The Philadelphia Eagles boosted their receiver stocks by acquiring veteran Marquise Goodwin from the San Francisco 49ers.

San Francisco had confirmed wide receiver Goodwin was on the trading block prior to the NFL Draft, while Philadelphia's needs at receiver were well documented.

So, the Eagles and last season's Super Bowl runners-up the 49ers struck a deal on Saturday.

The Eagles – who selected wide receiver Jalen Reagor in the first round of the draft – sent the 190th pick to the 49ers in exchange for speedster Goodwin and the 120th selection.

Goodwin had 12 receptions for 186 yards in nine games last season before landing on Injured Reserve and missing San Francisco's run to the NFL Super Bowl. 

A third-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in 2013, Goodwin signed as a free agent with the 49ers in March 2017 after spending his first four years in Buffalo.

The 2017 season ended up being the best of Goodwin's seven-year career, as the 29-year-old finished with personal bests of 56 receptions and 962 yards. 

Meanwhile, the Eagles and NFC East rivals the Dallas Cowboys were involved in a rare trade on the third and final day of the NFL Draft.

For the first time since 2010, Philadelphia and Dallas made a draft-day trade after the Cowboys gave up a 2021 fifth-round pick and this year's 164th selection for the Eagles' 146th spot.

It allowed the Cowboys – who narrowly lost out to the Eagles for a spot in the playoffs last season – to draft Wisconsin center Tyler Biadasz.

Eyebrows might have been raised when the Green Bay Packers selected Jordan Love, but jaws dropped to the ground after the Philadelphia Eagles then drafted Jalen Hurts.

Why would a team with a franchise quarterback about to hit his peak years spend the 53rd overall pick on another signal caller?

Carson Wentz is the Philadelphia Eagles' undisputed starter so Hurts, who had an impressive college career with Alabama and then Oklahoma, will only be a backup.

So was there a typo when general manager Howie Roseman text in his second-round selection? Had someone hacked the Eagles' virtual draft?

No, in many ways the Hurts pick makes sense for Philly. Here, we take a look at why.

 

The Taysom Hill effect

The NFL is a copycat league, and you better believe Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has taken notice of what Sean Payton has done with Taysom Hill in New Orleans.

"[Hurts] has a unique skill set. You see what Taysom Hill has done in New Orleans and how he and Drew Brees have a connection and a bond there."

Hill only played in 22.65 per cent of New Orleans' offensive snaps last season but you only needed to watch the Saints' Wildcard Round loss to the Minnesota Vikings to see his value.

The 'quarterback' had 50 yards passing, 50 yards rushing and 25 yards receiving, with a touchdown, and it was Hill, not Brees, Michael Thomas or Alvin Kamara, who was the Saints' most impactful offensive weapon that day.

Now consider that two years ago Philadelphia's new passing game coordinator, Press Taylor, mused on the possibility of "having multiple people on the field who can throw the ball" in the future.

Hurts is not only an efficient passer - 3,851 yards, 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2019 - he's also exceptional with his legs - 1,298 yards for 20 touchdowns last season.

Look at Brees and Hill, look at how the Baltimore Ravens' read-option offense was unstoppable with Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram in 2019, and then think about what Pederson and Taylor could do with a multi-faceted offense led by Wentz and Hurts...

Backups (can) win Super Bowls

No one knows the value of an excellent backup quarterback more than the Philadelphia Eagles.

Two years ago the hangovers had just about cleared from their Super Bowl LII victory over the New England Patriots, delivered by a deputy, Nick Foles throwing three touchdowns and famously catching another.

How many Super Bowl runs have been ended by injuries to starting quarterbacks? Just last season Philly's campaign was ended because 40-year-old Josh McCown was unable to lead them past the Seattle Seahawks in the Wildcard Round after Wentz down.

That injury-ravaged Eagles team only lost by a score. Would they have won had Hurts come in? There's every chance. And Wentz has missed eight regular-season games over the past three seasons.

"The most important player on any team is the quarterback. The second-most important player? The backup quarterback."

Eagles fans might not like the man who produced this quote - former Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs - but they know it rings true. 

Gibbs, of course, won three Super Bowls with three different starting quarterbacks.

The quarterback factory

Roseman knew it was coming, so he attempted to head it off.

Prior to answering reporters' questions about the Hurts pick, he did his best to explain his rationale.

