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Free Agency Fun House begins in Philly…

This is the "fun" part of the NFL season… we get to shop around for established talent and wonder "what if?"…

Safety William Moore is off the market. He re-signed with the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday during the "legal tampering" portion of NFL free agency.

And it didn't take long for former Eagles DT Cullen Jenkins to get snatched up by the Giants. He will serve to bolster the G-Men's pass rush. I don't know how he is supposed to contribute in stopping the run. But the Giants are willing to pay him $3 million in guaranteed money to find out.

This is going to be a crazy week with a lot of "impulse spending" temptation…

The Eagles must resist the "quick-fix" splurge at OL, CB and Safety…

Offensive line is going to be okay, assuming the guys who got hurt last season are coming back full strength. And yes…draft a talent for the future as the O-Line is getting to be a tad on the wrong side of 30…

Cornerbacks and safeties? Meh… we draft smart and we pick up a guy or two in FA…no need to panic.

As Palmetto himself has said, get a little extra pressure from your pass rushers and your linebackers, and that cast of characters in the defensive backfield will suddenly look All-World…

 

 

 

 

 

I've really got nothing else original to say on this Manic Monday. We know what's happening…

There is a ton of speculation about what the New York Jets plan to do with Darrelle Revis. He’s super-talented, but he’s very pricey, wants more money and is coming off of a torn ACL. The Jets seem to have very little interest in keeping him, so there are a lot of rumors about where he could end up.

Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer says that there is a rumor brewing in league circles that Eagles general manager Howie Roseman is already crunching the numbers and working on an offer for the services of Revis. And it would make sense considering how thin the Eagles will be at cornerback. Nnamdi Asomugha is probably getting cut and they’ll let Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie walk in free agency.

And our resident Football Guru JB-Sage-Lion has been all over this report from Bleeding Green Nation:

Matt Barrows, 49ers beat writer for the Sacramento Bee, is reporting the Eagles are among several teams that have expressed an interest in San Francisco DT Ricky Jean-Francois. He's a player the Eagles have been rumored to be targeting for weeks.

"RJF (as we'll call him) will be entering his 4th season after being taken in the 7th round of the 2009 draft. Over his first 3 seasons he's been used largely as a rotation player and not a full-time starter. With a number of 3-4 or hybrid teams interested in him now, it's likely that he's going to get paid closer to that starter level."

"And at 26 he may be ready to make that jump. RJF doesn't offer a lot in the way of a pass rush, but is an excellent interior run defender. There are some around the league that wonder if he can make the jump to a 3 down guy or is best served as a rotational player."

"Solid in-line run defender," an executive in personnel for an NFL team said last week. "Average pass rusher… He'd add good 3-4 defensive end depth and potential base-down starter as a five-technique 'dirty work' player. I'd prefer him more in the rotation than as a (starter)."

Even as a regular part of the rotation, RJF could add value to the Eagles front 7 as they transition to this new system. After the departures of Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson, the team is certainly in need of capable bodies up front, and RJF would certainly fit that bill. Plus, his lack of pass rush ability would be less of a concern here where the team has a number of pass rushers but several question marks as to where the run defense will come from.

"The question is at what price can RJF be had? And if that price is high, can he develop into an every-down type of player that would justify it?"

JB-Sage-Lion says "A guy like this is very valuable"…

 

Thomas Jackson

About Thomas Jackson

Jax Sports Media has been reporting on NFL teams in the mid-Atlantic region since 2006. Thomas Jackson is its senior writer. Tom started covering the Philadelphia Eagles for the MVN Network in 2007. In 2009 he joined the Bloguin Network. He now also covers the Baltimore Ravens.

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