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Eagles News: Three free agent predictions for Philadelphia

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NFL free agency predictions: Matching teams with the top 100 players - The Athletic
9. Byron Jones (CB): Eagles. The Eagles gave up 2,318 yards to outside wide receivers last season. No team allowed more. Jones is positioned to become the top-paid corner in the NFL, but GM Howie Roseman indicated at the combine that the Eagles are prepared to be aggressive. [...] 66. Shelby Harris (DT): Eagles. The Eagles need defensive tackle depth, and Harris can give them that. He had a career-high six sacks and led the NFL with nine passes batted down at the line of scrimmage with the Broncos last season. [...] 79. De’Vondre Campbell (LB): Eagles. The Eagles are thin at linebacker and take a flier on Campbell’s versatility and athleticism. He started 54 games in four seasons with the Falcons and had a career-high 129 tackles last year. Campbell can play the weakside in Jim Schwartz’s 4-3.

Is Byron Jones worth the cost for the Eagles? - BGN
Would Jones be worth that figure? He would, if you believe what I said above. Jones has the ability to take away half of the field, which is multiple leaps and bounds beyond that which Eagles fans have suffered through from their corners in recent years. With former DB coach Cory Undlin left for Detroit and a potential for two new starting corners in Philadelphia, it remains to be seen if the Eagles will play Jones in the press coverage that Kris Richard used to unlock him. Undlin’s replacement is Marquand Manuel, who was most recently with the Falcons under Dan Quinn — Quinn, another Seattle defensive coaching product, liked Manuel because of his experience coaching defensive backs under Richard in Seattle — he was an assistant secondary coach in 2013 and 2014, when Richard was the defensive backs coach.

The QB Scho Show #54: Our Families Are Basically the Mongols - BGN Radio
Michael Kist and Mark Schofield are healthy enough to bring you a free agency preview of the potential quarterback landing spots around the league! Recorded 3/11 Noon. FA landing spots start at 6min. Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation

The Eagles can be contenders again if they add a little more speed - SB Nation
What Bleeding Green Nation wants most this offseason: Speed! The Eagles must get faster on both sides of the ball. Philly doesn’t have any legitimate deep threats outside of Jackson, who’s turning 34 after missing most of the 2019 season. Howie Roseman needs to finally give Wentz some explosive weapons to work with. Defensively, it’s been tiresome to watch the Eagles’ cornerbacks get roasted on a weekly basis. With Darby and Mills set to be free agents, there’s an obvious need to upgrade the secondary. — Brandon Lee Gowton

Good Times, Bad Times – 2020 Draft - Iggles Blitz
I’ve said this before, but I really hope Howie Roseman is judicious and uses as many of those picks as possible. The Eagles have not had a ton of success in recent drafts. Aggressively targeting players is great if you hit on them. I’d like to see the Eagles bring in a volume class. You know some will fail so give yourself room for error. The Eagles need starter and role players. They need youth. They need several players from this class to pan out.

2020 NFL Draft: Landing spots for PFF’s top 15 WR prospects - PFF
Denzel Mims, Baylor – Philadelphia Eagles (Round 1, Pick 21). There wasn’t a more disappointing receiving unit in the NFL last year than the Philadelphia Eagles’ group, and there have been rumors that their highest-graded wide receiver from the season, Alshon Jeffery, could be on his way out. Regardless if he stays or if he goes, the Eagles need a new face in the wide receiver corps, as they were the least valuable unit of the 32 teams. One of the biggest risers on the PFF big board throughout the last few months has been Denzel Mims, who tore up the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine. Mims is far from a separation getter — he owns one of the three highest rates of contested targets seen since 2018 among FBS receivers at 33.3% — and has thrived despite that by ranking second in PFF receiving grade in tight coverage since 2018. And before you Eagle fans say, “Oh great, another J.J. Arcega-Whiteside who did nothing in 2019,” give him time to develop first. Second, keep in mind that Mims projects considerably well in PFF’s model. As Dr. Eric Eager said in he and George Chahrouri’s analytics mock draft, Mims has a couple of his comps as DeAndre Hopkins and D.J. Chark Jr.

2020 NFL free-agency predictions: Our picks for all 32 teams’ top player on the market - ESPN+
Rodney McLeod, safety. The entire Eagles secondary is in flux, with three of the four starters from 2019 set to hit free agency (McLeod, Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby) and Malcolm Jenkins adamant that he won’t play under his current contract. McLeod, 29, rebounded from a season-ending knee injury in 2018 and finished with two interceptions and 76 tackles this past season. Re-upping McLeod would ensure defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has some continuity on the back end. He won’t cost as much as some of the top-end safeties, who will net north of $14 million per season. Prediction: Eagles re-sign him to a deal worth $10 million to $11 million per season.

Eagles have the assets to take roster to a new level in 2020 -
The Eagles are now in the position where they can really take advantage of the assets they possess. Free agency is very much of an unknown, as the Eagles, even with approximately $40-$45 million available under the salary cap limit of $200 million (still not official), are right in the middle of the NFL pack in terms of available dollars to spend. The Eagles are going to be aggressive as they build the roster, as they always are. They’ve kept things close to the vest. They’ve been working on this plan, performing their due diligence, vetting the prospects, and the process. And now we’re nearly here. The Eagles have needs across the board. They are evaluating the roster very honestly. A team that exhausted all limits of the roster – and then some – in 2019 and swept the NFC East in December has a fresh start and a roster that is already of playoff caliber. The Eagles want more young talent, more blue-chip players, more depth. And they have the resources to make it happen, starting in one week.

Reports: Some teams expect Byron Jones to become the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history - Blogging The Boys
Interceptions matter, don’t get it wrong. Ideally your top cornerback would have a lot of them. Turnovers swing games so you want to produce them, but you also want to play great defense. Byron Jones is absolutely a great defender. It seems as if NFL teams know the truth about Jones and that they also know that other squads know it. According to a report from on Wednesday, there are teams that are expecting him to become the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history.

Odell Beckham trade anniversary: Did Giants do the right thing? - Big Blue View
Beckham turns just 28 during the upcoming season. If he can get healthy, and he hasn’t been fully healthy since suffering that broken ankle in 2016, maybe he can put up numbers that will remind us of just how wonderful he can be on the football field. The players the Giants added — Peppers, Lawrence, Ximines — may not reach their potential. If the Giants return to winning, especially if those players are part of the reason, whatever Beckham does and whoever he does it for isn’t going to matter. In the end, the Giants simply did what had to be done.

How Tom Brady’s Future Fits Into the History of Icons Leaving Their Forever Teams - The Ringer
Plenty of legends have played the twilights of their careers in unfamiliar jerseys, from Michael Jordan to Joe Montana to Brett Favre. None of those cases unfolded like Brady’s could, though—and what sets this apart is what could sting so much in New England.


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