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Top trade destinations for Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay - PFF
Slay had an all-around bad year in 2019, one that was somewhat uncharacteristic for the eighth-year cornerback. In every season from 2014 to 2018, Slay produced a PFF coverage grade above 70.0, ranking among the 20 best corners in the NFL in four of those five seasons. In 2019, he managed a coverage grade of just 56.9, which ranked 92nd in the NFL and was barely better than his 2013 rookie season. It’s understandable why Detroit might be hesitant to hand out a fat contract to Slay after that poor season, but we shouldn’t let recency bias make us assume that Slay’s 2019 is his new norm.

Darius Slay trade: Eagles in discussions to acquire Lions cornerback and sign him to an extension - BGN
Speaking of 2019, Slay did not fare well last year. Pro Football Focus graded him 97th out of 133 cornerbacks (minimum 20% defensive snaps). For perspective, the aforementioned Mills ranked 100th. PFF grades aren’t the be-all and end-all, of course, but that’s not the most encouraging sign. The Eagles have reached a point where their free agents cornerback options aren’t looking great, so, Slay might very well be their best chance to upgrade the position. But one must wonder about Howie Roseman’s decision to give up an asset for an aging, expensive player. Is Slay going to still be able to play at a high level after turning 29 on January 1? Does this move really jibe with Roseman’s stated goal of getting younger?

Report: Eagles closing in on deal to acquire Lions CB Darius Slay - PhillyVoice
The downside: It’ll probably cost them a second- or third-round pick, when they badly need those picks to turn into cheap, young players who can contribute. With the Eagles presumably having parted with a high pick, Slay will have all the leverage he needs to coax a contract that will make him the highest-paid corner in the NFL, or at least close to it. The new money portion of any new deal with Slay will begin when he’s 30 years old. And oh by the way, Slay had a down 2019 season.

The writing appears to be on the wall for Darius Slay - Pride Of Detroit
The three-time Pro Bowl cornerback has been seeking an extension since the beginning of last offseason. The Lions didn’t seem too keen on it, and when his demands appeared to be in the $16-17 million range this year, there was no indication the Lions even met him at the bargaining table. At the NFL Combine, general manager Bob Quinn admitted the Lions were deliberating all options with Slay—including a trade—which is a rare display of openness from the Lions front office.

It’s just starting: Eagles begin reloading the 2020 roster - PE.com
3. The secondary is interesting. Malcolm Jenkins is reportedly joining the Saints after playing the last couple of seasons basically in a quasi-linebacker role. His versatility cannot be discounted here. It meant a lot to Jim Schwartz and the defense. So, reportedly re-signing Jalen Mills – listed as a defensive back now, not as a cornerback – is an important move. Mills has the size and the tenacity to line up over the slot receiver. He can play as a dime back. He can line up and support the run and he can still drop back into deep coverage. If the Eagles do, indeed, experiment with Mills in the Jenkins role, it’s a credit to their trust in Mills to know his responsibilities in the defense and to be in the right place at the right time. Good tackler. Physical player. Smart. Instinctive. Mills knows how to prepare. He would be a fit – and how many people have talked about moving Mills to safety in the last couple of years? This could be really good for his career if it happens like that.

Inside the Byron Jones Negotiation - EagleMaven
The Eagles were indeed “all-in” on cornerback Byron Jones when the NFL’s so-called legal-tampering period began Monday but the talented former Dallas defensive back was also the top order of business for a number of teams around the league. In the frenzied opening day of negotiations, a league source described the negotiations to SI.com which enabled Jones to land the top deal of the day, a five-year, $82.5 million windfall with the Miami Dolphins, the key numbers being $40M guaranteed over two years and $57 totally guaranteed.

One clear conclusion from Malcolm Jenkins’ Saints contract - NBCSP
If Jenkins was so adamant about making top-five safety money, why did he sign so quickly with the Saints for a deal averaging more than $5 million LESS than he was looking for? If Jenkins was willing to play for $8 million a year — and we don’t know the annual base salaries yet but the earlier years are likely worth less than the later years — why didn’t he just stay here? He may have actually taken a pay cut. If Jenkins was cool with $8 million a year, why not just stay here? And if all it took to sign him was $8 million a year, why wouldn’t the Eagles just pay him that? There’s only one conclusion, and that’s the Eagles just didn’t want Jenkins to be an Eagle anymore. And it sure seems like the feeling was mutual. Strange situation.

