Saturday, April 18, 2015

What they're saying about the Eagles

Here's a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles, along with some free agency notes from today:

What they're saying about the Eagles

The Eagles´ signing of Nnamdi Asomugha has drawn praise around the country. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
The Eagles' signing of Nnamdi Asomugha has drawn praise around the country. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Here's a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles, along with some free agency notes from today:

According to SI.com's Peter King, Nnamdi Asomugha took less money to join the Eagles because he thought they gave him the best chance to win a Super Bowl:

I can tell you this with certainty about Nnamdi: He left significant money on the table elsewhere. I would argue with his opinion that signing with Eagles gives him a better shot to win SB than signing with Jets, but in principal, I like a man not going for last buck.

Clark Judge of CBSSports.com says the Eagles have to be thinking Super Bowl after their recent string of moves:

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This isn't about the Philadelphia Eagles winning the division again or making the playoffs. They've been there and done that. Nope, they want to win a Super Bowl, and they just did something about it. They solved the one side of the ball that kept them from advancing in the playoffs the past three seasons, fortifying their defense so significantly and so completely that it's clear where they're aiming -- and it's Green Bay. 

Stop Rodgers and the Packers' prolific passing game, and maybe you make it to the top. That is the hope. No, that is the plan.

Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com says the Eagles better be careful and slow down the Miami Heat/Dream Team references:

Be careful, Philadelphia Eagles. Be damn careful.

Vince Young, soon after joining the Eagles as a backup to Mike Vick, called the Eagles a "dream team." With the addition of one of the best cover corners in the past five years the Eagles are indeed good but don't start declaring yourselves champions of all thing champion just yet. You're not actually Dream Team material unless you win something first. Remember these dudes? Not one, not two, not three.

They put targets on their backs and the Eagles had better be careful or they will do the same. Nothing motivates other players like a team predicting they'll kick everyone's ass.

ESPN.com's Dan Graziano says the Eagles' next move should be to work out a contract extension with DeSean Jackson:

The Eagles' moves so far this offseason have been bold and aggressive and clearly directed at the highest of possible goals. They need to make at least one more move that fits that description. They need to bite the bullet and give Jackson his money. After the two days they just had, they really don't have much choice.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post agrees with me and thinks the Eagles should hold on to Asante Samuel:

Where does this leave Asante Samuel? If Philly can keep all three CBs on the opening day roster (which remains to be seen), they have a sub-package (Nickel defense) that will compete vs. the top offenses in the NFL. Or, put Samuel on the trade market. He would draw plenty of interest and the Eagles could pick up another high draft pick. My take: find a way to go into the regular season with all three CBs knowing that you can match up vs. any personnel you see on Sundays. Let’s see what Andy Reid does here.

FREE AGENCY NOTES

* Plaxico Burress won't be coming to Philadelphia. He signed a one-year, $3.017M deal with the Jets.

* Kevin Kolb could be getting another big target to go along with Larry Fitzgerald. Arizona is working on a deal to bring Braylon Edwards in, according to Mike Jurecki of XTRA Phoenix. The Cardinals signed former Ravens tight end Todd Heap, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

* The options for a veteran linebacker are even more limited now. Nick Barnett got a three-year deal with the Bills, worth $12M ($6M guaranteed), according to Schefter. And the Lions signed linebacker Stephen Tulloch to a one-year, $3.25M deal, according to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

* The Seahawks released Lofa Tatupu, according to multiple reports. I know many of you have asked me about him on Twitter. I can't say I watched him closely last year, but Tatupu is coming off a pair of knee surgeries. Doesn't sound like an ideal fit, but we'll see if the Eagles make a move.


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