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Eagles News: “Don’t be surprised if the Eagles add a corner in the coming days”

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/25/21.

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2021 NFL free-agency buzz on all 32 teams: Execs break down key moves, what comes next - ESPN+
Next up? Don’t be surprised if the Eagles add a corner in the coming days. Meanwhile, many are waiting for the Eagles to deal tight end Zach Ertz, whose representatives have helped set up prospective teams. Philly has to be comfortable with the compensation. But with many of the top free agent tight ends already signed, logical partners are drying up. At quarterback, Joe Flacco signed with the Eagles with the understanding he’ll compete, but nothing is promised as far as the depth chart. He’s being paid high-backup money, so let’s assume that’s his role for now. Philadelphia has given the impression during free agency that drafting a quarterback No. 6 overall is not off the table. We’ll see soon enough if that’s posturing or real.

A look at the Eagles’ salary cap space, remaining needs in free agency, and other pending business - PhillyVoice
Why don’t you all go take a look a look at the Eagles’ depth chart, as it stands right now, and tell me what position the Eagles still need to address in free agency, just in terms of finding a competent player who can start games. (Waiting...) If you identified cornerback, then you sir or madam are a master of the obvious. Unfortunately, there isn’t much left in the way of corners still in their 20’s, so the Eagles could either be looking at slapping an old guy Band-Aid at CB in 2021, or putting themselves in a position in which they’re reaching for one in the draft. You could also perhaps make an argument for linebacker, or wide receiver, but above all, they still need a corner, and they barely have any money.

10 free agent targets who are still available for Eagles - NBCSP
CB Gareon Conley: Conley missed the entire 2020 season and even before then hadn’t lived up to his draft status as a first-round pick. But he’s still just 25 and the Eagles were reportedly interested in him during the 2017 draft. If they get him for a cheap price, it could be a low-risk, high-reward type of signing.

Does moving Kyle Pitts to wide receiver make sense for the Eagles? - BGN
If the Eagles take Kyle Pitts at 6 overall, are they an extremely dumb team who is blindly obsessed with tight ends when they just need to shut up and take a doggone wide receiver? Yes. Also no. Not really. But kinda. The Eagles need to improve their WR room badly. Whether they want to base out of 11 personnel or 12 personnel, the Eagles don’t have one demonstrably good receiver on the roster, let alone two. It is the weakest position on their roster, and they should improve it directly — not indirectly, with a tight end who can do wide receiver things but is objectively a tight end. In my estimation, Pitts is a better prospect than Chase and Waddle outright, but the Eagles need a wideout far more desperately than they do a tight end, and wide receiver is a critical position. If Pitts and Chase are both on the board at six overall, they should take Chase. If they take Pitts, wide receiver remains their biggest position of need and should be targeted in Round 2 regardless.

Mailbag: Is Kyle Pitts a Generational Talent at Tight End? - Sports Illustrated
And all that said, for his position, I think you could argue that Pitts is there. If he runs in the 4.4s at 6’ 6” and 246 pounds, as those around him are saying he will, that would bolster the case, because this guy is more than just an athlete—he was a hyperproductive college player. In his final college game, against mighty Alabama, Pitts rung up 127 yards and a touchdown on seven catches against a Tide defense geared to stop him. My guess is Pitts will be gone in the first six picks or so, and that’s another area where he’s got a shot to be generational. It’s been 49 years since a tight end went in the top five—ex-Broncos Pro Bowler Riley Odoms went fifth in 1972—and only Odoms and the great Mike Ditka have ever gone that high at the position. Only four tight ends (Vernon Davis in 2006, Eric Ebron in 2010, T.J. Hockenson in 2019 and Kellen Winslow in 2004) have even gone in the top 10 over the last 24 drafts. There’s lots of opportunity for Pitts to smash through some glass ceilings in April, and maybe earn the label of being a truly generational prospect.

Agent’s Take: 10 contract-related thoughts and observations from free agency, early NFL offseason - CBS Sports
8. Daunting dead money. NFL teams have been more willing to take on massive amounts of dead money despite the depressed salary cap. Dead money is a salary cap charge for a player no longer on a team’s roster. The Eagles shattered the record for dead money related to an individual player for one league year in NFL history by trading quarterback Carson Wentz to the Colts. The trade leaves the Eagles with a $33,820,611 cap charge for Wentz. The previous record was wide receiver Brandin Cooks’ $21.8 million cap charge with the Rams in 2020 because of his trade to the Texans last April. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ $37.202 million is the only 2021 cap hit larger than the dead money for Wentz.

