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Carolina explored Deshaun Watson trade before getting Sam Darnold - Houston Chronicle
Several NFL teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins, are monitoring the latest Watson legal developments, which have complicated any efforts to trade for him. The Texans, according to sources, haven’t engaged in trade discussions and have been in more of a listening mode as they concentrate on overhauling their roster following a 4-12 season.
Sam Darnold trade doesn’t necessarily help the Eagles - BGN
Well, it looks like the Carolina Panthers won’t be selecting a quarterback at No. 8 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. They’re instead trading the following to the New York Jets in exchange for Sam Darnold: a 2021 sixth-round pick, a 2022 second-round pick, and a 2022 fourth-round pick. Significant price to pay for a guy with a 78.6 career passer rating! Not unlike the Jamal Adams trade last year, this looks like another heist by former Eagles vice president of player personnel and current Jets general manager Joe Douglas. As for how this deal impacts the Eagles, it’s not good news for Philly that Carolina presumably won’t be taking a passer. The Birds should ideally want as many quarterbacks going before No. 12 as possible to push down better non-quarterback prospects. Unless, of course, one of those quarterbacks is worth taking with the Eagles’ first-round pick. But it doesn’t really make sense they’d trade down from No. 6 to No. 12 if they seriously coveted a signal-caller.
How Teams Are Using The Signing Bonus to Manage the Salary Cap - Over The Cap
Eagles- 40.7%. The Eagles are well known for their use of bonus restructures to deal with the salary cap and deferring millions of dollars to the future. They rank 2nd in the NFL with $151M in future charges related to signing bonus prorations which is incredibly high when you consider they don’t have a QB on a veteran multi year contract. With just $221M in other salary to account for the Eagles are pretty much going to be in a pinch whenever they need to cut a player or a void hits the books. The Eagles have around $60M in prorated void money over the next five years by far the most in the NFL.
Eagles mailbag: Is offensive tackle a real option with No. 12 pick? - NBCSP
This would be an interesting scenario and I guess it’s not out of the question. In this case, I’m assuming the top tackles are Penei Sewell and Rashawn Slater. If the board falls that way, it would be tough to pass up on one of those players; they’re both very good. But I also see your point and it’s a valid one. The Eagles have Lane Johnson at right tackle and will have either Mailata or Dillard at left. I don’t think it’s likely the Eagles end up with a tackle at No. 12 but you can never rule it out with this team. Unlike, say, linebacker, they value OL more than any other position aside from quarterback. Let’s play devil’s advocate a little bit: Johnson has been dealing with the same ankle injury since 2018 and he’s 30 now, Dillard is unproven entering Year 3 and coming off a lost season and Mailata showed promise but isn’t a slam dunk and is entering a contract season. So if the Eagles look at it that way, maybe it’s not so crazy to take a guy like Sewell if he falls into that range (don’t think he will). But I think it’s still not the most likely outcome.
Snap-Weighted Age: 2020 NFL Rosters - Football Outsiders
Moving from the very old to the very young, we head down to Florida. The Jacksonville Jaguars were the youngest team in the league for the second year in a row, a feat only previously matched by the 2015-2016 Rams. The Jaguars the fourth-youngest team in our database, one year removed from being the eighth-youngest team—and, frankly, I wouldn’t expect them to get any older anytime soon, as they continue to try to build some semblance of a functioning roster. They were very bad, but at least they were also very young, which puts them in a better situation than teams such as the Lions, Eagles or Jets, who were close to as bad with significantly older rosters.
Which team is best positioned to unseat Washington as NFC East champions? - Hogs Haven
It looks like the Dallas offense with Dak Prescott and some talented wide receivers gives a bit advantage to Dallas, though the Giants have a much better defense, espcially at the third level, where they have some very talented DBs. In addition, the Giants seem to have a superior coaching staff and a better plan for consistent roster development. It feels as if the only thing holding the Giants back from being a strong playoff contender is the fact that they have Daniel Jones as their quarterback. On the strength of the Prescott-Jones comparison, I’m gonna pick Dallas as the most likely division rival to unseat Washington in 2021, but in my mind, the Football Team should be the favorites to do what hasn’t been done since 2004 — they should be expected to win a second consecutive division title.
If it comes down to Kyle Pitts versus the likely field, the Cowboys have a draft decision to make - Blogging The Boys
We’ll state this from the start - the idea that Kyle Pitts will be available for the Cowboys to pick at #10 doesn’t seem at all likely. It’s hard to put a percentage on it, so we’ll just say it’s a more than a non-zero chance. But, it’s not so far-fetched that it doesn’t have a right to be debated. There could be as many as five quarterbacks taken in the top ten picks of the draft. Even with the recent trade seemingly taking Carolina out of the quarterback drafting market, another team could trade up into that spot specifically to take a quarterback. You also have a couple of left tackles in the mix who always demand attention at the top of the draft. Throw in a few prized wide receivers and it’s not impossible to concoct a situation where Pitts falls to number 10. If he does, Dallas will have to make a decision. Do they grab Pitts, or do they get someone to help with a defense that was an anchor around the neck of the organization last year? Or maybe draft a lineman of the future? Let’s take a quick “pros and cons” look.
Report: DB Will Parks to visit the Lions - Pride Of Detroit
ESPN’s Field Yates is reporting that former Denver Broncos defensive back Will Parks is visiting the Detroit Lions. No word on if that visit was happening today, but it’s worth noting that free agent cornerback Quinton Dunbar posted on social media that he was in Detroit today for his visit. Parks was originally drafted by the Broncos in the sixth round (pick 219 overall) of the 2016 draft and spent the first four years of his career as a subpackage defensive back with positional range. During his time in Denver, Parks played in 61 games, starting 15, and averaged 37 tackles and an interception each season. Parks left Denver for Philadelphia in 2020 but a hamstring injury in camp kept him off the field early and he struggled to maintain any consistency. After six games (three starts), the Eagles released him and he returned to Denver to finish off the final four games of the season.
Jets GM Joe Douglas takes legacy-defining risk by dealing Sam Darnold - ESPN
The trade means the Jets are prepared to take a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, probably BYU’s Zach Wilson, the Zac Efron look-alike with ridiculous arm talent who raised his stock with a fantastic season against one of the softest college schedules in the country. It’s a gamble, one Douglas didn’t have to take. It’s mitigated somewhat by the return — the Jets received a 2021 sixth-round pick, plus second- and fourth rounders in 2022 — but they gave up on a 23-year-old quarterback whose progress was stunted by an organization that failed to supply him with adequate help. Darnold hasn’t played anywhere close to his draft status (No. 3 overall in 2018), but he’s not devoid of talent.
Monday Football Monday #31: Most Controversial Opinions of the Offseason - The SB Nation NFL Show
RJ Ochoa and Brandon Lee Gowton take a flamethrower to the league with their hottest takes of the NFL offseason!
Your post-vaccination travel questions, answered - Vox
For many Americans, the inability to travel and see loved ones has been one of the hardest parts of the Covid-19 pandemic. As more people get vaccinated, however, going places in the near future is looking far more feasible — although until we’ve hit a critical mass of vaccinations both in the US and globally, it will still be risky to do so. Can you travel if you have been vaccinated? Yes, but with some caveats. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given a somewhat mixed message: While the agency recently stated that travel is “lower risk” for those who are vaccinated, officials noted that it’s certainly not entirely safe. They stress that even with a full course of inoculation, all American travelers should continue to adhere to social distancing, masking, and hand-washing guidelines whether their trips are domestic or international. Furthermore, the CDC recommends that people who are not yet fully vaccinated should refrain from travel altogether for now when possible.
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