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Eagles targeting Justin Jefferson

Philadelphia Eagles
08 Apr 2020, 19:12 GMT+10

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Report: Eagles targeting Justin Jefferson at No. 21?

The common thought amongst football fans and pundits throughout the offseason has been that the Eagles will target a wide receiver in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft.

But the latest buzz has zeroed in on who that person might be; that person is LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson.

Bleeding Green Nation cited a number of reports and speculation from Eagles reporters and draft experts alike saying the Eagles are big fans of Jefferson.

"It's no secret that Justin Jefferson is the Philadelphia Eagles' most popular mock draft pick leading up to the 2020 NFL Draft. But is that a result of a misguided group think or is it actually a realistic possibility? The latest buzz indicates it may be the latter; multiple dots are connecting Jefferson to the Eagles' pick at No. 21."

With Joe Burrow - the likely No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 draft - under center, Jefferson's production went through the roof during his final season at LSU. After catching 54 passes for 875 yards and six touchdowns in 2018, he caught 111 passes for 1,540 yards and scored a whopping 18 touchdowns in 2019.

At the NFL Scouting Combine in February, Jefferson posted a 40-yard dash time of 4.43 seconds, a vertical jump of 37.5 inches, and a broad jump of 126 inches.

Report: Eagles one of the potential teams interested in Brandin Cooks

Philadelphia is one of the likely destinations for seemingly disgruntled Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks, according to NBC Sports' Peter King.

The talk of Cooks wanting out of Los Angeles started from a tweet he posted back on March 27, where he literally said, "Free me," with a facepalm emoji. Granted, everyone could use a little bit of freedom at the moment given the current state of affairs in the world, but that did not prevent the speculation about Cooks' football future from running rampant.

Cook is still under contract with the Rams through 2024. However, there is a potential out in his contract after the 2020 season, according to Spotrac.com.

"In 2020, Cooks has had concussion issues, and his production dipped to 3.0 catches per game last year, by far a career-low. An acquiring team would owe him $20 million the next two years, and then could cut him without a hurtful cap hit. For about 4 percent and then 5.5 percent of the salary cap over the next two seasons, Cooks could be the missing link to a contending team .. but of course, that would mean the Rams would be willing to deal him. Which as of right now they're apparently not willing to do," King wrote.

Along with the Eagles, King also listed the Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas Raiders, and Washington Redskins as the teams that would land Cooks if were to be shopped by the Rams.

Report: Eagles pick up Zach Ertz's 2021 option

It looks like Zach Ertz will be wearing midnight green for at least the next two seasons, as the Eagles picked up his 2021 option, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

While the move was "strictly procedural," it appears that talks of a contract extension have also begun between the two sides.

Ertz has caught 525 passes in an Eagles uniform, putting him 65 away from breaking Harold Carmichael's 37-year-old franchise record of 589. Ertz has caught at least 70 passes every season since 2015, putting him on pace to assume the top spot in 2020.

Report: No truth to Eagles' interest in Sammy Watkins

Eagles beat reporter Geoff Mosher shot down the rumor that was circulating on social media that the Eagles were interested in trading for Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins.

Watkins' contract situation has been a hot topic for months as the veteran receiver's cap hit would cost the Chiefs $21 million in 2020, according to OverTheCap.com.

Removing Watkins, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in 2021, from the books would free up $14 million in cap space, making him a prime target to be traded to a team in need of a proved pass catcher.

Report: Eagles showing interest in Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins

Howie Roseman explained in his one-on-one interview with Eagles Insider Dave Spadaro why the Eagles haven't addressed the wide receiver position in the early stages of free agency.

"I think that we got a lot of time here and we'll look at every opportunity to improve the team," Roseman said. "And we also have some guys that are in that rotation that are on our roster that we do think highly of and that we do think are going to be huge additions and help our team next year.

"It's hard to do everything in free agency. It's hard to fix every single thing that you want to fix in one free agency period. And listen, let's be transparent about it, we need better play from that position, there's no doubt about it. ... There were opportunities that we looked at, and we dove into, and we decided to go in a different direction."

On Thursday afternoon, it was reported that the Eagles are showing interest in Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins. The former first-round pick of Buffalo helped the Chiefs win Super Bowl LIV this past season. Here's why Watkins could be moved in a trade.

Report: Eagles have 'a lot' of interest in DE Yannick Ngakoue

CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora quote tweeted Jaguars Pro Bowl defensive end Yannick Ngakoue and noted that the Eagles have "a lot" of interest in the 24-year-old (Ngakoue turns 25 on March 31).