"For better or worse, we are quarterback developers. We want to be a quarterback factory."

A strange thing to aspire to be, sure, but Roseman is right in pointing out the Eagles have a recent history of developing quarterbacks and then moving them on.

A.J. Feeley, Kevin Kolb and Foles were all drafted by the Eagles and later traded. Donovan McNabb and Sam Bradford were two veterans who brought in premium picks, and the selection Philadelphia got for the latter was spent on Derek Barnett, who recovered the fumble that sealed their Super Bowl win.

If Hurts pans out as Philadelphia hope, the likelihood is that, at the very least, he will be a prized trade asset down the line. And quarterbacks, particularly ones with a history of winning like Hurts, are the most prized assets of all.

The Philadelphia Eagles stressed Carson Wentz's position is not under threat following the selection of Jalen Hurts, who was compared to Taysom Hill by head coach Doug Pederson.

Hurts was the only quarterback selected on the second day of the NFL Draft and his destination raised eyebrows as the Eagles picked the Oklahoma quarterback 53rd overall.

Philadelphia only gave starter Wentz a new four-year contract in 2019 and last year - his fourth in the NFL - he became the first Eagles quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards in a season as he led Pederson's side to the playoffs.

Dual-threat quarterback Hurts, who began his college career at Alabama, had a fine senior season with Oklahoma and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Joe Burrow, the man who went first overall in the 2020 draft.

However, rather than seeing Hurts as someone to dislodge Wentz, Pederson thinks the two can work together in the same offense, in the manner Drew Brees and Hill do for the New Orleans Saints.

"He has a unique skill set," Pederson told reporters of Hurts.

"You see what Taysom Hill has done in New Orleans and how he and Drew Brees have a connection there and a bond there.

"And you look at [Joe] Flacco and Lamar [Jackson] in Baltimore for the short period of time, how they gelled together. It's just something we're going to explore."

The Eagles kept faith with Wentz in 2018 when he returned from a knee injury despite seeing Nick Foles lead them to victory at Super Bowl LII.

Foles left to sign for the Jacksonville Jaguars prior to last season and Wentz was the undisputed starter for 2019, and general manager Howie Roseman insisted the arrival of Hurts has not changed that.

"Nobody is going to be looking at a rookie quarterback as somebody who's going to be taking over [for] a Pro Bowl quarterback, a guy who's been on the cusp of winning an MVP," he said.

"We've shown how we feel about Carson by our actions, we showed it by the amount of picks we put into him and we showed it by the contract extension and we believe this is a guy to lead us to our next Super Bowl Championship.

"But, for better or worse, we are quarterback developers. We want to be a quarterback factory and we have the right people in place to do that and no team in the National Football League has benefited more from developing quarterbacks than the Philadelphia Eagles. This is who we are."

While teams select players in the first round of the NFL Draft hoping they will be game-changers, rosters are built on day two.

The Cincinnati Bengals opened the 2020 draft on Thursday by picking who they hope will be their franchise quarterback for the next decade. They opened round two on Friday by getting Joe Burrow a weapon, drafting Tee Higgins with the 33rd pick.

Twenty picks later came the biggest story of the second round with the Philadelphia Eagles grabbing Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts at number 53.

Hurts led Alabama to back-to-back national championship games as a freshman and sophomore before famously being benched for Tua Tagovailoa, and then led the Sooners to a Big 12 title this past season as a senior while garnering third-team AP All-American honors. He is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback that now joins an Eagles offense that is already led by an established QB in Carson Wentz.

Hurts ended up being the only quarterback selected on day two after both Jacob Eason from Washington and Jake Fromm from Georgia were passed over.

Higgins' selection continued the trend from the first round of wide receivers being gobbled up. After six receivers were drafted in the first round, seven went in the second. The 13 receivers selected in the first two rounds are the most taken through two rounds in draft history, breaking the record of 12 from 2014.

Higgins had 25 touchdown catches over the past two seasons with Clemson, the most by an ACC player in a two-year span since North Carolina State's Torry Holt had 27 from 1997-98.

One pick after Higgins was drafted, the Indianapolis Colts picked USC wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr., who tied for the FBS lead last season with four games of 10 or more receptions.

A run on running backs was expected for day two after only one went in the first round, and it did not take long for the first one to be selected, with the Detroit Lions taking Georgia's D'Andre Swift at number 35.

