

At the Podium: Lurie & Doug Part II (NFL Annual Meeting) - BGN Radio
Jeffery Lurie discusses the rule changes made and proposed at the NFL Annual Meeting, plus offers some insight on Carson Wentz’s situation, PLUS part II of Doug Pederson’s sit down with the media! Powered by SB Nation & Bleeding Green Nation.

Updated Player Interest - Iggles Blitz
The OL coaches are all over the place. They are focusing on OG, but the Eagles always love versatile blockers so they are checking out others as well. Again, these guys could go early or late. The team is being very thorough. I’m a big fan of Chris Lindstrom. Glad they are paying him a lot of attention. Cody Ford is the guy who looks like a Pederson/Stoutland OL. Not sure if he’s there at 25. Duce Staley is also very active. He’s checking out all kinds of RBs. The Eagles are looking at some workhorse guys, but also good role players. They need a weapon for the backfield. That doesn’t have to be a 220-pound runner. They’re checking out athletic pass-catchers as well as tough runners. Trayveon Williams would be a really interesting addition with his big play ability.

Imagining the possibilities in new-look Eagles offense - PE.com
DeSean Jackson’s arrival at wide receiver lights up the passing game, already a good one that becomes that much better. Jackson is the NFL’s most lethal deep threat, and his presence will open up the rest of the field for Ertz and Goedert and Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor. Jordan Howard at running back? He was a workhorse in Chicago who moved the chains and reached the end zone. How it is all going to unfold remains to be seen, but the Eagles will put a strong plan in place for Howard to maximize his abilities. All of this is designed to aid quarterback Carson Wentz and provide him options and flexibility in his reads, give him a productive and reliable running game, and, well, make the offense around him a whole lot better.

WARRIORS SIGN PRO-BOWLER HALOTI NGATA - Warriors Rugby
Haloti Ngata, the 5-time NFL Pro-Bowler and Super Bowl champion with the Baltimore Ravens, announced this morning that he has signed an Associate Player Contract with Major League Rugby and will start immediately with the Utah Warriors. Ngata, who played high school rugby at Salt Lake City’s Highland High School, had just announced his retirement from the NFL on March 18th on top Mt. Kilimanjaro with a banner which read, ‘I’m retiring on top’. He matched that by hiking Utah’s Ensign Peak this weekend with a banner that reads, ‘I’m Going Back To Rugby’, making the statement that this is the place, rugby is the place that molded him to be the football player he is known to be.

With Gronk retired, who is the No. 1 tight end in the NFL? - ESPN In$ider
Offensive-minded head coach: “Kelce and Ertz are both good, but I think Kelce is a little tougher matchup. Some of these guys are ‘F’ and some are ‘Y’ tight ends. Gronk could do it all.” Defensive-minded head coach: “My mind immediately goes to which one is the hardest to guard. Kelce is a little longer, a little faster [than Ertz].” General manager: “I am going to go Kelce, with the possibility of that person becoming Evan Engram. Kittle is good, but like many of the players who have been with Kyle Shanahan, he should feel blessed. I mean, look at what Kyle did with the backs in Atlanta. Look at what he did with Matt Ryan.”

Report: Duke Johnson wants out of Cleveland - Dawgs By Nature
It is not clear what Dorsey could get for Johnson in a trade, but given his track record so far it would not be surprising if it is another player-for-player swap. Johnson had a strange year in 2018 with career lows in rushing attempts and receptions, but he still averaged five yards per carry and 9.1 yards per reception. He is also still the same player who set franchise records for a running back with 74 receptions and 693 receiving yards in 2017. Johnson had more than 500 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons, joining Herschel Walker as the only running backs in league history to achieve that mark.

Vikings Re-Sign C/G Brett Jones - Daily Norseman
The Vikings have made another move in free agency - this time re-signing Brett Jones, who played center for the first few weeks last season for the Viking while Pat Elflein was on the PUP list. [BLG Note: The Eagles were rumored to be interested in signing Jones.]

