Tuesday Open Thread: Free Agency Begins

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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. Adam Caplan backs that notion up.

— TM

9:04: Here’s an even  bigger name for you: Darrelle Revis. Per Adam Schefter, the Eagles and Patriots are two teams to watch if Tampa releases the standout corner.

Jeff McLane mentioned this morning that the Eagles flirted with the idea of acquiring the cornerback a year ago. Revis, who will be 29 in July, had two interceptions and 11 passes defensed last season for the Bucs.

It’s going to be a crazy day. — TM

9:54: According to Les Bowen of the Daily News, the Eagles are “very interested” in Ravens cornerback Corey Graham. The 28-year-old played for Chip Kelly at New Hampshire and has the ability to play both inside and outside. -SK

11:14: Safety Donte Whitner may be heading to Cleveland.

 11:34: Ian Rapoport reports that the Bucs are receiving interest from “teams with cap space” that may want to trade for Darrelle Revis. He says the Browns are one team to watch.  The Eagles have just under $20 million in cap room, according to the NFL Network. — TM

11:40: Redskins OLB Rob Jackson has been mentioned as a potential fit in Philly. So far, though, we’re told that nothing is cooking with the Eagles. Free agency signings come in waves, and it’s possible that teams come in late after tackling the top-tier talent on Day One. But nothing yet from the Birds. — TM

1:22: Will the Cowboys make a decision soon on DeMarcus Ware?

1:36: A juicy rumor from NBC Washington:

2:42: Safety Stevie Brown is re-signing with the Giants. I thought there was a chance he could be a sleeper for the Eagles. Brown missed last year with an injury but played well in 2012. — SK

3:23: Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reported earlier this week that the Eagles and Redskins were showing the most interest in Panthers safety Mike Mitchell. If that’s the case, the Eagles might just be the front-runners to land him. — TM

4:10: Whitner to the Browns is official, per multiple reports. And the money is interesting:

We need to see how much of that is guaranteed, but Byrd is clearly a superior player. –SK

4:14: Schefter also reports that Antoine Bethea is going to San Francisco to replace Whitner. That’s another safety free agent off the market. Terms were not released yet. –SK

4:15: The Bears add a young, versatile defensive piece:

4:16: It’s official: Ware is out in Dallas.

Ware turns 32 in July. He has length and pass-rush ability. Maybe the Eagles at least make a call and see what the price tag might be?

4:30: The Eagles aren’t the only NFC East team showing interest in Corey Graham:

4:33: Walter Thurmond played his college ball at Oregon:

4:34: The latest on Michael Vick:

4:39: The Eagles have announced a three-year deal for puner Donnie Jones, and the team has released safety Patrick Chung.

4:50: It sounds like the Browns might be the favorites for Revis:

4:51: A couple defensive linemen come off the board:

4:53: O’Brien Schofield was one of the mid-level outside linebackers on the market:

5:04: We have a safety signing. The Eagles have inked Malcolm Jenkins:

5:55: Here is our All-22 post on Jenkins.  And some thoughts and background on the Jenkins signing.

5:57: On Ware, from someone who is familiar with the Eagles’ decision-makers:

5:58: Byrd, meanwhile, gets a visit from New Orleans – a team that is last in available cap space:

5:59: T.J. Ward finds a home in Denver:

6:00: And maybe the Eagles aren’t done yet at safety?

6:28: Looks like Mitchell will not be bringing his talents to South Philadelphia:

 

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