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 $6.25 million in cap space to work with (as of this morning).
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
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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.
8:46 a.m. Thursday -- DeSean to Tampa
Now Ian Rapoport of NFL.com and ESPN's Adam Schefter are both reporting that Jackson will sign with the Bucs
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
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?
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.
At least one receiver really is off the market:
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
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?
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
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
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.
7:16 a.m. -- Still talks about Cooks
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?
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.