The NFL's legal tampering period began at noon on Tuesday, so we're in the thick of it now. (Even though plenty of illegal tampering has been going on for months.)
Free agency starts on Thursday at 4 p.m. and the Eagles have just around $6.19 million in cap space to work with (as of Thursday morning).
2:14 p.m. Thursday -- Leaning this way
The Eagles have Torrey Smith, but a big receiver on the other side would be ideal. And Alshon Jeffery is a big receiver.
I'm told, as of now, WR Alshon Jeffery is leaning towards choosing the #Eagles when free agency starts.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 9, 2017
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This would take some fancy cap manuevering from Howie Roseman, but that's what he's good at. And Jeffery is the top target on the free agent market. The 27-year-old caught 52 passes for 821 yards and two touchdowns in 2016. He's two years removed from his last 1,000-yard season.
1:46 p.m. Thursday -- Help on O-line
Stefen Wisniewski was with the Eagles on a one-year deal in 2016. He ended up playing in all 16 games and starting six. But he made it clear throughout the season that he wanted a full-time starting gig.
In former Jags news, I'm hearing the Eagles have some interest in bringing back Stefen Wisniewski. Impressed in spot starts at LG last year— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) March 9, 2017
So perhaps if Wisniewski can't find that starting job elsewhere, he could be back as a backup or possible replacement for Jason Kelce.
11:44 a.m. Thursday -- Not done yet
The Eagles already locked up Torrey Smith, but it looks like they're still looking for more help at receiver. Based on last season, they can use all the help they get.
Eagles continue to explore various WRs, ex Steeler Markus Wheaton among them— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 9, 2017
Wheaton is a former third-round pick who played just three games in 2016 before his season ended with a shoulder injury. Wheaton's best season came in 2015, when he caught 44 passes for 749 yards and five touchdowns.
11:15 a.m. Thursday -- Eagles, Colts after Alshon Jeffery
Moments after the Eagles agreed to a three-year deal with speedy WR Torrey Smith, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that the Eagles and Colts are making a "strong push" for Alshon Jeffery.
The #Colts and the #Eagles are making a strong push to sign WR Alshon Jeffery, source said. Talks are continuing with the #Bears— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2017
Jeffery is the top wide receiver on the free-agent market and a much different player than Smith. They could complement each other nicely, with Jeffery offering size and red-zone effectiveness and Smith giving Wentz a much-needed deep threat.
10:13 a.m. Thursday -- Let's get weird
The New England Patriots are considering trading Malcolm Butler to the New Orleans Saints for Brandin Cooks per sources— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) March 9, 2017
It looks like things are really getting going now. The Eagles have reportedly been talking about a trade for Cooks, but a new suitor has emerged. The Patriots are bringing in Stephon Gilmore, so maybe Butler has become disposable. Either way, another team in the mix for Cooks can't help the Eagles.
9:32 a.m. Thursday -- Britt to Browns
Remember when Kenny Britt was going to sign with the Eagles? Good times.
Barring a breakdown in negotiations, #Browns are expected to sign veteran WR Kenny Britt later today, source told ESPN.— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 9, 2017
The Browns came into Thursday with $98 million in cap space, so money isn't the problem with them. As of Wednesday, there were reports that Britt was going to be an Eagle. Heck, people even saw him in Atlantic City!
It looks like the Browns didn't have any trouble tossing some money around.
The #Browns are signing WR Kenny Britt, source said (as @caplannfl reported). 4 years, $32.5M.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2017
8:57 a.m. Thursday -- Gilmore to Patriots
The New England Patriots are poised to add one of the top free-agent cornerbacks, Stephon Gilmore. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the former Buffalo Bill is headed to New England, "barring any final snags."
Bills free agent CB Stephon Gilmore expects to sign with New England barring any final snags, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2017
Gilmore's connection to the Eagles would have been defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. Gilmore was in Buffalo for Schwartz's only year as the Bills' DC. We've seen that connection bring in players like Nigel Bradham and Ron Brooks. Looks like it wasn't enough to bring in Gilmore.
