Free agency officially opens at 4 p.m. today. We’ll keep you up to date with the latest buzz (and there is a lot of it) as we wait for the starting gun.
8:56: According to Jason La Canfora, TJ Ward is drawing “strong interest” from the Eagles and Lions. Ward is largely considered one of the top safety free agents in this class and will likely be paid quite handsomely. Howie Roseman said that if you are going to hand over big money to a player in free agency, ”that person has to be a special person on and off the field.” We’ll see if Ward qualifies.
Around noon Monday, we were told that the Eagles weren’t in on the Ward sweepstakes. Read more »
The Eagles have filled one of their safety holes with 26-year-old free agent Malcolm Jenkins.
It’s a three-year, $16.25M deal with $8.25M guaranteed, a league source tells Tim McManus. Read more »
The Eagles re-signed punter Donnie Jones to a three-year deal just minutes after the official start of free agency, and released safety Patrick Chung.
Jones was only able to sign a minimum-salary deal prior to the start of the league year, hence why nothing was struck until now. He was highly effective in 2013, and set a team record for punts downed inside the 20 (33). The previous high was 31 by Jeff Feagles in ’93. His new contract is reportedly worth upwards of $6 million. Read more »
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week. Read more »
This isn’t the first time the Eagles’ front office has at least considered the idea of safety Jairus Byrd playing in Philadelphia.
Byrd is set to become a free agent today at 4 p.m., but according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan, the Eagles looked into trading for Byrd last year. Read more »
Here are three free agency-related Eagles numbers that matter.
18 – The number of missed tackles last year for Panthers safety Mike Mitchell, according to Pro Football Focus. That was tied for most among safeties.
As we’ve mentioned in this space, the Eagles are one of the teams that has looked into signing Mitchell. But it seems like many of you would be against the move based solely on the missed tackles number. And that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Read more »
In case you missed the weekend notes, click here.
We’ll keep this post open and updated throughout the day Monday. As always, feel free to chime in with your own thoughts and share links in the comments section. Read more »
Some safety-related free-agency activity to catch you up on:
– TJ Ward is drawing interest from about 11 teams across the league, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The Broncos, Jets and Lions have all been linked to the 27-year-old safety. Cabot mentions the Eagles as another team that might be on the list, citing the Oregon ties that Ward and Chip Kelly share.
They could very well be interested — but at what price point? Read more »
The “legal tampering” period of free agency is underway. From noon Saturday through 4 p.m. Tuesday, teams are allowed to negotiate with the representation of pending free agents. No deals can be executed during this time, but this is when many of the contracts get hammered out.
We’ll update the post with all the latest. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below. Read more »
Here are five questions to get you ready for free agency.
When can the Eagles sign players?
Starting today at noon, teams can (officially) talk to agents and negotiate deals for free agents. However, players can’t sign until Tuesday at 4 p.m. In other words, there is a three-day “legal tampering” window. Of course, the worst-kept secret in the league is that agents and teams have already been talking now for weeks.
Last year, the Eagles struck fairly quickly, signing Isaac Sopoaga, Bradley Fletcher, Patrick Chung, James Casey and Jason Phillips on the first day of free agency. They let the market play out a bit with guys like Connor Barwin. Read more »