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Eagles News: Philadelphia among teams with worst returns on free agent investments in recent years

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/13/21.

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Free Agent Success Rates, 2017 to 2020 - Over The Cap
On a per contract basis (adjusted for years) the teams spending the most were the Jaguars at a crazy $12.1 million per year. The Chiefs were next at $10.9 million a year followed by the Packers ($10.6M), Jets ($9.8M), and Vikings ($9.7M). The Chiefs and Packers have few signings which is why the large cost and the Vikings number is inflated because of Kirk Cousins. The Jaguars and Jets just signed a lot of expensive guys with no return. The worst returns on investment thus far are the Cowboys, Bengals, Texans, Eagles, and Vikings. For many of those teams it is because the contracts are early and often contracts are frontloaded. [BLG Note: Howie Roseman crushed free agency in 2017 but it’s been a rough go since.]

Eagles offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach will attend Trey Lance’s pro day - BGN
Jeffrey Lurie’s reported desire to have Jalen Hurts be the Eagles’ starting quarterback this year doesn’t mean Philadelphia will ignore the position leading up to the 2021 NFL Draft. Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen and quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson are attending Trey Lance’s pro day at North Dakota State today, according to Albert Breer. Lance is expected, though not necessarily guaranteed, to be available when the Eagles pick at No. 6 overall. Ergo, it’s only natural that they’re doing homework on one of the options potentially available to them. There’s also the matter of Lance being relatively unknown as a prospect. I mean, he’s obviously a high-profile name. But this is a dude with just 318 total college pass attempts, and all of them coming at the Division I FCS level. Contrast that number with other top FBS quarterback prospects such as Trevor Lawrence’s 1,138, or Zach Wilson’s 837, or Justin Fields’ 618, or even Mac Jones’ 556. Comparatively speaking, there just isn’t an extensive track record to evaluate when it comes to Lance.

The Solak Show 003: Seth Galina on defensive trends and Jonathan Gannon’s schem‪e‬ - BGN Radio
Banger of a show today as Ben welcomes on Seth Galina, the senior college football writer at PFF, to discuss: Why the NFL is slowly moving towards a 2-high defensive meta, What about 2-high defenses creates new advantages, How the Colts ran their 2-high defense with new Eagles DC Jonathan Gannon on staff, How that 2-high defense compares to other popularized 2-high structures in the league, like ex-Los Angeles’ Rams DC and current Los Angeles Chargers HC Brandon Staley’s system, What to expect from the Eagles’ defense in 2021 ... Also: Do QBs need to throw middle of the field anymore?

Former Eagle DeSean Jackson selling New Jersey home - PhillyVoice
DeSean Jackson is the latest former Eagle to put a New Jersey home on the market, following recent listings for properties owned by Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz. Jackson, like Pederson, has had a home in Moorestown, where the wideout held annual youth football camps during his first stint with with the Eagles. His “Ritz-Carlton-inspired” home at 739 Brandywine Dr. was recently listed at $1.425 million and a sale is pending, according to a listing on Redfin. Property records show the home is owned by Jackson and his One X One apparel company, which is linked to his foundation.

Where are they now? G Jim Skaggs -
Jim Skaggs had a choice in 1962. Coming out of the University of Washington, the offensive lineman was chosen by the Eagles in the 10th round of the NFL Draft. And he was also selected by the Oakland Raiders in the 12th round of the AFL Draft. He headed East. “That’s when the American Football League was brand new,” Skaggs says. “I think it was only 2 years old. There had been some start-up leagues in the past that hadn’t made it and I know it sounds funny now, but back then, they were so new that it seemed like they were sort of a junior league. “Most of the guys who had a choice went to the NFL. I know within a couple years that wasn’t the case because of the salaries that they were offering in the American Football League. But when I looked at it, it seemed to be the logical choice for me.”

Report: Colts Free Agent RB Marlon Mack Progressing in Rehab; Expected to be a ‘Full Go’ for Training Camp - Stampede Blue
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Indianapolis Colts free agent running back Marlon Mack is progressing well in his ongoing rehabilitation and is expected to be a full go for training camp—wherever that may be. Of course, the former 2017 4th round pick of the Colts suffered a season-ending torn Achilles in last season’s opener. [BLG Note: Potential Eagles free agent target.]

Right now it seems like the Dallas Cowboys are setting up a decision at wide receiver in 2022 - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys might be setting up a 2022 decision between Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. To reiterate, it is possible that the Cowboys restructure other deals in the coming days, weeks or months, but Amari Cooper seemed like one that they would address sooner rather than later if they were going to. When the team signed Cooper to his extension a year ago it was evident that the Cowboys could escape the contract in the 2022 offseason if they chose to do so. After the team drafted CeeDee Lamb in the first round last year that set up a hypothetical where he and Michael Gallup are the team’s future at the position. Dallas would have to absorb $6M in dead salary cap space if they moved on from Amari after this coming season, but that is obviously not the biggest hurdle to cross relatively speaking. This is important given that Michael Gallup is entering a contract year. Cooper will turn 27 this summer, and while he has three years on Gallup as far as NFL experience is concerned, that will only make him two years older in terms of actual age. There is no question that Cooper is the better wide receiver in the here and now, this is said with absolutely no disrespect intended towards Gallup, but the future might be a different conversation, especially after this coming season.

2021 NFL Draft Special #4: Rondale Moore Interview + Bucking the Consensus + Bucs Extend Brad‪y‬ - The SB Nation NFL Show
Michael Kist chats with Jon Ledyard about the new Tom Brady extension with the Bucs before digging into 2021 NFL Draft prospects that Ledyard is higher/lower on than the consensus PLUS Kyle Posey interviews NFL Draft prospect WR Rondale Moore!


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