Eagles News: Jessie Bates trade speculation emerges

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Eagles News: Jessie Bates trade speculation emerges

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Should the Eagles be interested in trading for Bengals S Jessie Bates? – Philly Voice
Would a second-round pick and, saaayyyy, a versatile starting guard in Isaac Seumalo appease Cincinnati? I think that’s a deal the Eagles would do. They probably wouldn’t part with any of their 2023 first-round picks, which are clearly earmarked for quarterback insurance, unless Jalen Hurts make significant improvements in 2022. Money-wise, Marcus Williams is a player whose game is similar to Bates’, so his $70 million, five-year contract with the Ravens feels like bottom. With Bates already guaranteed close to $13 million on franchise day, the Eagles would have to top that. A new deal with an average annual value of around $15 million would feel about right. And again I would expect any new deal to have a low cap for 2022. In summary, to answer the question in the headline, yes, the Eagles should be interested in trading for Jessie Bates.

Eagles Mailbag: How Much Would It Cost to Get Jessie Bates? – NBCSP
1. The Bengals want a first-round pick. They’d be crazy not to start there, especially when talking to the Eagles, who have two first-rounders in 2023. In 2020 the Jets traded Jamal Adams to the Seahawks and got a first-round pick and in 2019 the Dolphins traded Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers and got a first-round pick. Though Bates isn’t as good as those two, the Bengals will be asking for a first-rounder. But that’s probably too fat for the Eagles, even with two first rounds next season. Should the Eagles be willing to give up a 2023 second-round pick? Yes, that would be more appealing. However, they may need to sweeten that deal with a Day 3 or player selection. 2. This offseason, the Ravens signed Williams to a five-year, $70 million contract. His $14 APY ranks seventh in the NFL among safeties. Justin Reid has landed a $10.5 million APY contract this offseason. If the Eagles traded for Bates, he would need to be around APY 14 million for this new contract. In fact, this Williams deal feels like a good template for Bates. Of course, the Eagles thought Williams was overpaid, so they really would have to like Bates more than Williams to sign him on a similar deal, on top of everything they’d have to trade to get him.

Jessie Bates skips OTAs, training camps amid franchise tag frustration, according to report – Cincy Jungle
Despite his late-season resurgence, the Bengals were unable to agree on an extension before the March 8 franchise tag deadline. They have a new July 15 deadline to sign Bates for the foreseeable future, but if Bates uses his latest form of leverage by holding out, then the two sides appear no closer to a new deal. The Bengals’ defense is better with Bates patrolling midfield, but their price and Bates’ price are nowhere near a match. That could result in the team calling his bluff or Bates never playing in Cincinnati again. We will find out in July and the following weeks.

Everything is on Jalen Hurts in 2022 – BGN
Everything is on Jalen Hurts. Everything the Eagles offense does this season will be about hurts. Any success of the Eagles depends on the performance of Hurts. Each level of the playoffs they reach will be determined by how Hurts plays. Hurts is ready for anything. The Eagles showed their confidence in him after showing interest in Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, Kenny Pickett and Malik Willis. They traded a first-round pick for game-changing 6-foot-1, 225-pound receiver AJ Brown. Along with DeVonta Smith, the Eagles could have the best starting receiver duo in the NFC East. Hurts will be behind one of the best offensive lines in football. The Eagles reinforced their offensive line by bringing in Jason Kelce’s heir apparent, Cam Jurgens, from Nebraska. The Eagles also threw the ball 494 times in 17 regular-season games in 2021 — the fewest of any team in the NFL. That may have a reason. The coaching staff wanted to take incremental steps in Hurt’s progression as a passer. They coddled Hurts. Sections of the media and fan base did the same, explaining that 2021 was like a rookie season for Hurts since he came on so late in 2020 to relieve the leaky Carson Wentz. The excuses are gone. The first to respond is unsurprisingly Hurts.

