The first day of Free Agency was a busy day for the Philadelphia Eagles. The team signed the top playmaker in this years Free Agent class Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery is a huge acquisition that frankly puts the Eagles at the top of the NFC East. Jeffery turned down a long term deal from the Vikings to ultimately cash in for a one year deal worth 14 million dollars with the Eagles.
The one year bet on me deal is great for not only Alshon but it’s even better for the Eagles. The Eagles have given their young prize fighter Carson Wentz a weapon on the outside that will burn secondaries all year long.The growth of Carson is essential for the Eagles long term success and Wentz is about to become a lot more successful. The Eagles have paired Jeffery up with former 49ers WR Torrey Smith who signed a 3 year 15 million dollar deal with birds as well.
The Eagles on paper have a chance to be a contender in the NFC this year. The WR talent was the worst in the NFL and gave the Eagles no chance to be a contender. Alshon changes that. If the Eagles can come away with a running game to compliment the passing game than they’re right there with the Falcons and Packers.
Let’s not forget about defense because the Eagles are very suspect at that part of the game. The Eagles can look to draft a CB with the the 1st round pick the Eagles got in the Sam Bradford trade. The Eagles can also use a early pick on a DL that the Eagles will desperately need after letting Bennie Logan walk and cutting Connor Barwin. The last year the Eagles went CB with their 1st pick was in 2002 by drafting Lito Sheppard. They followed that up with draft not one but two CBs in the 2nd round.
Everyone knows that Doug Pederson is Andy Reid 2.0 so maybe just maybe Pederson is looking to pull an similar move in this year’s draft. Overall the team’s stock is up and that is all you can ask for. Thank you Howie Roseman.
Howie Roseman told reporters at this years NFL Combine that the Eagles will look at players that can stay in Philadelphia for years to come. Roseman believes that drafting the best player available is the way to go rather than drafting for need. Last year, the Eagles obviously wanted their franchise leader in Carson Wentz. That pick was a no brainer. Howie Roseman does not have the best track record with drafting prospects in the past. So why should anybody trust Howie Roseman to make the right call this time?
Personally speaking, I believe Howie Roseman is a mediocre General Manager. Roseman is great at bringing in Free Agents. The big signings haven’t always panned out but the fact that Roseman can land the big names is very impressive. The drafting Howie Roseman is the worst. Remember Danny Watkins? That was Howie’s 1st round selection in the 2011 draft. Roseman also drafted OLB/DE Marcus Smith who has yet to make an impact in Philadelphia. Roseman did however get it right in 2012 and drafted Fletcher Cox who has turned into a 100 million dollar player.
When the Philadelphia Eagles cut ties with former Coach Chip Kelly the Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie said he will hold people accountable. Well a 7-9 record isn’t good and that has a lot to do with the GM. The pressure has to be on Howie to produce this year and that is why Roseman must land a gem in this year’s draft or he is gone next year.
Drafting the best available is great for a team like the Patriots that literally don’t have glaring needs. The Eagles aren’t in a position to do that. If the Eagles don’t take either a WR or CB in the 1st than Howie is just asking to be fired. The Eagles will be in the middle of the 1st round draft order and will have the opportunity to draft the upper tier prospects. According to NFL Network’s Mike Mayock, these prospects rank amongst the best at the their position:
Eagles Needs: WR,CB,RB
Top 5 WR Prospects (According to Mike Mayock)
- Corey Davis, Western Michigan
- Mike Williams, Clemson
- John Ross, Washington
- Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington
- Zay Jones, ECU
Top 5 RB Prospects (According to Mike Mayock)
- Dalvin Cook, FSU
- Leonard Fournette, LSU
- Christian Mccaffrey, Stanford
- Alvin Kamara, Tennessee
- Joe Mixon, Oklahoma
Top 5 CB Prospects (According to Mike Mayock)
- Sidney Jones, Washington
- Marshon Lattimore, Ohio State
- Marlon Humphrey, Alabama
- Teez Tabor, Florida
- Tre’Davious White, LSU
The Eagles main focus should be Carson Wentz and it is crucial to surround him with playmakers. That is why Roseman needs to go big this year and if he doesn’t, look for Jeffrey Lurie to send Roseman home.
The Philadelphia 76ers traded away Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks for Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a 1st round pick. It has been rumored for weeks that Jahlil Okafor would be traded but that doesn’t seem to be the case. There is a case to be made that Noel is better than Okafor and that is the problem with this trade. Noel can play defense and has a game that compliments Joel Embiid. Jahlil Okafor plays on the block and that’s all he does.So for Bryan Colangelo to trade away Noel instead of Okafor is a total disaster.
