Lots of little stuff to talk about. Let’s start off with what is going to happen this weekend. The NFL is experimenting by letting teams and players negotiate for 3 days. The goal is to drive up interest so that Tuesday is the NFL’s version of national signing day, when the high school kids commit to colleges. The NFL would love teams to make big signings on Tuesday and to have a week of major activity, news, and good publicity.
No one knows exactly what to expect.
Some in the football community think this weekend is going to be a giant waste of time. Why go negotiate with a team when you can’t really pressure them? Players can’t say “Give me a better deal or I’m going to Dallas.” You can spend the weekend feeling out teams/agents/players, but how much serious bargaining will go on?
Others think this could be real interesting. Agents do a great job of using writers and media types to get rumors out. We could have all kinds of rumors this weekend, leading to a great deal of anticipation for Tuesday.
I have no idea what’s actually going to happen. Howie Roseman is an aggressive GM so you can expect he’ll take advantage of the situation as best he can. The interesting angle is to see how things go with mid-level players. Will teams focus on calling the stars this weekend or will they also mix in calls to lower level FAs?
Here’s an update from Jason La Canfora on the NFL warning teams what to not do this weekend. No deals can be agreed to. And no player visits.
Stay tuned here and at EaglesBlog.net for as many regular updates as I can come up with.
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Jared Cook is a player that we’ve talked about a few times in recent days. It sounds like the bidding for him will be fast and furious (did we all just picture Jordana Brewster for a moment?).
There are already reports saying that teams will offer him between $8M and 10$M per season. The Eagles can pay that if they want to. I’m just not sure if they will want to go that high. This could help Dustin Keller. He’s the second best athletic pass-catching TE on the market. The only knock on him is size (6-2, 245 or so).
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Daniel Jeremiah has talked to some GMs around the league and the feeling is that Andy Reid and the Chiefs will take Luke Joeckel at #1. I’m still thinking that Eric Fisher will be the choice. Here’s my logic.
Prior to the arrival of OL coach Howard Mudd in 2011, Reid and Juan Castillo loved to draft big guys with long arms. They wanted players who anchored well and can run block. Reid rarely took natural pass protectors. Fisher has some RT experience in his past. He has slightly longer arms than Joeckel. And he anchors better. Fisher is the better run blocker of the two.
It will be interesting to see if I know Big Red as well as I think.
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Here are a couple of stories I already posted at EB earlier today:
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I do not anticipate the Eagles spending a pick on a RB, but there is one guy that truly fascinates me…Christian Thompson from Florida State. He broke his back in 2011, but came back and was having a great 2012. Then he tore his ACL. He’s small, but very explosive. His tape is awesome. If he’s on the board in the 7th round, I’d consider taking him. Chip Kelly loved smaller, explosive backs at Oregon.
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Lots of older NFL DBs are getting cut. It is easy to dismiss them, but if you look carefully, there can be a player or two worth checking out. Not every guy who gets cut is washed up. Adrian Wilson is the most interesting person so far.
More than a few fans are ticked off that all these guys are getting cut and Nnamdi still has a job. I think he’ll be cut on Tuesday. That’s when the new league year starts. Seems there is some technical, contractual reason to keep him on until then. I’ve not heard a word about the Eagles trying to keep Nnamdi.
It is funny to see DRC praised by some media outlets. Makes you wonder what we don’t know about FAs on other teams that are out there. Eagles fans are very turned off by DRC. Other fans want him. Who is it that we want that other fans are glad to be rid of?