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Ex-Giants Pro Bowler signs with division rival

James Bradberry looking down

Dec 5, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; New York Giants cornerback James Bradberry (24) walks off the field after the game against the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Giants released James Bradberry last week after they were unable to find a trade partner for him, and they probably will not be thrilled with where the defensive back ended up.

Bradberry has agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to multiple reports. Several teams reached out after the Giants cut him, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter says Bradberry chose the Eagles over others.

Bradberry signed a three-year, $43.5 million free agent contract with the Giants two years ago. They saved roughly $10 million against the salary cap by releasing him this offseason.

Clearly still a productive player, Bradberry had 47 total tackles and four interceptions while playing in all 17 games last season. The 28-year-old made the Pro Bowl in 2020. He should immediately step into a starting role with the Eagles. Facing the Giants twice a year will be a nice motivator for him.

Report: Jalen Hurts getting ‘one-year audition’ from Eagles

Jalen Hurts in pads

Oct 3, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) runs off the field after loss against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts reportedly still has not won over the Philadelphia Eagles when it comes to being the franchise’s long-term quarterback.

Hurts will be given a “one-year audition” to prove to the Eagles that he deserves to remain the team’s starter, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. The Eagles want to see Hurts prove himself after bringing in AJ Brown to form a potent receiving tandem with DeVonta Smith.

“This is clearly a one-year audition,” Fowler said on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” via Tim Daniels of Bleacher Report. “The 2023 draft class is very strong at quarterback, so the Eagles have 17 games, or more, to figure out if Hurts is the guy. Talking to people around the league, they said look, ‘This is a player who has gotten better, who works really hard, who teammates like a lot.’

“It’s just with his game, does he get exposed a bit over a full season? Do the Eagles have to hide him or can they open up the playbook and he can do a little bit of everything and see the full field? That’s sort of what they’re waiting to see. They feel like Hurts hasn’t proved that as of yet.”

Hurts has not been bad for the Eagles, though he has not been dominant either. He threw 16 touchdown passes and nine interceptions in 2021, and the team is 9-10 with him as a starter.

Publicly, the Eagles have been supportive of Hurts. They have discussed getting him the pieces he needs to be successful. Clearly, they feel they have given him a strong roster. Now, it falls on Hurts to repay their faith in him.

DeVonta Smith reveals message he sent A.J. Brown after trade

DeVonta Smith warming up

Nov 7, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith warms up before action against the Los Angeles Chargers at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles stole the headlines during Round 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft when they traded a first-round pick to the Tennessee Titans for A.J. Brown.

DeVonta Smith, the first-round pick for the Eagles in 2021, was one of the first players to reach out to Brown following the deal.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Smith revealed to reporters a text he sent to Brown shortly after the trade took place.

“I just sent him the eyes emoji,” Smith said. “And he was just like, ‘let’s get it.'”

Smith also told reporters that he’s looking forward to learning as much as he can from Brown.

“I’m excited just to learn from a guy like him,” Smith said. “Anytime you play football, you watch all the receivers, just seeing what everybody has in their toolbox.”

Brown is only 24 and came into the league in 2019, so he’s not much older than Smith. But he does have a little more experience than Smith, who is entering his second season in the league.

Opposing defenses can’t be excited to play the Eagles next year, as Smith and Brown have the potential to be one of the better receiving duos in the NFL.

Brown has been one of the more productive wide receivers in the league since his rookie year in 2019. In three years with the Titans, he had 185 receptions for 2,995 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Smith, a former Heisman Trophy winner, caught 64 passes for five touchdowns and 916 yards during his rookie campaign in 2021. His targets should only increase with opposing defenses having to keep a close eye on Brown.

If Jalen Hurts improves his game, the Eagles have the ingredients for a high-scoring offense and a team that is talented enough to return to the playoffs.