Saints to bring back Malcolm Jenkins, contract details updated - Canal Street Chronicles
This amounts to a rough average salary of $8 million dollars per year, an absolute bargain for the New Orleans Saints. For context, Jenkins made approximately $8.4 million per year the last two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. Granted, Jenkins is no spring chicken at 32 years old, but he’s still shown to have plenty left in the tank. Now, teaming up again with Thomas Morstead and Drew Brees, all three remaining active players from the Saints Super Bowl season are back on the same roster.

NFL free agency: What are Eagles getting in Javon Hargrave? Scouting report from ex-Steelers teammates - NJ.com
How does Hargrave impact the defensive front? How does he make the job easier for his teammates on the line and at linebacker? FORT: “He’s extremely athletic for how big he is. My favorite thing is that he doesn’t get moved. Your worst nightmare as a linebacker is a defensive tackle that’s in your lap. He’s not going to overpower you like Fletch, but he’s definitely explosive. He will be able to get vertical like the Eagles like their linemen to get.” ALUALU: “A lot of the stuff he does goes unnoticed in the media and what’s seen on TV or on game days. He causes a lot of other players to make big plays. At the same time, he still makes his big plays … Just a lot of little things that he does like taking on a lot of double teams to free up a lot of players. Whether it’s the defensive ends or the defensive tackles or the linebackers being able to run through gaps and make plays.”

Instant Reaction to the Chicago Bears’ Trade for Nick Foles (with Michael Kist!) - Windy City Gridiron
The move is certainly a big one and looks to have a large impact on the 2020 season. With that in mind, I felt it only appropriate to bring in one of the best Eagles’ analysts I could think of, Michael Kist, to talk me through the highs and lows of the Bears’ new signal caller. We talk about everything from Foles’ likely impact on Chicago’s offense to just how Foles could affect their 2020 win-loss record — you won’t want to miss this!

Patriots reportedly signing defensive tackle Beau Allen to two-year pact - Pats Pulpit
A Super Bowl LII champion will be revisiting the New England Patriots. According to SiriusXM NFL’s Adam Caplan, New England has agreed to terms with 28-year-old defensive tackle Beau Allen on a two-year contract worth a maximum of $8 million. Allen entered the league as a Philadelphia Eagles seventh-round draft pick in 2014. The 6-foot-3, 327-pound Wisconsin product spent his initial four NFL seasons with Philadelphia before joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Could Jadaveon Clowney’s price tag tumble into Giants’ range? - Big Blue View
The pass-rush needy New York Giants took a one-year flier on edge defender Kyler Fackrell to give them a potential upgrade there, but as of yet haven’t done anything substantial to directly improve that pass rush. More than likely at this point, they aren’t going to be able to in free agency or the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. And yet ... Jadaveon Clowney, the premier edge defender on the market when the free agency negotiating window began, is still on the market — and Clowney’s price tag might be coming down. Clowney was originally thought to be seeking a contract in the range of $22 million or more annually. NFL Network said Wednesday, though, that with the signing period approaching Clowney “hasn’t found the market he expected.”

Chase Daniel continues to be the NFL’s backup quarterback contract GOAT - SB Nation
Veteran quarterback Chase Daniel agreed to a three-year, $13.05 million agreement with the Detroit Lions just ahead of the start of free agency. If he plays out that contract, his career earnings in the NFL will reach $47.36 million. There are many players who have collected more over the course of an NFL career. Nobody has made that kind of money without ... well ... playing football. In his 11 NFL seasons — which included stints with the Saints, Chiefs, Eagles, and Bears — Daniel has made just five starts and thrown seven career touchdowns. As of right now, Daniel is at $34,309,164 million in career earnings. Let’s crunch the numbers.

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