Free Agency Preview

Posted: March 11th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 371 Comments »

Happy Free Agency Day everyone. This is kinda like Christmas in March. Let’s just hope the Eagles give us some good gifts to open. Remember that this is just the opening of free agency. The Eagles jumped out of the gate last year with a flurry of moves. That may or may not be the case this year. Each year is different, based on the market and who the targets are. Do not panic if the Eagles are quiet. I don’t anticipate them being quiet, but it is a possibility.


* Sign CB Darelle Revis

* Sign FS Malcolm Jenkins

* Sign OLB O’Brien Schofield

* I would like to add a veteran DL to the mix since I think the Eagles should let Clifton Geathers go. I’m not dead set on one player. I’d like someone with pass rush ability. Corey Wootton from the Bears interests me because of his size (6-7, 270). He’s had 10 sacks over the last couple of years. I’m not sure if other teams will see him as a starter or backup. Adam Carriker could be of interest if you think he can actually stay healthy. Good fit for 3-4 DE, but injuries are a huge concern.

* I would like to add a RS. Ted Ginn is my preference among veteran players.

* I would like the Eagles to deal Brandon Graham for either a draft pick or some help at OLB. Yesterday I mentioned swapping him for LB/DE Shea McClellin of the Bears, a player the Eagles liked a lot in 2012. McClellin could be a good backup to Connor Barwin at the least. He’s got that kind of size and has some potential with covering TEs.

I realize that signing Revis won’t be cheap or easy. I think he’s the kind of player you roll the dice on in free agency. He could be be a true impact player.

Jenkins is the S I want since I think he has the best combination of fit and value for the Eagles. If the team can’t work anything out with Revis, then I’m fine with them pursuing Jairus Byrd. I just wouldn’t pay him $9M per year.

There is no OLB that I’m in love with at this point. Schofield is an athletic pass rusher with upside. You’d be rolling the dice on him.

There is no player that I’m strongly against. My focus is on getting at least one Safety and trying to find some LB help.

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Ranking some targets (combination of value and fit)


1. Malcolm Jenkins
2. Jairus Byrd
3. Donte Whitner
4. Mike Mitchell
5. Antoine Bethea


I am not comfortable with this group since I think the Eagles need an explosive rusher that can beat LTs and most of these players are complementary rushers. But here goes…

1. Mike Neal
2. O’Brien Schofield
3. Shaun Phillips
4. Matt Shaughnessy
5. Marcus Benard

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Brandon Lee Gowton of BGN has a report up on the Eagles being interested in DB Corey Graham. Graham played CB for the Ravens for the past 2 years and did a solid job. He’s not a big time playmaker or shutdown corner, but is a good role player that can start when needed. He does want to start. The Eagles could offer him the potential to win a job, but Graham isn’t talented enough to sign and count on as a starting CB. He’d have to outplay Williams or Fletcher. Graham is also a very good STer.

He played for New Hampshire when Chip Kelly was there so that could help both sides want to get something done.

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Sheil Kapadia wrote about Mike Mitchell, an Eagles target that not all fans like.

18 – The number of missed tackles last year for Panthers safety Mike Mitchell, according toPro 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.

Regular Birds 24/7 readers know I like incorporating stats when they make sense. But statistical analysis is extremely difficult with safeties, who oftentimes aren’t even in the TV shot. Take Mitchell, for example. He played 920 total snaps. Let’s assume for a second that his missed tackles came on 18 different plays. That is still a limited sample that accounts for less than 2 percent of his overall snaps. In other words, roughly 98 percent of the time, he was on the field for a play where he didn’t miss a tackle. How did he perform in those instances?

Missed tackles are subjective. The number can vary depending on who’s doing the charting, and a difference of two missed tackles can make a world of difference when using terms like tackling efficiency. Also, most safeties are going to have high numbers (14 of them missed at least 14 tackles, per PFF, including Earl Thomas). And three, tackling is something a player can improve on. We saw that last year with Nate Allen.

Tackling is obviously an important part of playing defense for any NFL player. But it is still only a part of the big picture. Mitchell (6 feet, 210) has good size and can run, plus he’s only 26-years-old. Granted, he played on a team with a talented front seven last year, but Mitchell did a good job on the back end.

Given the market, I still think he’s a decent mid-tier option for the Eagles.

I watched more tape of Mitchell. He missed a tackle in each of the 2 games I checked out. Both times he was over-aggressive. On one, he came downhill very quickly and wanted to really hit Frank Gore. Mitchell got to the spot too quickly and was upright rather than in good tackling position. Gore gave him a simple move and Mitchell could only lunge for him. That kind of stuff can be worked on in practice.

Mitchell struggled in Oakland mainly due to injuries. He just couldn’t stay healthy early in his career. He showed enough in 2012 to get a deal with the Panthers and then had a breakout season.

Mitchell would be a risky signing. He could thrive or he could flop. The Eagles must feel that he could succeed in this system with as much interest as they are reportedly showing.


371 Comments on “Free Agency Preview”

  1. 1 Iskar36 said at 7:57 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    We have gotten to the point in free agency rumor mills where TE Eagles are signing everyone, but here is an interesting one:

  2. 2 GEAGLE said at 8:13 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Caplan said we were talking to bills about trading for Byrd last year

  3. 3 nicolajNN said at 8:22 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I think part of the safety rumours are because we have such a large hole at safety, it makes sense to link us to them, but it’s likely also because we have been kicking the tyres on a lot of them

  4. 4 Stephen Stempo said at 8:33 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Yeah every safety since dawk left has been linked to the Eagles.

  5. 5 Arby1 said at 9:18 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Haven’t you heard? All Jason La Canfora reports have been officially ex-communicated from this blog by Pope Tommy.

  6. 6 Iskar36 said at 12:18 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I do enjoy the thought of Howie feeding La Confora false rumors just to troll him. Seeing EVERYONE else refute this rumor only an hour or so later made me laugh.

  7. 7 sonofdman said at 8:01 AM on March 11th, 2014:


    Do you have any concerns about Revis buying into the Chip Kelly way of life? He is amazing on the field, but I have gotten the impression before that he was a bit of a malcontent with the Jets and Tampa. Maybe this isn’t true or is he so good that you don’t worry about that stuff?

  8. 8 Stephen Stempo said at 8:32 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Keep in mind that it was “with the jets and tampa.” Not the gold standard for organizational stability or good vibes.

  9. 9 sonofdman said at 8:35 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    good point.

  10. 10 mark_in_jax said at 8:04 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Think the Bears would like a swap of Graham for McClellin too. Both players are in mid-20’s, were 1st rounders and have 2 years left on original contracts for similar $. Sounds like a “win-win”.

  11. 11 nathalie a said at 8:09 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    i have to wait till 10 pm for it to start, i might welcome my good old friend insomnia if she decides to pay me a visit

    tenterhooks !!

  12. 12 Dominik said at 8:33 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    It’s 11 pm for me. Which country are you coming from?

    First watching UEFA Champions League, then I’ll watch what the Eagles will do. 🙂

  13. 13 nathalie a said at 2:22 PM on March 11th, 2014:


  14. 14 Dominik said at 8:12 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Why are you so “in love” with a Revis signing, Tommy?

    I wouldn’t say that I’m against his signing, he’s a great player. But especially if we talk about value – I’d think that Williams and Fletcher with Byrd/Ward as Safety would be better than Revis and Williams or Fletcher with a mid tier Safety.

    We have two solid (but far from great) outside corners on our roster, I think those two don’t push the team into a deep playoff run, but they don’t harm you. Right now, we basically have zero safeties on our roster you could say the same thing about.

    I don’t have anything against Revis, but I think a great Safety would have more value for this team (with Williams and Fletcher already here) than a great Corner.

    But then again, I haven’t watched film on Byrd or Ward, you did. If they are very good but not great it could make sense.

    One point I would make despite that argument is: Revis will get at least 11 million, with Shields getting 9 and Verner probably 10. Byrd is looking (doesn’t mean he’ll get it) for 9 million.

    If we talk about value, 2 millions (maybe even more) are worth something.

  15. 15 Stephen Stempo said at 8:31 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I think perhaps you’re overvaluing our current corners a bit. While upgrading to a great safety would be a bigger upgrade you have to wonder if Byrd is worth it. Revis is absolutely a top tier corner. Is Byrd? He’s good, great even. Is he top 5? I’m not sure.

    It also isn’t necesarilly a one or the other though. Getting Revis doesn’t mean we couldn’t still upgrade corner.

    I’ll just say like Tommy said Revis is the kind of player you do roll the dice on.

  16. 16 Dominik said at 8:38 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Fair point. I would say that some people are undervaluing them. When Williams and Fletcher were signed, it said that both are good press corners. You can’t press with Chung behind them.

    But you are right: if they aren’t better then what we saw last year, we should replace them. I just think that they would be better with a great Safety behind them, because they could play more press.

  17. 17 Stephen Stempo said at 8:45 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I don’t disagree. I like Williams edge and Fletcher played good. They both had pretty good moments too, but to me their just kind of meh. I never expect them to make a play I guess. No rule against getting a good safety or corner in the draft. Or both. Hard to say until after the draft what it will look like. One way or the other both those positions are going to get new blood this off-season.