Eagles give undrafted free agent big bucks to sign with them

Nick Sirianni on the sideline

Oct 24, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni reacts in the second half against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium. The Raiders defeated the Eagles 33-22. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Former Nevada quarterback Carson Strong went undrafted over the weekend in large part because of chronic knee issues, but the Philadelphia Eagles were more than happy to see every team pass on him.

The Eagles signed Strong to a contract after the conclusion of the draft on Saturday. They made an aggressive offer, too. As Tom Pelissero of NFL Network notes, the deal is one of the largest ever for an undrafted free agent.

Strong was one of the most efficient passers in the country during his three seasons as a starter at Nevada. He completed 70 percent of his passes and ranked second in the nation with 74 touchdown passes during that span. Strong’s 347.9 pass yards per game over three seasons ranked fifth in the country.

In a draft where only one quarterback was taken in the first two rounds, Strong never heard his name called. He has a condition called osteochondritis dissecans, which impacts the cartilage in the knee. Strong has undergone multiple knee surgeries and had several cleanup procedures.

The Eagles are committed to Jalen Hurts and have Gardner Minshew as a backup. No undrafted free agent is ever a lock to make the roster, but they obviously believe Strong has a solid chance to contribute in the NFL.

Eagles rob Titans in trade for AJ Brown

AJ Brown smiles during a game

Dec 20, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown (11) talks with teammates on the bench during the second half against the Detroit Lions at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

AJ Brown is on the move, and the Philadelphia Eagles pried him loose without paying a huge price.

The Eagles acquired Brown from the Titans for a first-round pick (No. 18) and third-round pick (No. 101).

That’s not at all a bad price for a receiver with a pair of 1,000-yard seasons and 24 career receiving touchdowns in three years.

Why would Tennessee give up a young, talented receiver for a first and third-round pick?

Brown was among the receivers who were planning to skip offseason workouts in search of a new contract. So not only do you have to give up draft picks to get Brown, but then you have to pay him big money.

That’s what the Eagles are doing: giving Brown a 4-year, $100 million deal.

Philly struck it nicely with their pick of DeVonta Smith in the first round last year (No. 10 overall). But they missed on JJ Arcega-Whiteside in 2019 and Jalen Raegor in 2020. Now they will have a very strong duo for quarterback Jalen Hurts.

Tennessee meanwhile got to work in replacing Brown by drafting former Arkansas receiver Treylon Burks in the first round.

Oh yeah, and those rumors a few days ago about Jalen Hurts and Brown turned out to be prescient.

Eagles WR making surprising position change

JJ Arcega-Whiteside

Oct 27, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (19) looks on prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles have struggled with wide receiver issues for several years. Now, one of their current crop at the position is switching to a different one.

The Eagles are moving JJ Arcega-Whiteside from wide receiver to tight end, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Arcega-Whiteside has added weight during the offseason and is embracing the position change.

Arcega-Whiteside does not appear likely to have a major role even if he does succeed in making the switch to tight end. Dallas Goedert is firmly entrenched as the team’s starter, so anyone else will be battling for a backup role.

The move definitely comes as a surprise, in part because Arcega-Whiteside simply has not been productive. A second-round pick in 2019, he has managed only 16 catches in his first three NFL seasons. Considering how much trouble the Eagles are having with their wide receivers, it does not bode well for Arcega-Whiteside’s NFL future if the organization feels he can’t cut it at the position.

Eagles looking to trade former first-round pick?

Jalen Reagor

Jalen Reagor has been a disappointment in his first two seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, but there are apparently some rival teams who feel the wide receiver has potential.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman made it clear last month that 2022 will be a make-or-break season for Reagor. The former first-round pick may not even get that far. Geoff Mosher of Inside the Birds reported recently that teams have called the Eagles to ask about Reagor’s availability.

There has been talk of the Eagles potentially cutting Reagor, so it would stand to reason that they are open to trading him. Though, Roseman’s recent comments may have been an attempt to motivate the 23-year-old.

