Jean-Francois Leaves Town Without Deal

Ricky Jean-Francois’ first visit as a free agent was with the Eagles, but he left town today without a deal.

Jean-Francois’ agent told Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee that the 26-year-old defensive lineman is on his way to Indianapolis to visit with the Colts.

Given his youth and versatility, Jean-Francois is expected to generate plenty of interest on the open market, even though he only played 25.6 percent of the 49ers’ defensive snaps last year, per Pro Football Focus.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said today that the team had a “walk-away number” for every free agent. Perhaps they didn’t see value in the deal Jean-Francois was seeking. We’ll find out soon enough.

INTEREST IN BARWIN?

Two sources tell Derrick Gunn of CSNPhilly.com that the Eagles have shown interest in Texans outside linebacker Connor Barwin.

Barwin (6-4, 268) was on the field for over 94 percent of Houston’s snaps last year. The 26-year-old had 11.5 sacks in 2011, but just three last year.

There have been no reports about Barwin visiting any teams.

ASOMUGHA, AMENDOLA, AVRIL

Nnamdi Asomugha is generating interest from the Saints, Broncos, 49ers, Texans and Cardinals, according to Pro Football Talk. …With Wes Welker headed to Denver, the Patriots have signed slot receiver Danny Amendola to a five-year, $31 million deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. …Pass-rusher Cliff Avril has agreed to terms with the Seahawks, per Albert Breer of NFL Network.

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  • Septhinox

    Funny that they gave Amendola just enough to make more per year than Welker.

    • BrickSquadMonopoly

      Patriots played that so nicely…for almost half a second i was actually questioning their management LOL!

    • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

      What was the message to Welker, that He was to old?

  • TheGhostofNormVanBrocklin

    What no love for San Diego’s big signing…King Dunlap.

    • daryksr

      LMAO

      • Wilbert M.

        San Diego got Nnamdi’d -http://www.the700level.com/images/1000411.jpg

  • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

    OLB-Connor Barwin, 6’4″ 268 lbs, is a mirror image of Vinny Curry

    • daryksr

      Very good insight… I really want to see B Graham and Curry get legit shots to prove their worth this season. One or both players can turn out to be studs as OLB in a 3-4. End of the day, I really see the Eagles taking the kid from Oreg as the first pick this year and going with another player not currently on the roster opposite of him.

      • Wilbert M.

        Graham and Curry project to be the non-cover guy among the LB’s and they need a cover guy. Maybe Barwin can be that guy. Dion Jordan can cover, it’s just stopping the run and sacking the QB that’s in question.

        • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

          Barwin is not per sue a cover guy, he rushed the quarterback for the Texans. Dion Jordan, when covering teams with valid passing attacks was of no consequence, and didn’t display the talent to be a first round draft pick. However, Jordan fared well against teams of lessor quality. I don’t see him matching up well against Tight Ends in the Eagles division.

          • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

            I’d like to know where your scouting credentials come from. Seems as though almost all the experts seem to think Dion is a first round talent. What do you know that these guys don’t?

            Here’s a scouting report on Dion:

            “Rare athleticism for his size with loose hips and smooth footwork to move naturally in any direction. Looks like a basketball small forward in football pads with his tall, long frame and flexible joints, looking comfortable in space. Fluid change of direction skills in his transition, quickly redirecting. Very good first step with natural bend and closing burst off the edge to flatten to the quarterback. Active and doesn’t quit. Uses his length well with violent hand use, using quick mitts to make it tough for blockers to combat them. Physical striker to separate man from ball with the arms to easily wrap and finish. Fiery demeanor and has a good head on his shoulders. Good awareness and experience lining up all over the defenses’ front-7, even spending time covering the slot receiver and dropping in coverage. Still growing and sky is the limit with his athletic potential.”

            You draft Dion because, even though he’s a little raw, he’s the dimensions speed and attributes to be great. He’s only been playing on this side of the ball for a few years! 6’6 guy with a 4.5 speed? Hell yeah I want him covering the NFC East TE’s.

          • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

            Watch Jordan on Oregon’s Tapes. Tapes of Oregon’s games, in their entirety are available on youtube. Jordan’s elevation to a top pick is based on his combine workout, exactly as Mamula was. This kid is not built to beat NFL Tackles. And he doesn’t have the skill set to defend NFC East Tight End Talent, which isn’t unusual for Eagles Linebackers, historically. There is no way in hell he’s covering Victor Cruz in the slot that purely fantasy and I would say he’s not going to be much in defending Fred Davis or Jason Witten. He could not handle the tight ends from Sanford or USC

            I believe at pick 4, you draft an immediate impact player like Jarvis Jones of Georgia. Top 5 picks are not for developmental purposes.

