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Cowboys Trading Dak Prescott and Signing Patriots QB Tom Brady Being Discussed by ‘Significant People,’ says Michael Irvin - Sports Illustrated
As near as I can tell, my guy Colin Cowherd started this. But now my guy Michael Irvin is talking about it, too, and the gravitas of the idea of Dallas Cowboys movement involving QB Dak Prescott and QB Tom Brady is increasing. Speaking on topic Friday on WEEI’s “Dale & Keefe,” NFL Network’s Irvin, - a legendary and plugged-in former Cowboy - shared a Super Bowl Week conversation that he termed “shocking’’ that he had with “very significant people.” From Irvin: “I am telling you right now, at the Super Bowl in Miami, some very significant people that I had conversations (with were) leaning in that same direction. It was shocking. I had a vodka cranberry in my hand and when they said it to me I put the drink down and said, ‘Let’s talk a little bit more about this.’ “I promise you, I had a conversation with people, I can’t tell you who, about that same scenario going down.”
What happens if Tom Brady and the Patriots really split up? - SB Nation
The obvious choice in my mind is the Dallas Cowboys. Of course, that’s if the Cowboys would rather have a 43-year-old Brady over a younger Dak Prescott. Hear me out with this one, though: Jerry Jones is getting up there in age. He wants to win NOW. Hire McDaniels and sign Brady. Let Prescott walk. Brady now has the best offensive line in the league and an elite running back. Sign Amari Cooper to a long-term deal and draft a tight end. Weapons set. On defense, they’d need to add some secondary parts and they’d be fine. It feels like a perfect match — that is, if Brady can handle playing for Jones, who loves the spotlight. Dallas is the market that can support a Tom Brady and Jones would let him do whatever he’d like in the facility. All of TB12 can be stationed in the facility if he’d like. It feels bold, but something that can be pulled off. [BLG Note: This article was published in December.]
7 Eagles included in PFF’s top 101 players from the 2019 NFL season - BGN
Pro Football Focus recently put out their annual “top 101 players” rankings now that the 2019 NFL season is over. Only four Philadelphia Eagles players made the final cut last year but the total is up to seven this time around. Let’s take a look together.
Babes On Broad #24: Eagles’ Off-Season Primer - BGN Radio
Sam Wilson & Jessica Towne touch on the coaching carousel for the Eagles and start their off-season primer by asking what the Eagles should do at QB/RB PLUS What’s Going On Around Philly! Powered by SB Nation & Bleeding Green Nation!
Where the Eagles’ 2019 season went wrong, part I: Big pass plays allowed - PhillyVoice
I lean more toward the personnel being the problem than the scheme. At some point, your defensive backs are going to have to cover. You can’t always give them added help, or you’ll just die in some other way defensively. The Eagles desperately need to get faster in their secondary this offseason, both at corner and safety.
Staff Changes - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles think very highly of Barwin, Celek and Sproles so it isn’t a shocker that they tried to keep those former players around. There is a real balance in trying to reward former players with jobs and wanting people who are the best at what they do. The best example is Dan Marino. He told the Dolphins he wanted to be GM so they gave him a front office job. Marino lasted about a week. When he realized how many hours and how much work was involved, he quit. This group could be very different. None of them were huge stars in the NFL. You can make a case for Sproles as a Hall of Fame candidate, but that’s partially due to the sheer volume of his numbers and the length of his career. He played 15 years. Sproles came into the league as an undersized RB/RS and worked his tail off to become the player he did. Celek was a late round pick who played more than a decade. He came in as a pass-catching TE and developed into a good blocker through hard work. Barwin had the easiest route, coming in as a second round pick. He was an athlete with good size. Barwin played a decade and was very much a blue collar type of player.
NFC East makeover: Coaches who will reshape the division in 2020 - ESPN
Staff changes will have the biggest impact on: Pederson. The Eagles opted not to hire an offensive coordinator after firing Groh, instead going with the pass/run game coordinator model utilized by the 49ers and others. While an O-coordinator is not technically needed, given that Pederson calls the plays, he benefited a great deal by having Frank Reich as a sounding board before Reich was named the Colts’ head coach following the Eagles’ 2017 Super Bowl run. Given Taylor’s relative inexperience and dual role, can he really be that guy? Will Scangarello fill the void? That’s a storyline to follow in 2020.
Fran Duffy highlights 22 of the top NFL Scouting Combine snubs - PE.com
WR Ja’Marcus Bradley, Louisiana: A former high school quarterback who led his team in touchdowns in each of the past two seasons, Bradley is the first of two Cajuns on this list who I’m surprised is not getting the call up to Indianapolis. A smooth operator at 6-0, 198 pounds, Bradley flashes very good route running skills and is pretty good after the catch. He, too, had a strong week of practice at the East-West Shrine Bowl. [...] WR Jonathon Johnson, Missouri: Another player who had a solid week of practice at the Shrine Bowl, Johnson is small but he’s explosive. A longtime return man for the Tigers, Johnson is a twitched-up playmaker who can separate and is fun to watch with the ball in his hands despite his 5-8, 170-pound frame.
NFL free agency 2020: 5 possible Eagles linebacker free agent targets - NBCSP
Patrick Onwuasor. After going undrafted out of Portland State in 2016, Onwuasor has (6-0, 227) has put together a nice career so far. He has played in 57 games with 32 starts. He didn’t have the type of breakout season many in Baltimore were hoping he’d have and with other more pressing free agents, the Ravens probably let him walk. Spotrac estimates his value at around $4.8 million per season, which is way more palatable than what top end players will get.
NFC East offseason overview: Outlook for the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins - Big Blue View
In terms of draft picks, the Eagles are in really good shape. They have the Patriots fifth-round pick and are expected to receive a compensatory pick in the third round and two more in the fourth. They pick 21st overall in the first round. This applies to the other two teams discussed here, but really sets up well for Philadelphia: This is a rare and outstanding group of incoming wide receivers in this draft class. However, the Eagles have the draft firepower to maybe trade up for CeeDee Lamb or Jerry Jeudy, the top two receivers in this draft class to really complete their offense. Of the Giants divisional foes, Philadelphia is the team most likely to really take steps forward with their roster in 2020 and could be in great shape overall if the Eagles can actually stay reasonably healthy.
Could Byron Jones become the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL? - Blogging The Boys
It is possible that Jones could reset the market considering that’s basically where we are at in the NFL - everybody resets the market. There is a world where Prescott, Cooper, and Jones see their annual values somewhere in the neighborhoods of $35M, $20M, and $16M, respectively. That is a lot of money to commit to three players but these are obviously important positions. There are creative ways to pay people but it’s the eyes popping out of your socket right now that could lead the Cowboys to saying goodbye to one of these three. Would you be alright if it was Byron Jones?
Garrett Celek announces his retirement - Niners Nation
Celek appeared in five games for the 49ers this season. He’s been with the team since 2012 and is widely regarded as a team favorite. “Celek time” was a real thing, and they used to break down the huddle in some practices with it. Celek announced his retirement later on Friday afternoon. [BLG Note: Brent Celek’s little brother is calling it a career.]
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