  18. 18 GEAGLE said at 8:36 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    No you are right.,.we ain’t spending on starting CBs,,Cary and Brad are who we go to war with until their replacements are drafted and developed….lol don’t know what’s more absurd, Revis or Mitchell lol

    Dan Snyder hasn’t been able to spend in two years, who has the discaplin to not over pay, and walk away from the bidding war first, Howie or Snyder? Lol Mitchell is a skin, and Snyder will have to overpay

  19. 19 GEAGLE said at 8:12 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Question: why would Anyone think we would sign Obrien Schofield when we could have claimed him off waivers like 3 times last year when we only had 1 OLB on our roster?

    Eagles will sign:
    Cory Graham
    Alex Carrington

    Cnris Cooks
    Bruce Cambell….

    Jammarri Lattimore…

    If we can’t get Carrington the other DL we consider is Al Woods or Terrence Cody(non GUARENTEED roster spot)

  20. 20 Dominik said at 8:17 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    First question: no OLB via FA (I have to admit, I googled Carrington, Cooks, Campell and Lattimore)? Do you think Howie will leave the bpa approach for that position in the draft? Or do you think we’ll go with the same 4 players like last season?

    Second question: why did you get banned on Twitter already? I enjoyed you tweets, to be honest with you, I tried to follow you, but the system said that you have been banned. Is it because of the Kyle Long incident? (;))

  21. 21 GEAGLE said at 8:27 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I think cuz I set off a cyber riot in Chicago…me an Kyle were just having a friendly back and fourth, it’s not like I was being disrespectful or talking shit, but every bears fan went crazy about me talking about him leaving Chicago and coming here, like 300 people in Chicago retweet our interactions,and I got suspended for a ewe days,which is crazy because it wasn’t even an argument…

    Carrington really efficient, interior pass rusher to rotate with Curry and Cox on 3rd down, but last year, check out his 2012 numbers. if we can’t get him, we will look to steelers Al Woods to backup Logan..

    Chips cool is a 2010 CB draft bust of Vikings (34th pick I believe), rough start to his career, but screw marsh! I’d rather see what our coaches can do with this 6’2 212lb corner who ran a 4.4
    ..I been posting how we would sign Corey Graham since November…ITS GOING DOWN!!

    Bruce Cambell from raiders is a cheap super athlete at OG
    Lattimore is just a cheap ST standout, compete for roster spot at backup ILB…

    I want OLB, there just really aren’t any…we have OLBs that do some things well, but we don’t have that edge rusher..everyone like Neal! but he practically does everything well except be that edge rusher, so I don’t see why we would pay millions for another OLB who isn’t the edge rusher solution for us..

    Schofield hit waivers like 3 times last year, and every time is as screaming for us to sign him! we didn’t, so why would I think we would outbid teams for him now? Makes no sense…
    eagles will make that splash at safety…only question is do we just add one, or will we get Ward and Jenkins for like 11mil?

  22. 22 GEAGLE said at 8:28 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Correction on carrington(won’t let me edit): really efficient interior pass rusher, his best football is still in front of him, he was HURT last year so check out his 2012 stats
    I think we want OLB, but there aren’t any pass rushers, no point in spending for more OLBs who aren’t that 10 sack guy…probably possible we can still pull of a cuop and sign Mike Johnson! but he will be so damn expensive so I wouldn’t hold my breathe….doubt we are done trying to pry Dion away from Miami….if not, they will have to adress OLB In the first two rounds of draft

  23. 23 Stephen Stempo said at 8:35 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Isn’t there concerns about Bruce Cambell’s chainsaw hand?

  24. 24 GEAGLE said at 8:50 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Edit: Chris cooks 2010 draft bust, not Chip cool lol

  25. 25 Dominik said at 9:44 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I had to think for a second, but got there. “Chips cool is a 2010 CB draft bust” is a funny sentence, nonetheless. 😉

  26. 26 GEAGLE said at 10:00 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    You saw my convo with Long…it was just a playful back and fourth…it’s not Ike I was disrespecting him or badgering him and he wasn’t responding me…why the hell did I get suspended? All I can think of is because every Chicago fan went crazy at the thought of losing long….normally when I get banned, I know nd I’m deciding to do something that I’m expecting to get banned for…I have no idea why this happened…
    Worst thing I said was, “everyone knows you wear your midnight green pajamas with the Footies attached when Lance Briggs isn’t around :)”….at first he was laughing when I was telling him we all know he will eventually be an eagle…but then when all the Chicago fans started freaking out. He hit me with the “#BEARDOWN go home you are drunk”…nothing bad happened, nothing disrespectful was said…no idea why I got suspended.
    ATleast Chung confirmed that he was playing thru a badly hurt shoulder all year. As I suspected during the season…I KNLW he had a bad year. But we have to respect that

  27. 27 BreakinAnklez said at 12:30 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Great that Cambell is cheap and athletic, too bad he can’t play…

  28. 28 Anders said at 9:16 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Where do you see he was waivered 3 times? I can only see he was claimed once by the Hawks in July

  29. 29 Tumtum said at 1:18 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Where does Graham fit on this team ATM? I like him, and hear the interest from newy types. Just don’t think he fits unless they are cutting Williams or benching Fletcher.

  30. 30 GermanEagle said at 8:25 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    One of Bill Polian’s top free agency rules is that you don’t pay a free agent more than your A and B+ players on your team.
    Now I’m asking you where Byrd would rank in this regard? Would he be one of our A or B+ players and how much do these earn?!

  31. 31 sonofdman said at 8:31 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Don’t forget Polian’s top rule for building a great team: luck into a hall of fame quarterback with the top pick in the draft.

  32. 32 Dominik said at 8:35 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I’m playing a Madden season right now. Luck has a career ending injury midway through the first season. God do the Colts suck without him.

    In Madden, of course, but I don’t think that’d be unrealistic. 😉

  33. 33 GermanEagle said at 1:35 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    … Or with the 88th OVR pick…! 😉

  34. 34 nicolajNN said at 8:30 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I would like to see us getting an RB. Brown was a disappointment last year, and while Polk played more, and pretty well, down the stretch, both of them should be pushed and have some serious competition. It’s possible a rookie could do that, but I would also like to see a veteran added.

    Upgrading the back-up spot, whether by improved play by Polk/Brown, or a new player would also make sharing Shady’s workload a lot easier

  35. 35 ACViking said at 1:26 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Jerick McKinnon. He’s headed to the Birds on draft day. Hope so at least

  36. 36 new coach said at 8:37 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Would you trade for Revis? If so, what would you trade? 4th rounder? Best way to get Revis is to deal for him, if we want him

  37. 37 Dominik said at 8:43 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    For 16 millions, you don’t even trade a 7th round pick. I can’t speak for Tommy, but if one team makes a trade, I for one sure hope it’s not the Eagles.

    And I can’t think of a bidding war via trade. 7th round is the best the Buccs can do (if there would be an 8th round in the draft, it would be an 8th rounder), every teams knows that there aren’t a lot of bidders.

    The only reason to trade for Revis would be if you don’t want to let him hit the market. But if you’re okay with paying him 16 millions, you can offer 14 or 15 millions in FA and you’ll probably get him. On your own terms.

  38. 38 GEAGLE said at 8:51 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    He will have a good season, then act like a jackass and hold out for 50milliom… thanks

  39. 39 DanJ3645 said at 10:52 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Lets hope its the Cowgirls who trade a 5th rounder. They’ve always got plenty of cap space…..

  40. 40 Frencheaglesfan said at 9:05 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    2 things, first it sucks to be in China to have coverage of my beloved eagles (worst timezone with US). Second and most important, I don’t care about the reports because the eagles always do deals under the table, no one saw asomugha coming nor fletcher,…. They are the best to give you false informations. Just sayin’ from all the safeties, only one wasn’t link with the birds and it will be a future midnight green: Jenkins.

  41. 41 nicolajNN said at 9:10 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    So true, just thinking back to last year we heard nothing about most of the players we signed. The only one I remember some buzz around was Casey, and I think that started from Caplan.

    On the other hand there were rumours about interest in Sean Smith and Eric Winston amongst other.

  42. 42 Frencheaglesfan said at 9:18 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I totally believe that when reports say eagles are interested into revis or byrd they are just trolling the other teams because teams fear their cap space and that enable them to have a red carpet to sign the ones they were really coveting and also putting the other teams in bad cap situation. trololololo

  43. 43 deg0ey said at 9:29 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I like that list. I agree that Revis is the kind of guy to spend big for and I’d definitely prefer him to Byrd and Ward. In the safety department, I kinda have a thing for Clemons – he doesn’t stand out much for good or for bad and I think that’s the kind of guy we should look for.

    In terms of DL, what do people think of Antonio Smith? He’s a name I’ve seen kicked about a bit and he seems like a solid pass rusher with 3-4 experience.

  44. 44 GEAGLE said at 9:33 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Aging 30yr old corners who will play well and ask for more money next year are who we should be signing? I prefer a 27yr old safety who can give support to all the corners, and grow with this defense….
    Don’t understand how people could be happy giving Revis 10-13mil, when we can have Ward AND Jenkins for like 11mil

    Hell at Revis money I’d rather have a young Verner who can ATleast grow with this team…

    NNamdi scared us away from signing all big name FA, yet they will spend on 30yr old Revis! who will be doing sit-ups in his driveway and holding out after a good year? I don’t get it

  45. 45 Mitchell said at 9:37 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I think there is still the mystique of Revis’ talent that makes him so wanted. I personally dnt want him either but it really isn’t my decision.

