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Doug Free, Amukamara and Super Bowl odds

A few notes to get to before everyone's attention shifts to DeSean Jackson.

Doug Free, Amukamara and Super Bowl odds

A few notes to get to before everyone's attention shifts to DeSean Jackson.

The Eagles missed out on at least one free agent, according to Michael Lombardi of NFL Network:

The Cowboys knew once the lockout ended they would need to re-sign Free, but I am sure they never anticipated the Eagles would be their chief rival in securing Free's services. It was a hard-fought battle to get Free back, as the Eagles wanted him badly to play him at their right tackle spot. The Cowboys' offensive line would have taken a huge step backwards had they not secured Free.

Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports had a different report before Free re-signed with Dallas, saying it was Tampa who was making a push for the offensive tackle.

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The Birds ended up signing Broncos tackle Ryan Harris last week. He's been getting first-team reps, although Winston Justice will likely compete with him for the starting job once he gets healthy.

As for Free, he ended up signing a four-year deal worth a reported $32M ($17M guaranteed).

One interesting item that may or may not relate to this. Joe Banner told the Inquirer's Jonathan Tamari that he was up all night on Wednesday (before the start of free agency) working on a deal that eventually fell through. The Free deal with the Cowboys was not reported until late Wednesday night/early Thursday morning.

Banner could have just as easily been referencing something else, but the timeline would seem to leave open the possibility that it was with Free.

GIANTS LOSE AMUKAMARA

Giants first-round pick, cornerback Prince Amukamara, suffered a broken bone in his foot and is expected to miss about two months of action.

According to Zack Berman of NJ.com, the Giants will go with the familiar tandem of Terrell Thomas and Corey Webster, who have started a combined 60 of 64 games the last two seasons.

EAGLES SUPER BOWL ODDS

The Eagles have moved to 8/1 to win the Super Bowl, according to Bodog.com. The only teams with better odds are the Packers (7/1) and the Patriots (13/2). Among the other NFC East teams, the Cowboys are 16/1; the Giants are 25/1; and the Redskins are 100/1. Back in May, the Eagles were 16/1.

Meanwhile, Vegas expects the Birds to keep Asante Samuel. He is -150 to stay and +110 to be traded.

And finally, they've got over/unders on some former Eagles quarterbacks. Kevin Kolb's over/under for passing yards is 3,500, and touchdowns is 17.5.

Donovan McNabb's numbers are 3,200 and 16.5, respectively.


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