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Jason Peters signs one-year deal with Eagles, will move to guard

Jason Peters

Jason Peters is returning to the Philadelphia Eagles for his 12th season with the team, but the Pro Bowl offensive lineman will be moving to a new position.

Peters has agreed to a one-year deal with the Eagles that could be worth up to $6 million, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. While the 38-year-old has been a left tackle throughout his career, the plan is to move him to guard to replace the injured Brandon Brooks.

Peters was one of the best left tackles in football for years, as evidenced by his nine Pro Bowl appearances. Obviously, age and health are the biggest concerns with him. He started 13 games for the Eagles last year and played through a significant injury the year before.

As Schefter noted, Peters has said he wants to play until he’s 40. That might be a good indication that he is healthy heading into the season, and he could be a bargain for the Eagles if he’s able to stay on the field.

Could Eagles use anti-Semitic posts to get out of DeSean Jackson’s contract?

The Philadelphia Eagles condemned DeSean Jackson’s anti-Semitic Instagram activity with a strong statement on Tuesday, and it is now fair to wonder if their next move could be to release the veteran wide receiver.

As ESPN’s Adam Schefter notes, the Eagles could cut Jackson if they determined that his social media activity violates the terms of his contract. Jackson is guaranteed $4.8 million this season and already received a $2 million bonus.

Jackson was limited to just nine catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns last season because of a core muscle injury that eventually required surgery. He’s now 33, and he may not be the explosive big-play threat he once was given his age and injury history.

The Eagles probably would move on from Jackson if they could get out from the remainder of his guaranteed money and possibly recoup his bonus, but they wouldn’t be able to do so without a fight from the NFL Players Association. It would probably be difficult to void an NFL player’s contract over an opinion he shared on social media.

Jackson shared a passage on Instagram that included a quote that was incorrectly attributed to Adolf Hitler. The quote accuses Jewish people of blackmailing and extorting America as a plan for world domination. When Jackson was informed that he was promoting anti-Semitism, he doubled down by highlighting a specific portion that he believed proved the point he was trying to make about racism.

On Tuesday, the Eagles issued a statement calling the messages Jackson shared “absolutely appalling.” Jackson then released a video apology.

DeSean Jackson apologizes after Eagles condemn ‘absolutely appalling’ messages

DeSean Jackson Eagles

DeSean Jackson has been promoting anti-Semitic messages through his Instagram account recently, and the Philadelphia Eagles condemned the activity on Tuesday right before Jackson issued an apology.

In a statement released through the team’s official Twitter account, the Eagles said they have spoken with Jackson about the “offensive, harmful, and absolutely appalling” messages he shared. While Jackson insists he did not mean to promote anti-Semitism, the team has spoken with him about the damage the messages caused and the need to apologize for them.

Jackson then issued a statement and video apologizing.

Jackson shared a passage on Instagram that included a quote that was incorrectly attributed to Adolf Hitler. The quote accuses Jewish people of blackmailing and extorting America as a plan for world domination. When Jackson was informed that he was promoting anti-Semitism, he doubled down by highlighting a specific portion that he believed proved the point he was trying to make about racism. It did not.

It’s possible — if not likely — that Jackson was truly unaware he was spreading anti-Semitic messages. That is the danger of having a powerful platform and sharing something which you do not fully understand. Hopefully Jackson realizes that now.

Report: Eagles interested in Carlos Hyde

Carlos Hyde

The Philadelphia Eagles have high expectations for Miles Sanders heading into his second NFL season, but they may be looking to bring in a proven veteran to pair with the former second-round pick.

NFL insider Adam Caplan said on his latest “Inside the Birds” podcast with Geoff Mosher that the Eagles have interest in free agent back Carlos Hyde.

“They want to sign a veteran running back … The guy that I know they have some interest in, and we’ll see if it happens, is a guy that’s really, really talented. The Eagles, I’m told, have interest in him … I’m told Hyde is a guy they’re targeting,” Caplan said, as transcribed by Brandon Lee Gowton of Bleeding Green Nation.

Hyde will turn 30 in December, but he rushed for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career with the Houston Texans last season. His 4.4 yards per carry was the second-highest mark of his career. Hyde scored six touchdowns.

Sanders rushed for 818 yards and averaged 4.6 yards per carry in 2019, so the Eagles likely feel that the two backs would be a nice complement to one another.

Jalen Hurts could be used as running back by Eagles?

Jalen Hurts

The Philadelphia Eagles made one of the more eyebrow-raising picks of the NFL Draft when they took quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round. With Carson Wentz entrenched as the starter, it sounds like the Eagles will explore other ways to get Hurts on the field.

NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo said he expected the Eagles to utilize Hurts in non-quarterback roles, adding that one Eagles source thinks Hurts could even contribute in the backfield.

“Just in talking to one Eagles source, he said ‘This guy might be able to contribute as a straight running back. That’s how good we think he is. That’s what we think of his skill set,'” Garafolo said on NFL Network Monday.

Hurts has already received a Taysom Hill comparison from Philadelphia’s coaching staff, so this isn’t all surprising. It’s clear that they love him as a player and will find ways to use him. Maybe that will even be out of the backfield. Coach Doug Pederson is one of the more creative NFL minds, so they could make this fun to watch.

Eagles explain surprising pick of Jalen Hurts, invoke Taysom Hill comparison

Jalen Hurts

The Philadelphia Eagles surprised fans by taking Jalen Hurts with the No. 53 overall pick in the draft. Not only did many think that was high for Hurts, but it was surprising to see a team that already has a solid quarterback take Hurts so high.

So why did Philly make the pick? General manager Howie Roseman explained the situation during a conference call with the media.

Roseman said the team saw value with the Hurts pick and that they aspire to develop quarterbacks.

Additionally, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson compared Hurts to Saints quarterback Taysom Hill and suggested Philly would try to utilize Hurts’ rushing skills.

While Hurts may not be as versatile as Hill, the success of Lamar Jackson has shown that dual-threat quarterbacks can succeed in the NFL, which likely explains why the Eagles view Hurts as a major asset.

Eagles must have big plans for Jalen Hurts after drafting him No. 53 overall

Jalen Hurts

Jalen Hurts’ draft stock was soaring over the last few months, and that culminated in him being drafted higher than many expected.

Hurts was taken No. 53 overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Draft on Friday. Philly already has Carson Wentz under contract and believes in him as a franchise quarterback, but now they have themselves a very versatile player to add to the mix.

Hurts is a dual-threat player who rushed for 3,274 yards in his college career, in addition to passing for 80 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. He showed how adept he was at running the fast-paced offense in Oklahoma after transferring there and could be used as a gadget guy.

Many believe that Philly taking him so high indicates they have plans to use him in similar ways to how the Saints use Taysom Hill.

If Hurts develops to a point that the Eagles consider making him their franchise quarterback, they could part with Wentz after 2021 for $24.5 million in dead cap space.

Also keep in mind that Wentz missed time in both 2017 and 2018, so having a high-quality backup is important for the Eagles.