  46. 46 mksp said at 9:57 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Revis can press and play our scheme, Verner is more of an off corner, Cover 2 guy.

  47. 47 GEAGLE said at 10:06 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I love defense, at the end of the day, any defensive upgrade would make me happy, but I just simply don’t view this as realistic…if it happens, there are worst fates then adding a quality corner, I just don’t believe it’s true

  48. 48 Jason said at 9:56 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Revis is 28, genius.

  49. 49 GEAGLE said at 10:04 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Actually he turns 29 before the start of the season “genius” …but thanks for the worthless contribution and senseless cunty attitude to the debate….now run along,

  50. 50 A Roy said at 10:09 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Why is it you again make an argument with invalid information and then take offense when corrected? Jason was/is correct. You were wr…wro…wron…go on. Say it. Yes, he was mildly insulting, but you were over the edge with your response.

  51. 51 GEAGLE said at 10:13 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Revis will be 29 DURING the a DAMN SEASON!!! Who cares if he is 28 during OTAs? You have to he an anal cunt to bitch at someone rounding up from 29 to 30….but you can play captain save a hoe if you want, this is like my favorite day of the year…you wanna act like Maggie! there are tons of idiots for you to play with. I want to talk about free agents today…thanks, run along… think I didn’t know Revis would be 29 and not 30? Give me a break

  52. 52 A Roy said at 10:17 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    So you’re gonna argue that him saying 28 instead of almost 29 is less correct than you saying he’ll be 30 instead of almost 29? How many h’s and a’s in hahahahahahahahaha?
    It was mostly your remark afterward to which I take offense. Try civility here or limit your remarks to 24/7.

  53. 53 mksp said at 10:40 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    This place would be so much better if GEAGLE limited *all* his remarks to 24/7. Alas.

  54. 54 laeagle said at 12:50 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I’ve been wishing for that for a long time.

  55. 55 planetx1971 said at 9:14 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    One of the MANY reasons I love this site is I can read the comments section with my 11 & 13 year old sons without much risk of sewer mouths like GEAGLE ruining it for me/them. It’s to the point I have to skip right over his filth. Sad that he can’t clean it up or just stick to all the other threads that he graffiti’s his filth all over.

  56. 56 Sokhar20 said at 11:43 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    “I have no idea why I was banned on twitter….”
    “…anal cunt…”

    Grow up, dude.

  57. 57 GermanEagle said at 1:28 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Mate, would you like to slow down with use of the ‘c’ word on here?! We’re not in East London, are we?

  58. 58 planetx1971 said at 9:07 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    WOW. Stay classy bro. SMH

  59. 59 Mitchell said at 9:35 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I know everyone has different opinions on who we should target and who we shouldn’t but Howie and co. have done a pretty good job lately so I think we can just sit back and feel confident our FO will GET IT DONE!!!! GO EAGLES

  60. 60 Dominik said at 9:49 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    That’s the best part of it (coming draft day, also). I maybe think: damn, we need a Safety/OLB, why do we pick/sign a DE, O-Line, RB, ILB, TE… but I’ll trust Howie and especially Chip to do the right thing, even if it doesn’t make any sense to me. It’s priceless to have such a mentality. Now I know how Patriots, Seahawks or 49ers fans must be thinking. 😉

  61. 61 Mike Roman said at 9:39 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I’m surprised that Tommy would dip his foot in the Revis pool. That is definitely risky, BUT if you can take away half of the field, that is huge. I hear that his current contract can all be converted to signing bonus money. You can get him and adjust that $16M one time hit to spread it out over a couple years. Not bad.

  62. 62 Tumtum said at 10:55 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Not on the current deal. Let em be cut and sure go for it.

  63. 63 eagleyankfan said at 9:45 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    In Chip we trust — unless Nate Allen is the starting safety when the season starts. I’m off the band wagon if that happens — again.

  64. 64 Anthony Hart said at 10:28 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Nate was fine last season. He wasn’t great but he wasn’t bad. There’s a TON of players who would have been much worse starters. I don’t think starting him would be the end of the world if we had competent play at the other safety spot which is something Chung couldn’t provide.

  65. 65 Tumtum said at 10:53 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    “He wasn’t completely terrible and he wasn’t that awful”. Fixed that for ya. YW.

  66. 66 nathalie a said at 9:51 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    bazinga !!!!!! we haven’t switched to daylight thing yet, so it’s only 5 hours time difference yay ! it will be 9 pm. which means my evening is basically ruined for i’ll be checking twitter every two minutes. balancing the flimsy difference between ‘very good’ and ‘great’, whilst keeping an eye on the bank account, yup yup, i’m very happy i’m not howie right now. tricky.

    have fun, thomas !

  67. 67 ICDogg said at 9:57 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    So NFL free agency starts today, huh? Just to be safe, the Eagles should sign all of them— FakeWIPCaller (@FakeWIPCaller) March 11, 2014

  68. 68 Mike Roman said at 9:58 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Dream Team 2! Dream Team 2!

  69. 69 Jason said at 10:00 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Great plan as always, Tommy. Fully on board. Wonder if the acquisition of Revis and/or drafting of CB early in draft could presage a shift of Cary Williams to safety?

  70. 70 GEAGLE said at 10:02 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Wipe your mouth, and wear knee pads next time, mindless sheep lol

  71. 71 Jason said at 10:06 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    That about sums up your contributions to this blog.

  72. 72 GEAGLE said at 10:07 AM on March 11th, 2014:


  73. 73 Jason said at 10:29 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Is this post written in English?

  74. 74 CrackSammich said at 10:38 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Serious questions:
    1. How old are you?
    2. Do you maintain consistent employment?

  75. 75 laeagle said at 6:55 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    It’s Will Ferrell’s character from “wedding crashers”. Hence the unexpected mood swings. “MOM! PAY MY INTERNET! I never know what she’s doing in there.”

  76. 76 Tumtum said at 10:02 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I was awaken at 6:00am by a text that read simply “Happy Free Agency day!!!!!!”.

    I took a deep breath and knew that life was good.

  77. 77 TheRogerPodacter said at 10:05 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    who else stayed up past midnight expecting players to be signed at 12:01 on the dot only to find out that FA doesn’t start until like noon today or something?
    just me? crap.

  78. 78 Anders said at 10:06 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I liked it more that way, then I could wake up at 6 am my time and follow FA signings all day, now I have to sleep after a few hours of FA and miss all the fun

  79. 79 nicolajNN said at 10:38 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    That was the best, being able to follow all the rumours and stuff through the whole day. The year we signed Samuel was a lot of fun

  80. 80 ICDogg said at 10:48 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    just you

  81. 81 CrackSammich said at 10:06 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Revis may be the best corner in the league, but I was under the impression that his strength is in man coverage. We play zone…

  82. 82 Anders said at 10:07 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    We play both. We mostly played zone because man requires CBs who can do it and safeties you can help them. We had neither

  83. 83 GEAGLE said at 10:08 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    We signed big physical press corners last year, yet our safeties were so bad that our corners couldn’t play to their strengths…don’t see why we would add Revis before getting safety taken care of

  84. 84 CrackSammich said at 10:11 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I wouldn’t worry about locker room moral if they sign Revis to a mega contract. There are certain players that have a prestige all of their own. In the same way nobody on the Broncos cared that Peyton Manning was making more money than god, the only person on the team that would be upset with Revis being here would be the CB he’s replacing.

    And Maybe Desean.

  85. 85 A Roy said at 10:12 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    If we sign Revis, I would expect him to play well, although not $16M well. And sooner or later, he’ll blow up like TO did. Prima Dona. Bad fit.

  86. 86 GEAGLE said at 10:14 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    We won’t..Sheep

  87. 87 Ben Hert said at 10:22 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Calling people sheep because they agree with the blog’s author is a totally sustainable practice.

  88. 88 ICDogg said at 10:51 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Baaaaaaa humbug

  89. 89 Ben Hert said at 10:54 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    You made me curious.

  90. 90 A Roy said at 12:21 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Your comment was not baaaad…

  91. 91 Andy124 said at 1:58 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Now that was funny.

  92. 92 Tumtum said at 10:51 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    We won’t but would you be upset if we did?

  93. 93 mksp said at 11:02 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Jesus christ, just go away already.

  94. 94 Mac said at 1:27 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    This might cheer you up a bit

  95. 95 ICDogg said at 3:26 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    A former company I worked for once had an “all hands” meeting to threaten us for not having good morale

  96. 96 Bighouse1 said at 10:25 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I love that FA plan. Makes a ton of sense. If they did that I would think they came out of FA a much better team for 2014 and moving into the future.

  97. 97 Alex Karklins said at 10:30 AM on March 11th, 2014:


    What's everyone expecting from free agency today?— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) March 11, 2014

  98. 98 ICDogg said at 10:50 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Expecting Dallas to release Demarcus Ware

  99. 99 Alex Karklins said at 11:24 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    That would be wise of them, but since they can now juuust barely afford to keep him due to the bigger cap, my money is on him staying. Long live Jerry!

  100. 100 ICDogg said at 2:54 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware is currently meeting with the team. His future is in the balance….— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2014

  101. 101 Mac said at 3:31 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    His future checking account balance is also in the balance.

  102. 102 Alex Karklins said at 4:02 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    They did it! They let him go! Hilarious.

  103. 103 Dominik said at 1:06 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    That remembers me of something…

  104. 104 laeagle said at 6:56 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Does McNabb now work for the Cowboys press corps?

  105. 105 ICDogg said at 10:54 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    We are Taters tried and true…

  106. 106 A Roy said at 10:56 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    Well worth an ‘up’ vote.

  107. 107 nicolajNN said at 10:56 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I think you forgot the most important move Tommy: Resign Donnie Jones.

    Which begs the question, at what point do we start panicking if he isn’t resigned? I think 5 minutes is a bit too hasty so my vote is 15 minutes into the new league year, does that sounds about right?

  108. 108 SteveH said at 11:13 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I hope we tampered the shit out of Donnie Jones.

  109. 109 Iskar36 said at 11:16 AM on March 11th, 2014:

    I do worry that this could end up being the Evan Matthis deal again. He had the same restriction on resigning with the eagles and even went to Baltimore if I remember correctly to consider an offer there. We manages to keep him, but I just hope we don’t risk losing Donnie Football

  110. 110 SteveH said at 1:14 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    My sources tell me we’re offering Donnie Jones a 10 year/40 Mil. contract. Hopefully he doesn’t balk at the lowball offer.

  111. 111 Mike Roman said at 1:47 PM on March 11th, 2014:

  112. 112 Tumtum said at 2:06 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Matt Tobin will make almost as much as Manny Machado this year, who got a platinum glove in 2013. Nutso.

  113. 113 Mike Roman said at 3:30 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I’m baseball stupid. I had to look up Manny Machado. lol

  114. 114 Rome said at 2:37 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Blueberry beer is still for the ****. Luv ya, Tommy!

  115. 115 Lukekelly65 said at 2:42 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I would love to sign Julian Edelman he would be a great replacement for avant in the slot and he returns punts also I saw a tweet earlier about the eagles being interested in willy young maybe that is the veteran d linemen tommy was talking about

  116. 116 Iskar36 said at 2:58 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I’m very hesitant about New England WRs. I always feel that they get overrated because of Brady and the New England offense and ultimately get overpaid because of that. Obviously there are exceptions and a few good WRs have been on that offense, but I would be worried about signing any Patriot WR and expecting them to produce at the same level here.

  117. 117 Lukekelly65 said at 3:28 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Yeah I agree Im hoping we make more additions to the defense then offense anyway

  118. 118 Iskar36 said at 3:36 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Defense is definitely the bigger need, but I would actually be very happy to add to the offense. Seems to me that one of the important things about being a dominant team with Superbowl aspirations is to have a feature of your team simply be dominant, whether that is offense, defense, passing, pass rush, etc. We have a very good offense, but if we can push it to a flat out dominant offense, I do think that makes a difference.

  119. 119 ICDogg said at 3:46 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I agree, though it may become more difficult to upgrade guys who are already good players.

  120. 120 ICDogg said at 3:45 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Not interested in Edelman for this offense. Although I could easily see the Pats picking up Avant to fill the role.

  121. 121 Maggie said at 4:21 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Think Edelman has been signed.

  122. 122 Lukekelly65 said at 4:38 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Nope he’s still talking to the pats they offered him a three year deal but he’s testing the market.. Probably wants to much money

  123. 123 Tom W said at 2:51 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Umm Revis has to be cut first and take a reasonable. Funny people okay paying fifteen mil a year to Revis What about all the excuses w signing Byrd or ward and lockerroom moral and chemistry and fit and overpaying for hired guns and resigning foles and cox and Boykin And Kendricks and having cap room. Revis held out twice and forced a trade for god sake and we aren’t worried about his attitude and fit and what he may do after one year like he did w jets after he resigned. Seems very hypocritical to me. Byrd will cost about 5-7 mil cheaper and cover a position of need and we know him better. Also allows your corners to play press effectively w help overtop. Hilarious.

  124. 124 TheRogerPodacter said at 3:09 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    character issues aside (i didn’t really follow any of it with Revis…)
    the difference is that you would pay top dollar for a ‘special’ player in Revis, albeit one who may be nearing the end of his career, maybe not. (if we do sign him, i hope the FO does their homework checking him out!)
    with Byrd, Tommy has already explained that he does not feel that he is a ‘special’ player (see this from a few weeks ago:

    so perhaps that accounts for the difference in pay we are talking about?

  125. 125 TheRogerPodacter said at 3:12 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    that said, i’m still hoping we get Byrd (AND Jenkins… I can dream, right?)
    this gives us a versatile guy and a centerfield ballhawk type guy.

    i think Chip & Billy value turnovers very much so that increases Byrd’s value for us. We would still want a guy like Jenkins so that we do not have to rely on Wolff who may or may not improve upon last year and it would truly give us the flexibility to go BPA in the draft

  126. 126 Tom W said at 3:20 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I understand the argument I just don’t think Revis is a good fit or leader or great for our lockerroom and I don’t think he is worth twice as much as a Tj ward … Shit for Revis money we could get Byrd and Tj ward and have best set of safeties in the league vs Seattle. Tying sixteen mil in one pkayer better be a franchise qb, best pass rusher in the NFL or an elite player at 25 not going on 29. Personnally if rather have verner at 25 than Revis at 29 and the baggage he could bring. And Byrd fits better, he is a top 4 safety out of 64 safeties, we know him and he creates turnovers. Aside from hof player comparison Byrd is better than great majority of safeties in nfl and most good safeties will be signed to long term deals after this yr

  127. 127 A_T_G said at 4:37 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I appreciate that your argument has become more nuanced and less calling everyone who disagrees stupid as FA approached.

    Ironically, the arguments you make against Revis in favor of Verneer work almost perfectly as arguments against Byrd in favor of Jenkins.

  128. 128 Maggie said at 4:20 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    How many were pining for a “special” player. A “difference maker”, etc. Revis is that. Of course everything is about money, and wouldn’t you hold out on the Jets? I followed his recovery a bit. No one ever worked so hard to get back, except maybe Adrian Peterson.

  129. 129 Mike Roman said at 3:33 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Ya know, when you’re paying Cary Williams $6M plus this year, $9M for Byrd really doesn’t sound all that unreasonable. With that being said, I’d be shocked if Byrd actually gets that much.

  130. 130 ICDogg said at 3:42 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    4,750,000 for Williams this year. Cap number 6,416,666 includes previously paid prorated bonus

  131. 131 Mike Roman said at 4:14 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I stand by my argument. LOL

  132. 132 GENETiC-FREAK said at 3:41 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Playing 920 total snaps missing 18 tackles doesnt mean he didnt miss a tackle 98% of the time.. It could mean he wasnt in a play to make a tackle.. Snaps mean nothing when it comes to tackle count n efficiency.. It should be tackling attempts to tackling made n missed

  133. 133 ICDogg said at 3:44 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    But then you run into the guys who don’t even attempt to make a tackle if it is not easy to make, and those guys might be the most “efficient” because they don’t even try.

  134. 134 GENETiC-FREAK said at 3:49 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I hear ya.. But thats just getting beat.. If you are in position to attempt n make a tackle thats what should count

  135. 135 Patrick said at 3:55 PM on March 11th, 2014: has Mitchell making 66 tackles and PFF has him missing 18, for a combines 84 tackle attempts, which means that Mike Mitchell misses roughly 21 % of his tackles.

  136. 136 GENETiC-FREAK said at 3:59 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Thanks Patrick! There you go roughly 21% Mitchell missed tackles.. Thats a stat you should be looking at

  137. 137 Patrick said at 4:03 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Obviously its a stat with a lot of bias. Obviously PFF might be wrong and some teams(bengals one of them) are maybe a little generous when assigning tackles to players(Mitchell might have had more tackles lowering his miss percentage), stats isn’t everything and many more, but still. If you miss 1 out of 5 you have a problem.

  138. 138 ICDogg said at 4:03 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Would this be a missed tackle?

  139. 139 TheRogerPodacter said at 4:06 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    omg you have no idea how much i was hoping that was just that. that just made my day.

  140. 140 GENETiC-FREAK said at 4:20 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Yeah you would call that a miss coz it was an attempt.. You have to be black n white about it.. We do film work after our games n coaches will point out your missed tackle n point out why you missed or if you could took a better angle

  141. 141 ICDogg said at 3:55 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    At that point it’s all pretty subjective. You’re depending on people’s opinions as to what tackle was reasonably attemptable. Really, there’s no substitute for careful play by play review.

  142. 142 GENETiC-FREAK said at 3:58 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Not opinions.. If you go in for a tackle n miss thats a missed tackle.. If you just stand n watch then youre most probably gonna be playing from the bench next week

  143. 143 ICDogg said at 4:01 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    How about from the other side of it. You have a guy who takes a chance at making a near-impossible tackle because he’s the type of guy who never gives up on a play. He doesn’t succeed at making the tackle. wouldn’t he be credited with a missed tackle there?

  144. 144 ICDogg said at 3:53 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    From @Edwerderespn and me: signs point to Cowboys releasing DeMarcus Ware.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2014

  145. 145 eagleyankfan said at 4:15 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    He’s released…

  146. 146 ICDogg said at 4:20 PM on March 11th, 2014:


  147. 147 Mike Roman said at 4:30 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Whitner, Bethea, Delmas, Stevie Brown, all off the market. Am I missing anyone?

