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Eagles News: ESPN says Philadelphia got one of the best free agency bargain deals

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/26/21.

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NFL free agency 2021 winners and losers: Best and worst signings, value deals, gut reactions and more - ESPN
What was the best bargain deal of free agency? Matt Bowen, NFL analyst: Anthony Harris, S, Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles filled a major need here in the secondary, landing the former Vikings safety on a one-year deal for just $5 million. Harris should be an easy scheme fit for an Eagles defense that will play more split-safety coverages in 2021. He’s a rangy defender who can create on-the-ball production and drive top-down from a quarters or deep half alignment. Mike Clay, NFL analyst: Anthony Harris, S, Philadelphia Eagles. I’m with Matt here. I liked the Browns’ signing of John Johnson III for $33.75 million over three years, and the Eagles somehow landed a year of Harris for only $5 million. The Vikings’ franchise player only one season ago, Harris was a reliable and productive free safety presence for Minnesota while playing 100% of the defensive snaps in 2020. He fills a massive need for the Eagles opposite Rodney McLeod.

Anthony Harris had a big 2019 season, but not so much last year. Which one are the Eagles getting? - Inquirer
The Vikings, partially as a result, played more Cover 2 zone coverage, which didn’t always play to Harris’ strengths. He wasn’t around the ball as much, as evidenced by the drop in picks and pass breakups from 11 to 7. “In terms of what I did in my past, whether that’s seven interceptions in a season or [zero] interceptions, it’s just ultimately going out and playing good football,” Harris said. “Being in the right place, taking advantage of opportunities when opportunities are there.” It’s unclear how new Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon plans to employ Harris. He was the Vikings’ primary post safety while Harrison Smith played closer to the box. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Harris did his share of moving around near the line vs. the run or in the slot opposite tight ends. But the post, typically in single high looks, is where he thrived. The Eagles have had the same post safety in Rodney McLeod the last five years. He may not be ready by the season opener after tearing his ACL in December. But even if he is, McLeod and Harris should be able to share duties if Gannon envisions more of a 50-50 split.

NFL Mock Draft Simulation: New pick for the Eagles at No. 6 - BGN
Jaycee Horn has been flying up the draft boards this offseason and after an impressive pro-day showing this week, his draft ceiling could be as high as the Eagles pick. There is no doubt the team needs reinforcements in their secondary and the highly athletic, highly physical Jaycee Horn would be a huge step in changing the makeup of the entire group.

The Flacco Debate + Best Remaining Free Agent‪s‬ - BGN Radio
Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski try … and fail … to make sense of the Eagles signing Joe Flacco. They work through the common rebuttals and also discuss potential remaining free agent signings. And more!

Hey Joe - Iggles Blitz
Those are not compelling highlights. Flacco isn’t a compelling player. He has struggled in recent years, but the Eagles see something they like so we’ll see if he can really push Jalen Hurts or if he’s purely a backup.

Report: Cowboys are signing free agent safety Damontae Kazee - Blogging The Boys
The moment the Dallas Cowboys decided to hire Dan Quinn, there was the idea that some Atlanta Falcons players were sure to follow. That happened a few days ago when the Cowboys signed safety Keanu Neal. It’s been revealed that Neal may be more of a linebacker than safety, but the Cowboys have brought in another Falcons player to help the secondary. It is being reported that the Cowboys are signing Damontae Kazee.

Washington signs Adam Humphries to 1-year deal - Hogs Haven
The move also gives Washington a ton of flexibility in the 2021 draft, taking pressure off the team in the WR department and reunites former Tampa Bay teammates, Humphries and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Rams gave DeSean Jackson way more than expected - Turf Show Times
When it was announced that the Los Angeles Rams were signing DeSean Jackson, it was expected to be a modest contract by today’s standards. Maybe at most he’d get the same $3.5 million that A.J. Green got from the Arizona Cardinals, or the $3 million that the Detroit Lions gave to Tyrell Wlliams, or the $1.8 million that John Ross signed for with the New York Giants. On Thursday, Mike Garafolo reported that the Rams gave Jackson a one-year contract with a base value of $4.5 million and incentives that could take it up to $6.25 million.

NFL Daily Kickoff, Friday - Multiple teams interested in Gio Bernard | Malcom Butler to A‪Z‬ - The SB Nation NFL Show
The weekend is just about here, but NFL free agency continues to roll on. Check out our Friday episode of NFL Daily Kickoff as RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) discusses how multiple teams are apparently interested in Bengals RB Gio Bernard, Malcolm Butler being the latest veteran to flock to Arizona, and much more from around the league! [BLG Note: Can’t see the Eagles trading for a 29-year-old running back but Eagles assistant head coach/running backs coach Jemal Singleton used to be Bernand’s position coach in Cincy.]


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