            Your pre draft assessment could be said for any number of potential players at the NFL Combine however, against top competition none of those attributes were displayed and he did not dominate talented teams facing Oregon.

            Watch some of Oregon’s 2012 games, his body of work is not statically impressive. His position in the draft is not validated by his stats or on tape.

          • Bdawkbdawk

            There is no way you glance over Jordan in favor of a player with Spinal Stenosis. Not when youre developing a young team. That condition just ends careers (Manning, Irving, McNeil ). If the Eagles go with Jordan, I trust that the staff’s familiarity with him is enough to ameliorate competition concerns.

          • http://www.philthycanuck.com/ Adam

            You don’t take him at 4. You look to move back with Buffalo or Arizona. They both need Geno and will move up for him. He’s not a developmental pick in the sense that you keep him off the field for a year. He starts at SAM this year. You have a solid nose tackle and DE’s to keep him clean. Plus you get another 2nd or 3rd, where you can address a position you might have wanted to take at in the 1st.

            Why would we take Jarvis Jones? We have enough pass rushing linebackers now. He’s a liability in pass coverage.

            The fact is we need a SAM linebacker. We have none of the roster and there are no qualified starting candidates in free agency. Azzinario and Chip turned Dion from a WR/TE prospect in to a top ranked linebacker. He’s got a ton of untapped potential. Who better to continue working with him and moulding him. and I know you’re not supposed to draft for need, but when you have guys with similar grade and position of need then you go with that guy.

            The fact is, besides maybe Joeckel and Warmack, you’re rolling the dice on ALL of these prospects. I don’t believe any of these guys are immediate impact players.

    • http://twitter.com/PhiIs_Goodman Phils Goodman

      Barwin is a former basketball player and TE, and he has shown he can use that athleticism to cover.

      • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

        Barwin is more of a plow horse than a blazing stallion. He’s certain to keep one of the Tackles busy on a sunday afternoon. He would be the guy most likely to stay in his lane when pursuing Robert Griffin or any running threat and, cutting off the cut back lanes. He has good range. He may give a defense 5-8 Sacks a season.

    • Token

      Dont get the interest in Barwin. Not that hes a bad player. But why? Dont you have kids there you want to get on the field? Barwin is a full time starter. He comes here and hes taking one of the OLB spots. Doesnt that leave you jumbled at that spot? Not to mention the guy has a low ceiling that hes already reached IMO. Id rather draft someone high if they want a player there.

      • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

        Barwin has been a steady force in Texas with range, his play compliments others on the Texans defense. He’s a hand full and is generally playing over the Right Tackle of the opposing team. He rushed the quarterback almost 90% of the time.

  • daryksr

    Nice to see the Seahawks loading up for a major run at the chip this year. As far as the Eagles, nice to see they arent about to just start throwing away money on back ups. There is still just something missing. Leaves me a little unsettled. There is no way they go into the season as currently assembled, obviously… but I mean something major is just missing from the big picture. The draft I hope nets major returns for us… but there’s just something else missing. Surely dont think it will be Revis or nothing, but something that just electrifies the fanbase. We’ll see. Only time will tell.

    • knighn

      I don’t buy that there’s a big move coming this year. In my opinion, it’s not just about avoiding another Nnamdi, it’s about building the Team. Like it or not, superstar players can be disruptive. Right now the team needs new players to buy into the Chip Kelly way without rocking the boat. Just my opinion, though!

      • ICDogg

        I don’t think there is a big FA move either, nor a big trade unless it involves moving around in the draft.

      • http://twitter.com/Lez215 Dutch

        I agree, something can be said for bringing in players who have been part of winning in the NFL.

  • EaglesFanatic

    Became a fan of Geno Smith after watching this interview. He is light years more mature than the likes Jermarcus Russell and Vince Young.

  • DunedinEagle

    Seahawks could be my new team if the birds go all athletic at QB. Your move Chippa!

    • jabostick

      Yeah I agree. If I want super immobile, classic dropback passer, Russell Wilson is the first guy I’d look at too

  • JofreyRice

    RJF 4 years for 22 Million to the Colts. He can go on with that. Really has never put together even one full season worth of snaps. Was OK, but does anyone remember how the “49ers” defense “wasn’t the same” without Justin Smith? RJF was the guy they plugged in. RJF at 100% was a worse option for the 49ers than Justin Smith with a torn triceps.