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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 7/12/19.

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Which NFL Players Could Realistically (and Not So Realistically) Still Be Traded This Summer? - The Ringer
Nelson Agholor, WR, Eagles. Agholor is slated to make $9.4 million on his fifth-year option this season, which is a lot for the guy who seems like the odd man out in Philly’s pass-catching corps. The Eagles used 12 personnel (two receivers, two tight ends, and one running back) on a league-high 36 percent of their snaps last year, and that number will only increase as second-year tight end Dallas Goedert’s role expands. With Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson getting most of the snaps in two-receiver sets, Agholor will likely be relegated to the no. 3 job—while costing the team nearly $10 million. With only around $5 million in projected cap space next season, Philly has to consider its cost-cutting options, and Agholor seems like the safest bet. [...] Halapoulivaati Vaitai, T, Eagles: Big V has been vital for the Eagles over the past few seasons, filling in whenever legendary left tackle Jason Peters or right tackle Lane Johnson have missed time with injuries. But after Philly drafted pass-blocking specialist Andre Dillard in the first round this year, and given that Vaitai is in the final year of his deal, the Eagles could listen to offers. Capable tackles rarely become available, and with a base salary of only $2 million, Vaitai would be cheaper than most swing tackles around the league and could be an upgrade for several teams as a starter.

Eagles Mailbag: Nelson Agholor’s future, Zach Ertz trade question, Mike Scott comparison, and much more - BGN
Well, I’ll start by saying there’s a non-zero chance he’s not even on the roster by the end of the season. Agholor getting traded isn’t a likely outcome but there’s a non-zero chance. The Eagles are paying $9.4 million to a slot receiver in the final year of his deal ... at a time when they might be cutting back on their 11 personnel to play with more two tight end sets. Does it really seem impossible that they’d move him?

There is talent aplenty on the Eagles roster, and here are some dynamic duos - Football Maven
Carson Wentz and DeSean Jackson. These two looked to be on the same page from the first day of spring practice, and it’s going to be fun to watch Wentz air it out to the human blur Jackson still is at 32. Signed for three seasons, Jackson and Wentz should be a fun watch. Jackson has led the league in yards per reception four times, including last year when he averaged 18.9 yards per catch. His 17.4 career yards per catch is more than any other active receiver. My first play from scrimmage this season in the opener against one of Jackson’s former teams, the Washington Redskins, I’m sending him deep and letting Wentz let it fly.

Eagles All-2010s Team: Picking and debating the full 53-man roster - The Athletic
Starters – Brandon Graham and Trent Cole. If there’s one thing I know about defenses in the National Football League today, it’s that they have to be multiple. But we’re sticking with a 4-3 because, aesthetically, that’s how the Eagles should always play defense. And that means that Connor Barwin is a victim of circumstance. Could we reclassify this as “Edge”? Sure. And he was very productive for the Eagles, with 31.5 sacks in four seasons, including 14.5 in 2014, when he went to the Pro Bowl. I would love to find a place on the team for Barwin, but even though Graham may offer less pass-rush upside, he did make the most important play in Philadelphia history. Cole may be one of the most nationally underrated Eagles of all time. Meanwhile, joining Barwin as the only player to make a Pro Bowl with the Eagles this decade and not make this roster is Jason Babin. I have no regrets about his exclusion.

2019 NFL season: Finding homes for top remaining free agents - NFL.com
Jay Ajayi, RB, to the Indianapolis Colts. The question of whether or not Ajayi will be ready by Week 1 after suffering an ACL tear last October could be tempering interest in a veteran back who averaged a robust 5.1 yards per carry over 11 games with the Eagles in 2017 and ‘18. Presuming Ajayi is able to return to health, he would be a logical fit with the Colts, given his familiarity with head coach Frank Reich. (Reich was Ajayi’s offensive coordinator in Philadelphia, where he was traded by Miami in ‘17.) Only six people in NFL history have more 200-yard rushing games than Ajayi (three), and when he’s 100 percent, he can contribute as both a runner and a receiver. It would make sense for the Colts to give him a look.

How far can Eagles go this season? Ray Didinger believes big things are possible - NBCSP
As training camp approaches, NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Ray Didinger keeps being asked of the Eagles, “How far can this team go this year?” In the video below, Didinger takes a big-picture look at many of the important questions facing the Eagles, ranging from the explosive offense’s potential to how the defense will replace key pieces. “They feel like they have something to prove,” Didinger says of the Eagles.

Audible: Dave Fipp at 2019 Minicamp - PE.com
Get an inside look at the third phase of the game with special teams coordinator Dave Fipp, as he was mic’d up during a recent practice in the latest edition of Audible.

Report: Nearly 40 Redskins Employees Have Quit Since January Due to ‘Terrible Culture’ - MMQB
The Redskins organization is reportedly in disarray as NFL training camps approach in August, according to 106.7 The Fan’s Chris Russell. Washington has reportedly experienced a “mass exodus” of employees since January. A large share of departures coming from the business end of the organization, per Russell. ”I’ve been told this by multiple, multiple people. Almost 40 people have left, behind the scenes,” Russell said on Wednesday. “We’re not talking about football players or coaches or anything like that. ... Nobody wants to work there. It’s a terrible culture.”

Redskins’ Josh Norman runs with bulls in Pamplona - ESPN
Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman fulfilled a dream by taking part in the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, this week. Video shows Norman leaping over a bull inside a bullring during the event. Afterward, Norman posted videos on his Instagram stories, saying a number of times that the experience was “crazy.” ”I had to face the bull straight on,” he said. “It was fun. It was worth it. It was really worth it.

Former NFL player, head coach Walt Michaels dead at 89 - PFT
Michaels played one more game with the Jets in 1963 while serving as the team’s defensive coordinator and won a Super Bowl ring after helping the team overcome the Colts in Super Bowl III. He moved to the Eagles in the same role from 1973 to 1975 and returned to the Jets in 1976.

Which NWSL team should I cheer for? - SB Nation
If you’ve just started following women’s soccer after the US’s victory in France (welcome!) you’ll need a NWSL team to support when the stars come back home to their domestic league. SB Nation is here to help. It’s summertime, so tell us how you’d prepare for your big vacation, and in return we’ll tell you which team to root for this season.

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