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Eagles News: Philadelphia gets an “F” for their free agency grade

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 4/4/21.

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NFC East 2021 free agency grades: Philadelphia Eagles edition - PhillyVoice
Ever since the Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super Bowl, they have drafted poorly, they have missed in free agency, and they have made some truly awful decisions on contract extensions for players already on their roster. We saw the result of all of that on the field in 2020, when the team went 4-11-1 in what has to be considered one of the worst seasons in franchise history. Subsequently, the Eagles’ 2021 free agency period was destined to become a tear-down, or perhaps better stated, time to pay the bill, as the team was like eleventy billion dollars over the salary cap. [...] Speaking of which, the Eagles also lead the NFL in dead money already counting against the 2022 cap, by the way, at $14,468,706 (Alshon Jeffery at $5,435,706, and Malik Jackson at $9,033,000). That number will rise quite a bit, as the Eagles continue to move on from additional aging vets. All told, the Eagles signed a couple of safeties, they added a veteran backup QB on a strange deal, and they’ll probably still add a Band-Aid corner, and/or maybe a linebacker. Whatever. This free agency period wasn’t about that. It was more about facing the music after three straight years of front office mismanagement. F.

Why are we parroting racist talking points about Black quarterbacks? - BGN
The commentary around Justin Fields is just another example in a long line of racist takes on Black quarterbacks.

Jalen Hurts No. 1! Emergency #JerseyNumberAnalytics podcas‪t‬ - BGN Radio
You clamored for it and we delivered! Brandon Lee Gowton and Benjamin Solak are back for a special emergency reaction to the Eagles’ jersey number changes, including Jalen Hurts moving to No. 1.

New Eyes - Iggles Blitz
The Eagles front office thought enough of Jeremiah Trotter to spend a third round pick on him back in 1998. Head coach Ray Rhodes and defensive coordinator Emmitt Thomas didn’t play Trotter much at all as a rookie. The Eagles were an awful team, but Trotter couldn’t get on the field. He played in eight games and was credited with three tackles. That changed when Andy Reid and Jim Johnson took over in 1999. They gave Trotter a chance to earn a starting job, which he did. Trotter then became a Pro Bowl linebacker. Reid knew how to coach him and Johnson knew how to use him. Trotter thrived under them. Coaching changes can have a huge impact on players.

Russell Wilson as an Eagle and more in Roob’s 10 Observations - NBCSP
3. I don’t think it’ll happen, but I’d trade three 1st-round picks for Russell Wilson. In a New York second. Why would a rebuilding team want a 32-year-old quarterback? Because Wilson might play at a high level until he’s 50. He’s never missed a game in his life and has shown no sign of slowing down. On the contrary. He had one of his best seasons last year - career highs with 40 touchdowns and 69 percent completion, missed his career-high for passing yards by seven and averaged 6.2 yards per run - above his career average. His 107.2 passer rating over the last three years is highest in NFL history by a player in his 30s. I like Jalen Hurts and think he has a chance to be a winner in this league, but Wilson is a Hall of Famer in his prime. If you can get him, you go get him.

Eagles Extra Q&A: Is there anything to Russell Wilson trade rumors? What’s the latest on Zach Ertz, Dallas Goedert? -
Any news on Zach Ertz? Chance of return? Or possibly a draft-day trade candidate? I don’t think Ertz will on the team by training camp. Perhaps, the Eagles want to wait until the draft and maximize his value once Kyle Pitts and others are off the board. They could also decide to wait to trade him until June and save $8.5 million in the process. Either way, they aren’t in a rush.

The history of jersey No. 1 and how Jalen Hurts can change the narrative -
Happy Feller. Feller was, gulp, a fourth-round draft pick by the Eagles in 1971, the highest draft pick for a placekicker that year. It was a terrible decision in a lousy era of Eagles football. Feller lasted one year, making 6 of 20 field goals, and then spent the next two seasons in the NFL in New Orleans before ending his career. He made 10 of 10 PAT kicks before being replaced by Tom Dempsey. Somehow, I remember Happy Feller as a kid. The times were awfully tough in Philadelphia back then.

4-round Giants mock draft: Alabama flavor to this one - Big Blue View
Round 1 (No. 11) — Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama. This pick did not really work out the way I had hoped, though I’m not at all unhappy about landing Waddle. I have been thinking a lot lately about my long-held build from the lines out philosophy, and realizing that in this cycle I feel like as I have done these weekly mock drafts I have sort of fallen into the ‘go for the sexy pick’ trap. That was fine before the Giants signed Kenny Golladay. It’s really not fine now. I’ve been thinking about the last three times the Giants had real first-round playmaker vs. offensive lineman choices. Odell Beckham Jr. vs. Zack Martin in 2014; Evan Engram vs. Ryan Ramczyk in 2017; Saquon Barkley vs. Quenton Nelson (or trade down) in 2018. The Giants went for the playmaker every time, and I think you can make the case that they got it wrong in all three instances.


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