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Pauline Mailbag: The latest NFL free agency news and rumors, including Byron Jones, the NY Jets, and more - Pro Football Network
What have you heard about the Philadelphia Eagles and Byron Jones? Throughout the week of the NFL Combine, everything I heard pointed to the Philadelphia Eagles being the favorite for CB Byron Jones. Then late in the weekend, someone told me to “expect the Eagles and New York Giants to get into a bidding war for Jones.” As I reported last week – Jones is going to make a lot of money and he’ll be able to pick the team he wants to play for.

2020 NFL free agency: Should Giants be in bidding war for CB Byron Jones? - Big Blue View
RJ Ochoa of SB Nation’s Blogging The Boys says: “Byron Jones represents a lot of indecision from the Cowboys over the last five years. His athletic prowess left them befuddled as to what his true position should be, and it took until his fourth season for them to realize that he is an elite cornerback. That’s what Byron is, but the Cowboys seemingly decided long ago to let him walk. It’s the issue when you have a lot of people to pay, and wherever he goes, despite a low interception number, he is going to be very good.

Perfect scheme fits for top 2020 NFL free agents: Landing spots for Tom Brady, Jadeveon Clowney, more - ESPN+
Byron Jones, CB. Best scheme fit: Philadelphia Eagles. Jones’ lack of on-the-ball production — only two interceptions in five NFL seasons — has to be discussed here. You want to pay up for defensive backs who find the ball and finish. But Jones does have the coverage traits to fit as a man/outside third defender in Philadelphia. That’s the hips, length and speed. The Eagles, who played single-high coverages like Cover 1 and Cover 3 on 70.9% of opponent dropbacks this season, desperately need to upgrade at the cornerback position. We can all see that on film. That’s why I’m looking at Jones, who should be in demand if the Cowboys don’t find a way to bring him back.

NFL Free Agency Preview: 69 players with connections to the Eagles - BGN
WR Breshad Perriman. The Eagles originally brought Perriman to Philly for an official pre-draft visit leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft. Of course, that was when Chip Kelly and Ed Marynowitz were running player personnel. The Eagles passed on Perriman to instead select Nelson Agholor in the first round. Perriman was selected by the Ravens while Weidl was serving as an east regional scout for Baltimore. Perriman ended up being a big bust for the Ravens before they cut him in September 2018. The Eagles brought him to Philly for a workout back then but opted to sign Jordan Matthews instead. Perriman spent some time with the Cleveland Browns that year before having his best season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2019. Perriman is a deep threat that the Eagles should be targeting in free agency.

Jason Peters Will Test Free Agency - BGN Radio
Jimmy Kempski and Brandon Lee Gowton hit up a plethora of topics:. Jason Peters is gone, gone? Or is he? Big V getting big bucks? Alshon Jeffery confronted by a teammate... who was it? Buzzing for Byron Jones, Breshad Perriman, PFF’s must-sign FA for the Eagles... Nick. Foles........ stop. AND MORE! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.

Eagles fan Chase Young may soon become an Eagles’ nightmare - PhillyVoice
Off the field, he bore the scorn of his childhood buddies and anyone else in the vicinity every time the Eagles played the hometown Redskins—because Young grew up a major Eagles fan. “When Chase was young, he met (former Buckeye and Eagles’ running back) Keith Byars, and at the time, Chase didn’t know who he was,” recalled Greg Young, Chase’s father. “I told Chase that was Keith Byars. He played for the Eagles. That started it. Then, when Michael Vick went to the Eagles, he became a huge fan. His bedroom has Eagles stuff all over it. His whole room was painted in Eagles’ colors. He had an Eagles blanket and everything.”

NFL rumors: Eagles should pursue these 3 cost-effective free agents on open market -
2. Will Parks, S/CB, Denver Broncos. Parks is a versatile defensive back, who can play several different positions. The Philadelphia native played nickel cornerback for the Broncos last season, but previously played free safety and strong safety for the squad. With McLeod set to test free agency this month, the Eagles could be looking for a younger, cheaper option at the position. Parks could compete and rotate with Avonte Maddox at the nickel corner and free safety spots during training camp to find out which player would be the best fit for each position. The 6-foot-1, 194-pound jack-of-all-trades makes sense for the Eagles, as the team deploys three safeties regularly. Even if the Eagles don’t view Parks as a starting free safety, he can be the big nickel cornerback in dime situations. Parks’ versatility essentially makes him a three-down player with the Eagles’ nickel package serving as its most used formation.