Reaction from James Bradberry + Have the Eagles passed the Cowboys? – BGN radio
The Birds filled a big hole in the roster with their new cornerback signing! How good can this Eagles team be? Are they already in a better position to win the NFC East than the division’s reigning champions? Brandon Lee Gowton and Jimmy Kempski react to the latest news and compare rosters in this episode.

AJ Brown says his peace is threatened because he was traded – PFT
Eagles wide receiver AJ Brown today released a statement about unspecified concerns he has related to the fan reaction to his trade with the Titans. Apparently referring to a football camp in Tennessee he was considering retiring from, Brown said he felt sorry for the kids trying the camp, but felt he had no choice because some adults in Tennessee themselves have behaved towards him since he moved further to Philadelphia.

Report: Multiple sources claim Colts are working on a deal for Super Bowl winner Nick Foles – Stampede Blue
There will be Colts fans who don’t like how things have turned out, but this is what “all-in” looks like for a football team led by Chris Ballard. The Colts brought in their best pass rusher in years, their best quarterback since Andrew Luck retired, and a former defensive player of the year at cornerback. They filled in any gaps they had in the draft and now they’re looking for a legitimate replacement for the game’s most important position. They clearly believe that the time for them to fight is now. What that means for Sam Ehlinger is unclear. They believed in Ehlinger enough to make him the team’s primary backup a season ahead, a move that in hindsight looks like they’re willing to lose a lot of games if Carson Wentz misses a big chunk of the season. All indications are that the team likes Ehlinger and what he brings, so we’ll see if they bring three quarterbacks into the regular season.

Why the Patriots’ coaching titles don’t matter; plus, the NFL’s top five cornerbacks, the Saints’ offense reborn – NFL.com
Where is Cowboys CB Trevon Diggs? Despite the third-year pro leading the league in 2021 with 11 interceptions, he’s not making it due to the boom-or-bust nature of his game. Diggs is giving up too many big games and needs to reduce his burn rate to earn a spot among the elite. While I love his ball skills and playmaking ability as a “hint” corner with great vision, he needs to show better discipline and awareness in cover to earn an A+ grade as a cover corner.

Another argument for Tony Pollard to receive the majority of touches via Ezekiel Elliott – Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys must make a decision regarding Ezekiel Elliott. It’s not about sacking him after the 2022 season because of his contract numbers. They have an out after 2022 and they could use it to get some cap relief and stop paying the cap to a position that doesn’t actually deserve the cap. But that’s about a year away. The other decision they have to make regarding Elliott comes this fall when they have to decide how much playing time to give him this season and how much to give Tony Pollard. Over at ESPN, Bill Barnwell did a deep dive into expectations for a pair of high-priced running backs for the 2022 season, and Elliott was there. First, he notes that the Cowboys have become much less of a running team lately and are more in line with NFL averages now. He notes that the reason for this could be the declining production of Elliott.

Big Blue View Mailbag: Cap Questions, Twitter Invasion, Darius Slayton, More – Big Blue View
So Jones? I think there’s a good chance Tyrod Taylor will be the Giants’ week one starter next season. I like Jones and I hope he succeeds, but I think the Giants will look at the quarterback prices ($31.497 million for the franchise tag) and probably more of that in terms of annual value if Jones is good plays enough to deserve a long-term deal and think they want to do better for that kind of money. Opportunities? Let’s say 60-40, there’s a 60 percent chance he’ll be somewhere else in 2023.

Should Ron Rivera bring “The People’s Corner” Jimmy Moreland to Washington? – Pig port
Should Ron Rivera try to bring back a player he only fired 9 months ago who was a fan favorite but received mediocre marks from PFF for his 2 seasons in Washington and couldn’t get on the field with the 4-13 Texans a year 2021? Do you think Rivera regrets the decision to let him go last September, or has Jimmy Moreland’s ship already sailed the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay for good? [BLG Note: The Eagles previously had interest in signing Moreland in September last year.]

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