Embiid and Okafor on the same court will not work out. Add simmons into the mix and it makes matters even worse. The Sixers should look to deal Okafor at any cost now. Take a hard look at drafting Jayson Tatum and of course a Guard like Ball or Fultz and call it a day. Move Simmons to the Power Forward position and let Tatum play on the wing. That lineup would have the potential to contend in a few years.
This deal signals that the tanking is not yet over and shows the Sixers won’t be ready to win for another couple years. Sam Hinkie is probably in his feelings right now after seeing the first player he ever drafted being traded away for absolute nothing. This trade is almost as bad as Eagles WR Nelson Agholor.
Not to mention that the Sixers traded away Ilyasova away to the Atlanta Hawks for Tiago Splitter and 2 second round picks. The Sixers have turned a bad situation into a protected(1-18) 1st round pick and 2 2nd round picks. The trade deadline is at 3pm today so let’s see if Colangelo can deal Okafor away before that.
The Philadelphia Eagles have a giant elephant in the room and it’s not Andy Reid. It’s not even Doug Pederson’s play calling. The Eagles frankly suffer from zero talent at the Wide Receiver position. None at all. Fans will claim that Jordan Matthews is very talented; however, when it comes to playing when has Jordan Matthews ever dominated? On the Eagles Jordan Matthews is the #1 player at the position. On a contender like the Packers or Atlanta Jordan Matthews is a 2 or 3. Obviously, the Eagles are not a contender at the moment but that can change with an overhaul at the position.
The 2016 Eagles started with Jordan Matthews, Dorial Green Beckham, Josh Huff, Nelson Agholor, Rueben Randle and Chris Givens.After finishing 7-9 the Eagles finished with Jordan Matthews, Dorial Green Beckham, Nelson Agholor and Paul Turner. That is arguably the worst lineup in the NFL. Luckily the Eagles have Tight End Zach Ertz who had another solid year and made up for lack of options for Carson Wentz. The Eagles even made 3rd string Tight End Trey Burton a viable option because at least he can catch the ball. Nelson Agholor can not and should not be on the Eagles roster this upcoming season. Agholor has become a liability for the Eagles and I’m not positive that Browns would even want Agholor on their own roster. If the Eagles are scared to cut ties with their 1st round pick from two years ago then put him on special teams but just remember Agholor would still be required to catch punts and kickoffs.
Dorial Green Beckham was acquired in a trade that sent RT Dennis Kelly to the Titans. When the trade went down Eagles fan claimed victory. Beckham on paper is a monster. Beckham has height and speed which are highly valued. Beckham finished the year with 36 catches for 392 yards. Compared to Nelson Agholor who had 36 catches for only 365 yards, Beckham barely beat out a total scrub and does not deserve to be on the Eagles either. It is fair to say the Titans won the trade big time. Paul Turner caught everybody’s attention in Philadelphia with the pre-season that he had. Turner was added to the Practice Squad and wasn’t added to the active roster till the end of the season. Turner has potential and deserves a spot on the active roster with a chance to start. Jordan Matthews is the best the Eagles have and should be kept as a slot receiver.
The Eagles aren’t stupid. Rewind time back to when the Eagles had Lesean McCoy, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. All three were drafted by the Eagles in the 1st and 2nd rounds of their respective drafts. The 2017 draft which will be held in Philadelphia is loaded with talent at the Wide Receiver position. Scouts claim that Clemson WR Mike Williams is the #1 WR in the draft. Followed by Western Michigan’s Corey Davis and Washington’s John Ross. The Eagles sit at 14 or 15 in this year’s draft. The set draft order isn’t set because the Colts and Eagles are tied. The Eagles must draft either Williams or Davis in the first round because both players are talented enough to be outside receivers for the Eagles. The Eagles should even consider looking at WR options in the later rounds. Someone like JuJu Smith- Schuster from USC is likely to be available in the 2nd to 3rd round this year.
To go along with a first and later round wide out the Eagles should go after Alshon Jeffery. Jeffery is a difference maker and would be the best wideout on a majority of NFL teams. The Eagles will have to pay up for Alshon Jeffery’s talent but it is a total upgrade and has to be strongly considered in Free Agency. Another option for the Eagles would be Miami FA Kenny Stills. Stills is not a great player but he is good. His 2016 stats show that he had a bounce back year from the 2015 campaign. Stills had 42 catches for 726 yards and 9 Touchdowns.
