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From Derek Carr to Christian McCaffrey, 42 NFL players who could get traded - The Athletic
Eagles writer Bo Wulf: Taken in the second and third round, respectively, in 2017, Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas have been perpetually on the outside looking in during their time in Philadelphia. Jones was considered a first-round talent entering the draft before he tore an Achilles in the pre-draft process and has never looked the part as a pro. Douglas has been the superior player — he has good ball skills and will tackle but is speed deficient. For whatever reason, he has never been a preferred option by defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Douglas is an outside corner only while Jones offers theoretical slot versatility. It would not take much to pry either player away. Maybe a player-for-player deal would make sense for an underachieving wide receiver with speed or an average linebacker.

Derek Carr, Alshon Jeffery among top NFL trade candidates - NFL.com
Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver: Jeffery is considered a goner among some Philadelphia fans and media types after injuries and reports of friction in the locker room. It isn’t likely to be that simple. Jeffery had surgery for a December Lisfranc fracture and may not be ready to play by Week 1. Jeffery’s $11.5 million base salary in 2020 is guaranteed because of a restructure that general manager Howie Roseman made last offseason. The Eagles would be selling low and might have to pay some of Jeffery’s salary just to unload him. Roseman appears to be a motivated seller this offseason, however, and has some financial flexibility to cut his losses. Jeffery could be a low-risk, high-reward gambit for a team like the Jets, who The Athletic connected to him in February. Despite all the obstacles to a trade, the motivation appears high enough here for a Jeffery deal to happen.

Eagles live Q&A chat ahead of NFL free agency - BGN
[BLG Note: I tried to answer every single question that came in. Go check out the responses!]

A look at the rest of the NFC East prior to free agency - PhillyVoice
Translation: Offers of anything close to the roughly $32-33 million per year deals signed by Carson Wentz and Jared Goff prior to the 2019 season are laughable, given Prescott’s leverage. The Cowboys have until Thursday to use the franchise tag on Prescott.

The Offseason of Tom: Where Brady Lands Will Have a Huge Impact on Several Other Teams - MMQB
The Eagles’ decision to let Jason Peters test free agency opens the interesting possibility that they could upgrade the line, maybe at one of the guard spots, with the team now set to have an affordable left tackle (Andre Dillard) for at least the next two seasons. GM Howie Roseman believes deeply in building through the lines, so I’d expect he’ll at least weigh his options for bolstering the unit with Peters likely on his way out. [BLG Note: Weird tidbit here since Isaac Seumalo and Brandon Brooks seem bound to be the starting guards in 2020.]

The most overrated, underrated 2020 NFL free agents at every position - ESPN+
Underrated: Byron Jones. Cornerbacks who don’t come down with interceptions will always be underrated, especially by teams that view dropped picks as missed opportunities rather than good coverage plays. Jones, who has spent all five years of his career in Dallas, has just two interceptions, and none in the past two seasons. But over that span, he does have the seventh-best PFF coverage grade (85.1) among all corners and 28 forced incompletions (tied for eighth).

2020 NFL Free Agency Mock Draft: Tom Brady to Chargers, Philip Rivers to Colts, Teddy Bridgewater to Bucs - CBS Sports
21. Philadelphia Eagles. WR Breshad Perriman, Buccaneers: A CB would be really nice, but Perriman is both solidly built and, more importantly, built to run. The Eagles need at least one starting wideout, and while he’s not the most proven in terms of a full-time workload, the upside would be enough for a Howie Roseman gamble. Anything to help Carson Wentz.

Eagles Insider Podcast: Meet the Coaches – WR Coach Aaron Moorehead - PE.com
Aaron Moorehead brings with him NFL experience as a player and an understanding of what it takes to have success at the position and he’s here to talk about his playing and coaching career and what he offers to the Eagles. Plus, Eagles Cheerleader Kyle is having a “golden” offseason and we speak to an Eagles fan who has been in the news recently for the most difficult reasons. Tune in NOW for an incredible listen!

1985 DVOA Ratings and Commentary - Football Outsiders
What about defense only? The Bears are known as the most dangerous defense in NFL history, but by our numbers they still come in far behind the 1991 Philadelphia Eagles. Essentially, the 1985 Chicago Bears are tied for second with themselves ... the 1986 Chicago Bears. (The 1986 team is better by a tiny 0.03%, which works out to about 3 yards on a random play.) The 1985 Bears allowed 4.38 yards per play, compared to 4.12 yards per play for the 1986 Bears and 3.92 yards per play for the 1991 Eagles. Where the 1985 Bears catch up is on turnovers. The 1985 Bears had takeaways on 5.7% of defensive plays, compared to 4.7% for the 1986 Bears and 5.3% for the 1991 Eagles.

The reasons why the Cowboys have 24 unrestricted free agents; and why it’s all their fault - Blogging The Boys
In a way, it almost feels like a rebuild season for the Dallas Cowboys. With a new coaching staff, so many changes lie ahead for this football team. But it’s not just the changing of the guard with the coaches that is significant, it is a Cowboys team that has 30 players entering free agency this season. Now, some of them are restricted or exclusive rights free agents, so nobody is worried too much about losing them, but if you remove those guys - that still leaves 24 unrestricted free agents set to hit the open market in a little over a week. Of those players, 11 of them are starters/key rotational players on this football team. That’s essentially half your starting squad! How did the Cowboys get themselves in such a mess? Well, breaking down all these free agents show a few commonalities with these players.

Report: Giants, Leonard Williams “not close” on new contract - Big Blue View
If Rapoport is correct that Williams will have a “strong market” that could be bad news for the Giants. A weak market for Williams, the sixth overall pick in the 2015 draft but a player who has only 17.5 career sacks (0.5 in 2019), might be — or have been — the Giants’ best chance to get the 25-year-old to remain with the team on a reasonable contract. If the market is strong, the Giants could face a decision on whether or not to overpay. The Giants could use the franchise tag (at a cost of a projected $16 million) or the transition tag (at a cost of around $13 million) to keep Williams from entering the 2020 free agent market.

Falcons bring back DE Steven Means to bolster line depth - The Falcoholic
Means did some nice work in his limited chances in 2018, picking up a sack and three tackles for loss in just eight games. He was re-signed by the Falcons heading into 2019, but suffered an injury over the summer that cost him the entire year. Assuming he’s healthy—and I’m assuming he is, since he’s re-signing—Means is at worst an extremely capable reserve. I bet he’ll find his way into playing time regardless of who the Falcons pick up the rest of the way.

Guide to understanding proposed CBA ahead of voting deadline - NFL.com
The proposed collective bargaining agreement is finally in the hands of some 2,000 players, who have until Saturday at 11:59 p.m. ET to vote on a deal that would govern the NFL and ensure labor peace until March of 2031. It is a complex document that goes well beyond its headline elements — the 17th regular-season game and two additional playoff teams that negotiators for the owners and players agreed to include in the proposal after 11 months of negotiations. The deal runs more than 400 pages, and it takes just a simple majority of the players who cast a ballot to ratify or decline it. Let’s make this a little easier to digest with a six-point guide to the proposal.

15 thoughts on the Rams’ new awful, unofficial, Dollar Tree-ass logo - SB Nation
It’s bad and confusing and unnecessary. Just like the LA subway!

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