Report: Eagles 'really like' Alabama RB Josh Jacobs

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The Eagles “really like” Alabama running back Josh Jacobs, according to Geoff Mosher.

Mosher said this during the latest Inside the Birds Podcast with Adam Caplan during a discussion about what the Eagles will do with the 25th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

“I’ve been hearing that … don’t be shocked if the Eagles take a running back in the first round. They really like Josh Jacobs,” Mosher said.

(Quote via CBSSports.com)

Report: Eagles adjust contracts of Chris Long, Nigel Bradham

The Eagles have adjusted the contracts of defensive end Chris Long and linebacker Nigel Bradham, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

The adjustments, according to Yates, will create $5.032 million in 2019 cap space.

Long is entering the final year of his contract and was due to make $3.5 million before the reported adjustments. Bradham signed a five-year pact last offseason. He was scheduled to earn $8 million in 2019.

Report: Darby deal done?

Former NFL player Antwan Odom posted the message above on his Twitter account Thursday evening. The question is whether this is speculation, inside intel that a deal is actually done, or his wish for the Eagles to bring back one of the starting cornerbacks from last season. Ronald Darby visited with the Chiefs earlier this week. He is recovering from an ACL injury.

Jordan Matthews signs with 49ers

The 49ers announced the addition of wide receiver Jordan Matthews on Thursday evening.

Matthews was a second-round pick of the Eagles in 2015 and became one of just five players in NFL history to amass at least 65 catches and 800 yards in each of his first three seasons. Matthews was traded to Buffalo in 2017. He was limited to just 25 receptions for 282 yards and a touchdown in 10 games due to injury. After a brief offseason stint in New England, Matthews returned early in the 2018 season and had 20 catches for 300 yards and a touchdown with another scoring grab in the playoffs.

Matthews posted a picture from his childhood with his cousin, Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver and 49ers legend Jerry Rice, after agreeing to the deal.

Report: WR Golden Tate to the Giants

ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to have wide receiver Golden Tate agreeing to terms on a four-year deal with the New York Giants. After Schefter tweeted out the contract details, NBC Sports Philly's Dave Zangaro noted that Tate should net the Eagles a compensatory pick in 2020.

Report: Patriots, Steelers showing interest in Golden Tate

Ian Rapoport said on NFL Network that two teams that wanted to acquire wide receiver Golden Tate at the trade deadline last year are trying to sign him now that he's a free agent.

The Patriots and the Steelers are two of the teams that have expressed interest in the veteran wide receiver. The Eagles got him from the Lions last season and Tate caught the game-winning touchdown in the NFC Wild Card round over the Bears.

The Eagles traded for DeSean Jackson and signed him to a new three-year deal. Wide receiver Nelson Agholor tweeted that he'll be back with the team in 2019. Mack Hollins, who gave Jackson his No. 10 jersey, is back after missing last season due to injury.

Report: Eagles a 'logical fit' for RB Isaiah Crowell

The Eagles are a potential landing spot for recently released running back Isaiah Crowell, according to ESPN’s Mike Clay.

Crowell was released by the New York Jets on Thursday after the team landed fellow running back Le’Veon Bell via free agency. Crowell put up 685 yards and six touchdowns during his lone season in New York.

He spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns. His best season in Cleveland was back in 2016, when he gained 952 yards and scored seven touchdowns.

According to Clay, Crowell would make a logical fit in the Eagles’ backfield alongside Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams, and Boston Scott. Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles are unrestricted free agents.

Report: Jay Ajayi to visit Colts

Report: Ronald Darby to visit Chiefs

Ronald Darby is visiting with Kansas City on Wednesday night, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Considered the top free agent cornerback on the market, even coming off a torn ACL, Darby told Rapoport that the Eagles want him back but that he's considering all options.

“The Eagles really want me to stay where I’m at, so me and my agent … we’re just playing everything out. I’m just playing everything by ear, really,” Darby said during the interview.

Report: Jordan Hicks to sign with Cardinals

Although free agency means the Eagles will make some additions to the roster, it also means there will be players headed elsewhere.

The first key name to do so is linebacker Jordan Hicks, as he intends to sign a four-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals that is worth $36 million with $20 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The Eagles selected Hicks in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft and he quickly showed to be a productive member of the defense, but he has only played in all 16 regular-season games once during his four seasons with the team.

