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Eagles News: “There have been whispers” of an Andre Dillard trade

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Would the Eagles really consider trading Andre Dillard just to get rid of Alshon Jeffery? - PhillyVoice
But that was hardly the most interesting thing McManus offered up. Because there’s been some trade buzz around Dillard, given the Eagles saying they’d welcome Peters back for another year and the team could presumably get something back in return for the young tackle, McManus threw out an idea he’d heard being rumored down at the NFL Combine last week, one that would theoretically solve both the problems outlined above, albeit in a way that would be an indictment of some of the biggest moves the front office has made in recent years. ”Top on that there’s been trade buzz around that,” McManus continued. “There have been whispers, I guess, coming out of the combine. The one that reached me is the idea that Dillard would be packaged with Alshon Jeffery in order to help unload that contract. Now that’s a whisper, that’s a buzz, but it tells you that there’s at least these rumors that are circulating. I don’t expect anything to happen in that degree, but I think that it is at least interesting that they are starting to come closer to the idea of Peters returning. I think it suggests that, at a minimum, they’re not 100% sure or confident that Dillard is ready to step in now and be the guy.”

Eagles at left tackle: The return of Jason Peters vs. the start of the Andre Dillard era - Inquirer
Peters has been written off before only to return. Just last week, general manager Howie Roseman said that the Eagles had yet to make a decision on the pending free agent. While he might have just been buying time before the team sends Peters off in style, there is significant in-house support for another go-around, per team and league sources. If Peters returns, it will be because the Eagles believe he can still perform at a high level. But it would also confirm the evaluation that Dillard isn’t quite ready. [...] Dillard wouldn’t get another opportunity to rebound from his setback. Eagles coaches weren’t concerned as much with the physical part of his failure as they were with the mental part, according to sources. He had seemingly conceded defeat even before kickoff.

PFF says there’s one free agent the Eagles must sign - BGN
On the note of “upside,” I’d like to add that Perriman had a real strong finish to the 2019 season. He logged 26 receptions for 550 yards and five touchdowns in his final six games. Perriman thrived in a No. 1 wide receiver role when both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin got injured towards the end of the year. Ergo, there’s evidence to believe he’s an ascending player. BGN’s Michael Kist did a great job of profiling Perriman in even more detail within his post titled: “The Eagles should pursue Breshad Perriman.” When it comes to the specific “must sign” angle, I think PFF has a fair point. The Eagles badly need at the receiver in position in general but they specifically need to add SPEED. There’s a decent chance they’ll be able to do as much through the 2020 NFL Draft ... but there’s no guarantee the right player(s) fall to them. Adding a legitimate burner via free agency gives the Eagles more flexibility in the draft.

Figuring Out Receiver - Iggles Blitz
Some mock drafts have had the Eagles taking LSU star Justin Jefferson. Not everyone is so keen on this. Jefferson played almost entirely in the slot last year. He wasn’t a field-stretcher and you don’t see explosive traits when you watch his game tape. Jefferson was the leading receiver on one of the most explosive offenses in college football history. He caught 18 TD passes in 2019. He is a terrific route-runner and he’s got great hands. Jefferson knows how to get open and he catches everything near him. The Eagles would definitely benefit from having Jefferson as part of the passing game. He could play in the slot or outside. He’s not going to stretch defenses like explosive players do, but he would be a valuable asset. Is Jefferson worth pick 21? Should the Eagles take him in the first round?

How the Eagles can become Super Bowl contenders in 2020 - ESPN
Draft wide receiver Justin Jefferson: Wide receiver sits alongside cornerback atop the priority list. It’s a good year to be receiver-hungry, as this draft class is considered to be historic in quality. The feeling here is the Eagles will have to move up from No. 21 overall if they want to nab the likes of CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy or Henry Ruggs — and with 10 projected picks, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has the capital to do it. There’s a deep well to pull from if Philadelphia opts to stay put, a group that includes Tee Higgins, Brandon Aiyuk and Laviska Shenault. Jefferson (6-foot-1, 202 pounds) deserves serious consideration. He had an FBS-leading 111 catches for 1,540 yards and 18 touchdowns last season as a junior and further solidified his standing as a top-end prospect by running a 4.43-second 40-yard dash at the combine. This is a situation where the measurables and production match up. Plug him into the slot and let him and Carson Wentz work some magic.

