Wake-Up Call: Owners Meetings Begin

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ORLANDO — The NFL big dogs aren’t exactly roughing it this week.

The owners meetings officially get underway this morning but by Sunday the plush Ritz-Carlton, nestled next to a golf course on a picturesque plot of warm Orlando soil, was buzzing with league executives and coaches. There’s some business to attend to between now and when the meetings close on Wednesday afternoon but it’s very much a social scene — team brass rubbing with team brass over long dinners, a late-night cocktail or a quick nine. Not a bad setting if you wanted to, say, casually discuss a certain 27-year-old Pro Bowl receiver while smoking a cigar fountain-side. Read more »

Twitter Mailbag: QBs, DeSean And Picks

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For a chance to have your question published on Birds 24/7, send it to @Tim_McManus.

From @MKevinBonner: Are the Eagles planning to sign a vet backup QB or will they roll with Barkley? ?

 Michael Vick is scheduled to visit with the Jets Friday. Seems like a very logical landing spot to me. If he’s off the market, the top five available quarterbacks (per Rotoworld) are Josh Freeman, Shaun Hill, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kevin Kolb (who is expected to retire) and Colt McCoy. I don’t see anyone who would be an obvious choice over Barkley, who the Eagles seem to have some confidence in. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: A Look At the Safety Position

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Oakland Raiders
The safety picture may not be complete, but it is starting to come into focus.

The Eagles signed Nate Allen to a modest one-year deal Monday, bringing the number of safeties on the roster to five. Allen, who is entering his fifth NFL season (kind of hard to believe, isn’t it?), joins Malcolm Jenkins, Earl Wolff, Keelan Johnson and Chris Maragos.

That looks pretty different from the 2013 group, which included Allen, Wolff, Patrick Chung, Colt Anderson and Kurt Coleman.

It appears that the Eagles have upgraded the position, if only because Chung is out and Jenkins is in. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: The Eagles After Day 1

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Here’s where the Eagles stand as they enter the second day of free agency:

There was plenty of chatter surrounding the team Tuesday but they ended up signing just one free agent — New Orleans’ safety Malcolm Jenkins. They also re-upped punter Donnie Jones and cut Patrick Chung.

Jenkins should be an upgrade over Chung but the Eagles are still thin at the position. Read more »

Three Eagles Numbers That Matter

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Here are three free agency-related Eagles numbers that matter.

18 – The number of missed tackles last year for Panthers safety Mike Mitchell, according to Pro Football Focus. That was tied for most among safeties.

As we’ve mentioned in this space, the Eagles are one of the teams that has looked into signing Mitchell. But it seems like many of you would be against the move based solely on the missed tackles number. And that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Read more »

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