  148. 148 Bob Brewer said at 4:41 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Eagles resign Donnie Jones – 3 year deal.

  149. 149 ICDogg said at 4:43 PM on March 11th, 2014:

  150. 150 ICDogg said at 4:44 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    and Chung is no longer an Eagle

  151. 151 goeagles55 said at 4:44 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    No more friendly helmet-to-helmet hits.

  152. 152 ICDogg said at 4:45 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Let the speculation continue… if they released Chung they must already have his replacement in-pocket, right?

  153. 153 goeagles55 said at 4:47 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Could be that they would rather go with ten guys on D than put Chung back there again.

  154. 154 Mike Roman said at 4:47 PM on March 11th, 2014:


  155. 155 ICDogg said at 4:48 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Orange Traffic Cone waiting to get paid

  156. 156 A_T_G said at 4:55 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I hear he rooms with Brute.

  157. 157 Mike Roman said at 4:47 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    That’s what I’m thinking. We are down to Keelan Johnson and Earl Wolff. Methinks they may need to add two.

  158. 158 RC5000 said at 4:48 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I would assume they have 1, maybe even 2.

  159. 159 A_T_G said at 4:56 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    That is the only explanation that makes sense for the timing.

  160. 160 ICDogg said at 5:00 PM on March 11th, 2014:

  161. 161 TheRogerPodacter said at 5:14 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    i guess this move happened because of the Jenkins signing, but i’m still a little surprised that it happened already.
    i would think they wouldn’t want to cut him until they had TWO safeties ready to start.
    i think this says a) they are happy with Wolff and expect him to start at one position next year or b) they have another signing ready to announce

  162. 162 A_T_G said at 5:01 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Frank Schwab: OLB O’Brien Schofield to Giants: Two years, $8 million. Quick take: Schofield has always been interesting because of his potential, and the Giants are hoping he pays off. Schofield was pretty quiet with the Seahawks last year so he has to feel good about getting this deal.

  163. 163 Bob Brewer said at 5:02 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Scheffter just said on the air Eagles signed Malcolm Jenkins. 3 years $16.25M

  164. 164 ICDogg said at 5:03 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    3-year, $16.25M deal

  165. 165 A_T_G said at 5:05 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Damn, you beat me.

  166. 166 TheRogerPodacter said at 5:12 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    nice. call it just over 5M per year. not bad

  167. 167 A_T_G said at 5:05 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Anwar Richardson@AnwarRichardsonRT @AdamSchefter: Former Saints S Malcom Jenkins to Philly on a 3-year, $16.25M deal, per source.

  168. 168 A_T_G said at 5:06 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Eric Edholm@Eric_EdholmJairus Byrd can’t like what he sees from the Michael Jenkins $

  169. 169 Anders said at 5:08 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I dont get that tweet, Byrd is a much better safety.

  170. 170 A_T_G said at 5:11 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Agreed. It sounds to me like the expectation was that Jenkins would get more. That makes me happy.

  171. 171 Insomniac said at 5:29 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    His market value is being driven down by the contracts the other safeties are getting.

  172. 172 A Roy said at 5:42 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    It may be that, as other S go off the market, there are fewer teams inquiring about Byrd. Thus the market goes down. Or it could be that one of the teams without a S gets desperate.

  173. 173 ICDogg said at 5:12 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Eagles might still be doing work on the safety front, even after signing Malcolm Jenkins. Stay tuned.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 11, 2014

  174. 174 nicolajNN said at 5:13 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Can confirm the Jenkins deal as reported: 3-year, $16.25M deal, per source.— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) March 11, 2014

  175. 175 nicolajNN said at 5:14 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Sorry, wrong tweet

    $8.5 guaranteed on Jenkins deal— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) March 11, 2014

  176. 176 ICDogg said at 5:15 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    sounds about right

  177. 177 A_T_G said at 5:14 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Good to see reporters are sourcing their simple arithmetic:

    Aaron Wilson@RavensInsider Retweeted by Frank SchwabEugene Monroe contract five years, $37.5 million. Averages $7.5 million per year, according to sources

  178. 178 ICDogg said at 5:15 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Ward to Broncos, it looks like

  179. 179 A_T_G said at 5:18 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Frank Schwab: S T.J. Ward to Broncos: $5.5 million per year. Quick take: Good signing for a Broncos defense that needs to improve a bit. They still have to figure out their middle linebacker position, but Ward is a great chess piece for coordinator Jack Del Rio to scheme with.

    At that price, we could have signed both him and Jenkins.

  180. 180 goeagles55 said at 5:22 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    That price tells us that they really weren’t interested in him. Can Jason La Canfora be any less reliable?

  181. 181 ICDogg said at 5:28 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    The Broncos used the tag line “So you know weed is legal here….”

  182. 182 Insomniac said at 5:31 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Probably one of the best perks of playing in Colorado.

  183. 183 iceberg584 said at 6:03 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Well, they’re still drug-tested by the league…

  184. 184 Tom W said at 5:46 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Yep coup by broncos and quite the misfire by Howie. Ward is an all pro and Jenkins is average.

  185. 185 Cliff said at 8:09 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    We don’t know Ward wanted to play in Philly. The Eagles might have known Ward was headed towards Denver, so they went with their next option in Jenkins.

    Rational thinking, people!

  186. 186 Tom W said at 8:26 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    At 6.5 mil a year and 17 mil guaranteed, fairly certain woulda came to the eagles. We didn’t even look at him according to every report I have seen. Kid isn’t leaving that much money on the table. We aren’t the browns. And ward knows chip and billy. Amazing deal for broncos. Average deal for birds

  187. 187 ICDogg said at 5:18 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Malcolm Jenkins only turned 26 in December.

  188. 188 47_Ronin said at 5:22 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    26 and a former first round pick by the Saints who let him walk. Only thing I like about the deal is that the Eagles are not tied to Jenkins for the long term, in real terms this is probably a 2 year deal.

    Heard Jaws on Mike Mis show say how much he dislikes Jenkins. I think the Eagles will still address safety in the draft.

  189. 189 D3FB said at 5:55 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Saints are in cap hell they didn’t have much choice.

  190. 190 47_Ronin said at 10:16 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Somethings wrong in the state of Denmark, the Saints found the ca$h and cap room to sign Byrd. Jenkins is just not a play making safety. IMO he’s definitely an upgrade over Chung, and debatable upgrade over Allen, although there’s a possibility the Eagles resign Allen.

  191. 191 D3FB said at 10:33 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    We had 31 forced turnovers last year, the third most in the league. This “playmaking safety” that will suddenly greatly improve the defense is a bit of hogwash. Philly fetishizes safety play because of 20, but the organization was smart to sign Jenkins who is a versatile solid safety, who they feel is the best scheme fit and isn’t getting the crazy money Byrd got.

  192. 192 47_Ronin said at 10:53 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I agree with most of your points. But the Eagles have had playmaking safeties before Dawk, like Wes Hopkins and Andre Waters. And I watched a SB a month ago where a safety drafted in the 6th round dominated one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history. I think Jenkins is an improvement over Chung, but whether this was a smart move and how it is graded will have to wait until January 2015.

  193. 193 ICDogg said at 5:21 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    It is currently unknown is Malcolm Jenkins is related to Leeroy Jenkins.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) March 11, 2014

  194. 194 A_T_G said at 5:22 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Rashad Jennings@RashadJennings Flying to the Big Apple tonight! Looking forward to signing the dotted lines with @Giants

  195. 195 Insomniac said at 5:23 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Oh thank god we signed Jenkins. Captain Hindsights from birds 24/7 can shut up about Byrd.

  196. 196 Tom W said at 5:45 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    For same money as tj ward. Wow what an overpay. Coulda had a much better player for same money

  197. 197 Insomniac said at 5:48 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Ward probably took a pay cut to get a shot at a ring and he could smoke all the weed he wants there without getting thrown in jail.

  198. 198 Tom W said at 6:04 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    If guaranteed money is close Jenkins deal still looks like an overpay w a talent like Tj ward getting same. And Super Bowl at 27 I doubt it. Birds will have just as many shots over next 5 yrs Well just looks like broncos got the greatest deal ever. Jenkins money is reasonable. Dunno how we wouldn’t take a look at ward and hear what the offer was for unless we waiting to snag Byrd or verner on the back end.

  199. 199 Amber Jack said at 11:36 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    You know so much about players and their worth I am surprised no one in the nfl has hired you in their front office..oh well probaby next year

  200. 200 Patrick said at 5:23 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    .@Vikings agree to terms wit DT Linval Joseph— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) March 11, 2014

  201. 201 shah8 said at 5:25 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I was definitely surprised that Blaine Gabbert managed to be at all tradeable…

    I would kind of hope that we get a nice safety in the draft, though. Said it before, Jenkins does have Chung! moments. Shouldn’t be too bad.

  202. 202 A_T_G said at 5:35 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Eric Edholm@Eric_Edholm
    Wait, the 49ers sent TWO picks for Gabbert?

  203. 203 CaliEaglesFan said at 5:26 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    All Saints fans are saying that Malcolm Jenkins is trash and one of the worst starting safeties in the NFL. :/

  204. 204 shah8 said at 5:28 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    like I said…though we’ve seen worse safety play here, though. He *is* an upgrade, just not a really happy one.