Free-Agent Sales Pitch: Team Fits For Byron Jones - The Draft Network
With $45 million in projected cap space for free agency, general manager Howie Roseman and the Philadelphia Eagles’ front office could do some serious damage on the open market. Roseman has consistently been one of the most aggressive decision-makers across the league — never shy of upgrading his team despite a heavy price tag. The most likely area due for an upgrade this offseason? The secondary. Giving up big plays in the back end was the team’s Achilles heel in 2019, and when injuries started to pile up, there was no depth on the roster to replace production. In fact, you could argue Philadelphia had the worst cornerback group last year. Enter Jones: the star boundary cornerback from the rival Cowboys. What a move it would be for Roseman to land Jones and instantly upgrade the team’s biggest sore spot. But why should Jones pick Philadelphia over other teams? The Eagles’ biggest pitch to Jones is that this deal is not just about being the highest-paid cornerback in the league, it’s about playing the team that didn’t believe in your playmaking upside to give you a second contract. It’s the added emotional factor of proving the Cowboys’ front office wrong and playing them twice each year for the next several seasons. If that means anything to Jones, the Eagles could be a serious contender in this sweepstakes.

Mailbag: The Five Potential Shockers of Free Agency - MMQB
3) I think Dallas’ Byron Jones could wind up becoming the highest-paid corner in league history by a healthy amount, on the same principle that has all those linemen getting paid—there just aren’t enough good cover men to go around. (He, of course, will be a very temporary record-holder, with Jalen Ramsey in a contract year.)

Cowboys free agency focus: Could Chris Harris Jr. help soften blow of potentially losing Byron Jones? - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys would love to keep Byron Jones but probably not at the numbers that are being projected in free agency. With focus squarely on two of their biggest offensive stars, Byron Jones will certainly hit the open market and he’s likely to price himself out of Dallas. Among Cowboys fans and media alike, it’s a split-vote as some believe they can move on, while others believe they will regret not re-signing the Pro Bowl corner. Regardless, the Cowboys have some questions to answer at cornerback and rumors are that they have interest in a former Broncos CB, Chris Harris Jr.

2020 NFL Draft prospect profile: Denzel Mims, WR, Baylor - Big Blue View
Denzel Mims projects as a starting X receiver at the NFL level and would be best in a vertical offense. There are few receivers with Mims’ catch radius and raw speed, making him a threat at every level and an asset for an offense that wants to push the ball down the field. He will benefit from a coaching at the NFL level to polish and hone his craft as a receiver. He flashes impressive ability to track, adjust, and catch the ball, at times showing impressive field awareness and body control to contort and make sure he comes down inbounds. But he can also shows inconsistencies which should be ironed out of his game. Mims has a slight tendency to let his concentration wander and can suffer concentration drops, as well as a tendency to hop and body-catch the ball. He will also need to become more consistent in his route running, as his tendency to round off breaks will make it easier for NFL caliber defensive backs to stay with him throughout his route.

Tom Brady–to-the-49ers Is a Ridiculous Proposition That Makes Too Much Sense to Dismiss - The Ringer
We now have to consider this scenario, as there’s been a growing sense in the media that Brady-to–San Francisco is a real possibility. Former Niner Deion Sanders fueled the fire over the weekend, Peter King broached the subject in his post-combine column, ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio discussed it with Phil Simms this week, and NBC Sports Boston reporter Tom E. Curran, among the most plugged-in people in Foxborough, thinks it’s possible. With reports that the quarterback’s first contract discussion with Bill Belichick did not go well—as well as the fact that Niners GM John Lynch tried to trade for him once already, back in 2018—it’s time to put some more options on the table and reconsider what realistic means in this context. No player has ever had a career like Brady, so perhaps he’ll have a free agency like no one else before him. And that could lead him to San Francisco. But would that make sense for either side?

Every major NFL free agent rumor heading into the new league year - SB Nation
This year’s NFL free agency is different than most years. Not only is the collective bargaining agreement proposal holding up contract negotiations, but we also have an excellent group of players hitting the open market. That includes some of the biggest names in the NFL, like Dak Prescott, Chris Jones, and even Tom Brady. With such a strong class, there are plenty of rumors to keep track of — even if pending free agents can’t sign with teams until the new league year begins on March 18. While a number of these players will ultimately re-sign with their current teams or draw the franchise tag, others will land with new teams. These are the free agents need to know about and the latest rumors surrounding their 2020 destinations.


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