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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/29/20.

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11 best deals and biggest steals in free agency so far - TouchdownWire
Javon Hargrave, DT, Philadelphia Eagles — Given their cap difficulties, the Pittsburgh Steelers had no choice but to see defensive tackle Javon Hargrave move across the state to the Philadelphia Eagles. Hargrave has been a rock in the interior of Pittsburgh’s defensive line the past few seasons and is coming off a career-best season, where he notched 60 combined tackles along with four sacks. Just 26, he can be a focal point on the inside of the Eagles’ offense for seasons to come. Now some might wonder about the transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3 base front, but pairing him on the interior with Fletcher Cox should quell most concerns. What makes this deal a good value is how Howie Roseman constructed the contract. It is technically a five-year, $65 million deal, but the 2023 and 2024 seasons automatically void before the start of the 2023 league year. So it is in essence a three-year, $39 million deal. By using these void years, Roseman is able to spread out Hargrave’s signing bonus ($11.75 million) to reduce the impact on the Eagles’ cap.

Are the Eagles hanging Carson Wentz out to dry? - BGN
Not all of those players would have been fits with the Eagles, especially on some of those contracts. But many of them would have helped and given the Eagles a more reliable option than Alshon Jeffery or JJ Arcega-Whiteside. By not going out and getting a reliable wide receiver in free agency, the Eagles are potentially hanging Carson Wentz out to dry in 2020.

Eye On the Enemy #13: Important NFC East Moves & Howie Thoughts - BGN Radio
John Stolnis looks around the NFC East to discuss the most important moves from Dallas, New York & Washington PLUS thoughts on Howie Roseman’s recent conference call with the media! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

NFC East 2020 free agency grades: New York Giants edition - PhillyVoice
The Giants absolutely had to sign a cornerback, and they did so in Bradberry. He’ll certainly help. But beyond that, they spent on a lot of “guys,” none of whom have much in the way of projected upside. Is there anyone in the Giants’ “players added” column above who hasn’t already reached their ceiling, or is coming down from it? In my view, no. For a team that has gone 12-36 the last three years, the focus should have been on adding young players with an upward trajectory, not paying for non-impact role players who just are what they are.

Embracing Risk - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles are also betting that they can find a couple of rookies who can come in and help the team right away. In recent years, the Eagles have had low expectations for rookie receivers. Howie Roseman has talked about how studies have shown that position struggles in the first year. The game of football is always evolving. 2019 was the year of the rookie receiver. Deebo Samuel and Mecole Hardman helped their teams get to the Super Bowl. I think the Eagles have changed their mindset on rookie receivers. After getting burned by Terry McLaurin, Darius Slayton, D.K. Metcalf and a handful of others, the Eagles know first-hand that rookies can get the job done.

At WR, Eagles have plan in place to be at top of the game - PE.com
Roseman also said that Arcega-Whiteside “needs to take a big jump” after catching 10 passes for 169 yards and a touchdown last year. With Agholor gone to Las Vegas via free agency, the Eagles think Ward has a chance to help for an entire season out of the slot, but there will surely be competition. The Eagles, when it all boils down, chose to spend their money in free agency on the defensive side of the ball and they greatly impacted that group.

Ever wonder how many Philly natives played for the Eagles? - NBCSP
When the Eagles signed Will Parks, who grew up at 2nd and Allegheny and attended since-shuttered Germantown High School, it got me wondering how many Philadelphia natives have played for the Eagles. The answer is not many. Especially recently. Going back to 1940, we found 14 Philly natives who played in at least one regular-season game for the Eagles. We’re not including players from the suburbs [Vince Papale, Josh Adams, Matt Bahr] or Philly natives the Eagles drafted who never got into a game [Raheem Brock, Steve Ebbeke].

Reports: Chiefs re-signing Demarcus Robinson - Arrowhead Pride
According to a report from NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero, the Kansas City Chiefs have signed free-agent wide receiver Demarcus Robinson to a one-year contract that will bring him back to the team in the 2020 season.

NFL.com predicts a record breaking year for Nick Foles - Windy City Gridiron
It seems the national media is split on the Chicago Bears trading for quarterback Nick Foles, but the split doesn’t come on whether or not they believe he’s a upgrade in Chicago’s QB room, the split is more along the lines of, ‘OMG how could they gave up a fourth-round pick for a player still due so much money!’ I tend to think the trade was too pricey, but that’s more because I think they could have got him for less since the Jaguars seemed intent on getting rid of him. Then again, if there truly was a small market for his services, then is a fourth-rounder too much to stabilize the position?

Report: Michael Bennett wants to play another season - PFT
Defensive end Michael Bennett said earlier this month that he wasn’t sure if he wanted to play another NFL season, but it appears he’s come to a decision. Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News reports that Bennett would like to play. If he does, it will mark 12 years in the league for a player who entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2009.

What is the greatest sports video game of all time? - Fake Teams
I figured since we’re a fake sports site, it only makes sense to rank and determine the greatest sports video game of all time. I’ve got 32 games, broken into four different divisions to chose from for this prestigious title. This list of 32 was constructed with my own video game knowledge, along with pretty much every “top sport video game” list the internet had to offer, so if your favorite game didn’t make the top 32, well, maybe you should play more popular games.

The Bears’ top offseason priority was an expensive Mitchell Trubisky backup plan - SB Nation
The Bears kicked off the offseason by getting their Trubisky insurance — and it wasn’t cheap. Chicago not only traded a fourth-round pick for Nick Foles, but also assumed the final three seasons of his four-year, $88 million contract in the process. Pace may be publicly content to roll with Trubisky, though Foles could wind up getting the call at the first sign of trouble. Chicago’s other big additions this March were tight end Jimmy Graham and Robert Quinn. That would be much more impressive if it were 2017.

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