Let’s get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ... we’re talking about Tom Brady’s release from the New England Patriots, Nick Foles’ future on the Jaguars, Eagles stats, Eagles trade rumors, grading the decision to release Malcolm Jenkins, the Colts signing Philip Rivers and more.
2020 NFL free agency: How will the Patriots try to fill Tom Brady’s shoes?
Via Pats Pulpit: The trade market appears to be much more attractive than what is available via free agency at the moment. Cam Newton and Nick Foles are former league and Super Bowl MVPs, respectively, while Derek Carr and Andy Dalton were multi-year starters with their teams. All four of them are certainly capable of playing successful football in this league, and have proven themselves throughout the years. They also might benefit from a change of scenery.
Will Nick Foles be on the Jaguars roster for the start of the 2020 NFL season?
Via Big Cat Country: Nick Foles might not be with the Jacksonville Jaguars for the start of the 2020 NFL season if Vegas is to be believed. As of this writing, betting odds for Foles to be the starting quarterback for a team other than the Jaguars are... not that far-fetched. See below for odds on Foles to his most likely destinations other than Jacksonville.
Failed Completions 2019
Via Football Outsiders: It was a very, very tight race for the top of the failed receptions leaderboard this year, with Cooper Kupp just barely managing to hold on to the lead by the end of the year. But while Dede Westbrook couldn’t quite match Kupp in raw totals, you have to remember that Kupp caught 94 passes in 2019; Westbrook had just 66. Thus, it should really be Westbrook who is acknowledged as the failed reception king for 2019. Of course, full credit has to go to catching passes both from career failed completion specialist Nick Foles as well as rookie Gardner Minshew; Jacksonville finished second in the league with 113 failed completions for a reason.
Eagles may have found a trade partner if they want to move up for a wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft
Via BGN: There’s a common belief that there are three top tier wide receiver prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft: Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb, and Henry Ruggs III. There’s also a common belief that none of those players will be available for the Philadelphia Eagles with their No. 21 overall pick. So, will the Eagles trade up to land one of the Big 3? If that’s Howie Roseman’s intention, the Eagles may have just received some good news. The San Francisco 49ers traded DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts on Monday in exchange for the No. 13 overall pick in this year’s draft. And it sounds like the 49ers might not end up keeping that selection.
Malcolm Jenkins Emergency Show
Via BGN Radio: Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton hit up a plethora of topics: Malcolm Jenkins is no longer an Eagle, analyzing the Javon Hargrave signing, aafety Jalen Mills?, Rodney McLeod byke, do moar, Howie, AND MORE! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
Another Busy Day
Via Iggles Blitz: Mills can hit and tackle. He is at his best when facing the QB and attacking the ball. I like this move. The Eagles got younger and faster at safety today. The work isn’t done, though. They still need to draft a safety to add to the mix. They could still sign another young player for depth. Marcus Epps can compete for a spot, but he’s not shown enough to secure anything. There is risk in these moves. McLeod was up and down in 2019. Mills might struggle in the move to safety. Jenkins might remain an effective starter for the next few years. Still, I think the Eagles were smart to take the chance.
Grading the move: Why did the Eagles let Malcolm Jenkins walk away?
Via The Athletic: Kapadia: I don’t like the move. I’m all for making the roster younger and not getting attached to players. But if there’s one player who should be the exception, it’s Jenkins. The guy hasn’t missed a game since the Eagles signed him in 2014 and has played more defensive snaps than any player over the last six years. Oh, and he plays special teams, too. I thought Jenkins played well last year. Do you want him as your deep middle safety in single-high schemes? No. But the coach’s job is to maximize a player’s strengths. Jenkins is excellent against the run, performed well as a blitzer and can match up with tight ends and running backs in coverage. He was an asset, not a liability. And then there’s the leadership angle. Sometimes that can be overrated, but I don’t think it is with Jenkins. He was a voice from the locker room to the coaching staff. He helped young players. He set the tone by practicing hard and playing special teams. And that’s not even mentioning his work in the community. It just feels like there should have been a way to keep him happy for another year or two.
Eagles agree to terms with DB Jalen Mills on a one-year contract
Via PE.com: A seventh-round draft pick in 2016 (the 233rd overall selection that year), Mills enters his fifth season and gives the Eagles a solid starter who has skills to play both the cornerback position, where he’s started the last three seasons, and safety. Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz loves versatility in his players, and Mills has that kind of move-around ability.
