Hey, guess what? The Eagles are linked to another receiver this offseason… DRINK.
The Eagles have such a need for receiver and everyone knows it from the players themselves, to the front offices’, to these players agents. The Eagles have pretty much been linked to every receiver available this offseason, from the trade route to free agency. Agents are smartly using the Eagles to drub up interest in their clients because, realistically, the Eagles SHOULD be interested in their client.
In today’s rumor carousel, the Eagles have been linked to this year’s version of the guy that “no one has really watched but are told is good so the Eagles should totally sign him” and that man is Miami’s Kenny Stills.
Listen, I like Kenny Stills but the dude is asking for $12 million a year. The Dolphins won’t likely resign him to that kind of money, so they are preparing for Stills’ exit. According to Armando Salguero, in this report, the Eagles have been floated around as the team that is most likely to go after Stills if he were to tell the Dolphins that he wants to hit free agency.
It could just be agents drubbing up interest in their clients or it could be real, but the Eagles make a lot of sense. Stills is a younger, and probably better, Desean Jackson and we all know this team needs a guy that can take the top of the defense. The Eagles reported interest in Stills isn’t all that surprising and now it looks like they might let him spry free.
The Bears will not be using the franchise tag on Mr. Jeffery this offseason, which means that he’s going to be a free agent. Alshon is expected to command around $70 million with at least $30 million guaranteed. His suspension for PED use may drop that number, but with him being a premier talent in the open market, I could still see a team giving him that kind of money. Just like Lane Johnson, if Alshon gets caught doing PED’s again he will be suspended for 10 games, which would be detrimental to whatever team signs him. Of course, in receiver roulette that is the 2017 offseason, the Eagles have been linked to him. However, if they want to sign Jeffery, Howie is going to have to get creative with the cap, which leads us right into….
The Eagles are set to meet with the agents of Jason Kelce and Connor Barwin this week to discuss their contracts
Moving on from these two has been one of the hottest debates of the offseason. Barwin is a logical cut, he struggled adjusting to Jim Schwartz’s scheme and is another year older. Plus, if the Eagles do cut him they would save over $7 million. The problem is that he’s such a good locker room guy and even better in the community that it makes it hard to move on from. He’s been open to renegotiation but we should know more after the Eagles meet with his representatives this week, which is what Eliot Shorr-Parks is reporting.
ESP is also reporting that the Eagles will meet with Jason Kelce’s representatives at the combine as well. Kelce is an interesting situation. If you cut him, you’re only saving $3.8 million, you don’t really have a back up and he’s been important in the development of Wentz. The center does more than just snap the ball, he does the pre-snap reads and controls pretty much everything. Kelce is pretty important in that regard, but at the same time, he’s undersized for this scheme and getting up there in age. Kelce’s backup would be Isaac Seumalo.