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Eagles Make Deal with the Buccaneers to Get Back Wide Out DeSean Jackson

The Eagles are getting back one of the best wide outs in franchise history, as they are making a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for wide out DeSean Jackson.

Reports from NFL.com state that the Bucs are moving Jackson and a 2020 seventh-round pick to the Eagles for a 2019 sixth-round pick.

Jackson, who had one year remaining on his contract, took to social media earlier Monday to say farewell to Buccaneers fans, offering a hint that something was in the works behind the scenes.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers agreed to trade Jackson and a 2020 seventh-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 2019 sixth-round pick, NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport reported Monday, via sources informed of the situation.

Jackson, who had one year remaining on his contract, took to social media earlier Monday to say farewell to Buccaneers fans, offering a hint that something was in the works behind the scenes.

Eagles Free Agent QB Nick Foles Expected to Ink with the Jacksonville Jaguars

The only Eagles quarterback to ever win a Super Bowl is bound for Jacksonville when NFL free agency opens March 13, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

A market for Nick Foles outside of Jacksonville has not developed, and though nothing is certain until it is official, the Jaguars absolutely expect to sign Foles, sources said. They have been working on the structure of a contract, as the Inquirer’s Jeff McLane reported.

As McLane also reported, it might not place Foles among the league’s highest-paid QBs, since the Jags appear to be the only bidder. (Officially, the “legal tampering” period during which such activity is sanctioned begins March 11. But the Eagles’ announcement that they don’t plan to use the franchise tag on Foles would seem to make any possible tampering concerns moot.)

Jacksonville has been widely speculated as the most likely landing spot, but it was still possible to make cases for other hypothetical suitors, such as the New York Giants.

When Giants general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shurmur spoke with reporters at the NFL scouting combine, Shurmur was much more emphatic than Gettleman about continuing 38-year-old Eli Manning’s tenure as the team’s starter.

But it seemed Gettleman was talking about possibly bringing in veteran competition for Manning while the Giants develop the quarterback they are expected to draft sixth overall next month. That would not be a situation for Foles.

Eagles Agree to Terms with DE Brandon Graham on a Three-Year Deal

The Eagles are going to lose QB Nick Foles this offseason, but Friday got one of their own back, as the team agreed to terms with defensive end Brandon Graham on a three-year deal.

Graham’s deal is worth between $40 million, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

The 30-year-old heart and soul of the Eagles D will now be in the city of Brotherly Love until 2021.

“Brandon is not only a special player, but a special person. Here’s a guy who’s never had a bad day,” Eagles VP of player personnel Howie Roseman said on NFL Network on Friday.

“He fits us. On and off the field, he’s the kind of player and person you want to invest in. All of us were just talking to him this morning about how excited he was to be back in Philadelphia. Really, he’s a legend. He’s a legend in Philadelphia, that guy.”

Graham has been a beast on the Eagles defense the last several seasons, and is also very durable, missing just one game since 2012.

Last year when the team won the Super Bowl, he put up a career-high 9.5 sacks and had the biggest play of the game against the Patriots when he strip-sacked Tom Brady.

Eagles Tweet Out a ‘Thank You’ to Soon to Be Free Agent QB Nick Foles

Over the last two seasons Nick Foles has been a lifesaver as the backup QB of the Eagles, even leading them to a Super Bowl win a year ago over the New England Patriots.

It was back in early February that Foles announced that he was going to void his option with the Eagles, and therefore was going to be a free agent, with a chance to hit the market and cash in.

The Eagles on Wednesday showed their appreciation for what Foles has done the last two years, tweeting out a ‘Thank you’ with a short video.

SB Nation NFL Mock Draft Has Eagles Taking Alabama RB Josh Jacobs in Round One

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The NFL Draft is still 66 days away, but already there’s plenty of mock drafts and projections as to what teams are going to do once Roger Goodell takes the platform in Nashville, Tennessee and gets booed as he does every year.