Reagor was the 21st overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The former TCU star has just 64 catches for 695 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons. The Eagles envisioned him eventually stepping into a No. 1 wideout role, but he has not developed the way they hoped he would.

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Photo: Feb 25, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; TCU Horned Frogs receiver Jalen Reagor speaks during the NFL Scouting Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: NFC team emerges as ‘prime location’ for Tyrann Mathieu

Tyrann Mathieu at the Pro Bowl

Tyrann Mathieu is still weighing his options in free agency, and there may be a new team at the top of the Pro Bowl safety’s list.

Mathieu had a virtual visit with the Eagles on Thursday. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Philadelphia is viewed as a “prime location” for the Honey Badger.

Mathieu visited with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday, but he cast doubt on whether he would be a fit with them. He said the primary visit for his trip to New Orleans was actually to visit family. It sounds like the Eagles have a better chance of signing Mathieu at this point than the Saints.

Mathieu, 29, had 76 tackles, a sack and three interceptions in 16 games with the Kansas City Chiefs last season. He is viewed as one of the top players available, and he seems content to take his time in free agency.

Photo: Feb 3, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during AFC practice for the Pro Bowl at Las Vegas Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Jeffrey Lurie shares his 1 major regret as Eagles owner

Jeffrey Lurie looking on

Jeffrey Lurie has owned the Philadelphia Eagles for almost three decades now, but there is one particular decision that it sounds like he still loses sleep over.

In a recent interview with reporters, the Eagles owner Lurie shared one major regret that he has — not picking Russell Wilson in the 2012 draft.

“[Wilson] is a player we didn’t get, and I’ll always regret it,” said Lurie, per the Delaware News Journal. “It was someone I really wish we had drafted in the second round and didn’t wait. But we really didn’t think that anyone would jump us and take Russell, so that was that.

“It’s very, very difficult to project what you call franchise or what we might call franchise quarterback,” Lurie added. “It just happens … We all have this vision, myself included, of an automatic franchise quarterback. It’s almost nonexistent and when it does exist, you’re very, very luck to have that.”

Philadelphia went all defense with their first three picks in Wilson’s year, drafting Fletcher Cox in the first round followed by Mychal Kendricks and Vinny Curry in the second round. Wilson got picked by the Seahawks in the third round, and the Eagles then drafted Nick Foles at quarterback 13 slots later. Foles did end up becoming the MVP of Philadelphia’s Super Bowl LII win in the 2017 season, the only Super Bowl that they have won under Lurie. But Foles was hardly the stud at quarterback that the nine-time Pro Bowler Wilson was and continues to be.

Interestingly enough, the Eagles were linked to Wilson this offseason before he was traded to the Denver Broncos instead. Perhaps that was Lurie trying to undo what he sees as one of his biggest career mistakes as Eagles owner.


Photo: Jan 2, 2022; Landover, Maryland, USA; Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie on the field before the game against the Washington Football Team at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles, Saints shake up draft with major pick swap

Howie Roseman speaks with the media

The NFL Draft is still weeks away, but the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints have already agreed to a major pick swap.

The Eagles, who originally had three first-round picks in this year’s draft, have traded the No. 16, No. 19, and No. 194 pick to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for No. 18, a 2023 first-round pick and more. Here’s the full breakdown of the deal:

By making the trade, the Eagles now have two picks in the first 18 selections this year and two picks in the first round next year. As ESPN’s Adam Schefter noted, that likely signals that they are going to give Jalen Hurts another year to prove himself. The 2023 draft is considered much deeper at the quarterback position, and the Eagles are now positioned to target a top QB a year from now if they need to.

The Saints now have three picks in the top 50 this year.

Eagles general manager Howie Roseman has always shown a willingness to swap picks, so the deal is hardly a shock. On paper, it looks like another smart one for Philadelphia.

Photo: Jul 28, 2021; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman speaks with the media at training camp at NovaCare Complex. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports