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Jalen Hurts? Draft? Trade? What will the Eagles do at quarterback now that Carson Wentz is gone? - Inquirer
A trade for any caliber of quarterback is possible, but nothing would move the needle like an exchange for Watson or the Seahawks’ Russell Wilson. It would take significant cost. Seattle reportedly turned down three first-round picks, a third rounder, and two players for the 31-year-old Wilson. Watson is five years younger and would presumably cost more. He reportedly wants out, and has a no-trade clause, but Houston has said it has no intentions of trading the quarterback. “Howie will give up everything he has for Watson,” an NFL source familiar with the Eagles’ thinking said. The Eagles’ roster is thin, though, and Watson, as good as he played last season, couldn’t compensate for the rest of a Texans squad that finished 4-12. The Eagles have a high first-rounder this year, and potentially two first-rounders next year if Wentz hits certain playing time conditions.
Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson accused of sexual assault in third civil lawsuit - ESPN
A third civil lawsuit filed against Deshaun Watson accuses the Houston Texans’ quarterback of sexually assaulting a massage therapist by allegedly forcing her to have oral sex with him in December 2020. The lawsuit was filed by Houston attorney Tony Buzbee on Wednesday night and appeared on the Harris County district clerk’s website Thursday morning. Buzbee said on Instagram on Thursday that there are nine total cases against Watson. So far, only three civil lawsuits have been filed. The previous two lawsuits were related to two separate incidents during which he is accused of committing “civil assault” by touching a massage therapist with his penis.
Carson Wentz says Eagles trading him to the Colts was “outside of my control” - BGN
I just don’t get the sense this is a player who is taking full accountability for his role in last year’s struggles. I don’t see the kind of humbling that makes me feel like the Eagles are really going to regret this trade. For his sake and as someone who once really believed in Wentz, I hope he does grow and improve. Of course, for the Eagles’ sake, I hope he struggles to the point where Philly gets the best possible version of the Colts’ 2021 first-round pick.
They Speak - Iggles Blitz
Really weak stuff. Wentz got benched and started to think that might be the end of his time in Philly? Randall Cunningham was benched in 1992 and was the starting QB for the next three years. In the other video, Wentz says “I’ve never once questioned my competitiveness.” What the hell does that mean? No one is asking whether you think you are competitive. Your actions told the world you didn’t want to compete. Weak.
NFL Draft 2021: Ex-Eagles coach Doug Pederson hosts drills for son’s pro day (VIDEO) - NJ.com
Josh Pederson, a Moorestown native, caught 32 passes for 367 yards last season. He finished his college career at Louisiana Monroe with 99 catches for 1,191 yards and 11 touchdowns. The younger Pederson is 6-foot-5 and 234 pounds. Having his father’s playing and coaching background should also help him as he looks to join the NFL ranks.
Eagles sue insurance company over pandemic losses - PFT
Sometimes, a denial of a claim sparks litigation. Via Robert Moran of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Eagles have sued Factory Mutual Insurance Co. over a refusal to pay claims arising from financial losses that occurred during the pandemic. The Eagles explain in their legal filing that, “despite best efforts to navigate the pandemic,” the Eagles “have incurred and continue to incur substantial financial loss” due to the pandemic and the business disruption it caused. The Eagles contend that they have paid “top dollar” for the coverage, which provides “up to $1 billion per occurrence.”
Cowboys 2021 free agency: Dallas agrees to two-year deal with pass rusher Tarell Basham - Blogging The Boys
In the lead-up to free agency, many Dallas Cowboys fans jokingly said that the team would be far more active on the third day than in the opening minutes of the legal tampering period. Such is the way of America’s Team over the last decade or so. This proved to be true as the work day ended on Thursday with the Cowboys having doubled their outside additions alone. Dallas signed defensive linemen Carlos Watkins and Brent Urban to work inside of their defensive line (Jake McQuaide and Ty Nsekhe were the previous two additions). There is no question that the inside of the defensive line is what needed the most work for the Cowboys as things along the pass rush are relatively set, or at least there is an idea/hope for what’s to come. Bodies are needed though, and the Dallas Cowboys have a new one.The Dallas Cowboys are bringing in pass rusher Tarell Basham.
