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Sunday, March 29, 2020

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Darius Slay traded to Eagles from Lions

Darius Slay

The Philadelphia Eagles are revamping their secondary after they released veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins this week, and they have now acquired one of the best cornerbacks in football.

The Eagles are sending a third-round draft pick and a fifth-round pick to the Detroit Lions in exchange for Pro Bowl cornerback Darius Slay. Slay will receive an extension as part of the deal that will make him one of the highest-paid corners in football. The contract is worth $50 million over three seasons and includes $30 million guaranteed, according to Slay’s agent Drew Rosenhaus.

ESPN’s Josina Anderson first reported on Wednesday evening that the Eagles and Lions were working on a trade involving Slay.

Slay has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons, and he was set to earn just $10 million next season. That is well below market value for the top cornerbacks in the league, so you can understand why he wanted a new contract. The 29-year-old had 46 tackles and two interceptions last season. He has 19 career interceptions.

Having a strong secondary will be important for the Eagles, especially after the Dallas Cowboys just signed Amari Cooper to a huge extension. Slay will give Philly a major boost in that department.

Report: Eagles talking Darius Slay trade

Darius Slay

The Philadelphia Eagles will need some help at cornerback stopping Amari Cooper and Terry McLaurin next season and reportedly are working on resolving that matter.

The Eagles are reportedly talking about trading for Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay. ESPN’s Josina Anderson says as part of the trade, Philly is talking about a possible 3-year contract extension for Slay.

The Lions reportedly have been open to trading Slay. On Wednesday, Detroit signed free agent cornerback Desmond Trufant, making it seem likely they would deal Slay.

Slay is certainly hoping so.

The 29-year-old is set to make $10 million next season but wants (and deserves) more than that. He’s understandably looking to go to a team that can pay him market value. Slay had 46 tackles and two interceptions last season. He has 19 career interceptions.

Report: Eagles want to trade Alshon Jeffery

Alshon Jeffery

Changes appear to be coming to the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason.

According to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, the Eagles have made wide receiver Alshon Jeffery available for trade, and Jeffery would welcome a move. Jeffery reportedly had a “testy” relationship with quarterback Carson Wentz, and it was confirmed that Jeffery was behind the anonymous criticism of the struggling Philadelphia offense last season.

A Jeffery trade has its caveats. The receiver underwent Lisfranc surgery in December, and may not be ready for the start of the 2020 season. That may mean the Eagles would have to include a draft pick if they want to get Jeffery’s nearly $10 million base salary off the books.

The Eagles have some work to do this offseason on all fronts. It sounds like trading Jeffery would be in everyone’s best interests, but between his health and the finances involved, that will be much easier said than done.

Eagles congratulate Andy Reid on Super Bowl victory

andy Reid Super Bowl

Andy Reid has been an NFL head coach since 1999, but it wasn’t until Sunday night that he finally won his first Super Bowl.

In his 21st season as an NFL head coach, Reid took home the prize after his Kansas City Chiefs won 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV. Many in the sport will be thrilled for him, as he’s waited a long time for his reward.

Perhaps the nicest tribute, however, came from the Philadelphia Eagles. Reid was their head coach for 14 seasons from 1999 through 2012, falling short in the NFC Championship four times plus one Super Bowl loss. As a result, the Eagles were among the first to congratulate Reid on his triumph.

Reid is still close with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, who made no secret of how hard he was rooting for Reid in Sunday’s game.

Reid received plenty of tributes after the win, but this may be the most meaningful. After the Eagles won their Super Bowl two years ago, plenty of people in Philadelphia will be thrilled now that Reid got his as well.

Report: Graham Harrell interviews for Eagles OC job

Graham Harrell

The Philadelphia Eagles could look to the college ranks to fill their offensive coordinator position.

On Friday, the Eagles interviewed USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell for their vacant offensive coordinator job, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Hiring Harrell would be a clear sign that the Eagles are embracing the Air Raid offense. Only four teams in the country threw for more yards than Harrell’s Trojans did in 2019, and that happened despite injuries forcing true freshman Kedon Slovis to start at quarterback for the bulk of the season.

Harrell, a former Texas Tech quarterback and well-regarded offensive mind, appeared to have committed his future to the Trojans last month. Ultimately, the NFL will be tough to turn down if the Eagles decide they want him.

Reggie Wayne zings Eagles’ weak wide receivers

Reggie Wayne crying

The Philadelphia Eagles are hurting at the wide receiver position.

The Eagles entered Monday night’s overtime win over the New York Giants with just three healthy wide receivers: Alshon Jeffery, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and Greg Ward Jr. Jeffery hurt his foot early in the second quarter and didn’t have any catches. Arcega-Whiteside left in overtime with a hamstring injury.

Seeing how their receivers looked led Reggie Wayne to send this funny tweet:

Ouch.

Wayne is 41 and last played in 2014, though he still had 779 receiving yards that season. He was a six-time Pro Bowler, so we wouldn’t put it past him.

But the tweet just shows how bad of shape Philly is in. They cut Jordan Matthews and Mack Hollins, and Nelson Agholor was hurt. Now Jeffery and Arcega-Whiteside are too. They need some healthy bodies badly.

Report: Eagles will make major staff changes if team does not make playoff run

Doug Pederson

The Philadelphia Eagles are trending toward a very disappointing season, and changes may be afoot if things do not significant shift.

According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Eagles will likely make “significant changes” to their coaching staff unless they turn things around and go on a playoff run this season.

Mortensen stressed that head coach Doug Pederson is likely safe. However, such a warning likely bodes poorly for the likes of defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, whose unit has been disappointing in 2019.

The NFC East is still well within reach for the Eagles thanks to the Cowboys’ ongoing mediocrity. However, Philadelphia blew a huge chance to make up some ground in the division by losing to lowly Miami on Sunday in a game that saw them get fooled badly. Games like that are only going to accelerate the types of changes this report is referring to.