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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/21/20.

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Philly, Can We Still Be Friends? - The Players’ Tribune
I want to establish two truths upfront that are not mutually exclusive. One: I’m excited as hell to be going back to New Orleans. And two: I sincerely never wanted to leave Philadelphia. Let’s tackle that second part first. Forget everything else you’ve heard, and just trust me on this: Money has NEVER been my motivator. For me, it’s always been LEGACY that I value most. When you see me doing whatever I can to keep my body healthy through long seasons, it’s not for me to get paid — it’s because my teammates need me and I want to be remembered as a guy who was always available. When you see me, an 11-year veteran, playing special teams and running down on punt coverage, it’s not because I want extra money — it’s because I want to be known as someone who will give it all to his team in order to win. And in a similar sense, I don’t spend countless hours fighting on behalf of those who need help for any personal credit — I do it because I believe it’s my responsibility, as someone who stands on the shoulders of those who came before me. It’s my legacy that I’m concerned with.

POLL: What grade would you give the Malcolm Jenkins signing? - Canal Street Chronicles
Malcolm Jenkins is back in the Black and Gold. Jenkins likely took a team-friendly deal to reunite with his former head coach in Sean Payton and former teammates Drew Brees and Thomas Morstead. The exact cap hit for 2020 isn’t known yet, but we know only $16.25 million of the $32 million over four years is guaranteed. By all accounts, the Saints were able to bring back Jenkins on a bargain.

Six-pack of free agent wide receiver options for the Eagles - BGN
With a loaded wide receiver class in the 2020 NFL Draft, free agent wideouts have experienced a soft market. As such, deep threats like Robby Anderson have yet to find a home, possibly due to teams being unwilling to meet him at his asking price. In the past four seasons, Anderson’s deep targets of over 20 yards ranks fourth in the league, and his average intended air yards per targets of 15.7 is higher than that of DeSean Jackson, per PFF. Anderson’s productivity hit a bump in the road after a solid 2017 campaign catching balls from Josh McCown (63-941-7), but pairing the deep threat with Carson Wentz would give him an enticing ceiling. If it’s a buyer’s market at wide receiver, the Eagles should check out what kind of discount they could get on Anderson.

Eagles free agency: What’s left to do? - PhillyVoice
Scanning what’s left, there isn’t much in the way of players the Eagles could sign who you would immediately pencil in as a starter. The Eagles entered free agency thin at linebacker, and barring an unlikely trade for one, they’re going to stay thin there. I would expect the Eagles to address linebacker in the draft, but don’t hold your breath on it being with a super-early pick.

Eagles’ passing on receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Stefon Diggs places greater emphasis on the draft - Inquirer
The salary cap hit is good enough reason to bring Alshon Jeffery back, in spite of his clearly declining skills. But when the cacophony surrounding the receiver and his relationship with Wentz, and certain anonymous criticisms he reportedly made of the quarterback, are considered, it’s unlikely that he can return.

NFL uncertainty amid coronavirus: Experience will matter more than ever as league braces for big changes - CBS Sports
Really, the entire NFC East, I believe, will be swayed by what is to come. I already thought the Eagles had the best team in the division by far, but when you factor in that every other team in the division has a new head coach and basically all new coordinators and play callers, and there might not be any real opportunity to mingle and chat with and get to know players at all in a one-on-one fashion before camps launch – no position group meetings and full team meetings and time to huddle up during OTAs – that puts a team like the Eagles with almost total cohesion in a far better position to hit the ground running.

NFL free agency: Ranking the 15 best remaining free agents - ESPN
8. Jason Peters, OT. 2019 team: Philadelphia Eagles | Age: 38. At his age, Peters is a year-to-year proposition. But after he played in 29 of a possible 32 games over the past two seasons, there is a reason to think he could squeeze out at least one more quality season. Even if his best years are long behind him, starting left tackles of any quality generate intense interest.

NFL rumors: Eagles’ Jason Peters to Buccaneers? Why former NFL exec thinks it’s a strong match - NJ.com
He may have an option to do that in Tampa Bay with the Buccaneers, who recently signed quarterback Tom Brady (ever heard of him?) to a two-year deal. ESPN analyst Louis Riddick worked with Peters in Philadelphia when he served as the team’s director of pro personnel from 2010-13. Riddick believes Tampa Bay would be a good landing spot for Peters if he is willing to transition to the right tackle position.

Zach and Julie Ertz donate $100,000 to Philadelphia food bank - PFT
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz and his wife Julie, who is a star player on the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, announced that they have donated $100,000 to Philabundance through their foundation. The organization is a food bank that serves more than 350 smaller agencies around the city. The Ertz’s donation will provide more than 100,000 meals for those in need.

The Doug Pederson-Carson Wentz Era Begins | Eagles Highlights - PE.com
Flashback to Week 1 of the 2016 season when the Doug Pederson-Carson Wentz began with a win over the Cleveland Browns.

Foles is the early favorite to start week one for the Bears - Windy City Gridiron
Now the best case scenario for the Bears would be for Trubisky to make the jump we all expected him to make last year and take full control of the offense, but with Foles’ experience and knowledge of the system, it might take an injury to get Mitch on the field in the regular season. And for all those holding out hope that Trubisky is still the guy, it is possible we could be looking at a reverse of what transpired in Tennessee. The Titans brought in a veteran to back up their guy, only to have their guy falter, which led to the new guy taking over and earning a big pay day in free agency.

2020 NFL Free Agency: Houston Texans Sign Jaylen Watkins To Two-Year Deal - Battle Red Blog
In surveying the reaction of Chargers fans after the news broke, I saw several fans who mentioned Watkins was solid last year in place of Derwin James, so perhaps the Texans’ newest signee can make his way into the rotation at safety. Odds are, however, that this is primarily a move to strengthen Houston’s special teams while providing the bonus of providing depth in the secondary.

The NFL’s best remaining free agents in 2020, by position - SB Nation
With the legal tampering period beginning on March 16, many deals were already agreed upon before free agency actually began. Some became official right at 4 p.m. ET when the new league year kicked off, while others have yet to be finalized until teams can conduct physicals. We’ve also seen a high number of franchise tags this offseason, with players like Dak Prescott and Chris Jones sticking with their teams. Even after all that, there are a slew of free agents looking for a landing spot in 2020. Below, we’ll point you to the best available players at each position, with updates throughout free agency. Note that not every signing is included, namely for players at the bottom of the roster.

Early NFL matchup odds for 2020 season - DraftKings Nation
The closest odds are when the Eagles head to Cleveland to take on the Browns. The Browns currently are -0.5 favorites, which is a bit surprising, as they finished 6-10 and third in their division while the Eagles were 9-7 and first in theirs. Last season the Browns were the pre-season darlings after acquiring Odell Beckham Jr. and others, so plenty of people will be wary of crowning their comeback prematurely this season. The good news is that they beefed up one of their weakest links when they signed right tackle Jack Conklin. They also got a solid tight end in Austin Hooper to give Baker Mayfield plenty of strong options underneath. The Browns will be better and playing in Cleveland should become a true test in 2020.

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