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Something - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles are one of a handful of teams (was seven at one point today) to not have signed a free agent from another team. They are still letting the big players make their moves and the market get set. That allows you to focus on overlooked players and positions. One position that is struggling right now is wide receiver. Kenny Golladay, Curtis Samuel, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Will Fuller and Sammy Watkins are all unsigned. The only highly ranked receiver to switch teams is Corey Davis. Could a soft market affect the Eagles thinking?

After Eagles stay silent though first two days of free agency, what comes next? - The Athletic
Wulf: Sorry, but I’m not making a linebacker my No. 1 target. I think the player they’d be willing to spend the most on is probably Will Fuller, who would provide the speed the Eagles covet on the outside, but I don’t think it’s realistic to expect them to win that bidding war. It’s hard to find a perfect answer, though. The free agents still available in the top 50 of Sheil Kapadia’s big board who are 28 years old or younger are mostly either wide receivers who figure to be too expensive (Kenny Golladay, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Fuller and Curtis Samuel) or players at positions the Eagles are unlikely to value (Jayon Brown and Trai Turner, for example). The cornerback market is pricey enough to make the top options unlikely, and the Eagles probably aren’t in a position to gamble on Haason Reddick. I guess I’d say it’s worth monitoring Fuller and Golladay’s market and then just waiting on things to settle at the other positions of need. They’ve been patient so far, and there’s no reason to get antsy now and overpay Kevin King.

Doug Pederson speaks in first interview since being fired by the Eagles - BGN
It’s been a while since we heard from Doug Pederson, but the Eagles’ former head coach, along with his son, NFL Draft TE prospect Josh Pederson, sat down to talk to John Clark about the draft process and his departure from Philadelphia. Near the end of the discussion, Doug even noted that the Eagles have a great history with developing tight ends, and that would be a good spot for Josh to land. About halfway through the interview, Clark dives into Doug leaving the Eagles organization. Pederson said that he has found closure in the months since, and he knows that coaching in the NFL is a tough business.

MARCH MADNESS: It’s Time to Vote in Round One of our Philadelphia Eagles Media Bracket - Crossing Broad
In round one, we’re going through the first 32 matchups, broken up by regional. Voting will take place over 48 hours, so share with your friends and family and let’s try to get the best turnout possible. Let’s energize the base with a grassroots effort, and make sure you stay in line if you get to the polls before they close, because they cannot send you home if you’re in line when the deadline passes. Make sure to vote early, vote often, and then take a selfie with your “I voted!” sticker. Because your vote doesn’t count unless you do the obligatory photo after leaving the polls, then post it to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. [BLG Note: Vote for all the BGN writers and podcasters!]

NFL free agency has laid bare just how bad the Eagles will be in 2021. They need to embrace a rebuild. - Inquirer
This year’s draft features three potential franchise-makers in quarterback Trevor Lawrence, tackle Penei Sewell, and cornerback Patrick Surtain. There are other potential game-changers, but the Eagles need a player that changes the decade. They need the next Lane Johnson, the next Fletcher Cox. They need a run on players like they had between 2010-13, when they also added Brandon Graham and Jason Kelce. The Eagles’ problem is those four players are still the best they have to offer, and they will be stuck in this rut until they find the next generation. When you look at this roster, that is what you see: a team that is almost certain to get worse before it gets better. Rebuilding is neither a viable nor a necessary strategy in today’s NFL. It’s a product of repeated failure, and it forces itself upon you. The Eagles are there, and if they are not careful, they will struggle to get out. The important question isn’t, “How bad are the Eagles going to be?” It’s, “How long is it going to last?”

Report: “Several teams engaged” on trading for Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz - Buffalo Rumblings
The Philadelphia Eagles are granting Zach Ertz permission to seek a trade, according to a report from NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport. “Several teams” are engaged in trade talks. That means the three-time Pro Bowl tight end could be playing for a new team for the first time in his career. Could the Buffalo Bills be his destination? Given the disappointing returns by Buffalo’s tight ends in 2020, it’s possible. Consider what general manager Brandon Beane had to say about the unit after the season: ”It was never where the opposing defense was like, ‘Man we’ve really got to stop their tight ends from going off.” Bills beat reporters Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic and Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN seem to think the Bills could inquire about Ertz, at the very least.