The Eagles are sitting at number 25 in the first round, and will look to improve the team to try and make a run at the NFC East Title in 2019.

As far as projections go, SB Nation today released their first Mock Draft for April’s big event, and they have the Eagles going running back in the first round, taking Josh Jacobs from Alabama.

The Eagles obviously need to find some fixes in the secondary, and left tackle Jason Peters’ career is winding down. But it will be hard to pass up on Jacobs, easily the draft’s top running back this year. Jay Ajayi is a free agent the Eagles could let walk, and Philadelphia’s backups are nothing special. Jacobs can be special.

Nick Foles Tells the Eagles That He’s Voiding His Option

Nick Foles has stepped in the last two seasons and not only led the Eagles to the postseason with Carson Wentz injured, but also won them a Super Bowl a season ago.

His status going forward is in limbo with the Eagles, as reports say he has informed the team he is voiding his $20 million option for 2019, after the team notified him it would be picking up the option.

Foles must pay the Eagles $2 million to opt out.

The move paves the way for the Eagles to place the franchise tag on Foles. They are expected to do so in an effort to then try to trade him, sources from other NFL teams who have been in touch with Philadelphia previously told Schefter.

The franchise tag number for quarterbacks is expected to be around $25 million for next season.

The Eagles have publicly committed to Wentz as their starting QB moving forward.

By placing the franchise tag on Foles, they would have an opportunity to receive compensation for Foles via trade while having a say on where he ends up. The price for Foles is expected to be around a third-round pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Report: Unnamed Eagles Paint QB Carson Wentz as a ‘Selfish’ Player

The Eagles have had to navigate through some tough waters the last two seasons, and have done it both times minus franchise quarterback Carson Wentz, who has been injured in both years.

There might be a major issue though with Wentz, as the team already has a decision to make with Nick Foles, who might leave the team this offseason, and now a report that Wentz (according to some of his teammates) is both ‘selfish,’ and ‘uncompromising.’

Joseph Santoliquito of PhillyVoice.com spoke to some unnamed Eagles players, and wrote this about Wentz and his place on the team.

“Indeed, sources describe Wentz as ‘incredibly hard working,’ ‘determined,’ and ‘highly intelligent.’ But the true Wentz is more nuanced and complicated, with sources describing him as ‘selfish,’ ‘uncompromising,’ ‘egotistical,’ one who plays ‘favorites’ and doesn’t like to be ‘questioned,’ one who needs to ‘practice what he preaches’ and fails ‘to take accountability.’

Ouch.

Of course who knows how much of how the team really feels about Wentz is actually true, but it’s never good news when a story like this comes out.

It remains to be seen if there will be any response back from Wentz on the matter.

Eagles Wind Up Paying Nick Foles the $1 Mil Bonus He Just Missed Out On

The Eagles have once against proven they are a class organization by paying quarterback Nick Foles the $1 million bonus he barely missed out on at the end of the 2018 regular season according to Field Yates of ESPN.

Foles was on track to collect the contract bonus by playing in 33-percent of the team’s offensive snaps until a rib injury forced him out of the Week 17 win over the Redskins.

According to Yates, the Eagles have paid Foles the extra $1 million in the form of a signing bonus. It was the least the team could do after Foles saved the 2018 season, leading the Eagles to an unexpected playoff berth and almost getting them into Sunday’s NFL Championship game.

The next test for the Eagles and Foles will be how the team handles his potential trip to the open market.

The Eagles could exercise Foles’ $20 million option for 2019, at which point Foles could pay $2 million to buy out the option-or, in a sense, $1 million if you consider his recent bonus as cutting his buyout in half.

The team could then choose to apply the franchise tag, presumably with an eye to trading him in exchange for a handsome package of draft picks.

Some might consider that approach as playing hardball with a player who has more than earned the right to cash in in free agency and find his own starting job in the NFL.

Given the way the Eagles have handled themselves with Foles, thus far, we’re betting work out something (like trading Foles to the team he prefers) that will make both parties happy in 2019.