After playing behind Nick Chubb and Sony Michel as a freshman in 2017, Swift amassed 2,267 rushing yards in his final two years with the Bulldogs. He averaged 6.55 yards per carry in his collegiate career, second best in SEC history behind Bo Jackson's 6.62 (minimum 400 carries).

Six picks later, the Colts continued to build their offense, selecting three-time All-American running back Jonathon Taylor out of Wisconsin. In just three seasons, Taylor rushed for 6,174 yards and his average of 150.6 rushing yards per game are the third most by a major conference player all time, behind O.J. Simpson (164.4) and Herschel Walker (159.4).

Three more backs were selected before the end of the second round with the Los Angeles Rams taking Florida State's Cam Akers at number 52, the Baltimore Ravens drafting J.K. Dobbins from Ohio State at 55 and the Green Bay Packers selecting Boston College's AJ Dillon at 62.

Not technically listed as a running back, though he carried the ball plenty of times at Kentucky, All-American Lynn Bowden was one of the more interesting picks of day two when he was selected with the 80th overall pick by the Las Vegas Raiders. 

The do-it-all playmaker started at receiver and quarterback as a junior in 2019, running the wildcat offense at QB, finishing the season with 1,468 rushing yards and 13 rushing TDs as well as 348 receiving yards. It will be intriguing to see how he will be used in Jon Gruden's offense. 

While the 2020 draft kicked off with Burrow being selected out of LSU, linebacker Jacob Phillips became the 10th player chosen from LSU when he was picked by the Cleveland Browns at number 97. The 10 players out of LSU are the most from one school through three rounds in the history of the draft.

The third round concluded with the Baltimore Ravens selecting guard Tyre Phillips out of Mississippi State. He became the 15th player out of the SEC selected in the third round after 10 SEC players were drafted in the second, a day after a record 15 first-round picks came from the SEC.

The Philadelphia Eagles took Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts with the 53rd pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, one of the most stunning selections of Friday's second round.

The Eagles already have a franchise quarterback in Carson Wentz, but Hurts provides a different skill set as a dual-threat QB and arrives in Philadelphia after an illustrious and unique collegiate career.

Beginning at Alabama, Hurts led the Crimson Tide to the national championship game as both a freshman and a sophomore. In the championship game of the 2017 season against Georgia, however, he was famously benched at half-time and replaced by Tua Tagovailoa, who led Alabama to a comeback win.

After backing up Tagovailoa as a junior in 2018, Hurts transferred to Oklahoma, where he earned third-team AP All-American honours and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2019. He passed for 3,851 yards with 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions and ran for 1,298 yards and scored 20 TDs on the ground to lead the Sooners to the Big 12 title.

He finished his four-year collegiate career with 9,477 passing yards with 80 touchdowns and another 3,274 rushing yards and 43 TD runs.

Hurts completed 69.7 per cent of his passes this past season to rank seventh in the FBS among those with at least 200 attempts, though did struggle with his accuracy on deep balls. Passing on the run or rolling out and tucking the ball to pick up yards on the ground are where he is the most dangerous.

A winner in college, Hurts brings a lot of intangibles to coach Doug Pederson and the Eagles and gives their offense some fascinating possibilities.

The first round of the 2020 NFL Draft returned some normalcy to the sports world, even if commissioner Roger Goodell's basement does not quite exude the same glitz as the Las Vegas Strip. 

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing the draft to be held remotely with NFL general managers, coaches and scouts isolated in their homes instead of inside team complexes, the virtual draft ran smoothly – and without much drama early on Thursday.

In what has been widely expected for weeks, and possibly months, the Cincinnati Bengals selected LSU Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow with the first overall pick.

Burrow led LSU to the national title last season, completing 76.3 percent of his passes for 5,671 yards and an FBS-single season record 60 touchdowns to just six interceptions. 

The second pick also went exactly like how many draft experts had predicted for weeks, with the Washington Redskins drafting Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young. 

Young led the FBS with 16.5 sacks and six forced fumbles in 2019, and was regarded to be the most talented player in the draft class – even ahead of Burrow. 

If not for Burrow's incredible 2019 season and because of Tua Tagovailoa's injury concerns, the latter may have challenged for the top spot in the 2020 draft. 

Tagovailoa became the second quarterback off the board when he was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the fifth pick.