‘Things I think’ about Kyle Rudolph, Kenny Golladay, more - Big Blue View
Golladay’s visit with the Giants was supposed to begin on Thursday night and run through some time on Friday. it’s probably the most important sleepover that’s been held at 1925 Giants Drive in a long time. I don’t know what is going to happen, though you get the impression both sides really want this to happen. They just want to make certain they are right for each other. The interesting thing will be what happens in the draft if the Giants do land Golladay. For so long, the majority opinion has been that the Giants needed to select a receiver at No. 11. If they land Golladay, I think that opens up the possibilities. They could still go for the home run hitter if Jaylen Waddle or DeVonta Smith of Alabama is there, and I wouldn’t blame them if they did. Or, they could feel more justified in doing something like adding a cornerback or offensive lineman and supplementing with a receiver in the middle rounds. But, they have to land the big fish first.
Chargers signing TE Jared Cook to one-year, $6 million deal - Bolts From The Blue
Just two days after the news broke of Hunter Henry signing with the Patriots, the Chargers have found their new short-term replacement in former Saints tight end Jared Cook. Cook is being signed to a one-year deal worth up to $6 million with $4.5 million guaranteed. [BLG Note: So, the Chargers appear to be out of the Zach Ertz sweepstakes.]
Patriots safety Patrick Chung announces his retirement from pro football - Pats Pulpit
Chung, who also saw regular action in the kicking game over that time, was one of the few bright spots in the Patriots’ secondary between 2009 and 2012. However, he never quite lived up to his draft status — in part due to his usage — and therefore was allowed to leave the organization in free agency to sign a three-year, $10 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. While Chung started 10 of his 12 contests in 2013, he struggled to adapt to the new system and was released again after only one season. This paved the way for him to make his glorious return to the Patriots.
Jets Re-Sign RB Josh Adams - Jets
The Jets have re-signed RB Josh Adams. Adams (6-2, 225) had 29 carries, 157 yards (5.4 avg) and 2 TDs in the 2020 season as well as 6 catches for 29 yards. He first signed with the Eagles in 2018 as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame and led Philly that season with 511 rushing yards and 3 TDs on 120 carries (4.3 avg). Adams, who ran for 3,198 yards and 20 TDs for the Fighting Irish, was a final cut in 2019 and joined the Jets’ practice squad. He’s played in 25 career games (5 starts) and has 157 carries, 680 yards and 5 TDs.
Colts Free Agent Linebacker Anthony Walker Reportedly Visiting the Browns - Stampede Blue
While not necessarily the most athletic or explosive linebacker, Walker is a cerebral, instinctive, sure tackling, and reliable starter—who’s a defensive leader in the locker room. Unfortunately, the Colts may not be able to keep everyone in free agency, and Walker could be a salary cap casualty this offseason. Hurting his Colts’ cause is that emerging 3rd-year linebacker Bobby Okereke’s most natural position is also arguably at Walker’s ‘Mike’ spot. [BLG Note: Potential Eagles free agent target might go off the board.]
Amazon’s $10 billion NFL deal is huge — and a sign that sports is staying on TV for a while longer - Recode
It’s finally happened. A big tech company is paying really big dollars for exclusive rights to show big-time sports: Amazon is paying a reported $10 billion over 10 years to show NFL games on Thursday nights. But Amazon’s huge deal — by far the biggest move by a tech company into live sports — also illustrates how closely intertwined big-time sports is with traditional TV. That’s because the rest of the deals the NFL formally announced today look a whole lot like the deals the NFL has done for years: The vast majority of its games will run on the traditional TV networks owned by Fox, Disney, ViacomCBS, and NBCUniversal. That is: While we’ve been watching viewing habits change over the years — quite slowly at first and then very quickly, as traditional TV ratings have plummeted — both the NFL and the big TV networks want to continue business as usual.
The Look Ahead #28: New (league) year’s resolutions for NFL teams - The SB Nation NFL Show
On the first day of the new league year, Rob “Stats” Guerrera (Niners Nation) and RJ Ochoa (Blogging the Boys) offer their new year’s resolutions for teams based on what we’ve seen so far in free agency. For some inexplicable reason, RJ decided to base his on an episode of Friends from 1999.
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!]
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