Man who assaulted Dallas Goedert at Aberdeen bar could keep charge off his record - Argus Leader
A Florida man has admitted to assaulting Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert at an Aberdeen bar. The trial for Kyle D. Hadala, 29, of Sarasota, Fla., was set for later this month, but is no longer needed after he pleaded guilty to simple assault, a misdemeanor. Aberdeen attorney Brandon Talliafero requested a suspended imposition on Hadala’s behalf. That would keep the conviction off of his record if he successfully completes probation. Judge Gregg Magera granted the request for the suspended imposition, handing down a 60-day suspended jail sentence. Hadala will also be on unsupervised probation for one year. Magera said Hadala is to have no further violations of the law in the next year, must pay fines and court costs of $337 and must have no contact with Goedert for the next year.

The Ultimate Guide to Cheesesteaks in Philly - Eater
12. Woodrow’s Sandwich Shop. South Street sandwich shop Woodrow’s deviates from the classic cheesesteak with a gussied-up version that’s also worth trying. The Woodrow’s Whiz Wit combines shaved ribeye, house-made truffle whiz, caramelized onions, and cherry pepper mayo. Place an order for delivery or pickup online.

Jets sign Vinny Curry - Gang Green Nation
Curry was a second round pick of the Eagles in 2012. He has spent eight of his nine NFL seasons with Philadelphia along with a one year stop in Tampa Bay in 2018. Even at age 32, Curry has remained a productive pass rusher in a part-time role. On the surface this seems like a nice depth signing for the Jets. There seems to be a focus to really load up the defensive line with pass rushers for new head coach Robert Saleh. We will see how things will work out, but it is a refreshing change of pace to have a coaching staff and front office that understand the importance of adding as many pass rushers as they can find.

Dan Snyder buying out 3 minority owners’ 40.5% stake in the Washington Football Team - Hogs Haven
The NFL finance committee has already approved a deal that would see Snyder buy out the 40.5% stake owned by the three minority owners. There have been two reports on the price that Snyder will pay ($950 million and $875 million). This still requires approval from the full group of owners. The owners meeting is scheduled for next week, and they will vote on the pending sale. Snyder needs two thirds of his fellow owners to approve his consolidation of power.

2021 Free Agency - Giants, finally, sign TE Kyle Rudolph - Big Blue View
The 2-year, $12 million deal ($4.5 million guaranteed) between the Giants and Rudolph was first announced six days ago, on the second day of free agency, but hadn’t been signed as the two sides needed to come to grips with Rudolph’s medical status. How the Giants’ now-crowded tight end position shakes out remains to be seen, but its newest addition is finally in the fold.

2021 Cowboys free agency: Dallas agrees to terms on a one-year deal with safety Jayron Kearse - Blogging The Boys
Wednesday was a busy day for the Dallas Cowboys, one full of a lot of visits. It had previously been reported that Dallas would host Damontae Kazee, Malik Hooker, and Jayron Kearse on free agent visits. While arguments can be made as to which anybody prefers, at about five o’clock this afternoon it was reported that nothing was “imminent” for any of the three. At some point that idea changed. As the evening was unfolding reports started to circulate that the Cowboys had indeed landed a safety. Say hello to Jayron Kearse.

Report: Colts Re-Sign Beloved Longtime Franchise Great WR T.Y. Hilton - Stampede Blue
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Indianapolis Colts have re-signed beloved longtime veteran wideout T.Y. Hilton to a 1-year, $10 million deal. [BLG Note: No reunion with Nick Sirianni.]

Futures: Penn State LB Micah Parsons - Football Outsiders
College players opting out of the 2020 season is one of the many reasons this year’s draft class is in a unique position. Even some of the nation’s best prospects chose to sit out for the season rather than risk catching COVID-19 while potentially boosting their draft stock. Oregon tackle Penei Sewell, LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, Northwestern tackle Rashawn Slater, and Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley are all likely top-20 picks who opted out of playing last season. Among that group is also the subject of this week’s Futures: Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons. Though a first-round linebacker prospect now, Parsons has not always played from a stand-up alignment. Parsons was a five-star defensive end recruit coming out of high school. Upon arriving at Penn State, however, Parsons was converted to an off-ball linebacker spot and became a star right away. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound super athlete was one of the rare true freshmen to look like an NFL player out of the gate, and he only improved during his sophomore season in 2019.

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NFL Daily Kickoff, Thursday- Bucs keep the band together + Seahawks sticking it to Russell Wilson‪?‬ - The SB Nation NFL Show
In this episode, multiple veteran players, including Ndamukong Suh, are returning to their current teams, the Seahawks are using Richard Sherman to get under Russell Wilson’s skin, and a Patriots’ offensive lineman gets honored by police for doing a good deed.

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