Top wide receiver free agents for 2020
Via DraftKings Nation: With Green and likely Cooper off the radar for the most part, Emmanuel Sanders, who would like to stay in San Francisco and Robby Anderson, look to be the top receivers with a good chance to hit the market. Anderson is someone a team should go after, but his market value is still fairly unknown. Breshad Perriman played well enough to end last season that he might have built his resume up enough to score a decent payday, but it remains to be seen.
Dolphins fortify the offense; team snags running back Jordan Howard
Via The Phinsider: According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Dolphins have agreed to terms with former Philadelphia Eagles running back Jordan Howard. The deal is a two-year contract worth about $10 million. Per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins are likely viewing Howard as the team’s primary ball carrier and will look for a young rusher in the draft for the veteran to take under his wings. Miami will probably use some sort of one-two punch with Howard as the early-down hammer.
Cowboys free agent news: Robert Quinn to Bears on a 5-year, $70M deal with $30M guaranteed
Via Blogging The Boys: The Cowboys managed to finally pull the Robert Quinn chord that they had been tugging at prior to 2019, and man did it yield some strong results. Quinn had 11.5 sacks for the Cowboys last season starring opposite of DeMarcus Lawrence and it appears that the Bears took notice. They are locking him down for the next five years.
Report: Detroit Lions signing Chase Daniel
Via Pride of Detroit: According to the report from Schefter, the Lions and Daniel are in agreement for a three-year, $13.05 million deal. On the surface, this looks like Detroit’s attempt to insulate themselves from another wasted season of football should franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford be put on the shelf with another injury. After Stafford’s injury, the Lions lost eight straight games en route to a 3-12-1 record in 2019.
Titans bringing back Dennis Kelly on three-year deal
Via Music City Miracles: After Jack Conklin reportedly signed with the Browns earlier today, the Titans officially had an opening at the right tackle position. It was something everyone saw coming, as Tennessee suddenly found themselves with too many good players to pay. Luckily for them, they’ve had the luxury of having Dennis Kelly in a swing tackle role over the last several seasons. Only problem was, he was also a free agent. After Conklin left, they didn’t let Kelly sit on the open market for too much longer. Per ESPN’s Field Yates, the Titans have resigned Kelly to a three year deal worth 21 million dollars, with 8.75 million guaranteed.
Colts Officially Sign Philip Rivers to a One-Year Contract
Via Stampede Blue: The Indianapolis Colts have officially signed former Chargers quarterback, Philip Rivers, to a one year contract worth around $25,000,000, according to Adam Schefter. Throughout the last few months, Rivers has been linked to the Colts by various media members and has ties to the team through coaches Frank Reich and Nick Sirianni, who both coached him in San Diego. [BLG Note: Reich gets his QB and it’s not Foles.]
BREAKING: Tom Brady will leave the Patriots
Via Pats Pulpit: After weeks of speculation and rumors, we now know that Tom Brady will not play for the New England Patriots in 2020 as he posted on social media on Tuesday morning. Brady’s departure obviously ends an era: the 42-year-old joined the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2000 draft, and was elevated to the starting position the following year after an injury to Drew Bledsoe. He never looked back and won the Super Bowl in his first season under center — five more would follow and elevate the former draft day afterthought to the status of the greatest quarterback of all time.
Tom Brady, Buccaneers agree to a deal
Via Bucs Nation: The story of the off-season for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been whether or not Jameis Winston would be the quarterback in 2020, and possibly beyond. The story of the off-season for the NFL has been Tom Brady and his future. Quite rapidly, both storylines seemed to collide, really gaining steam when Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians mentioned Brady as a player he’d pick up the phone to talk to when the time came to potentially pursue outside quarterback options. Those phone calls did in fact happen, and Arians did in fact get his man.
The Patriots need a Tom Brady replacement. Here are their QB options
Via SB Nation: Nick Foles and Joe Flacco would both be available via trade, but the idea Belichick would be interested in overpaying either is far-fetched. Josh Rosen, stuck in hopeless situations in Arizona and Miami to kick off his NFL career, could be an interesting developmental piece as well.
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