Report: DeSean Jackson wants to return to Eagles

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are shopping wide receiver DeSean Jackson, and a return to Philadelphia is his desired destination, according to a report from ESPN’s Jenna Laine and Tim McManus.

Jackson spent the first six seasons of his career in Philadelphia and caught 356 passes for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns.

Despite his production, he was abruptly released by the team after the 2013 season, which was statistically his best, as he posted career highs in receptions, yards, and touchdowns.

According to the report, Jackson currently has one year left on his deal with the Buccaneers, which will pay him $10 million in 2019. Parting ways from Jackson in some way would clear $10 million in cap space for the Bucs.

Ideally, the Bucs would like to find a trade partner in an effort to get something in return for the veteran wide receiver. According to ESPN, the Eagles have a mutual interest in seeing Jackson don midnight green again.

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, a reunion between the Eagles and Jackson will happen "barring the unforeseen."

Ronald Darby: 'The Eagles really want me to stay where I'm at'

Soon-to-be free agent cornerback Ronald Darby was recently a guest on Ian Rapoport’s podcast and revealed that the Eagles would like to keep him in Philadelphia, but said that he is keeping an open mind when it comes to free agency.

“The Eagles really want me to stay where I’m at, so me and my agent … we’re just playing everything out. I’m just playing everything by ear, really,” Darby said during the interview.

Rapoport added credence to Darby’s claim by saying the team made a “hard push” to sign him during the season.

Darby hasn’t agreed to a deal as of this writing but did say he loves playing for the Eagles and is open to returning.

“I love it here. It’s one of the best sports cities in the whole United States. I love it here a lot. I won a Super Bowl here, something that’s never been done,” he said.

“It’ll be a blessing to stay here, but at the end of the day, you gotta do what’s right,” he added.

Darby also noted that he has made great progress in recovering from the torn ACL he suffered back in November. According to Darby, he will be ready to play by Week 1 of the 2019 season.

Report: Eagles trade DE Michael Bennett to New England

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Jeff McLane reported on Friday that the Eagles are sending defensive end Michael Bennett an a 2020 seventh-round pick to New England in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round selection. Trades are not official until the start of the new league year which is Wednesday, March 13 at 4 p.m.

Bennett was acquired by the Eagles last offseason from Seattle in an almost identical deal. In his one year in midnight green, Bennett had nine sacks and 56 combined quarterback pressures and hits. He started 12 regular-season and playoff games, taking on a more prominent role after Derek Barnett was sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Report: Eagles have $18.5 million in salary cap space

According to Field Yates of ESPN, the Eagles have $18,515,890 of salary cap space with free agency set to kick off on Wednesday. Philadelphia ranks 21st in salary cap space in the league.

Report: Eagles open to reunion with WR Mike Wallace

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported during an interview with 97.5 The Fanatic that the Eagles want to make a "significant move" to add a speed receiver to the offense. Garafolo threw out the name of veteran John Brown but added not to rule out Mike Wallace, who was lost for the season after fracturing his ankle in Week 2. Wallace was signed last offseason to a one-year deal to add the vertical element to the offense.

Reports: Tevin Coleman, Jordan Howard on Eagles' radar

Multiple reports tie the Eagles to veteran running backs this offseason whether it's in free agency or through a trade.

Mock Draft: ESPN's Todd McShay has Eagles taking Temple CB Rock Ya-Sin

Another day, another mock draft has hit the World Wide Web, this time from ESPN’s Todd McShay.

Who does he have the Eagles picking at No. 25? Someone with some familiarity with the City of Philadelphia, Temple cornerback Rock Ya-Sin.

“We all know the Eagles want to fix the secondary, and while the Philly faithful might be clamoring for Greedy Williams here, I like Ya-Sin’s full skill toolbox. He impressed me at the combine and deserves first-round consideration,” McShay wrote about Ya-Sin.

Ya-Sin spent only one season at Temple after transferring from Presbyterian College after its football program moved down from FCS to Division II. He finished third in the American Athletic Conference in passes defended with 12 and recorded 47 total tackles.

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Ya-Sin ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds, did 18 reps on the bench press, and ran the 3-cone drill in 7.31 seconds. He was one of the winners from the defensive back workouts, according to Tony Pauline.

Report: Eagles talking possible trades involving Michael Bennett

The Eagles have discussed potential trades involving defensive end Michael Bennett, according to Geoff Mosher.