Finally, Desean Jackson should not be playing on the Eagles in 2017. Why? He is an aging player who gets hurt often and doesn’t have the best attitude. No doubt Desean can beat almost any secondary in the NFL but do the pros outweigh the pros? No, they do not. There is no telling how much money Jackson will demand in Free Agency. Carson Wentz does not need anybody telling him who to throw to and that is what Jackson has complained about his entire career.
The Carolina Panthers have recently released long time FB Mike Tolbert. Tolbert spent a good portion of his career with the team and is now on the free market. It is not clear who Tolbert wants to play for next season but it’s crystal clear that the Eagles need to sign Tolbert in Free Agency.
The reason why Tolbert is a need and not want is because using Beau Allen should not be an option at Fullback. Doug Pederson must of loved watching the “The Fridge” aka William Perry on the Bears growing up. Beau Allen is not Perry but Mike Tolbert is the next best thing. Having a bowling ball with legs, lining up behind Carson Wentz is just what the Eagles need to make scoring Red Zone Great Again.
Doug Pederson brought the West Coast Offense back to Philadelphia in his first year as the Eagles Head Coach. The fullback position isn’t the most attractive position but if used correctly the fullback can add a scary dimension to any offense. So what makes Tolbert a prime candidate for the Eagles? There are several reasons. The guy does not fumble the ball. The last time Mike Tolbert fumbled was when he played for the Chargers. That’s a total of 6 seasons ago. That is incredible and something Eagles backs like Ryan Matthews has suffered with throughout his career. The Eagles would have more win one their record if Ryan Mathews holds onto the ball in Detroit.
Another reason, Tolbert brings a Veteran presence that Carson Wentz could benefit from. At the moment Ryan Matthews is likely done in Philadelphia and Darren Sproles is ending his career next year. That means the Eagles will be getting a new running back in the near future. Dalvin Cook is a prime candidate in the draft. The Eagles could wait a year and go after Penn State stud Saquon Barkley. Or the Eagles could go after Raiders FA Latavius Murray who was recently seen working out with Carson Wentz. Either way having a proven back like Tolbert mentor your backfield is great for everybody involved.
The biggest reason why Tolbert should play for Philly is because he would produce in the Eagles offense. There have been so many times where the Eagles were stopped on 4th down or in the Red Zone because they can’t get that one pivotal yard. Nobody goes for it more on 4th down than the Eagles. Tolbert’s 5-9 250lb frame is made for 4th and short situations. Also having a good quality fullback would help play action plays. Carson Wentz excels in play action plays and dumping it off to Tolbert who can catch would expand Carson’s arsenal.
Rewind time back to 2009 and 2010. The Eagles had fullback Leonard Weaver. The former Seahawk had a promising 2 seasons with the Eagles before breaking his leg and ending his career. In those two seasons the Eagles made it to the playoffs both years. The Eagles have only made it to the Playoffs one time since 2010. We aren’t saying having a fullback will take the Eagles to the postseason but Tolbert could be the answer the Eagles have been looking for.
The 2016-2017 Trade Deadline is nearing and Jahlil Okafor is still on the roster. GM Bryan Colangelo has yet to pull the trigger on a potential deal that sends last year’s 3rd round pick Jahlil Okafor packing. It was reported that the Sixers had several deals worked out for Okafor but ultimately choose to hang on the big man. Obviously, the Sixers are looking to get draft picks for Okafor. The Sixers are in a position where they can take on a salary just to receive a 1st round pick. That was great when the Sixers were tanking but that is not the current state of the team anymore.
The Sixers have proved the process has payed off. Watching Joel Embiid turn into a stud was worth the wait and seeing role players like Robert Covington, Dario Saric and TJ McConnell playing well is an added benefit. The stock is rising with this franchise and it is time for the Sixers to become buyers not sellers. The team is in need of a guard so why not try to get a highly valued guard for Okafor.
Okafor was last year’s 3rd overall pick and his value should be treated like it. Okafor has shown that he can produce offensively and spread the floor. Defensively he is a liability and that is what scares teams away from Okafor. Knowing that, teams will only want Okafor if they have a proven defender playing next to him. Looking around the NBA these are the trades that Sixers should be looking for:
Sixers Trade Jahlil Okafor to the Phoenix Suns: Sixers get Brandon Knight and 2nd round pick and Phoenix gets Okafor.
Sixers Trade Okafor to the Trail Blazers: Sixers get Damian Lillard and Trail Blazers get PHI 2018 First round Pick, Jahlil Okafor and Sergio Rodriguez.
Sixers trade Okafor to The Lakers: Sixers get Jordan Clarkson and 2nd round Pick for Jahlil Okafor.
With the current state of the Eastern Conference and the rising stock of the team it is time for the Sixers to buy in and start to contend sooner than later.