Marquise Goodwin reverts back to 49ers, SF loses 7th-round pick as a result - Niners Nation
This is a unique situation, but as Yates says, it’s doubtful it results in Goodwin being in a San Francisco uniform next season. The 49ers originally sent Goodwin and the No. 210 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the 190th selection. Matt Maiocco of NBC Bay Area says the Niners will have to send the Eagles a seventh-round selection, costing the 49ers a pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Jacksonville Jaguars expected to re-sign cornerback Sidney Jones - Big Cat Country
Urban Meyer and the Jacksonville Jaguars are re-signing yet another player from the previous regime. Cornerback Sidney Jones IV is expected to return to Duval, according to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The terms have not yet been disclosed.

Contract details show Patriots are paying Nelson Agholor to be a starting wide receiver - Pats Pulpit
Agholor’s deal with the Patriots is pretty straight forward. His signing and roster bonuses are split between the two years, while he is playing on salaries of $1 million and $9 million, respectively. Given this structure, New England could very well decide to part ways with the former first-round draft pick after one season: the Patriots would take on a $5 million dead cap charge if they did so in 2022 — the remaining signing bonus proration — but would save the other $10 million in cap space. Agholor’s deal, in its essence, is therefore another “prove-it”-type contract.

Titans release Adoree Jackson and Dennis Kelly - Music City Miracles
I have to admit that I didn’t see these coming. Jim Wyatt was the first to report that the Titans are releasing Adoree Jackson and Dennis Kelly. Yesterday they fixed the pass rush. Today they finished the job of blowing up the secondary. The Dennis Kelly one might be even more surprising. They only save about $3 million by cutting him. He started for the Titans last year and played really well for the most part. He was banged up at the end of the year. Maybe they aren’t satisfied with the health of his knee? Maybe the same for Adoree?

Washington signs CB William Jackson III to 3-year, $42 million deal - Hogs Haven
The Washington Football Team has made their second big move in free agency tonight. Cincinnati Bengals CB William Jackson III will reportedly be signed to a 3-year deal worth around $14 million per year when the new league year starts tomorrow. Washington lost CB Ronald Darby in free agency yesterday after he agreed to a 3-year, $10m/year deal with the Denver Broncos. [BLG Note: Good signing by the Football Team.]

Giants, WR John Ross agree to 1-year, $2.5 million contract - Big Blue View
The Giants have been candid about their need to add to their wide receiver corps after posting one of the NFL’s worst passing offenses in 2021. And after a quiet Tuesday morning, the Giants and Leonard Williams finally came to an agreement on a three-year contract, lowering Williams’ 2021 cap number from $19.351 million to $11 million and freeing up the money to sign Ross. The ninth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Washington, Ross ran a blazing 4.22 40-yard dash that year at the Combine. He never lived up to his draft position, though. In four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, Ross caught just 51 passes. He had a career-high 28 receptions in 2019, but played in only three games with two receptions in 2020.

Report: Cowboys QB Andy Dalton expected to join Chicago Bears on one-year, $10M deal - Blogging The Boys
Chicago has been trying to make Mitchell Trubisky their full-time starter for four years now, but things just haven’t taken. Obviously they are hoping that Andy Dalton can be the bridge they need until they get their long-term answer. This isn’t a gigantic financial commitment to Dalton, but it is certainly sizable. Perhaps Dalton can truly become the Bears starting quarterback and if he does net the Cowboys another compensatory pick as they seem to be on the way to receiving for Cam Erving and/or Chidobe Awuzie.

What in the World Are “Voidable Years” and Why Are They Dominating NFL Free Agency? - The Ringer
If you’ve been following free agency lately, you may have noticed the phrase “voidable years” pop up in deals for Tom Brady, Taysom Hill, and other players. So what are these things, and why are teams using them?

Dorktown: The god-awful drive that changed NFL history - SB Nation
This video stars the Jets in the years before and after 2010, and I gotta say, I found this team really endearing at the time. Darrelle Revis was incredible to watch, Rex Ryan was prone to popping off and saying whatever, and Mark Sanchez was a guy I found myself pulling for. I really wanted him to be able to put it all together, but his numbers with the Jets indicate he, uh, didn’t. I find it pretty difficult to evaluate quarterback talent. Part of that is because I’m just bad at it, but part of it is that I feel like it’s so context-dependent and the sample is so small. So I guess my question for you is, do you think a world could exist in which Sanchez emerged as a good quarterback? Do you think maybe he was in a sub-optimal system, and that he would have thrived on a different team? Or do you think we saw the best Mark Sanchez we were ever gonna see?

Off Day Debrief #28: NBC Sports Boston’s Tom Curran + Free agency winners and loser‪s‬ - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera (Niners Nation) and Brandon Lee Gowton (Bleeding Green Nation) react to the first day of NFL free agency, and make their choices for the best and worst moves of the day. Also, Tom Curran joins to tell us why the Patriots decided to go HAM and sign a million free agents.


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