The Eagles acquired Bennett last offseason via a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. The addition of Bennett paid off, as he put up the second-most sacks on the team with nine, behind only Fletcher Cox.

“The Eagles would save $7.2 million against the cap if Bennett is off the books, space they desperately need with more personnel moves coming soon, but they would also be cutting ties with one of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s most productive players,” wrote Mosher.

Report: Eagles restructure Lane Johnson's contract

In an effort to gain some more cap room, the Eagles have restructured Lane Johnson's contract, according to Adam Caplan.

This is not the first time the two-time Pro Bowl selection has restructured his deal, as he did so during the 2018 offseason to help the team free up some cap space. Theoretically, that is the case this time around as well.

Mock Draft: Daniel Jeremiah has Eagles taking RB Josh Jacobs

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah released his second mock draft Tuesday and had the Eagles taking Alabama running back Josh Jacobs with the 25th overall pick.

“This would be a dream scenario for the Eagles. Jacobs is the best back in the draft,” Jeremiah wrote about Jacobs.

Jacobs being the best running back in the draft is saying something considering he was third on the team in rushing yards during his final season at Alabama with 640.

Whenever Jacobs got his hands on the ball, however, he flashed the ability that has made scouts become enamored with him and his NFL potential.

Schefter: Eagles not picking up Tim Jernigan's option

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Eagles will not pick up the option on defensive tackle Tim Jernigan's contract. He'll be an unrestricted free agent on March 13. Jernigan missed the first 10 games of 2018 as he recovered from offseason back surgery. He was activated from the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list for the November 25 win over the Giants, but missed the next two contests because of the back. He did play in the final two regular-season games as well as the two postseason battles. Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice notes that Jernigan will count toward the compensatory pick formula.

Report: Eagles 'open to moving' Nelson Agholor

The Eagles are "open to moving" wide receiver Nelson Agholor, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

"A brief aside on other players available ahead of the league year. League sources said the Vikings are shopping corner Trae Waynes, the Bears are shopping running back Jordan Howard, the Chiefs are talking trade on Justin Houston and the Eagles are open to moving Nelson Agholor."

The report came the same day head coach Doug Pederson praised the fifth-year wide receiver.

"Nelson, oh man. Love this guy. He's the first one in and the last one out. He's a hard worker. Spends time before and after practice. Can't say enough good things about Nelson Agholor and what he's brought to the table and what he will continue to bring. I think last year, you look at the amount of guys we had, and then we added Golden (Tate) midseason," Pederson told the media Wednesday.

"I'm not going to stand up here and say it didn't affect Nelson. I think it did. The question was asked earlier about getting everybody the ball. In this league, it's a challenge ... And yet Nelson didn't complain. He came to work every single day. He put in the time, he put in the work. He was a huge part of what we did ... I'm excited, I love working with him."

Report: Giants interested in QB Nick Foles

According to Tony Pauline of DraftAnalyst.com, the New York Giants are on the list of teams that are interested in the services of quarterback Nick Foles.

As Howie Roseman announced at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, the Eagles will not place the franchise tag on Foles, which will allow him to become an unrestricted free agent. That means he can choose to play anywhere he wants in 2019. Everyone, including the divisional foe in New York.

Mock Draft: Bucky Brooks has Eagles taking DT Dexter Lawrence

NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks released his second mock draft Wednesday and predicted the Eagles to select Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence with the 25th overall pick.

“Lawrence is a rugged nose tackle with the size and strength to erase runs between the guards while also collapsing the pocket with bull rushes on passing downs,” Brooks wrote.

Lawrence was earned first-team All-ACC honors his last two seasons at Clemson and helped the program win two national titles.

Report: Eagles will not pick up Tim Jernigan's option

Former Eagles president Joe Banner recently sat down with The Athletic's Sheil Kapadia (subscription required) to talk about how the team should approach the offseason. One of the tougher decisions Banner believes the Eagles will have to make is on defensive tackle Tim Jernigan, who missed the majority of the 2018 season due to an injury he suffered last offseason.

The Eagles have an option for Jernigan for the 2019 season, but Banner does not believe the team will pick it up.

"I don’t think there’s any chance they bring (Tim) Jernigan back on an $11 million salary, so there’s either some significant savings there, or possibly they move on," Banner told Kapadia.

The Eagles have until March 13 to pick up Jernigan's option. Kapadia doesn't see that happening, but he does believe there is a chance the team could bring Jernigan back at a lower price.

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