8:57 a.m. Thursday -- Bouye leaving Texans
A few years ago, A.J. Bouye was an undrafted free agent from UCF. Now, he's about to break the bank. Although it might not be with the Eagles.
Barring an unexpected change, sources say A.J. Bouye expected to leave Texans for huge free agent deal. Expected to remain in AFC South.— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 9, 2017
Staying in the AFC South makes sense for one reason: money. The Jaguars started the day with $73 million cap room. The Titans had $61M and the Colts had $54M.
8:46 a.m. Thursday -- DeSean to Tampa
So much for the DeSean Jackson reunion. Looks like DeSean is forgoing the trip back to Philly and taking a big pay day in Tampa.
Now Ian Rapoport of NFL.com and ESPN's Adam Schefter are both reporting that Jackson will sign with the Bucs. Tampa had $58 million in cap space.
The #Bucs are expected to sign #Redskins WR DeSean Jackson, source said. A deal they've expected, but a big one.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2017
9:15 p.m. -- Britt expected to sign with Eagles; DeSean to Tampa Bay
After losing out on Kenny Stills, the Eagles may have found a different receiver for Carson Wentz. According to Mile High Sports Radio's Benjamin Allbright, Kenny Britt, 28, is expected to sign with the Eagles when free agency begins at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Barring something big changing, my understanding is DJax to Tampa, Britt to Philly tomorrow.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) March 9, 2017
Britt, enduring subpar quarterback play with the Rams in 2016, had a career year with 68 catches for 1,002 yards and five touchdowns.
As for former Eagles receivers, DeSean Jackson is reportedly expected to sign with the Bucs Thursday.
7:02 p.m. -- Stills staying in Miami
I'm told WR Kenny Stills has agreed to terms with the #Dolphins. Awesome outcome for both parties.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 9, 2017
One of the biggest free-agent targets for the Eagles never even became a free agent. So much for getting him as the Eagles' deep threat. It looks like Stills is indeed staying with the Dolphins.
If you're keeping track at home, Stills, Pierre Garcon, Brandon LaFell and Brandon Marshall are all already reportedly off the market well before the start of free agency.
3:26 p.m. -- Stills off the market?
Told by two sources #Dolphins to announce Kenny Stills re-signing, not leaving for #Eagles.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) March 8, 2017
Stills would have been a really good fit with the Eagles. He's still just 24 and is a serious deep threat, something the Eagles need desperately. Of all the receivers set to hit the market, Stills made more sense than most. If this report pans out, it will be interesting to see what kind of deal Stills signs with the Dolphins. Earlier reports talked about him getting over $10 million per season.
But hold the phone. Stills isn't definitely staying in Miami just yet.
On the Kenny Stills front, The #Dolphins are trying to keep him, but at least three teams are still in the mix. The dominoes wait.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2017
At least one receiver really is off the market:
Brandon LaFell @Blafell1 has agreed to terms with the Cincinnati Bengals @Bengals— Schwartz & Feinsod (@schwartzfeinsod) March 8, 2017
2:11 p.m. -- You don't say
Yeah, this isn't much of a surprise. The Eagles have been trying to trade these guys for a while. Cutting Conor Barwin if he doesn't get traded seems like a realistic possibility. They'd save $7.75 million by cutting him and would have just $600,000 in dead money.
Last week, Howie Roseman said there wasn't a deadline to make these decisions and the Eagles wouldn't just cut players to cut them. Still, cutting Barwin makes sense. As for Mychal Kendricks, cutting him would save $1.8 million in cap space. If they designate him as a post-June 1 cut, they would save $5 million, but would need to carry his full cap number until June 1.
1:51 p.m. -- Romo on the move
Cowboys are releasing Tony Romo on Thursday, sources tell @toddarcher and me.
Let the Romo recruiting in Houston and Denver begin.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 8, 2017
Obviously, the Eagles aren't going to sign Tony Romo, but he is a huge domino to fall. He will change the free agent market. Suppose he goes to Houston, will they then have enough money to hold on to A.J. Bouye?
