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Eagles News: Joe Flacco signing “makes no sense on any level”

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Grading the move: Were Eagles wise or foolish to sign Joe Flacco as backup QB? - The Athletic
SHEIL KAPADIA: Jeffrey Lurie hinted strongly earlier this offseason that he anticipates 2021 to be a rebuilding season. It was the very reason he gave for firing Doug Pederson. So why then would you pay 36-year-old Joe Flacco a guaranteed salary of $3.5 million to be your backup quarterback? It makes no sense on any level. Let’s examine the different paths the Eagles can take at quarterback next season. One is to use the sixth pick at another position and start Jalen Hurts. Perfectly reasonable. Sign someone like Nate Sudfeld to the league minimum to be the backup. If Hurts suffers an injury and you have to play a terrible quarterback, who cares? That just means a worse record and a better pick and a better chance at landing a quarterback in 2022. [...] In the grand scheme of things, does this move really matter? Probably not. But when you put together all the bad decisions this organization makes, they add up. And cap space rolls over. That’s $3.5 million less they have next year to spend on a backup offensive lineman or a slot corner or someone else who could actually help them.

Joe Flacco, Eagles agree to one-year contract - BGN
The Eagles are signing free agent quarterback Joe Flacco to a one-year contract, according to his agency. The deal is worth $3.5 million guaranteed and up to $7.5 million with incentives, according to Adam Caplan. That’s ... more than expected. Flacco’s deal with the Jets last year was reportedly only worth $1.5 million. I’m not sure how his value went up. [...] (Compensatory pick note: As Jimmy Kempski points out, the Flacco signing wipes out the Eagles potentially gaining a 2022 fifth-round pick for losing Jalen Mills.)

Eagles sign QB Joe Flacco to baffling contract - PhillyVoice
If the Eagles were poised to be a contending team in 2021 and they really liked Flacco at this stage of his career for some reason, then you could maybe squint and find some merit in paying him this kind of money. But in a rebuilding season, and barely any room at all under the salary cap, this feels like a pretty indefensible and illogical signing.

The QB Factory Stays Busy - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles overpaid for a backup QB. Flacco might have had another suitor or two, but he wasn’t exactly a hot name. Last year he played for $1.5M. Paying more than double in a year with a reduced cap is just bizarre, and that’s about as positive as you can be. One of Howie’s weaknesses has been overpaying veterans. Unless there is some angle I’m missing, this is another case of that. For whatever reason, the Eagles like Flacco. That’s fine. They needed a veteran backup. I can live with him in that role. I’m just struggling to understand the deal. Why pay Flacco that much? It isn’t a fortune, but you don’t want to spend money you don’t have to. I said yesterday that Howie had made good moves so far this offseason. This isn’t one of them.

Eagles add Joe Flacco for competition, depth at QB -
While the Eagles are high on second-year man Jalen Hurts based on their study of him coming out of college in the 2020 NFL Draft and from what they saw of him last season in five games and four starts, they are going to challenge the position. Flacco, now healthy and still in possession of one of the game’s biggest arms, is here to do just that.

Post-Free Agency Power Rankings: Browns Jump to No. 4, Saints Fall to No. 14 - Sports Illustrated
27. Philadelphia Eagles. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Eagles recalibrate a bit after the departure of Carson Wentz. There are going to be a lot of veterans on their way out over the next few seasons and a massive culture change afoot. Is Nick Sirianni the man who can get it done?

NFL free agency grades for the NFC East after the first weekend - DraftKings Nation
The Eagles are likely in rebuilding mode after letting their franchise quarterback go, so making a splash in free agency doesn’t seem to be their offseason approach. Signing Anthony Harris is a good football move, but doesn’t quite fit with that rebuilding motif. Of course, you can’t have only young guys with potential. With Jalen Hurts showing dome upside last season, it will be interesting to see what the team does at quarterback before the season starts, but for now, it appears the team is willing to go into 2021 with Hurts under center. They could be worse off. Grade: C.

Dolphins re-sign Mack Hollins - The Phinsider
The Miami Dolphins announced Tuesday they had re-signed wide receiver Mack Hollins. A 2017 fourth-round draft choice by the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dolphins claimed Hollins off waivers in December 2019. He appeared in four games that year for Miami before playing in all 16 games last year. He has 16 receptions for 176 yards and a touchdown for the Dolphins. He had been a free agent this offseason, ultimately returning to Miami. Including his time with the Dolphins, he has 42 receptions for 527 yards with two touchdowns. He has worked primarily on special teams in his career.

‘Things I think’ after the Giants’ free-agent splurge - Big Blue View
One final thing I think is noteworthy. No one knows how good the Giants, or any other team, will be right now. I do think the Giants sense an opportunity in the NFC East, and have put their foot on the accelerator to try and seize it. The Philadelphia Eagles are in flux. No one knows what to think of them right now. The Washington Football Team is the defending champion. Washington has a terrific defense. They have Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback, though. Really? You’re supposed to be scared of that? The Dallas Cowboys? Dak. Dak. Dak. Yes, they have Dak Prescott. Yes, they have a new defensive coordinator. When, though, is the last time the Cowboys were as good as they were supposed to be? Or, as good as Jerry Jones or their fan base think they are? It’s ben a while. So, yes, there is an opportunity. Let’s see if the Giants can grab it.

Cowboys 2021 free agency: Damontae Kazee or Malik Hooker, why not sign both? - Blogging The Boys
Now looking at how these four match up the biggest negative is that Kazee and Hooker have played far fewer games than Jones and Woods which shows up in the tackling and passes defended stat lines. But let’s focus on something the Cowboys have been unable to correct for years and that’s the turnover differential. Most years the Cowboys rank near the bottom of the league in turnovers, and it has really hurt this team when they’ve had strong offenses that are forced to keep up with teams instead of being able to create a comfortable lead in games. In less games, Kazee and Hooker have out performed Jones and Woods creating 10 more turnovers than the Cowboys pervious free safeties. That alone would make you want to sign either player but bringing in both gives the Cowboys depth and a chance to find their starting safety of the future if one doesn’t work out or is once again injured. There’s no real downside except for some minimal cap space, especially when we know both have been prone to injury. The Cowboys need to make sure they have a backup plan at safety just as they have in signing all of these other free agents in an attempt to fill out their roster in case, for some reason, their board is wiped out during the draft.

Off Day Debrief #29: Giants make a late splash in free agency + DeVonta Smith brushes off hater‪s‬ - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera (Niners Nation) and Brandon Lee Gowton (Bleeding Green Nation) react to the big free agent moves the Giants have made with Ed Valentine of Big Blue View. Plus... Why Frank Reich’s recent comments about Carson Wentz are crazy. Stats won’t believe that Russell Wilson will be on the Seahawks next year. How the NFL could make a huge change to officiating this month that would be great. DeVonta Smith says his size won’t be an issue in the NFL, and he’s right.


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