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NFL insider notes: Six teams to keep an eye on, for better or worse, when the new league year begins - CBS Sports
Philadelphia Eagles. They have enough cap space to be dangerous and they have spent big to ensure a window to compete. But even under some constraints, GM Howie Roseman is all about that action on the trade and free agent market. He will land a big corner — I keep thinking Byron Jones — and address other concerns, too. They may be stuck with Alshon Jeffery’s deal, but could they trade for another wideout or sign a guy with local ties such as Robby Anderson? They always have a trick or two up their sleeves. I keep getting a strong vibe around the league that Roseman is going to shake things up.

NFL players approve new CBA: Here’s how it impacts the Eagles - BGN
The Eagles can now designate Alshon Jeffery as a post-June 1 cut, thus increasing the chances the team moves on from him this offseason.

Podcast: Eagles offseason plans, and we take your questions - PhillyVoice
There are no sports to watch and the start of the NFL’s new league year is in doubt, so, you know, that sucks. Still, we’ll continue discussing the Philadelphia Eagles for those who can use a distraction from reality. Here’s what Brandon Lee Gowton and I discussed in BGN Radio episode 109.

Free Agency - Iggles Blitz
I wrote a piece on the FA corners the Eagles should target. Byron Jones should be a priority signing. Once you get past the top few, there are still options, but they have some issues. Cockrell isn’t a great athlete. Amukamara is a good player, but he’s older. Breeland lacks top speed.

NFL In Unprecedented Times, With Impact of Coronavirus Colliding With Free Agency, Draft, Labor Peace - FMIA
6. I think the defensive back sure to get paid big is Dallas cornerback Byron Jones. Though I’m a little skeptical on the $17-million-a-year rumors, I do believe he could get overpaid by a team like the Eagles or Giants.

Last-minute 2020 NFL free-agency news and notes: What to watch for - ESPN
The Cowboys have enough cash and salary-cap space to sign all of their free agents, but it seems likely that defensive back Byron Jones is destined to land elsewhere. There are some who believe Jones will sign a contract that will pay him $16 million to $17 million a year, and he could benefit from a bidding war. Philadelphia is among the teams with a desperate need in the secondary, Oakland is looking for cornerback help, and the Giants need pretty much everything on defense. Could Dallas lose Jones to a division rival? Jones sits atop the cornerback class because of his versatility — he can play safety as well — but James Bradberry and Bradley Roby look poised to cash in as well. There is lots of chatter connecting Bradberry to Washington, where his former Panthers coach, Ron Rivera, is now running the show, and some chatter that the Texans were working to bring back Roby over the weekend. (Update: Roby is headed back to Houston on a three-year deal.)

Andre Dillard Sounds off on Mike Leach; Reflects on Rookie NFL Season - Woodinville Sports
“Mike Leach isn’t exactly a coach that you’d like to play for,” Dillard said. “He’s just one of those guys who get results. But the way he gets results is frowned upon by the players. He never gave off any vibe that he cared about his players on a personal level. Playing for him felt a little bit like a dictatorship.” Mike Leach rants have always been comedic fodder for fans and media alike. While at Texas Tech, he once blamed a loss on his players for listening too much to their ‘fat little girlfriends”. While at WSU, he complained with colorful language about his players not being good enough. “It personally bothered me,” Dillard said. “What kind of coach throws his entire team under the bus when things go wrong? But he never put any blame on himself. Calling players out. Calling them fat and slow and saying he needs new players. He did that several times when I was there. it just wasn’t good leadership.”

With new CBA in place, Eagles ready for what’s next -
The Eagles have long prepared for every scenario as they detailed their plan for the 2020 season, and prior to the team closing the NovaCare Complex and Lincoln Financial Field on Friday, Executive Vice President/General Manager Howie Roseman talked about what’s ahead. ”We’ve spent the whole (2019) season preparing for this offseason. The preparation for the draft really started last May and the same for free agency, so that’s our job,” Roseman said. “Technology is so great. Our IT (information technology) department and our video department do such a great job and that allows us to work from anywhere. Some of us will still have the opportunity to be here.”