  205. 205 47_Ronin said at 5:33 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Look on the bright side. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. I’m not going to hold my breath on this signing….

  206. 206 Anders said at 5:33 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Jenkins is fine in the right role. He is an upgrade over Allen and Chung

  207. 207 CaliEaglesFan said at 5:43 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    he’s a worse tackler than allen and cant cover. how is that an upgrade? i wish we would have just ponied up for someone better.

  208. 208 Tom W said at 5:44 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Tj ward got same money as Jenkins. Makes no sense. We shit the bed

  209. 209 kevinlied said at 7:40 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Except he didn’t. Ward got 5.5 million, or about 70%, more guaranteed.

  210. 210 Tom W said at 7:59 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    That’s peanuts … And to the eagles is really peanuts. Would have meant nothing to our cap situation today or tomorrow. Broncos got an amazing deal for a very good talented top 12 player. Eagles got a okay deal for an average player

  211. 211 kevinlied said at 8:16 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    If your argument is that the eagles should have spent more for Ward, fine. If your argument is — as it seemed to be above — that the eagles got a lesser player for the same price as Ward, well, no they didn’t.

  212. 212 Tom W said at 8:00 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    So you saying you would rather have Jenkins at that price over Tj ward at his deal? I really don’t see how it’s even close. Ward is way more than a box safety. He was very good in coverage and is more athletic than Jenkins

  213. 213 Tom W said at 8:03 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    He is average and a disappointment in saints fans eyes. Can’t tackle but versatile I guess …. May make us better on third down but if he was that great I don’t think he would’ve got such a short deal

    Hopefully Howie makes another move

  214. 214 47_Ronin said at 5:28 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Question: with Jenkins signing for what appears as a team friendly 3 yr deal, what happens with Nate Allen? Do the Eagles bring him back?

  215. 215 Neil said at 5:28 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I imagine they will unless they can get a good deal on someone better. Maybe Mitchell.

  216. 216 47_Ronin said at 5:31 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I can’t see them signing Mitchell now, I think he would look to make a little more than Jenkins given his stats with the panthers. I think Allen is in play I don’t see him getting a deal better than Jenkins.

  217. 217 TheRogerPodacter said at 5:28 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    i think they will still look to bring in another safety. Allen or someone else.

  218. 218 A_T_G said at 5:32 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    The Giants aren’t being shy.

    Frank Schwab: OG Geoff Schwartz to Giants: Terms unknown. Quick take: Schwartz had a fine season in Kansas City, and can also play right tackle if the Giants need him there. One has to wonder about the Chiefs, who saw three of their starting offensive linemen sign elsewhere already today.

  219. 219 ICDogg said at 5:36 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Very excited about being a part of the @Eagles organization! I loved every minute I spent in New Orleans but all good things come to an end.— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) March 11, 2014

  220. 220 mksp said at 5:43 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    The way I look at it:

    Nate Allen BC (Before Chip) was a below-average, below-replacement level player.

    Nate Allen AC (After Chip) was probably replacement level. Maybe slightly lower, but definitely a major improvement over Allen BC.

    If Malcolm Jenkins AC improves as much over his BC self as Nate Allen did, we’ll have an above average starting safety getting paid reasonable money. He has the body and athleticism to do it.

    Point being, upgrade is an upgrade. Can’t have pro bowlers at every position.

  221. 221 holeplug said at 6:03 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Allen was better because he wasn’t in the wide 9 anymore. That scheme was hell for safeties

  222. 222 mksp said at 6:05 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    True, but he also improved every aspect of his tackling, angles, form, etc.

  223. 223 Tom W said at 5:43 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Wow we signed mid level average non probowler non all pro Malcolm Jenkins for the same money broncos gave tj ward who is a probowler and all pro. Wow just astonished. Better be Byrd or verner signing left or Howie got worked or broncos got the greatest deal ever

  224. 224 Insomniac said at 5:45 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Verner could make this defense even better than Byrd.

  225. 225 Tom W said at 5:51 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Need to sign him for alot more than Byrd lmao

  226. 226 Insomniac said at 5:52 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Naw. I still think Verner is going to get 9-10mil a year and about 25mil guaranteed. It’s not that much higher than what Byrd wants.

  227. 227 laeagle said at 7:01 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Verner is not suited for this defense; he’s a cover corner, not press.

  228. 228 mksp said at 5:46 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    We heard you the first time, get this GEAGLE crap out of here. We don’t even know the guaranteed money yet.

  229. 229 Tom W said at 5:51 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Huh your happy we spent same money on an average guy as we coulda spent on a all pro. Yep. Makes sense

  230. 230 Iskar36 said at 6:18 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    You are making too simplistic of a comparison though. Ward overall is probably a better player, but the question is who is the better player in THIS scheme. Ward isn’t so good that you sign him and redesign the scheme around him, and Malcolm Jenkin’s versatility seems to be a much better fit for our scheme.

  231. 231 Joe Minx said at 5:44 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I know Tommy wanted this but I just can’t be excited about it. He’s nothing more than a very marginal upgrade in my view.

  232. 232 eagleyankfan said at 5:45 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    but it’s a value signing…smh…
    He’s still an upgrade. The guy parking cars at the stadium is an upgrade…so we should be semi-happy…

  233. 233 Baloophi said at 5:51 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Don’t be so sure – I think that’s C.J. Gaddis…

  234. 234 Tom W said at 5:48 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Yep especially looking at how little ward got I mean wow

  235. 235 Insomniac said at 5:51 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I’m not excited about it either. I’m hoping it’s a smokescreen for signing Alterraun Verner.

  236. 236 Iskar36 said at 6:11 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I think he is significantly more than a marginal upgrade, but that has more to do with our previous starters than it has to do with him.

  237. 237 ICDogg said at 5:48 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Byrd on the way to visit the Saints

  238. 238 Anders said at 5:48 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Who has 2 starting safeties and less than 2 million in cap

  239. 239 Baloophi said at 5:49 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Hey, free trip to New Orleans!

  240. 240 Patrick said at 5:50 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Who is starting next to Vacarro?

  241. 241 Anders said at 5:51 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Rafael Bush. Of course Byrd is an upgrade over him, but how are they going to sign Byrd and their draft picks?

  242. 242 holeplug said at 6:00 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Makes no sense. They have no cap room

  243. 243 ICDogg said at 5:49 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I would bet Philly is working hard to get Demarcus Ware. Very hard.— Louis Riddick (@LRiddickESPN) March 11, 2014

  244. 244 Insomniac said at 5:50 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    How much is he betting and when can I get the keys to his house?

  245. 245 goeagles55 said at 5:52 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    He seems to be a guy whose opinions are held in high regard by other writers, especially on the Eagles.

  246. 246 nicolajNN said at 5:54 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    He used to be a scout and director of pro personnel here, so he has ties to the team

  247. 247 nicolajNN said at 5:52 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Hah, I was just about to post that. I know he’s getting up there in age, but after all these years of watching him play against the Eagles I can’t help but be intrigued

  248. 248 A_T_G said at 5:54 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    @NFLonFOX: Colin Kaepernick will make $973K base salary in 2014. Blaine Gabbert is scheduled to make $2.01

  249. 249 A_T_G said at 5:57 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Whitner getting 7 million per year from the Browns. Is he an upgrade over Ward?

  250. 250 A Roy said at 6:05 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I wouldn’t have thought so…but he may better fit the new new regime’s system.

  251. 251 ACViking said at 6:05 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    He’s older than Ward . . . so that experience should help.

    Browns going “Over the Hill Gang” in FA

  252. 252 ICDogg said at 6:05 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    He’s an upgrade over Ward Cleaver

  253. 253 SteveH said at 7:41 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    IMO the fact that ward only got 5.5 on the open market tells me that the NFL was less high on him than the fans were.

  254. 254 Insomniac said at 6:07 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Some pro day results

    “Here’s a tale of the tape for consideration:

    Darrelle Revis (2007, 14): 6-0, 204, 4.35 (fastest verified time), 10-5 broad, 38-inch VJ
    Patrick Peterson (2011, 5th pick): 6-0, 219, 4.31 (fastest verified), 10-6 broad, 36-inch VJ
    Stephon Gilmore (2012, 10): 6-1, 190, 4.38 (fastest verified), 10-3 broad, 36-inch VJ
    Darqueze Dennard (2014): 5-11, 199, 4.38 (fastest verified), 11-2 broad, 36-inch VJ ”

    “UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr showed his remarkable combination of size and athleticism Tuesday, clocking in at 4.44 seconds in the 40-yard dash, according to former head coach Jim Mora.

    While 40-yard dash times recorded at Pro Days always should be taken with a grain (or mountain) of perspective, Barr’s time carries some weight as Mora specifically mentioned that Barr’s time was “electronic.”

    Other Bruins of note also tested well, including linebacker Jordan Zumwalt (4.61) and wide receiver Shaq Evans (4.32).”

  255. 255 ACViking said at 6:13 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Shaq Evans cut nearly .2 off his 40-time from the Combine?! Hard to believe.

    I’m viewing the UCLA e-times skeptically until more info comes out.

  256. 256 Insomniac said at 6:16 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    The same with Barr too.