NFL Draft WR Rankings - Rotoworld
4) A.J. Brown has been nitpicked to death, despite his productivity, sturdy frame and plus athleticism. There has been talk of having him split time outside. Brown absolutely has the athleticism and downfield ball skills to play out there. But I’d let him be a slot beast first. We know he can start there Year 1. The slot position has increased in value in recent years. The NFL has found it can leverage big athletes in the slot — previously only a college thing — to manufacture freebie yards. Brown isn’t going to be a gamebreaker, but he’s pretty close to automatic up-close, and he’s a far better athlete than people gave him credit for last summer. I see more of the Smith-Schuster and Keenan Allen comps than I do the Enunwa one (despite profile similarities). Brown can simply do more things.

5 Bold Round 1 Predictions For 2019 NFL Draft - The Draft Network
1) Darnell Savage is the first safety off the board. If I could actually write out a nuanced hot take (oxymoron?), it’d be “the first safety off the board won’t be Chauncey Gardner-Johnson or Nasir Adderley” but that’s not nearly as spicy, so here we are: Savage is SAF1. When I look at the first round, the first spot I see as a potential safety is Seattle at 21. Next is Philadelphia at 25. Sure, teams like Green Bay and Houston might also have needs at the position, but I think other gaps are far more pressing. So if we’re circling those two teams as potential safety selections, we can look to Top-30 visits and see a common thread: both Philly and Seattle have pulled Savage in for a longer look, along with Gardner-Johnson and Virginia standout Juan Thornhill.

NFL trade rumors to watch, Giants like Daniel Jones and more - Fansided
The Philadelphia Eagles are quietly having one hell of an offseason. General Manager Howie Roseman has upgraded Philadelphia on both sides of the ball over the last month. On Thursday, he wisely made another acquisition, this time running back Jordan Howard from the Chicago Bears. The price? A sixth-round pick in 2020. Howard will immediately help that room and, until further notice, should be seeing the bulk of the carries. Roseman had already landed quality pieces in defensive linemen Malik Jackson and Vinny Curry, along with wide receiver DeSean Jackson. Philadelphia has done all this without giving out a cap-crippling contract or by trading away significant draft capital. The next result is closing the gap on the Cowboys in the NFC East if not surpassing them.

Could Any of These Five Teams Trade for Josh Rosen? - The Ringer
Fox Sports draft analyst Joel Klatt said on Undisputed that the Giants, Patriots, and Chargers were “very interested” in Rosen and that one of those teams had already offered a second-rounder. (He also said this staring into Skip Bayless’s eyeholes, and the info may have come from Rosen’s camp, so take it with a Pete Davidson–sized salt grain.) Based on everything New York general manager Dave Gettleman has said and done, the Giants are the team least likely to have offered that pick. Keim would certainly have his eyes on the no. 17 overall pick the Giants got in the Odell Beckham Jr. trade, but Gettleman is unlikely to swap a first-rounder for Rosen. The Giants have acknowledged they need to replace Eli Manning, but have not acknowledged they need to do so this year. Gettleman had the opportunity to draft Rosen or another quarterback at no. 2 last year but opted for running back Saquon Barkley instead. If the team didn’t see Rosen as a franchise QB then, they probably don’t see him as one now, and if they don’t see him as one now, the team probably won’t even part with its second-rounder (no. 37 overall). The Giants don’t have their third-round pick after using it in the supplemental draft last year, but they acquired Cleveland’s in the Beckham trade.

QBASE 2019 - Football Outsiders
As you’d expect, Kyler Murray and Dwayne Haskins are statistically the most promising quarterback prospects in this year’s draft ... but how do we account for their inexperience when the track record for one-year college starters is so poor?

Is the NFL in danger of making its games too long? - SB Nation
No coach in the league challenged more than eight plays during the 2018 regular season. That means even the most aggressive coach with replays only averaged one challenge every two games. That leaves a worst-case scenario where we could see more than four times as many challenges if coaches actually used all of them. It’s highly doubtful that coaches will actually challenge less often now — especially when they’re able to review a highly impactful penalty that was called 320 times during the 2018 season. It seems inevitable that the rule change will add at least a little bit of time to the average length of an NFL game.

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