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Let’s all get on the same page in regard to the Eagles’ options with Alshon Jeffery- PhillyVoice
In the final year of the CBA, teams don’t have the benefit of releasing players with a “June 1st” designation, which would allow them to kick some of the dead money into future years. As noted above, if the Eagles cut Alshon Jeffery without the June 1st designation, he would count for $26.1 million in dead money. If they cut him with a June 1st designation, he would count for $16.639 in dead money in 2020, and $9.467 million in 2021, per Corry. That would certainly be more palatable. ”A new CBA could be Philadelphia’s best friend, because you’d go back to the old rules, presumably, and there’d be post June 1 treatment,” said Corry. “If we’re operating under the current CBA, it’s virtually impossible to cut him this year.”

Update on new CBA negotiations - Hogs Haven
The point here is that the NFLPA and the owners may have a common interest in the smooth transition from the current (2011) CBA to the new agreement ahead of the start of the new league year on 18 March. Ratings are important in TV deals, as everyone knows, and there is concern that the 2020 ratings may not stack up as well as they did in 2019.

Several players the Eagles can cut or trade to save cap space in 2020 - BGN
Don’t look now but 2020 NFL free agency officially begins in exactly one month from today on March 18. The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to be active spenders given their obvious roster needs at positions like wide receiver, cornerback, and linebacker. The Birds certainly don’t lack ample funds; Over The Cap indicates Howie Roseman has about $40.9 million in cap space to work with. That figure ranks 20th most in the NFL. The Eagles can free up even more room with a few cuts and trades. Let’s take a look at their cost-cutting options

Hide the Umbrellas! - Iggles Blitz
Gerry has shown that he can play all three LB spots. He is a good athlete and has playmaking ability. Gerry struggled in coverage at the beginning of 2019, but got better as the year went along. The biggest problem Gerry had was missed tackles. That is an issue he must keep working on. Not everyone wants him back, let alone getting more snaps. Gerry has improved each year and I think the Eagles would be smart to project him as a starter in 2020. Edwards started four games as a rookie. His strength was his tackling. Edwards also showed good instincts. He looked like a MLB. That’s a solid foundation. He’s not as athletic as Gerry, but has much better instincts. I think Edwards is ready for a bigger role. I just don’t know that you want him on the field for 60 snaps a game right now. Riley and Singleton are good STs players. Riley showed potential when he was used on defense in some sets.

How good can Eagles running back Boston Scott be? - NBCSP
There’s really no reason to think Scott can’t do what he did the last four weeks over a full season. He’s got the physical tools, he’s got the toughness, he’s got the attitude. Can he be what Correll Buckhalter was to Brian Westbrook? Can he be what Charlie Garner was to Ricky Watters? Can he be what Earl Gros was to Timmy Brown? (That one’s for Ray Didinger) We already saw it during a playoff push. A full season of Boston Scott is going to be fun to watch.

Signature Stat Spotlight: Wide Receivers - PFF
Philadelphia Eagles rookie wideout J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (.54) and Los Angeles ChargersAndre Patton (.18) ranked 83rd and 84th in yards per route run in 2019. JJAW caught just 10-of-19 targets for 169 yards, six first downs and one touchdown across 312 routes as a rookie.

Wide receiver rankings for XFL Week 3 - DraftKings Nation
DeAndre Thompkins is arguably the most intriguing of the receivers at $5,700. He missed Week 1 with a foot injury, but then was the third most targeted receiver in Week 2. With 21.7 DKFP, it’s hard not to like what he brings to the table. The downside is that at his price, we can expect a sizable majority of DFS players to slot him into their lineups. [BLG Note: Former Penn State and Eagles wide receiver is off to a good start in the XFL.]

BREAKING: Drew Brees to play in 2020 - Canal Street Chronicles
Drew Brees is returning to the New Orleans Saints for the 2020 season, ready to “make another run” for a Super Bowl instead of choosing to hang up his cleats. [BLG Note: The Eagles will host the Saints in Philly this season.]

Chris Harris: I think everyone deserves to see what they’re worth - PFT
“But I don’t know. I think that’s the direction right now,” Harris said Monday on 104.3 The Fan, via Nicki Jhabvala of TheAthletic.com. “I think everybody deserves to see what they’re worth, and I deserve it at this point. I think I worked my tail off for nine years, I gave the city every ounce of effort that I could give and, shoot, it’s time to see what everybody else thinks about me.”

The best NFL teams for Cam Newton, based on 5 different factors - SB Nation
Cam Newton is under contract with the Panthers for 2020. That doesn’t mean he’ll be wearing black and teal this fall. The 2015 NFL MVP could be a casualty of owner David Tepper’s rebuild. With head coach Ron Rivera (fired), tight end Greg Olsen (released), and linebacker Luke Kuechly (retired) all no longer in Carolina, cutting or trading Newton may be the next step in the franchise’s teardown. Any move would put Newton at a crossroad. The once-indestructible quarterback missed 14 games due to a foot injury and didn’t look like himself in the two starts he did make. With just one season left on Newton’s five-year, $103 million contract extension, Tepper will have to make a decision about the quarterback’s future, and soon. Parting ways with Newton would save the Panthers $19 million in cap room. With limited spending space this spring, casting off the quarterback is one way for Carolina to be a major player in free agency. Newton might be available this offseason. Here are the five destinations that would be most attractive to him, sorted by fit.

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