Today’s Philadelphia Eagles news focuses on an interesting exercise from ESPN about the “offseason dominoes” that could fall and what it means for the Birds.
ESPN’s Bill Barnwell broke down the “ripples” that seven key free agents could cause this offseason and the far reaching tentacles of each move. The premise is pretty simple: Barnwell lays out three teams each of the free agents could sign with, and then he details the “dominoes” that could fall for a couple other teams.
One of the free agents Barnwell takes a look at is wide receiver Golden Tate, who the Eagles acquired from the Detroit Lions at the trade deadline. Tate uses the New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens as Tate’s three potential landing spots. And if Tate picks the Titans, Barnwell lays out a path for the Birds to reunite with DeSean Jackson, who seems poised for an exit from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, on a one-year deal.
“The Eagles don’t have the cap space to make a real investment at wide receiver behind Alshon Jeffery, but if Jackson wants to return to his old stomping grounds, they should be able to clear out a few million dollars,” Barnwell writes. “Philly still needs a downfield weapon for Carson Wentz.”
On the whole, it’s an interesting exercise, and it shows how teams take plenty of factors into account when making moves. And it’s a look at how one thing can cause so many other things to occur.
Here’s a couple of the other scenarios involving the Eagles that Barnwell lays out:
– If the Indianapolis Colts sign defensive tackle Ezekiel Ansah to a long-term deal, Brandon Graham ends up with the Cleveland Browns on a three-year deal and then the Eagles bring in veteran Cameron Wake from the Miami Dolphins.
– The Dolphins cut Ryan Tannehill and trade for Nick Foles after the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars take care of their quarterback situations. Teddy Bridgewater is the key free agent in this scenario.
– In another Bridgewater-related scenario, Foles signs a lucrative deal with the Jaguars.
Those are just a couple of the scenarios. The other key free agents Barnwell looks at are wide receiver Tyrell Williams, safety Earl Thomas and quarterback Joe Flacco. The Bridgewater and Flacco scenarios are particularly interesting for those who are invested in Foles’ future.
Here’s the rest of the day’s Eagles news:
Predicting offseason dominoes: 7 free agents who could cause ripples: Barnwell [ESPN]
Kareem Hunt won’t be joining the Eagles: Gowton [Bleeding Green Nation]
Eagles’ Joe Ostman taking nothing for granted: DiCecco [Eagles Wire]
Eagles third-most likely to win Super Bowl over next five years: Kerr [247Sports]
Eagles mailbag: Trying to predict the team in five years: Zangaro [NBC Sports Philadelphia]
Eagles Pro Bowl OG Brandon Brooks tweets progress of surgically repaired Achilles: Kempski [PhillyVoice]
Bring Back Brandon?: Lawlor [Iggles Blitz]
25 NFL stars who could be cut during the 2019 offseason: Ruiz [ForTheWin]