11:17 a.m. -- Bennie's replacement?
Source says #Vikings have reached out to reps of Cincy FA DT Domata Peko. Also in mix are Cincy, Philly, SF. Peko is a Mike Zimmer favorite.— Chris Tomasson (@christomasson) March 8, 2017
Bennie Logan will become a free agent at 4 p.m. on Thursday and because of his price tag, it seems rather likely he won't return. So maybe the Eagles need a replacement.
Domata Peko is already 32, but for a year or two, he would be a decent fill-in. The Eagles have also started to work on a new deal for Beau Allen, who has been Logan's backup.
10:41 a.m. -- Eagles after Bouye
#Texans concerned about prospect of losing CB AJ Bouye to #Eagles, per source. #Texans to counter offer today— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) March 8, 2017
For all that talk about the Eagles not trying to sign Band-Aids to fix their cornerback position, it sure seems like they're going after pending Texans 25-year-old free agent Bouye.
Bouye (pronounced boy-yay) would be just the latest Texans player to join the Eagles after Barwin, DeMeco Ryans, Brandon Brooks, Bryan Braman and others. Now, it looks like Bouye could join the group.
But not so fast ...
Eagles are still not considered a serious player for A.J. Bouye at this time. Of course, things can always change.— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 8, 2017
10:14 a.m. -- That's a lot of money
When Pierre Garcon finalizes deal with 49ers, as expected, league sources believe he will make $16 million in first year.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) March 8, 2017
Like, really, a lot of money. But the 49ers do have $90 million in cap space.
8:20 a.m. -- Washington in on Poe
Skins will be in on Dontari Poe, a top target. Also in the safety market, with Barry Church, a target for JAX as well, in their sights— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 8, 2017
This isn't necessarily an Eagles-related report, but it's worth noting. Washington clearly needs help on the D-line and it has seemed like a really strong landing place for Eagles pending free agent Logan.
"We have some work to do there," Jay Gruden said at the combine about his defensive line. "Without a doubt."
If Washington grabs Dontari Poe, it means they're probably out for Logan.
8:31 a.m. -- Giants get deeper
Brandon Marshall and the Giants have agreed to a two-year deal, sources tell @KMart_LI: https://t.co/RwnolyPyjm pic.twitter.com/Wfwian5zHK— Newsday Sports (@NewsdaySports) March 8, 2017
The Giants now have Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard and Brandon Marshall.
The Eagles' corners right now are Jalen Mills, Ron Brooks and C.J. Smith. They're going to need some more help to deal with this division. Luckily, there are options in free agency and even more in the draft.
Update: Marshall has signed.
Done Deal!!!! #GMEN pic.twitter.com/9sFpQBXjFx— Brandon Marshall (@BMarshall) March 8, 2017
7:16 a.m. -- Still talks about Cooks
#Saints continuing to talk with #Eagles, #Titans & #Patriots in a potential Brandin Cooks deal. They want a picks or someone to affect QBs— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2017
It sounds like the Cooks trade isn't dead yet, but it's possible some other teams will put together better offers for the young receiver.
Apparently, the Saints want some pass rush help. How would they feel about an aging Barwin with a cap hit of over $8 million in 2017?
While Kendricks isn't a lineman, he is a linebacker who can blitz. Perhaps he'd be of intrigue to the Saints.
Maybe the Eagles don't have the firepower to get this deal done, but they're not out of it yet.
6:14 a.m. -- How much for DeSean?
Some morning tidbits: Expect avg salary for WR @DeSeanJackson11 to be over $11M per yr. #Cowboys, #Eagles, #Patriots & #Bucs in mix for now.— Jason Cole (@JasonColeBR) March 8, 2017
Well, it seems like Jackson is going to get paid.
According to this report, Jackson is expected to have a salary of over $11 million per year.
It lists the Cowboys, Eagles, Patriots and Bucs in the mix. It appears like Washington is preparing to move on from DeSean.