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Exploring Alshon Jeffery’s potential split with the Eagles - ESPN
Some in the building believe that Eagles management plans to cut ties with Jeffery but hopes to limit the cap hit. If a new CBA is agreed upon, it would be no surprise if the Eagles part with Jeffery a short time afterward. If not, they have to weigh whether the desire to move on is worth the $26 million dead-cap cost of doing business. In that scenario, there’s logic to holding onto Jeffery as insurance at wideout, with the option of potentially moving him once he has returned to health. The overall odds, though, appear to favor Jeffery exiting at some point in 2020.

At WR, ‘We’re always going to look for playmakers’ - PE.com
Wide receiver, no doubt, is a position to keep an eye on throughout this roster-building period. For the record, Pederson and Roseman talked about both Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson in the sense that both veterans have to get healthy, first and foremost. A fair take is that both are in the picture for 2020 at this point. Can that change in the future? Sure. Anything is possible. You know how unpredictable this time of the year can be.

Eagles interview several speedy wide receiver prospects at the 2020 NFL Combine - BGN
The 2020 NFL Combine is underway with the first wave of draft prospects speaking at the podium on Tuesday morning. Eagles fans should be interested to know that Philadelphia’s scouting staff is showing interest in a number of wide receiver prospects, including some who are actually very fast! Various media reports indicate the Eagles have used a number of their 45 allotted Combine interview sessions on pass catchers. Let’s take a look at what we know thus far.

Ranking the Eagles Top FA Needs - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton break down their top LB free agents and rank the Eagles needs heading into free agency, plus more discussion on the age debate and more! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Indy PCs - Iggles Blitz
It is also possible they have some concern about Andre Dillard and are genuinely open to bringing Peters back. I tend to think that isn’t the case, but never say never when it comes to the NFL. Doug loves his players. He wanted Sproles last year. Clearly Sproles should not have been brought back. I’m sure Doug would love to keep his veteran LT. That’s no insult to Dillard. Peters is a unique guy and Doug would love one more year. It is Howie’s job to say no. No. Absolutely not. No. Can’t happen. No. Bad idea. No. I don’t want to make too much of today’s comments, but it would make me feel a lot better if these guys could let us know they really will move on from the veterans. Howie talked about the need to get younger. Stand by that. You aren’t insulting Peters, a legitimately great player and possible HOF’er. Football is a young man’s game. You have to move on from everyone eventually.

Doug Pederson to piece together Eagles’ new offensive coaching puzzle he may or may not have created - Inquirer
But Groh was told by Pederson after the season that he would be back, a source close to the situation said. Owner Jeffrey Lurie, meanwhile, had decided that he wanted Groh and receivers coach Carson Walch to leave, sources familiar with his thinking told The Inquirer. It’s unclear if Lurie gave a mandate, but Groh and Walch were fired a day after Pederson publicly said they would return. Pederson said that the owner had no involvement in his coaching decisions. “There was none,” Pederson said. “This is one of the things that I appreciate about Jeffrey, [general manager] Howie [Roseman] is they give me total control over the staff. Are they interested? Do they talk to me about certain guys and want to talk to candidates? Sure. They do. It just behooves them to have all the information with guys that I bring into the building.”

Hall of Fame reveals lame plan for Harold Carmichael induction - NBCSP
Harold Carmichael and the other Centennial inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be enshrined on Sept. 18, the Hall of Fame announced on Tuesday. That’s six weeks after the traditional Hall of Fame summer festivities. The modern-era players will be enshrined on the usual first preseason weekend, which this summer is Aug. 8, in conjunction with the Hall of Fame Game. The Centennial enshrinees, unfortunately, will be relegated to a Friday evening two weeks into the regular season and won’t be part of the annual Hall of Fame festivities that honor the greatest players in football history. The Hall of Fame hasn’t specifically announced the schedule for that evening but according to a press release issued on Tuesday morning, the festivities will include “world-class performances from a variety of music icons.”

