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The Linc – Contract details for Terrell Edmunds and other Eagles signings revealed


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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/26/23.

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Breaking down Eagles’ low-risk contracts for trio of defensive players – NBCSP
The veteran linebacker signed a one-year veteran salary benefit deal worth $1.155 million, a league source said. These veteran salary benefit deals were created to encourage teams to sign veterans instead of cheaper younger players. This particular deal includes no guaranteed money. So Morrow will get a base salary of $1.08 million but the Eagles are charged just $940K in base salary when figuring out his cap figure. They then are allowed to give up to $152,500 in addition compensation on the contract. […] The 27-year-old Morrow missed the entire 2021 season but returned in 2022 and was a full-time starter for the Bears. Not only did he start all 17 games but he played every snap for the Bears last season, playing the MIKE and the WILL positions. With Nakobe Dean a likely starter at linebacker this year, Morrow will presumably have a really good shot to be the other starter at the position but if it doesn’t work out, the Eagles haven’t lost anything.

Eagles 2023 free agency tracker: Terrell Edmunds bolsters safety group – ESPN
Edmunds is a solid, versatile player who comes in on a one-year deal. There’s not much downside to the move. It’s more about whether the group the Eagles are assembling at safety — they also signed Justin Evans to compete with players like Reed Blankenship and K’Von Wallace — can match what they had last year when Philly boasted the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL.

Eagles’ tush push will NOT be outlawed in 2023 – BGN
The Tush Push is here to stay! (Well, for now.) After some reports and rumors this offseason that the technique the Eagles utilize for their QB sneak would be outlawed, the rule change did not make it onto the ballot for the NFL league meeting next week, which means it will still be legal in 2023.

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson Actually Only Gets $8 Million if Lions’ Defense Doesn’t Suck – Crossing Broad
Lost in the shit show of last week, with Chauncey Gardner-Johnson’s agency going public to essentially poo-poo the Eagles’ reported offer, was actual detail of the one-year deal he signed with Detroit. Some outlets were reporting that it was one year for $8 million and others were reporting it was one year, UP TO $8 million. Pro Football Talk says it’s the latter.

Nicholas Morrow: ‘There’s no substitute for work’ –
“When I when for a scout, I ran pretty fast for them, and they like that,” he recalled. He put it simply – it was his speed to the ball that intrigued a Raiders’ scout enough to put him on the team’s radar; he joined the team as an undrafted rookie soon after. From DIII ball through injury recovery, Morrow’s used his appreciation for the game as fuel to get to the next step, and he plans to keep that mindset to contribute to the linebackers room in Philadelphia. “I’m grateful man. It’s been a journey. It happened so fast. One thing that’s for sure is that there’s no substitute for work. You got to work hard no matter what year you’re in. So, I’m excited for that,” Morrow said.

Steelers sign offensive tackle Le’Raven Clark to a one-year contract – Behind The Steel Curtain
Clark was a third-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts in the 2016 NFL draft. After spending four years in Indianapolis, Clark spent the 2021 season with a Philadelphia Eagles and was with the Tennessee Titans in 2022. In his six-year NFL career, Le’Raven Clark has worked primarily as a reserve tackle. In 64 career games, Clark has 18 starts with the most in any year being five in 2017. With the departure of Trent Scott this week who filled the role of swing tackle last season, the Steelers were in the market for another player who could act as a reserve at either tackle position. Although they have added another player, this still does not take offensive tackle out off the table for the Steelers to look at the position in the 2023 NFL draft.

Paying premium price for kicker would be a bad investment if the Cowboys believe in Dak Prescott – Blogging The Boys
Finding a good kicker is important, but paying top dollar for one could smell of mistrust in an offensive unit that they think will become more reliant on the kicking game. The Cowboys have Dak Prescott. With two good receivers, an explosive running back, and a new play-caller, do they still not believe he is good enough to find the end zone? Let the teams with the game-managing QBs spend extra cash on a kicker. The Cowboys play for touchdowns, not field goals. It would be great to have the best at every position, but it just doesn’t work that way. The Cowboys have been smart about how they’ve allocated their cap resources, so why be irresponsible now? Paying for the latest top name would make some Cowboys fans feel better, but that’s all it might do. There’s no guarantee that it would translate into success and the team would be better served to use those funds on touchdown makers and touchdown preventers.

NFC East 2023 free agency grades: New York Giants edition – PhillyVoice
If you’re a Giants fans and you have a truly objective eye in evaluating your team’s players, be honest — it can’t feel great hitching your wagon long-term to Daniel Jones. I mean, right? Jones aside, it’s hard making sense of many of the Giants’ moves. They can’t afford Bradberry or Love, but they can afford a non-impact off-ball linebacker in Okereke for $10 million per year? Explain that to me like I’m 4. Ultimately, this front office (perhaps as a directive of ownership?) has an unwillingness to restructure veterans’ contracts at the expense of a better roster, and they’re going to have a hard time competing with teams that are better at maximizing the use of their cap. Grade: C-

Ed’s Giants mock draft, 9.0: A trade at the top, and familiar names with the first two picks – Big Blue View
Round 1 (No. 28) — Deonte Banks, CB, Maryland. As it worked out, none of the players I would have considered at No. 25 went in picks 25-27, so the trade at No. 25 was a win-win. Trenton Simpson went at No. 26 to the Dallas Cowboys, but I wasn’t selecting him, anyway. For me, Banks is the best cornerback left on the board. The Giants need not only someone to pair with Adoree’ Jackson, but perhaps someone to replace him since the Giants could move on from Jackson after the 2023 season. As much as the Giants need a center, I think there are five or six players in this draft who could emerge as starting centers. I don’t think there is another cornerback as good as Banks. So, I will wait on the center.

Was this Lamar Jackson ‘fake agent’ drama all about marketing a home gym? – SB Nation
Immediately people began trying to find out who Ken Francis is. This is a name which has never been mentioned in NFL circles before, let alone attached to one of the biggest name quarterbacks in the NFL. A now-deleted LinkedIn profile for Francis showed him as the Florida-based CEO of “The Entire Gym,” a portable home workout machine with a Bluetooth speaker attached, because why not? While people were trying to work out how, and why this man was contacting NFL teams about Jackson, the quarterback himself took to Twitter to deny that Ken Francis was operating on his behalf.

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