Open Thread: Free Agency Updates

Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today

Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today

Note: We have started a new thread for Sunday’s buzz.

The legal tampering period is underway. Clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with the representatives of players who will become free agents on March 10. Deals cannot become official until 4 p.m. Tuesday, but there will be plenty of leaks between now and then.

The Eagles are expected to be active. They have needs at the corner, safety and outside linebacker positions, and could bring in a veteran running back after dealing LeSean McCoy to Buffalo this week. There’s also the issue  of their own free agents. They have been unable to strike a deal with Jeremy Maclin and now must compete with other teams as they try to negotiate a contract extension. They have decisions to make with players like Mark Sanchez and Brandon Graham as well.

Lots to keep track of. This is the place to keep up with it all. We’ll continue to update this post with all the latest rumors and news. Read more »

The Latest Mariota Buzz

Courtesy of USA Today

Courtesy of USA Today

The Marcus Mariota-to-Philly buzz is only growing louder as we inch closer to the draft.

Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice said earlier in the week that he is becoming increasingly convinced that the Eagles will trade up to the No. 1 spot before the draft. He followed that up with this post today:

Every day, with little things I hear, evidence continues to build that the Eagles are going to make a strong play for Marcus Mariota. To note, this is something I had previously thought to be unrealistic, so as bits of information have trickled in, they’ve been absorbed on my end with skepticism. But it appears the Eagles are determined to get their guy.

As Kempski notes, predicting a successful trade is difficult because of all the variables involved. Namely, the team on the other end has to play along. What would it take to convince the Bucs, for instance, to pass on the opportunity to draft a franchise quarterback? Can they be swayed? Read more »

Eagles Draft Buzz: Secondary Targets

Scott Olmos / USA TODAY Sports

Scott Olmos / USA TODAY Sports

Here is a rundown of the latest Eagles-related post-combine draft buzz.

Todd McShay of thinks Florida offensive tackle D.J. Humphries could make sense for the Eagles:

He’s been getting a lot of buzz recently, and we’ve really liked his movement skills. He has the potential to develop into a starting left tackle in the NFL, but he doesn’t fit for a power running team because he isn’t a drive blocker. There’s also some durability concerns with him. But his workout was very good, with a great 40 (5.12) and short shuttle (4.64) and above-average scores in the bench press (26 reps) and broad jumps (8-8). One measurement concern: His 33⅝-inch arms are problematic for a left tackle prospect.

Team fits: He’d make sense for the Eagles on Day 2, as they’re looking for athleticism at the tackle position over size. The Panthers are another possibility.

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