  257. 257 ACViking said at 6:22 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Maybe the e-timer is working.

    The problem could be that the field is mis-marked.

    Happened in 1972 at Villanova when All American WR Mike Siani — in pre-combine days — ran a sub-4.5 40 and the Raiders selected him 21st overall. Turns out he the field was mis-marked. He was more a 4.6 guy.

    Also happened in 1968 at Miss Valley State — a huge WR named David McDaniels (6’4 210) ran a sub-4.5 40. Cowboys spent a 2nd Rd pick on him. At training camp, he ran a 4.7 40. several times.

    So the Cowboys traded him to the Eagles for a 3rd Rd pick in ’69 — who, after timing him, cut him.

  258. 258 D3FB said at 6:42 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Everybody magically runs better at their pro days. For the most part unless somebody ran a truly atrocious time at the combine, and then puts up the number they were actually expected to at their pro day, I just use the combine numbers.

  259. 259 ACViking said at 6:53 PM on March 11th, 2014:


    Advantage is everyone’s running on the same surface.

    Seems like UCLA’s track is like that moving walkway at the airport. Definitely speeds things up.

  260. 260 Tom W said at 6:14 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Too bad he couldn’t put up that time vs Mack and clowney at the combine. Think Barr falls to packers or cards at 19. Easy to jump them if we want

  261. 261 A_T_G said at 7:28 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    11’2″ broad jump is pretty spectacular, isn’t it?

  262. 262 ICDogg said at 6:28 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Mitchell going to the Steelers

  263. 263 GermanEagle said at 6:46 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Byrd is (still) the word.

  264. 264 A_T_G said at 7:12 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    5 years, 25 million. That seems like a lot for Mitchell.

  265. 265 MattE said at 7:30 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Polamalu has to be like $7 mill-ish.

  266. 266 SteveH said at 7:39 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    About the same per year as we got Jenkins for, and I’m happier with Jenkins than I’d be with Mitchell.

  267. 267 ICDogg said at 6:29 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    How much interest has DeMarcus Ware received? Six playoff teams have called. He’d like to move quickly if possible.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2014

  268. 268 ACViking said at 6:33 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I don’t know where Seattle is on the cap. But if I’m Ware, that’s my first stop — if they’re interested.

    It’s like the way older FAs used to go to the Cowboys of 49ers in the early 90s — to try to get a ring before retiring. Wasn’t abt the money

  269. 269 ACViking said at 6:30 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Jenkins, by all reports, is no more a play-maker than Nate Allen. Just substantially less error prone (I guess).

    I’d wager that Kelly-Roseman are waiting for the market to sink from under Byrd. Then make a play.

  270. 270 GermanEagle said at 6:46 PM on March 11th, 2014:


  271. 271 Insomniac said at 7:38 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    It’s a conspiracy!!

  272. 272 ICDogg said at 6:34 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Would the Eagles have interest in Thomas DeCoud, just released?

  273. 273 ACViking said at 6:35 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Reputed to be a tackler worse than pre-2013 Nate Allen

  274. 274 ICDogg said at 6:42 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    He would fit right in here, then 😀

  275. 275 ICDogg said at 6:44 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Damn it. Now I have to hate them. RT @EaglesInsider Brian Baldinger praises the moves made by the #Eagles to start FA— Brian Solomon (@Brian_Solomon) March 11, 2014

  276. 276 ICDogg said at 7:02 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Donnie Jones Eagles deal is three years $5.5 million, including $1 million guaranteed.

  277. 277 A_T_G said at 7:18 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Any word if that makes him the highest paid punter in the history of gravity?

  278. 278 ICDogg said at 7:17 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    PFF not a big fan of Jenkins

  279. 279 47_Ronin said at 7:56 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    The link didn’t include a legend or key, what do the bars represent? But interesting that the chart has Chris Clemons rated higher yet there is no buzz on him at all in FA.

  280. 280 ICDogg said at 7:58 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    PFF ratings

  281. 281 47_Ronin said at 8:06 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Thx. I read some Saints blogs a few weeks ago to get fan reaction to Jenkins and one person linked to several PFF post game reviews and Jenkins was ripped for poor play. Some of this was from the season Spags was the DC and the Saints were historically bad. Jaws just today said he didn’t like Jenkins.

  282. 282 A_T_G said at 7:18 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Andy can’t be happy about losing 60% of his OL in free agency.

  283. 283 bentheimmigrant said at 7:19 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    If he liked it then he shoulda put a tag on it.

  284. 284 A_T_G said at 7:20 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Ooh ooh ooh.

  285. 285 holeplug said at 8:03 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    He can trade for Danny Watkins now

  286. 286 ICDogg said at 7:19 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Kelly said he studied Malcolm Jenkins on tape leading up to playoff game. Called him “sharp” and “ultra competitive.”

  287. 287 ACViking said at 7:33 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    In the WC game, Jenkins had 3 tackles. (Nate Allen had 6 — a reflection, I guess, on the Saints ability to run up and down the field that day.)

    Interesting comment from Kelly.

    I wonder what he’d say about Byrd.

  288. 288 GermanEagle said at 7:58 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Byrd don’t know how to spell ‘playoffs’.

  289. 289 47_Ronin said at 8:00 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Ha, I’m with you on Kelly’s thoughts on Byrd or I have to think sharp and ultra competitive are not adjectives used for Byrd or Kam Chancellor.

  290. 290 A_T_G said at 7:21 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Peppers and Ware cut in the same day. Why couldn’t this have happened five years ago?

  291. 291 ICDogg said at 7:43 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Julius Peppers, Jared Allen and DeMarcus Ware combined for 52.5 sacks in 2011. All 3 were in double digits again in ’12. Now, all 3 are FAs.

  292. 292 A_T_G said at 8:05 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    So which one do we sign first?

  293. 293 ICDogg said at 8:10 PM on March 11th, 2014:


  294. 294 A_T_G said at 7:24 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    So you are saying there is a chance…

    Rand Getlin@Rand_GetlinGood chance #Titans CB Alterraun Verner’s deal gets done today. Still no definitive word on where he’ll end up.

  295. 295 Insomniac said at 7:30 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    You’re getting my hopes up.

  296. 296 ICDogg said at 7:24 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    T.J. Ward gets 4 years, $23 million; $14 million guaranteed. That’s 5.5M more guaranteed than Jenkins

  297. 297 ICDogg said at 7:27 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Larry Holder ‏@LarryHolder 10m

    Just chatted with Malcolm Jenkins, “Saints didn’t offer me anything. So I really had no choice but to move.

    Larry Holder ‏@LarryHolder 6m

    Jenkins said there wasn’t much talk w: Saints through FA process. Philly told him he was “No. 1 on their list.” Eagles called ASAP March 8

  298. 298 SteveH said at 7:45 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Hearing a lot talk about how we could have had ward at the same price. Stop and think for a second folks, if NFL teams thought Ward was a top tier safety talent, he would have gotten paid somewhere. Teams around the league were bidding for his services and he only landed a 5.5 mil contract.

    If Ward had gotten 7.5 and we signed Jenkins for 7.5, I think this argument is legit, but the fact that he signed (on the first day of FA no less) to a deal substantially lower than projected means that he probably has a better reputation with fans/media than coaches/FO’s.

  299. 299 ICDogg said at 7:51 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Ward got 5.5 million more guaranteed. That’s your difference.

  300. 300 anon said at 8:18 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    sometimes people just don’t know what they are talking about

  301. 301 SteveH said at 8:19 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    They committed more long term to Ward than we did to Jenkins, but the deals seem to be very similar for the first 3 years. Close enough at least for comparisons sake.

  302. 302 ICDogg said at 8:20 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    nope. Guarantees are the most important part of these deals.

  303. 303 A_T_G said at 8:30 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Typically, yes, but neither of these deals have a bunch of funny money at the end. I bet both players could actually get all of this money. If a player gets the unguaranteed money, it doesn’t matter how much was guaranteed.

    If both players flop, we were smarter. If the Broncos don’t want that 4th year with Ward, we were smarter. If Jenkins turns into a good player for us, he might end up costing more over the 4 years.

    Regardless, I think it is valid to compare two contracts signed for the same position for similar average salaries hours apart.

  304. 304 ICDogg said at 8:32 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Yeah, I guess.

    The difference is the cost of dumping the player if he turns out to be too, er, Chung-ish.

  305. 305 A_T_G said at 8:43 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Oh, you didn’t get the memo yet?

    There never was a Chung on this team. Any mention was erroneous. We have always been at war with Eastasia.

  306. 306 SteveH said at 9:06 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    At the end of the day, the whole point of my post was that TJ Ward didn’t get nearly as much money as people were predicting, so that tells you that NFL teams valued him less than his reputation would suggest, especially when you consider that the Browns signed an aging Donte Whitner for a larger deal and let their own guy walk.

    So people saying OMG we could have had ward for cheap – the fact that he could be had for cheap (or cheaper than expected) should say something, especially with good safety play being so coveted in today’s NFL.

  307. 307 GENETiC-FREAK said at 7:50 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    At least Eagles didnt get Mitchell! haha

  308. 308 ICDogg said at 7:58 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    #Eagles — Now on any down, either Jenkins or Boykin can blitz, play outside CB, or nickel. Perfect for Billy Davis' Transformer defense.— Mark Saltveit (@taoish) March 11, 2014

  309. 309 Tom W said at 8:02 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Boykin blitz? Yea that worked out great last year

  310. 310 Sb2bowl said at 11:06 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Man, you are just a fountain of sunshine and positive comments!!

