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March 14, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the second day of free agency, the Eagles focused their attention on special teams. They made it a priority Wednesday to sign two players whose primary roles are as special-teams performers: safety Chris Maragos from the Seahawks and linebacker Bryan Braman from the Texans. Maragos, 27, agreed to a three-year contract worth $4 million ($1 million guaranteed), according to a league source. Braman, who will turn 27 in May, agreed to a two-year deal worth $3.15 million ($1 million guaranteed)
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March 13, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles moved quickly in their pursuit of a safety Tuesday when they agreed with Malcolm Jenkins on a three-year deal in the first hour of free agency. The Eagles also re-signed punter Donnie Jones and released safety Patrick Chung. Jenkins, 26, a first-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2009, has started 63 games over the last five seasons. His contract will total $16.25 million with $8.5 million guaranteed, according to a league source. The Eagles have struggled to find a solution at safety since they decided not to retain Brian Dawkins in 2009.
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March 12, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
FREE AGENCY is always a tricky line to walk. Basically, it comes down to a general manager, coach and staff making an honest assessment of where their team is and where it can reasonably go in the upcoming season. And that's where Eagles general manager Howie Roseman and head coach Chip Kelly have a dilemma as the NFL's free-agency period opens at 4 p.m. today. Who are the Eagles and what are they capable of doing in 2014? I'm not sure if even the people who put this team together know for certain.
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March 12, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
FEAR NOT, FANS. As today's 4 p.m. start of NFL free agency edges closer, a source close to the situation says the Eagles are "very interested" in a defensive back who has been to the Pro Bowl. Of course, corner Corey Graham made that Pro Bowl trip as a special-teams player a few years back, but let's not get too picky. Graham, 28, played at New Hampshire when Chip Kelly was there. If you watched the Baltimore Ravens' drive to the Super Bowl a little over a year ago, you know he's not a star, but he's a solid cog, a good guy to have in your mix. His utility work with the Ravens suggests that he could play safety, primarily or just here and there.
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March 12, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When free agency opened last March, the Eagles agreed to deals with five players within the first four hours. Two days later, they signed three more. When free agency begins on Tuesday at 4 p.m., the Eagles could take a similarly quick, targeted approach. General manager Howie Roseman has had two months to plan for the free-agent period and three days to negotiate with agents. Last season provided a good example of the team's philosophy of identifying free agents and going after them once the market opens.
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March 12, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are free-agent safeties for the taking, and the Eagles are expected to take a plunge into those waters, but they won't dive in at the expense of being taken. Free agency opens at 4 p.m. Tuesday, but after the first two days of a three-day window to negotiate with player representatives, the Eagles have yet to be linked to one particular safety. Jairus Byrd, formerly of the Bills, will likely set the market, but if his contract demands drop, would the Eagles be interested?
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March 10, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles begin free agency in a familiar position: with money to spend and with holes to fill. The Eagles don't want to build their team in March, but financial flexibility and an aggressive approach is how the team signed Jevon Kearse and acquired Terrell Owens in 2004. It was also the impetus to get Nnamdi Asomugha and Jason Babin to headline their ill-fated 2011 free-agent class. General manager Howie Roseman insists that the Eagles will not approach the offseason thinking they're a player or two away from title contention.
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March 10, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Aside from cost, the Eagles are unlikely to pursue free-agent safeties Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward because neither is an ideal schematic fit. Instead, the best fit may be the Saints' Malcolm Jenkins. The Eagles want versatility on defense and safeties that are interchangeable. That has been the trend in the NFL in recent seasons, but the Seahawks' success with a traditional free and strong safety could have some teams opting to go old-school. The problem with that thinking is that most teams don't have a centerfielder as athletic and instinctive as Earl Thomas or a near-the-box counterpart as fast and physical as Kam Chancellor.
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March 9, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
From the time Howie Roseman was awarded a desk in the Eagles office through his ascension in the football operations staff, and even in his first three years as general manager, the pass rushers Roseman sought all would play in a similar defensive scheme. Not until Roseman helped court Chip Kelly in January 2013 did his scouting require him to pinpoint edge rushers whose positions are listed as "OLB" and not "DE. " The NFL's vernacular is changing when it comes to pass rushers, because one size does not fit all. Fifteen NFL teams run a 3-4 base defense and 17 teams run a 4-3. The Eagles moved from the 4-3 to the 3-4 last season.
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March 7, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
ON THE SURFACE, it seems like a marriage made in free-agency heaven. The Eagles, as you may have heard, need a ball-hawking cover safety. And as luck would have it, Jairus Byrd, one of the league's very best ball-hawking cover safeties, is expected to be available on Tuesday when the 2014 free-agent signing period commences. Byrd, 27, wants ridiculous money. He's reportedly looking for a deal that will pay him in excess of $9 million a year. But the Eagles have more than enough salary-cap room - $24.1 million - to accommodate him. Chip Kelly also knows the guy pretty well.
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