Twitter Mailbag: Safety Needs

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From @pmeredith77: Why are people saying the Eagles won’t pursue Jairus Byrd or TJ Ward when mid-level safeties haven’t gotten it done in the past?

Many view the message coming out of the NovaCare as a smokescreen, but I really believe the Eagles have changed their thinking when it comes to free agency. They’re wary of sinking a large chunk of their available cash into a single player. On multiple occasions, Howie Roseman has likened free agency to an arranged marriage: you don’t know whether team and player are truly compatible until after pen has gone to paper.

The fact that Chip Kelly‘s time at Oregon overlapped with both Byrd and Ward’s takes some of the guesswork out of it. He has spent time around the players, and has a basic understanding of how they would fit into the Eagles’ defense and culture. That alleviates some of the concern. Read more »

Free-Agency Buzz: News On Moore, Delmas And Winston

The three-day negotiating period for unrestricted free agents begins Saturday at midnight. (Details on what exactly that means here.) While nothing can become official until free agency officially open at 4 p.m. on March 12, there will be plenty of activity over the next few days. There is some news bubbling up already, in fact.

The latest:

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Falcons have “ramped up” negotiations with safety William Moore.

Moore, who went to the Pro Bowl last season as an alternate, could demand a deal near the top of the safety market. The top safety salary belongs to San Diego’s Eric Weddle, whose deal last July averaged $8 million.

If the Falcons gave Moore a deal that averaged $8 million, they could lower his cap number by spreading out the signing bonus over the term of the contract.

Meanwhile, the Lions are getting in front of their free-agent safety before the clock strikes midnight.

The 25-year old has been hampered by knee issues over the past two seasons, missing 13 games in that time.

Albert Breer has the latest on recently-released tackle Eric Winston.

Les Bowen reported that the Eagles were one of the first teams to inquire about Winston after Andy Reid released him.

The Jaguars will reportedly cut safety Dawan Landry. The 30-year-old played in all 16 games last season and had 100 tackles and an interception. Landry played five seasons with the Ravens.

We’ll continue to update you throughout the weekend.

Eagles-Lions Injury Report: S Delmas Misses Practice

All eyes in Detroit are on safety Louis Delmas, who has yet to play this season after undergoing a knee procedure back in August. He sat out of practice Friday after being listed as a limited participant Wednesday and Thursday.

Head coach Jim Schwartz said the plan was to ease off Delmas towards the end of the week, and that there haven’t been any setbacks.

The 25-year-old Delmas, who had 51 tackles and five passes defensed in 11 games last year,  is considered a key piece to the Lions’ defense.

“Yeah, each and every day I feel like I’m getting stronger,” Delmas said via the team’s website. “But, like I said, I’m not 100 percent right now, so therefore, game day is optional. But we’ll see. If my coaches and my trainers think I’ll be able to go then I’ll go.”

Lions defensive tackle Corey Williams is not expected to play Sunday.

The Eagles, meanwhile, are close to full health. Everybody fully participated in practice and there are really no question marks for this game, save whether Andy Reid is ready to activate Riley Cooper (collarbone) on game day.

“I want to make sure he’s ready to go and he’s healthy enough to where he takes care of being confident enough,” said Reid. “That’s what I look at.”

Besides Cooper, the following players are probable:

S Colt Anderson (knee), WR Jason Avant (wrist), RB Bryce Brown (shoulder), LS Jon Dorenbos (ankle), T King Dunlap (hamstring), FB Stanley Havili (quad), LB Akeem Jordan (hamstring), LB Mychal Kendricks (ankle), DT Derek Landri (knee) and DE Darryl Tapp (foot).