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Eagles News: Eric Wilson among remaining potential free agent targets

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

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10 players who make sense for the Eagles after the first wave of NFL free agency - PhillyVoice
Eric Wilson, LB, Vikings (Age: 27): New Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon is a Mike Zimmer disciple, which means that there’s a decent bet that Eagles linebackers are going to get more opportunities as blitzers. There’s also speculation that Gannon will run a lot of Cover-2, which means that those linebackers better also be able to play zone coverage. Wilson was good at both last season, as he had 3 INTs, 8 pass breakups, 3 sacks, and 9 QB hits. He also allowed just 5.6 yards per target in 2020, according to pro-football-reference.com. Oh, and he had 122 tackles. The belief here was that Wilson would be signed quickly in free agency, and for good money, so we didn’t even bother profiling him initially. But he’s still out there, soooo...

NFL free agency 2021: Ranking the best remaining free agents on the market - ESPN+
8. Eric Wilson, LB. 2020 team: Minnesota Vikings | Age entering 2021 season: 26. Wilson went from being a valuable backup to a 15-game starter in 2020, filling in for the injured Anthony Barr. He has enough good tape, with 122 tackles and three interceptions, to generate under-the-radar interest on the free-agent market.

NFL insider says talks of Eagles trading for Nick Foles “have been ongoing” - BGN
The Eagles are certainly in the market for a quarterback since Hurts is currently their only signal-caller under contract. And the Bears can clear $1.3 million in cap space by trading Foles as opposed to losing $3.7 million by releasing him. It’s a feasible possibility. Should the Eagles trade for Foles, though? We previously wrote the following about the merits of such a maneuver.

Eye on the Enemy #48: Eagles & NFC East Free Agency Roundup with RJ Ocho‪a‬ - BGN Radio
On Episode 48 of Eye On The Enemy, host John Stolnis talks with RJ Ochoa from the Dallas Cowboys SB Nation site Blogging the Boys about Dallas’ start to free agency, the rest of the NFC East’s first few days, some straight talk about Carson Wentz and just what the heck is happening with the Eagles right now.

Jalen Mills made sure Bill Belichick was cool with the Green Goblin - NBCSP
So why is Mills keeping his hair green? “I think at this point, it’s to the point to where there are Jalen Mills fans, there are Green Goblin fans out there, to where I had people who were either writing in my comments or trying to reach out in the DMs, different things like that,” Mills said. “And saying they were Philly fans for however long but they were also Jalen Mills and Green Goblin fans. You know, now they’re going to be cheering for me in New England and some even saying that they’re going to convert over to Patriots fans now. I think with that, I have to show that loyalty to those fans who actually sit there and watch me play and come to watch me play.”Advertisement Mills said he’ll always have an emotional connection to the city but is looking forward to his next chapter in New England.

Kenny Golladay signing: Giants sign Golladay to 4-year, $72 million contract - Big Blue View
Jeremy Reisman of SB Nation’s Lions website, Pride of Detroit, offered this on the Giants’ signing of Golladay: “In Kenny Golladay, the New York Giants are getting a playmaker first and foremost. He’s a safety blanket of sorts, in that if Daniel Jones wants to take a shot downfield, Golladay is one of the best jump-ball receivers in the league. I’m sure you all have seen the ridiculous contested catch rate statistics already (If you haven’t, click here or here), but if you want to see what that actually looks like in action, throw on his film from the 2020 Atlanta Falcons game. I truly believe he was on his way to becoming a top-10 receiver before injuries derailed his 2020 season. Personally, I’m not ready to slap the “injury prone” label on him, but it is a moderate concern. He still needs to work on polishing his routes, and he wins more with his physicality than his speed, but he has enough athleticism to win with both.”

Cowboys 2021 free agency: Dallas agrees to terms on a one-year deal with safety Keanu Neal - Blogging The Boys
There has been some discussion about Neal playing more as a coverage linebacker from the WILL position instead of a box safety. Donovan Wilson came on strong in 2020 and looks like a good fit as the box safety, so it remains to be seen just how the team employs Neal. Quinn surely knows his strengths and limitations and should be able to find a role for a talented player. At least the Cowboys are starting to really address their defense beyond the defensive line.

Breaking News: Colts re-signing corner Xavier Rhodes to 1-year, $6.5 million deal - Stampede Blue
The Colts are re-signing cornerback Xavier Rhodes to a 1-year, $6.5 million deal, per Ian Rapoport. After a down year with the Vikings in 2019, Rhodes was exceptional for Indianapolis this past season with 12 pass deflections and two interceptions. Rhodes also had one of the best seasons in his career, surrendering just a .519 completion percentage, according to Pro Football Reference. Despite the departure of former defensive backs coach Jonathan Gannon — Gannon is now the DC with the Philadelphia Eagles — Rhodes returns to the Colts on another team-friendly deal.

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