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 »
Defensive line is an under-the-radar need for the Eagles going into free agency and the draft.
Here’s what we know: The team really likes Fletcher Cox and Cedric Thornton as 3-4 defensive ends. It would be a surprise if they’re not two of the three starters going into 2014.
But there’s a lot we don’t know. For example, do the Eagles think Bennie Logan is the answer at nose tackle? There’s no doubt they like Logan, but maybe he’s more of a rotational guy who offers versatility and plays DT in sub packages.
There are more question marks with the backups. The Eagles want to rotate bodies up front, but they just didn’t have enough talent to do a ton of that last season. It’ll be a surprise if free agent Clifton Geathers returns. And Damion Square will have to battle for a roster spot next summer.
As we mentioned yesterday, it’s no guarantee that Vinny Curry returns.
Keeping all that in mind, look for the Eagles to add bodies and competition up front in the coming months. The “big people beat up little people” motto is especially true on the defensive line.
When taking a look at the free agent list, here are eight names that caught my eye: Read more »
When Howie Roseman was asked last week whether the team was still in position to be aggressive in free agency given the extensions he handed out to current players, the Eagles’ GM offered a short response.
“Yes,” he said.
But before the next question was asked, Roseman clarified.
“It will affect other things going forward, but yes.”
It doesn’t take a detective to figure out what those other things going forward are. In fact, they have names: Nick Foles, Fletcher Cox, Mychal Kendricks and Brandon Boykin. You’ll notice the common thread among those four players is that they were members of the Eagles’ 2012 draft class. Read more »
It’s no secret that the Eagles are in need of outside linebacker help.
Connor Barwin showcased his versatility last year and is a keeper on the left side. He’s not a prolific pass-rusher, but Barwin is excellent against the run, can line up in a variety of places and is good in coverage.
On the other side, Trent Cole did an admirable job of transitioning to a 3-4 OLB. But he’ll turn 32 next season and is still a bit of a square peg/round hole option. And the coaching staff saw Brandon Graham as purely a rotational player last season.
It’s possible that the Eagles go into 2014 with those same three rotating, but the better bet is that they add a piece either through free agency or the draft.
Keeping that in mind, here are four guys who will be on the market when free agency starts Tuesday. The two biggest names – Brian Orakpo and Jason Worilds - are staying with the Redskins and Steelers, respectively. So this is a watered-down group. Read more »
I’m pinch-hitting for T-Mac on the mailbag this week. Without further ado, here are your questions and my answers on all things Eagles. Read more »
In the past week or so, there’s been a lot of talk about DeSean Jackson’s future with the Eagles and the possibility of the organization moving on without him.
Jimmy Kempski of Philly.com offered his take over the weekend on why trading Jackson could make sense. Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com and Jeff McLane of The Inquirer weighed in yesterday.
The way I see it the only thing that really matters in this scenario is Chip Kelly’s opinion. Forget Jackson’s salary, the team’s decision to re-sign Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper and everything else. The bottom line is simply if the head coach – for one reason or another – thinks trading Jackson is the right move to get the organization closer to a Super Bowl, then that’s what the Eagles will do.
But barring a slam dunk deal, I think such a move would be an enormous mistake for the following reasons: Read more »
It’s time to ramp up the free agency coverage. In the coming days, we’ll take a look at some key positions of need, starting with (what else?) safety.
Below are six players who could be options, starting with the highest-profile and ending with the sleepers. Read more »
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week. Read more »
We start today off with a roundup of the latest league-wide news that affects the Eagles.
In a somewhat surprising move, Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds has already signed his transition tag offer. That means other teams can no longer attempt to lure him away.
With Brian Orakpo franchised, Worilds figured to be a hot commodity. And according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, the Eagles would have had interest: Read more »
The Eagles have released veteran wide receiver Jason Avant, the team announced.
“In the year I spent with Jason, he was unbelievable in terms of his work ethic and his selfless nature,” said Chip Kelly in a statement. “He was a great teammate. We know he will have a chance to sign with another team and by releasing him now, he will have a full offseason to make the necessary adjustments. I had a chance to speak with him today and he handled himself like the true professional he is.” Read more »