Eagles Sign Linebacker Brad Jones

Brad Jones. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Brad Jones. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

The Eagles have signed inside linebacker Brad Jones to a two-year contract, the team announced.

Jones (6-3, 242) was released by the Packers last month after playing his first six seasons in Green Bay. He started 36 games over that time and amassed 293 tackles, 10 sacks and two forced fumbles. The former seventh-round pick out of Colorado has 33 special teams tackles over his career. Nine of those came in 2014, per Pro Football Focus.

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Inside Voices: Graham Not Out Of Picture

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

The league year begins in just over a week. Here’s the latest Eagles buzz as free agency approaches and the draft draws closer:

* The Eagles still have interest in re-signing Brandon Graham. The two sides are expected to meet early this week, we’re told, presumably to try and knock out a deal.

It’s understandable why the Eagles would want to hold onto the 26-year-old. He has had a high production rate in two years under Chip Kelly, turned into a solid special teams contributor this past season and is already familiar with the system and culture. Without him, they would likely have to dive into the free-agent pool for help. And while they could theoretically grab someone like Jason Worilds, whom they’ve shown interest in previously, they would probably have to overspend to get him. Read more »

Tag Deadline: The Latest On Maclin

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles have until 4 p.m. today to place the franchise tag on Jeremy Maclin.

If they opt not to use the tag, they’ll have four-plus days to work out a deal before other teams join the bidding. The “legal tampering” period begins March 7, when clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with the representatives of players who will become free agents on March 10.

Applying the tag would keep Maclin off the market, allowing the Eagles more time to work on a long-term deal with him exclusively. The downside is that they would owe him $12.8 million this season if they cannot come to terms. That would eat significantly into their cap space.

My sense is that the near $13 million figure will dissuade the Eagles from applying the tag. If that proves true, they’ll be operating from here on in without a safety net. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Talent Better Suited For a 4-3?

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Today’s question comes from Silvio on the Birds 24/7 Facebook page:

Two of our best young defenders (Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham) are better fits for a 4-3 scheme, and we are underusing them and risking losing them. Also, Trent Cole and probably Fletcher Cox are more suitable to a 4-3, while only Connor Barwin is a true 3-4 player. If the target is maximizing your talent, does it make any sense keeping this odd front?

Thanks for the question, Silvio. I actually think the job the coaching staff has done with the front seven in the past two years has been the biggest success story on defense. Read more »

Eagles Weekend Reading: A New CB To Consider

Brian Spurlock / USA Today

Brian Spurlock / USA Today

Here are some Eagles-related links to check out this weekend.

Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has the Eagles taking UConn cornerback Byron Jones at No. 20:

Jones put on a show in Indy, but he’s much more than a workout warrior. He was a four-year starter at UConn with toughness and smarts. That fits the Chip Kelly profile.

Jeremiah has Marcus Mariota dropping all the way down to the Rams at No. 10. 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 »

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