Reports: Chiefs promote Mike Kafka after blocking Eagles from making him offensive coordinator - Arrowhead Pride
The Kansas City Chiefs have promoted quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka by adding the title of “passing game coordinator” to his name, the team announced via its official Twitter account on Friday. But that is not the interesting part — shortly after the news was announced, reports from NFL Network revealed that the Philadelphia Eagles had an interest in Kafka as an offensive coordinator, but that was blocked by head coach Andy Reid and the Chiefs.

NFL insider notes: Cowboys have spent the least on payroll since 2016, why cash trumps cap, new CBA and more - CBS Sports
That is your bottom 20 percent in spending in the league in that time frame. The average NFL team spent $703 million on payroll in that span, and the top five spending teams in the league during that span – the Jaguars, Eagles, Falcons, Bears, and Packers – all spent at least $750M in salary since 2016. Of course, spending the most didn’t prove worth it for any of those teams save Philadelphia – but nevertheless, I’d presume seeing Jerah’s World at the bottom of this list would surprise some people (and seeing the Ravens that low as well probably would too, since their annual woes with the salary cap have become a narrative).

Investigating the individual draft success of every NFL team - PFF
The NFC East hasn’t observed a particularly good or bad team in terms of drafting. However, the Redskins struggled to find good players on a consistent basis and have consequently been the least successful team in their division in recent memory.

Report: Marquise Goodwin has been discussed in potential trade talks - Niners Nation
The 29-year-old Olympic Jumper is still one of the faster players in the NFL, as we saw last summer. Goodwin was phased out of the offense and eventually went on IR toward the end of the season. That also hurts his value. The 49ers being able to get a draft pick for Goodwin is a big win. Even if it’s a Day 3 pick, that could be packaged to move up, the Niners currently have two fifth-round selections, let’s say Goodwin turns into a third fifth-rounder. That gives Lynch ammo to move back into the fourth round if a player he covets falls. Also, another pick to throw into a deal for a potential player trade the team may make.

It would be a colossal mistake if the Cowboys decided to not hang on to Amari Cooper - Blogging The Boys
The idea of not keeping Cooper is very unsettling. Not only is that a big gamble on what the offense may look like without him, but it would highlight some very bad missteps for the Cowboys in the first round over the last five years. For starters, you have the Taco Charlton flame out that only lasted two very underwhelming seasons. Then, there’s the fact that 2015 first-rounder Byron Jones is leaving, and when you really think about it - they only got two really good years from him as he played out of position his first three years in the league. And if Cooper leaves, the means the Cowboys surrendered first-round draft capital for a season and a half rental. Even though Cooper played well in his time with Dallas, that’s still not a good return on your investment.

Quick Thoughts on New Rookie Options and CBA Revenue Split - Over The Cap
The proposed CBA came out today and I just wanted to share a few thoughts on the brief look I had at it since we should know within a week if it is ratified or not. For the most part this CBA reads very much like an extension of the current agreement with some minor tweaks and Im sure some added things related to player safety and data controls (these are the type of things that we may touch on in a book but I’m more into the salary aspect of these things). There were two things that I wanted to talk about a bit- the new rookie option and the proposed revenue split. One of the bigger changes deals with the 5th year rookie option and to a lesser extent the proven performance escalator. Depending on where you are drafted these can be looked at as a win or a loss. Let’s start with the option year.

Ask a former NFL player: Is it a problem there’s so much disagreement about the new CBA vote? - SB Nation
Do you believe the players will vote yes for the CBA? And how would you vote? — @bearsforfears [...] I’ll answer the latter first. I would most likely vote yes, but I haven’t seen all the details. It’s OK to wait for all the details before giving a final opinion, which is something no one does anymore. I think I’m leaning yes because while this deal has plenty of shortcomings, the core group of players will see increases in benefits and salary. I do believe the players will approve the new CBA. It benefits the younger guys, who outnumber the veterans. It just needs a majority of players to pass. If only 500 vote, it just needs 251 votes. This proposal should clear that bar. I do find it an odd process when the executive committee — who’s been in negotiations for almost a year — can vote to NOT ratify the CBA, but the players can overrule that with a vote.


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