    You don’t like the moves they have made so far, we get it! We don’t need a constant reminder though, so chill out, sit back and keep quiet until the Birds do something you do “like”…..

  311. 311 GermanEagle said at 7:59 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    If the eagles don’t sweep the cowboys every year until 2047 I will be pissed.

  312. 312 Dragon_Eagle said at 8:10 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Your expectations are way too low. Nick Foles is QB through 3013.

  313. 313 nicolajNN said at 8:09 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Boy am I glad Miles Austin is out of Dallas, not because he’s done anything noteworthy against us or anything like that, I just really hate his face and stupid smile, every time it has showed up on TV I have wanted to punch him in the face, and I’m normally a very calm and non-violent person

  314. 314 A_T_G said at 8:12 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I don’t know. I agree with your description, but to me that makes him the prototypical Cowboy.

  315. 315 nicolajNN said at 8:16 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    There’s a lot of truth in that, but there’s just something extra punchable about his face

  316. 316 D3FB said at 8:30 PM on March 11th, 2014:

  317. 317 GENETiC-FREAK said at 8:35 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Punch it! Punch it! Punch it! lol

  318. 318 GENETiC-FREAK said at 8:14 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    He cheated on you huh? lol Dallas look like they making the steps in rebuilding..

  319. 319 ICDogg said at 8:22 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Current Cowboys DL has a combined 20.5 sacks and 4 FF in 189 career games. DeMarcus Ware had 117 sacks & 32 FF in 141 games.— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) March 12, 2014

  320. 320 A_T_G said at 8:34 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Eric Edholm@Eric_EdholmOther teams showing most interest in special-teams ace Adam Hayward (before he signed w #Redskins) were Eagles, Cowboys. Early NFC East win.

    Stupid Washington team. They aren’t supposed to overpay for guys we actually want…

  321. 321 Dragon_Eagle said at 8:36 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Was just looking at Sproles numbers. Didn’t realize he’s heading into his 10th season. That makes him like 119 in running back years.

  322. 322 A_T_G said at 8:40 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I saw a tweet that the Saints changed their mind and aren’t going to release him now because the level of interest makes them think they can get something in trade.

  323. 323 Dragon_Eagle said at 8:42 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    That’s why I was looking at the numbers, particularly interested in the PR/KR aspect – not so good of late.

  324. 324 A_T_G said at 9:25 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Verner is a Buc.

  325. 325 Frencheaglesfan said at 9:26 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    And Byrd a saints

  326. 326 A_T_G said at 9:30 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Interested to see how they afford him. Six-year deal, maybe back heavy? Maybe they shed some players?

  327. 327 GermanEagle said at 9:45 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Maybe they just want to win NOW?!

  328. 328 shah8 said at 9:32 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Gerhart’s jag…

    get it? yuk, yuk…

  329. 329 Insomniac said at 9:48 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    ……..I blame you.

  330. 330 Mitchell said at 9:38 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Byrd off the market too. To the Saints no less with their 2 mil in cap space. We may need to lock up Nate Allen after all!

  331. 331 GermanEagle said at 9:44 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Cannot wait to have two non playmakers starting at S again…

  332. 332 Mitchell said at 9:46 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    GOOD NEWS! You won’t have to wait long after all!

  333. 333 shah8 said at 9:41 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Know what fanbase I’m glad NOT to be a part of?

    Oakland. Everyone hates them, no matter how much cash they wave…

  334. 334 holeplug said at 9:45 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Looking like McKenzie might be an idiot. Let 3 of your best players walk and give a tackle who can’t stay healthy $42 million.

  335. 335 Frencheaglesfan said at 9:48 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Seriously Jenkins FS Allen SS Williams Boyking Fletcher is really more good than bad.

  336. 336 Mitchell said at 9:50 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I mean, we’ll see it could definitely be a hell of a lot worse….. we could still have *cringe* Chung.

  337. 337 GermanEagle said at 9:50 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Basically you have swapped Chung for Jenkins which makes a below average secondary… Well. Below average!

  338. 338 Frencheaglesfan said at 9:51 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Have faith man, Allen was starting to be kinda good this year, not to mention we will also draft someone, I really think they made the right move

  339. 339 GermanEagle said at 9:56 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Mate, are you still up?! 🙂

  340. 340 Frencheaglesfan said at 10:01 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Yeah but it’s the morning here (in China for work), I missed all the fun 🙂

  341. 341 GermanEagle said at 10:04 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    What fun?! Missing the Jenkins and Jones signing is similar to missing the bus at 6am in the morning. 😉

  342. 342 jshort said at 10:35 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Might run into Chung over there.

  343. 343 Weapon Y said at 9:50 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Remember how Andy stubbornly refused to bring in good receivers and linebackers. This is what Chip is doing at safety. Why blow all that money on a bum like Malcolm Jenkins who can’t cover or tackle, when you could’ve gotten one of the five best safeties in Jairus Byrd? They damn better sign Darelle Revis to mask the flaws of another terrible group of safeties.

  344. 344 Frencheaglesfan said at 9:54 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Look at the number saints gave up for Byrd, that’s insane

  345. 345 Weapon Y said at 11:11 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Safety is a premium position. How many truly good safeties are there any more? Totally worth big bucks. Everyone wants to be a CB now.

  346. 346 D3FB said at 10:10 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    That contract is going to be laughable in 3 years.

  347. 347 Mitchell said at 10:19 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Why do you think Jenkins is so terrible? Just PFF?

  348. 348 47_Ronin said at 10:29 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    C’mon, Jenkins is not a bum. He’s probably a grade or two above your “replacement level” FS. The deal is nominally for 3 years, but in real terms is 2 yr deal, so the Eagles will likely draft a safety or two to eventually replace Jenkins.

  349. 349 Weapon Y said at 11:10 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Whats the point in signing a guy you have to replace eventually when you could’ve had the long term guy?

  350. 350 Insomniac said at 9:51 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Disappointed that we didn’t have any interest in Verner. FA is pretty much over for me now. There’s either only depth moves or more mid-tier signings like Jenkins.

    Hopefully, the draft and the new Godzilla movie won’t be such a let down in 2 months.

  351. 351 anon said at 10:01 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    it is what howie said it was going to be. eagles totally backed off of fa.

  352. 352 mksp said at 10:03 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Doesn’t fit our scheme anyway. Fits Lovie perfectly.

  353. 353 Insomniac said at 10:09 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I know but still…

  354. 354 holeplug said at 9:54 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    6 year $54 million for Byrd. $28 million guaranteed.

  355. 355 GermanEagle said at 9:54 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    So how can they afford this? Sacking some

  356. 356 Insomniac said at 9:55 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Where’d they get the money? Mortgage your bleak future after Brees some more Aints.

  357. 357 Frencheaglesfan said at 9:56 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Next year they are in serious deep shit to sign graham

  358. 358 GermanEagle said at 9:57 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I honestly think some team will sign him to an offer sheet so they will get 2 1st round picks..

  359. 359 Insomniac said at 9:57 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I for one, will be laughing and enjoying their misery.

  360. 360 anon said at 9:57 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    is that what he got?? source?

  361. 361 A_T_G said at 9:58 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Adam Schefter@AdamSchefter Retweeted by Anwar RichardsonSaints are giving former Bills S Jairus Byrd a six-year, $54 million contract, including $28 million guaranteed, per source.

  362. 362 anon said at 10:00 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    thanks, turn my head for one minute. Veurner is gone too. Should have known better with this team.

    Revis seems like a pipe dream. I’d say they are really focusing on pass rush but there’s just old guys out there. Guess we’ll just have to wait for the draft to have fun again.

  363. 363 47_Ronin said at 10:21 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Unless the Eagles sign Ware, I don’t see pass rush as a focus in the FA period. It seems that they’re making incremental improvements with non-breaking-the-bank free agents

  364. 364 GermanEagle said at 9:54 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I. Want. Revis.

  365. 365 Insomniac said at 10:11 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    For. A. Reasonable. Price.

    if not I’d gamble on Talib if the Pats don’t resign him.

  366. 366 Frencheaglesfan said at 10:00 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    I don’t know about you guys but I really think that allen will be the last person we sign in FA, maybe a depht move but the next thing that will happen is a mind-blowing trade a la demeco.

  367. 367 A_T_G said at 10:21 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    DJax and Brandon Graham for Jimmy Graham?

  368. 368 47_Ronin said at 10:34 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Ixnay on J. Graham, Kelly likes players that can block, and J. Graham is to blocking like Nnamdi was to tackling. Graham was exposed in the loss to the Seahawks and win over the Eagles (he was on field for less than half the O’s snaps).

    I can see the Eagles trading Brandon Graham but he’s not likely to get anything above a 5th round pick b/c he’s entering the last year of his rookie deal.

  369. 369 Frencheaglesfan said at 10:07 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Shit the niners get jonathan martin from the fins, that was the kind of move I was expecting from Howie

  370. 370 anon said at 10:17 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    Reuniting with his old coach — too simple (though i guess didn’t work for us).

  371. 371 Insomniac said at 11:11 PM on March 11th, 2014:

    So about that CB depth…