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The Most Underpaid Veteran on Every NFC Team - Ringer
Philadelphia Eagles: Malcolm Jenkins, Safety. Contract: Four years for $35 million (signed 2016). The fine print: $21 million guaranteed through three years, followed by team options in 2019 and 2020. Total guaranteed at signing: $16 million (10th among safeties). Average annual value: $8.8 million (ninth among safeties). 2019 salary and bonuses: $8.4 million (12th among safeties). Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson is also a contender here, but Jenkins wins the tiebreaker because he has openly discussed wanting a new deal. Jenkins was a pillar on Philly’s defense for the past three years, including during its Super Bowl run. Yet Kansas City’s Tyrann Mathieu and New York’s Landon Collins signed deals for $14 million annually, or 60 percent more per year than Jenkins makes. Considering Mathieu is on his third team in three years, it’s eyebrow-raising.

Closer look at the Eagles’ safety situation heading into 2019 - BGN
At the same time, what kind of message does it send when the Eagles aren’t willing to reward an extremely durable and versatile team captain who played a big part in the team winning a championship? If you’re the Eagles, don’t you want Jenkins to be who other players model themselves after? The feeling here is the Eagles need to do what it takes to make Jenkins happy. He’s critical to their success. And it doesn’t seem crazy to bet on Jenkins aging relatively well considering that he takes very good care of his body.

Beat back and forth: Eagles breakout candidates, Nate Sudfeld thoughts and more - The Athletic
On the latter question, Sidney Jones is the one who fits the bill. It’s fair to call him a disappointment thus far, even if you accept that his timeline was always going to point to a delayed return on investment. With Ronald Darby and Jalen Mills sidelined this spring, Jones took first-team reps on the outside and inside, but there’s a reasonable case to be made that he’s no better than the sixth-best cornerback on the roster right now. The Eagles will give him every chance to succeed, and there’s definitely opportunity at corner, but at this point, I’d be surprised if he ever makes an impact in Philadelphia. Which is to say that he’s about where Agholor was entering 2017.

Big Question: How will the players returning from injury not named Carson Wentz impact the team? - PE.com
Corey Clement was a rookie season-standout as a running back who helped as a receiver, occasionally as a runner, certainly as a pass blocker, and most definitely on special teams. After a roller-coaster 2018 season that ended with a knee injury suffered in the overtime loss in Dallas, Clement is poised to be a jack-of-all-trades help again this season. Clement may not carry the football all that much and, heck, his touches might be limited overall. How much Clement plays remains to be seen with the upgrades the Eagles have made at running back – adding Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders – but he’s going to make a difference. Clement has something to prove this season and he’s going to be in the best shape of his life, and that is a good thing for the backfield picture and the special teams situation. If you want to latch on to an “underrated” player coming back from injury, or just an under-the-radar kind of player who is going to help this football team in 2019, Clement’s name should be near the top of the list. He’s an excellent receiver, a terrific pass blocker (who could be the best in the running backs room here), and a difference-maker on special teams.

Donovan McNabb, Fran Dunphy headline 2019 Philly Sports Hall of Fame class - Inquirer
Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and ex-Temple coach Fran Dunphy will be inducted into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame later this year, the organization announced Tuesday. The two are part of a 15-member class that will be honored at the SugarHouse Event Center on Nov. 7.

Ranking the NFC East, 2019: Wide Receivers - Hogs Haven
JJ is also a good route runner and solid (though not aggressive) blocker. Overall, he is big, strong, has good hands, and is nuanced at many aspects of playing WR, but shows a lack of deep speed on film. The more I learn about certain recent Eagles draft picks, the more it seems like they are perfect long-term replacements for some of the star players on the Eagles roster. Derek Barnett has a very similar skillset to Brandon Graham. Dallas Goedert was likened to Zach Ertz even before the draft. Andre Dillard is a clear successor to Jason Peters. And J.J. Arcega-Whiteside seems like he was chosen to be the eventual replacement for Alshon Jeffery. Both are big, strong, physical WRs who are great at making contested catches, highpointing the ball, and serving as their team’s WR1. Jeffery plays with more speed than JJ, but JJ plays with more strength and has less of an injury history.

Which teams are under the most pressure? All 32 ranked by who’s feeling the most heat - CBS Sports
2. New York Giants: This Eli Manning/Daniel Jones thing will be a daily national story. It’s Gotham. GM Dave Gettleman makes back page tabloid headlines at every turn. So many strange decisions to defend and an ownership group that has stumbled repeatedly in recent years, with the fanbase now perpetually restless. 3. Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones can smell a Super Bowl and, soon enough, will have a high payroll again when he doles out some extensions. Jason Garrett is coaching for his life, without an extension, and with the Jones family overseeing football ops, it’s always the coach on the heater in Dallas. A new OC may save the day.

Giants’ Pat Shurmur ranked 26th among head coaches by NFL.com - Big Blue View
There are a couple things we need to make clear here: First, this list is taking into account the totality of a coach’s career, not just the 2018 season. Second, Pat Shurmur the man is nothing but a breath of fresh air following Ben McAdoo in 2017, when a floundering coach’s lack of leadership fractured the locker room and sunk a playoff caliber roster. And third, Shurmur’s offense isn’t bad in and of itself. It is easily the most flexible and quarterback-friendly attack the Giants have fielded in recent memory.

NFL, NFLPA: We had “productive, constructive and beneficial” CBA talks - PFT
“Today’s meeting was productive, constructive and beneficial for both sides, and the meetings between the NFLPA’s Executive Committee and the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee will continue.” Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the two sides wanted a chance to “review and regroup” before coming back together on July 29 for more discussions.

Why the NFL should flush the idea of an 18-game schedule right down the toilet - SB Nation
The NFLPA has continually said “no” to 18 games. After this new development, the players association, and all fans, should absolutely reject it. This is a garbage proposal for various reasons, and judging by the reaction on social media, almost everyone is in agreement with me. Football, whether in college or the NFL, has a sense of urgency that the fans appreciate. Every single game matters, no matter the time of the year. If this new proposal becomes the new normal, we’d begin to lose that urgency. I’ll explain how.

[BLG Note: Meanwhile, the Eagles are charging their fans $10 to attend just one open practice.]

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