Patriots, Chiefs top Super Bowl 55 betting splits - DraftKings Nation
The Philadelphia Eagles are not surprising as a popular pick in part based on location. DraftKings’ biggest business is in New Jersey, and Pennsylvania is doing plenty well also. The Eagles have solid Super Bowl odds at +1700, and if you think Carson Wentz and company can take a step forward, there’s value to be had.

2021 Compensatory Picks Potential and Preview - Over The Cap
Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles have an eclectic mix of pending UFAs: the longtime vets in Josh McCown, Jason Peters, and Vinny Curry, and younger transitional talent Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Timmy Jernigan, and Nelson Agholor. With compensation for losing Peters capped at the fifth round, there may not be much top level quality here, but good mid level quantity that could keep Philadelphia’s reputation as being a comp pick heavy team going. Potential: High.

Denzel Mims is an under-the-radar potential superstar among the loaded 2020 NFL wide receiver draft class - PFF
Overall, it’s hard to find much fault in Mims’ game. He has dropped more passes than you would like to see (24 in his college career, a drop rate of 11.4%) but can make spectacular catches and was very solid in that regard at the Senior Bowl. His production could have been higher, but so could the number of passes thrown his way in college. All in all, Mims projects to be a better NFL player than he was in college, and he belongs in the top echelon of wide receivers in what is already a spectacular class of talent at the position. I think there is a very real argument that he should be taken in the middle of the first round after the duo of CeeDee Lamb and Jerry Jeudy.

Bears ILB Nick Kwiatkoski is coming into his own … and likely leaving Chicago - The Athletic
If Bears fans ran the Bears, free agent Nick Kwiatkoski would not have to look for a new place to live this offseason. But Bears fans don’t run the Bears, and the Bears are believed to be out of the running now that they signed Danny Trevathan to a three-year deal. The team initially indicated to Kwiatkoski and his representatives John Thornton and Tyler Urban of Roc Nation Sports that they wanted him back. There were discussions. But that changed with the signing of Trevathan. There have been indications that other teams — including the Packers — are interested. [BLG Note: Eagles showed a lot of interest in Kwiatkoski prior to the 2016 NFL Draft.]

2020 NFL Free Agency: Houston Texans Re-Sign Bradley Roby To Three-Year Contract - Battle Red Blog
The second biggest free agent domino Houston had entering the offseason has just tipped over. After signing a one-year contract to leave Denver for Houston in 2019, the Houston Texans and Bradley Roby decided to continue their partnership for another three years. According to Aaron Wilson (among a horde of others), Roby’s contract is for three years and $36 million, with $17 million guaranteed. [BLG Note: There’s one potential Eagles free agent cornerback target off the board.]

The 7 biggest changes in the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement - SB Nation
3. Roster sizes are increasing, including the practice squad. As a tradeoff for adding another week to the regular season and two more playoff games, the NFL will increase roster sizes. The active roster will expand from 53 to 55 and the practice squad will grow from 12 players to 14. Altogether, that’s 128 more NFL players earning a salary. It helps too that an extra active players on game day will lighten the load for their teammates.

What are the rules of social distancing? - Vox
But how should social distancing affect your visits to the gym? Your weekly manicure? Play dates for your kids? Your weekend reservation at the buzzy Michelin-starred omakase spot you’ve been dying to try? Are those risky for an ostensibly healthy person like yourself? What do you, as a responsible, socially conscious human being, owe to your fellow men and women — particularly those who are sick, immunocompromised, and older? Are you breaking the social contract by going to hot yoga? Or, by not going, are you overreacting and hurting the economy? Vox spoke with six experts in public health, medicine, psychology, and bioethics for answers. (Please remember that as the Covid-19 landscape transforms week by week, so, too, will the advice.)


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