A third-round pick (69th overall) in the 2016 NFL Draft, Ngakoue has 37.5 career sacks including a career-high 12 in 2017 when he earned Pro Bowl honors. The 6-2, 246-pound Ngakoue posted at least eight sacks in each of his first four NFL seasons.

The Jaguars placed the franchise tag on Ngakoue after not being able to come to an agreement on a long-term deal.

Reports: Jets have 'significant interest' in Vinny Curry

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News was the first to report that the Jets have shown interest in defensive end Vinny Curry. Of course, there's the connection between Curry and Jets General Manager Joe Douglas, who was with Curry in Philadelphia as recently as the Super Bowl campaign of 2017. Curry returned after a year in Tampa Bay in 2019 and as a situational pass rusher, garnered five sacks and 34 QB pressures and hits.

Reports: Malcolm Jenkins returns to New Orleans

Malcolm Jenkins was a first-round pick of the Saints in 2009 and won a Super Bowl with them as a rookie. He left New Orleans to come to Philadelphia as a free agent in 2014. Saints Head Coach Sean Payton is on the record as saying that he wished he never let Jenkins leave.

Reports: Jordan Howard, Kamu Grugier-Hill both headed to Miami

Running back Jordan Howard and linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill are both headed to the Miami Dolphins, according to reports.

Howard played only 10 games in Philadelphia due to injury but was a key piece of the Eagles' backfield during his limited time on the field. He now heads to Miami on a two-year deal worth "north of $10 million."

During his time in midnight green, Howard gained 525 rushing yards on 119 carries and scored six touchdowns on the ground while splitting time with rookie Miles Sanders.

Grugier-Hill had a much longer stint with the Eagles, having played for the franchise since 2016, but now heads to South Florida on a one-year contract. Grugier-Hill served as a special teams captain his last two seasons in Philadelphia, but will look to become a full-time starter elsewhere.

Reports: Eagles interested in defensive back Will Parks

The Eagles are among the many teams that are interested in the services of unrestricted free agent defensive back Will Parks, according to reports.

Parks, a Philadelphia native, has spent his entire career with the Denver Broncos, where he played in 62 games, starting 15 of them. Seven of those starts came in 2019. In total, Parks recorded 149 combined tackles and four interceptions during his time in Denver.

What makes Parks an attractive option for teams is his versatility, as he played cornerback and safety for the Broncos secondary.

Report: Eagles agree to terms with Steelers NT Javon Hargrave

The Eagles have agreed to terms with defensive tackle Javon Hargrave on a deal reportedly $39 million over the course of three years.

Hargave spent his first four NFL seasons in Pittsburgh after the team selected him in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of South Carolina State.

During his time with the Steelers, Hargrave proved to be a productive nose tackle in the squad's 3-4 scheme, but also he has the ability to be a 4-3 defensive tackle, which is what he will be in Philadelphia.

Hargave was more than just a run stuffer for the Steelers, as he was also a productive pass rusher, posting 10.5 sacks the last two seasons.

The Eagles add Hargrave to an already talented group of defensive tackles that includes veteran stalwarts Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson and up-and-comers like Hassan Ridgeway and Anthony Rush.

Report: Halapoulivaati Vaitai agrees to terms with Detroit Lions

Halapoulivaati Vaitai's time with the Philadelphia Eagles has come to an end as he has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Detroit Lions, according to Adam Caplan.

The deal is worth $50 million over the course of five years.

Vaitai played in 55 games during his four seasons with the Eagles and started 20, including Super Bowl LII in place of the injured Jason Peters.

Vaitai's experience was something that teams looking for quality offensive linemen would covet, making him a valuable commodity as he became an unrestricted free agent after the 2019 season.

Kamu Grugier-Hill's time in Philadelphia over?

Kamu Grugier-Hill took to social media Monday and seemingly said his good-byes to Eagles fans, signaling that he may be playing elsewhere in 2020.

Grugier-Hill is set to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday after spending the last four seasons with the Eagles. The Eagles claimed Grugier-Hill in 2016 after he was waived by the New England Patriots, the team that selected him in the sixth round of that year's NFL Draft.

During his time in Philadelphia, Grugier-Hill played in 54 games and made 16 starts. He started as a special teams ace and eventually became a two-time special teams captain. The last two seasons, however, he became more involved in the rotation at linebacker.

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