NFLPA: Proposed CBA sent for full membership vote - NFL.com
The proposal secured on Tuesday night the approval of a majority of the 32 player representatives to be passed to the union’s near-2,000 dues-paying members for a vote of ratification. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that because the board of reps forwarded the proposed CBA without a recommendation, it did not need require a two-thirds majority. The vote to ratify the new CBA requires a simple majority, or 50 percent, of players to pass. Pelissero reported late Tuesday night, that that vote is a “virtual certainty.” In football terms, Pelissero reported, the league and the players are “on the 1-yard line towards 10 years of labor peace.

The Factors That Will Define the Cowboys’ Make-or-Break 2020 Offseason - The Ringer
A potential stalemate and Prescott holdout is far from the Cowboys’ only issue this offseason. Amari Cooper, Byron Jones, Robert Quinn, Maliek Collins, Jason Witten, Randall Cobb, Blake Jarwin, Darian Thompson, Jeff Heath, and Michael Bennett are also set to become free agents. Some of those names are more important than others, but the collective takeaway stands out most: Dallas may have to replace up to eight starters going into the fall. The Cowboys are currently projected to have about $77 million in space, according to Over the Cap. That number could climb to nearly $100 million if the team chooses to convert a chunk of DeMarcus Lawrence’s $16.9 million base salary into a signing bonus and release or restructure the deal of defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford, who is set to count for $9.1 million against the 2020 cap. Yet even $100 million in space starts to dry up quickly when you consider how many holes the Cowboys have to fill.

Giants raising uncertainty about Daniel Jones, but to what end? - Big Blue View
The first controversy, if you want to call it that, of the Joe Judge era as head coach of the New York Giants is one that Judge and GM Dave Gettleman have created, intentionally or unintentionally, all by themselves. The controversy? Who is the team’s starting quarterback and are the Giants committed to Jones, the No. 6 overall pick in last year’s draft, as their quarterback for the foreseeable future. How have the Giants created this .... this ... controversy? ... question? ... uncertainty ... drama? Whatever it is that you want to call it? Well, that’s the easy part. Roughly six weeks into his tenure as Giants coach, Judge still will not say the name Daniel Jones. He won’t actually say the name of any player but the one Giants media continues to ask about is Jones, the assumed franchise quarterback. Even Gettleman, who professed “full bloom love” for Jones before drafting him and said in the past that Jones is the team’s franchise quarterback, is toeing the Judge line.

Here’s what it would take for NFL players to agree to a 17-game regular season - SB Nation
Death, taxes, and getting injured in the NFL. Careers in the NFL are short-lived, relative to other jobs. The average NFL career is still sitting at just above three seasons, with attrition because of talent and, more frequently, injuries. There’s a 100 percent injury rate in the NFL. Multiple injuries, no matter how little or big, add up over time. And these injuries happen most often in games, due to high-leverage and high-impact reps. No matter how you cut it, adding a 17th game would increase the risk of injuries, including head injuries. NFL players understand this, and I believe the owners do too. That’s why the NFL has proposed to increase minimum salaries, post-career benefits, and the roster size. The NFL has also offered to change practice and the offseason program, same as it did for the 2011 CBA. The new proposal includes a five-day acclimation period for training camp, more off days, fewer days in pads, and less overall time in the facility between April and August.

Why Are XFL Coaches Playing Scared? - Rotoworld
There were a number of reasons to be excited about the XFL before the season in regards to new rules. We’ve seen a number of these changes lead to positive returns, notably the new kickoffs and overall quickened pace of play. Still, coaches and play-caller have been unable to wrap their collective minds around the league’s new rules for point-after-touchdown conversions as well as punting. What follows is a look at how and (potentially) why XFL coaches are making these sorts of “mistakes” through three weeks.

Running back rankings for XFL Week 4 - DraftKings Nation
Matt Jones and Christine Michael continue to split time but Jones has been the better back in an offense that wants to run the ball. I’d expect Jones to lead the committee as long as Michael is scuffling.

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