Eagles Showing Interest In Michael Johnson

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The unofficial start to the free agency period begins at noon Saturday when clubs are able to enter into contract negotiations with pending free agents. While deals can’t be executed until March 11 at 4 p.m., many will be structured over the coming hours.

With the time nearly upon us, here’s what we’re hearing on the outside linebacker front:

— The Eagles are showing some interest in Cincinnati free agent Michael Johnson.

The 27-year-old played defensive end in the Bengals’ 4-3 scheme  but multiple teams are looking at him as a 3-4 outside linebacker. Read more »

Free Agent Update: Options Open For Byrd, Ward

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As recently as a couple days ago, it appeared the top two potential free-agent safeties would never get a chance to test the market.

But things have changed.

The Bills and Browns opted not to tag safeties Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward, respectively. Both players can continue to work on negotiating long-term deals with their teams. But neither will be hand-cuffed. In other words, if they want to test the market, they will be allowed to do so. Read more »

Combine Notes: On Worilds and the OLB Hunt

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INDIANAPOLIS – Billy Davis began his professional coaching career in Pittsburgh, learning from the likes of Dom Capers and Dick LeBeau, and in some respects is trying to build the Eagles defense in the Steelers likeness. To do so, he will have to bolster the outside linebacker position, which has long been a critical component of Pittsburgh’s attack.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has had a hand in the assembly of the Steelers’ roster  since 2000. We asked him what he looks for in an outside linebacker. Read more »