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NFL free agency signing predictions: Jets, Bears, Giants, Ravens, Patriots all find help - The Athletic
John Johnson (S): Eagles. The Eagles are viewing 2021 as a rebuilding year as they try to get their cap in order, but they are not in the business of completely sitting out free agency. They’ll restructure deals on current players to free up some space to add young talent, and Johnson is a player who could appeal to them. Free safety Rodney McLeod is coming off of a season-ending knee injury and turns 31 in June. Johnson played in a split-safety scheme in Los Angeles and showed versatility with more than 250 snaps at free safety, at slot corner and in the box. At just 25 years old, the Eagles can project Johnson as a key cog for when they’re ready to be more competitive.
Are you concerned about Jeffrey Lurie meddling? - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) and Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) discuss all the latest Eagles news and rumors. Including: Jeffrey Lurie’s meddling, Jeff McLane’s deep dive on Howie Roseman, NFL Draft talk about Kyle Pitts and Trey Lance, why the cap ISN’T a myth, free agency goals, and much more!
Under the Microscope - Iggles Blitz
It just isn’t pretty. Good moves like signing Alex Singleton, drafting Jordan Mailata and drafting Miles Sanders pale in comparion to the mistakes. Howie helped the Eagles win a Super Bowl. Since then the roster got older, worse and more expensive. That is a dreadful combination. It does not bode well for the future. Jeff Lurie will stick with Howie so all we can do is hope he somehow gets his mojo back and makes good picks this year. This team can’t afford a bad draft class. The right group of players could get this team headed in the right direction. If Howie misses, the Eagles could be headed for a Top 5 draft pick.
Will Eagles coach Sirianni get to install his systems in person this spring? - Inquirer
The NFL league year starts March 17, when teams can begin to sign free agents, and the Eagles can finally make official the trade of Carson Wentz to Indianapolis. The three-day draft starts April 29, and unlike last year, teams have been told that they can gather at team facilities for the draft. Beyond those dates this offseason, who knows? During the 2020 season, played amid coronavirus restrictions, there was a lot of talk about the benefits of a presumed upcoming “normal offseason.” As the vaccine rollout continues, will teams return to practice venues for offseason programs? Will there be on-field work and in-person classroom setups this spring, or will teams work remotely until players are vaccinated? Teams and agents say they don’t know yet, and some are not optimistic about any sort of normalcy occurring before training camps open at the end of July, at best.
Eagles Extra Q&A: Could Andre Dillard or Jordan Mailata be traded? Was Trey Lance’s pro day visit a smokescreen? - NJ.com
There’s been a lot of fan discussion about Dillard’s potential on the trade market, but it’s hard to see him being moved before the summer, if at all. First off, his value is probably at an all-time low, as he missed all of last season and was up-and-down in his four starts as a rookie in 2019. Remember, Dillard was expected to be a Top-15 pick and still fell so the Eagles could trade up for him. Teams passed on him for one reason or another, so it’s not like he’s some can’t-miss prospect, even without the past two years to dissect. The Dolphins just swapped late-round picks to acquire head-case 2020 first-round pick Isaiah Wilson from the Titans. Dillard probably has significantly better value than Wilson. That said, does it make sense to trade him for a third- or fourth-round pick? The Eagles will actually lose about $135k in cap space by trading him before June 1. Now, let’s say a good team misses out on a top-tier left tackle in the draft or their starting left tackle gets injured in minicamp or in an offseason workout, similarly to how Brandon Brooks was lost last year. Maybe the Eagles have enough leverage to gain a nice 2022 Day 2 pick from a desperate playoff contender in this case. That move would make sense as the trade would also save the Eagles around $1.6 million in cap space as well.
One Free Agent (or Trade Candidate) Fit For All 32 NFL Teams - Sports Illustrated
Philadelphia Eagles. Jason Verrett, defensive back. While the Eagles struggled most significantly in man coverage last year (despite running it more than a third of the time) and Verrett comes from the zone-heavy 49ers, he can help new coordinator Jonathan Gannon transition into a more Matt Eberflus–esque zone scheme. This is going to be the Eagles’ new reality during the Wentz dead-money years. Verrett can be a very high boom in free agency, or he could struggle to fend off injury.
Six fears about the Cowboys for the 2021 season - Blogging The Boys
Is that hypocritical for someone who spent much of the last five years making arguments that Prescott was better than both Jared Goff and Carson Wentz? Maybe, but the Dallas ownership and front office have made some real boneheaded decisions over the years. Maybe this time the fact that so many people that are smart about evaluating QB play and overall team structure approve of the signing presages success for Prescott and the team. It is still something that jumps out from behind a corner and scares a bit. That is above and beyond the whole “he basically had an ankle destroyed” thing. Recovery and rehabilitation from injuries that once would have forever ended careers is not quite commonplace in the NFL, but they aren’t all that rare anymore. Alex Smith, who Prescott cited as an inspiration for him, is just the most notable of late. So far, all signs are that the Cowboys will have their starting quarterback fully ready by the start of training camp, and perhaps even before. We’ll still likely be holding our breath every time he takes a snap, at least for a few games.
Report: Nate Solder to stay with Giants - Big Blue View
Solder first came to the Giants as a blockbuster free agent signing in 2018, his four-year, $62 million contract making him the highest-paid offensive tackle in the NFL at the time. He hasn’t lived up to his hefty price tag, and is credited with giving up 19 sacks in 2018 and 2019 (per The Washington Post). However, Solder is lauded for his leadership off the field and bringing him back will keep a veteran voice in an offensive line room which just lost Kevin Zeitler. [BLG Note: Good news for the Eagles.]
We talked to Duce Staley about Lions RBs, coaching and more - Pride Of Detroit
With the power of facial hair and Detroit Lions football, we at Pride Of Detroit were given a chance to sit down with Lions running backs and assistant head coach Duce Staley. He joined us to talk your reader and listener questions, and shed light on the current Lions running backs and so much more. Staley covered a good deal with us: what it’s been like to transition from being a running back to a running backs coach on game day mentally, what he sees in D’Andre Swift and Kerryon Johnson, what he looks for in any good running back, and how the position has changed over the years. He also discussed what it means to be an assistant head coach and the kind of responsibilities he’s given from head coach Dan Campbell, and his plans to check out the best restaurants Detroit has to offer. [BLG Note: Duce is an entertaining listen.]
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