One pick after Tagovailoa, the Los Angeles Chargers took Oregon QB Justin Herbert – just the third time since the 1970 merger three quarterbacks were chosen in the top six picks. 

Three teams that had selected quarterbacks in the first round of the last two drafts, used the 2020 draft to beef up their offensive lines to protect their young, franchise QBs. 

The New York Giants (Daniel Jones at six in 2019) picked Georgia tackle Andrew Thomas at fourth overall, the Cleveland Browns (Baker Mayfield at one in 2018) selected Alabama tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. with the 10th pick, and the New York Jets (Sam Darnold third in 2018) used the next pick to select Louisville tackle Mekhi Becton. 

After this run on tackles, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers took part in the first trade of the draft to insure their new – and aging – quarterback would also stay upright. They moved up one spot in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to select Iowa tackle Tristan Wirfs at 13 to shore up the offensive line in front of Tom Brady. 

The next trade came 10 picks later as Brady's old team, New England Patriots, dealt pick 23 to the Chargers – who selected Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray. The Patriots received a second and third-round pick from the Chargers and now have five of the first 100 picks of the 2020 draft and 13 overall. 

While it is possible New England could use one of those picks to draft Brady's replacement, the Green Bay Packers have chosen the heir apparent to 36-year-old Aaron Rodgers, trading up from 30th to 26th to select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. 

The opening round concluded with the defending Super Bowl champions the Kansas City Chiefs selecting the first running back to bookend the first round with LSU picks, taking Clyde Edwards-Helaire – the 14th player drafted out of the SEC. 

Wide receiver is considered to be the deepest position in the draft, and six went in the first round – but none until 12, when Alabama's Henry Ruggs III became the first player ever selected by the Raiders in their new home of Las Vegas. 

While Las Vegas was not able to host the draft festivities this year, Goodell announced that the city has been awarded the 2022 draft, with the commissioner saying, "We think you deserve another shot".

 

First round selections:

1. Joe Burrow (Cincinnati Bengals)
2. Chase Young (Washington Redskins)
3. Jeff Okudah (Detroit Lions)
4. Andrew Thomas (New York Giants)
5. Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins)
6. Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers)
7. Derrick Brown (Carolina Panthers)
8. Isaiah Simmons (Arizona Cardinals)
9. CJ Henderson (Jacksonville Jaguars)
10. Jedrick Wills Jr. (Cleveland Browns)
11. Mekhi Becton (New York Jets)
12. Henry Ruggs III (Las Vegas Raiders)
13. Tristan Wirfs (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
14. Javon Kinlaw (San Francisco 49ers)
15. Jerry Jeudy (Denver Broncos)
16. A.J. Terrell (Atlanta Falcons)
17. CeeDee Lamb (Dallas Cowboys)
18. Austin Jackson (Miami Dolphins)
19. Damon Arnette (Las Vegas Raiders)
20. K'Lavon Chaisson (Jacksonville Jaguars)
21. Jalen Reagor (Philadelphia Eagles)
22. Justin Jefferson (Minnesota Vikings)
23. Kenneth Murray (Los Angeles Chargers)
24. Cesar Ruiz (New Orleans Saints)
25. Brandon Aiyuk (San Francisco 49ers)
26. Jordan Love (Green Bay Packers)
27. Jordyn Brooks (Seattle Seahawks)
28. Patrick Queen (Baltimore Ravens)
29. Isaiah Wilson (Tennessee Titans)
30. Noah Igbinoghene (Miami Dolphins)
31. Jeff Gladney (Minnesota Vikings)
32. Clyde Edwards-Helaire (Kansas City Chiefs)

Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce announced he was retiring on Thursday, but only from arm wrestling, as he revealed he will return for the 2020 NFL season.

The 32-year-old, a three-time first-team All-Pro over the previous three seasons, did not address his future following the Eagles' playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January, fuelling speculation he could call it a day.

Kelce is under contract through the 2021 season, but the anchor of the Eagles' offensive line posted a retirement announcement on social media on Thursday.

However, that related to his arm wrestling career, with Kelce explaining he would be back in the NFL.

"Until now I haven't [wanted to] address my future because I have been mulling it over for some time this offseason," Kelce wrote on Instagram.

"I wanted to allow my body and mind to fully recover from the rigours of an NFL season, and take time with my family to see what lies ahead.

"After thinking long and hard about this I have come to a decision. I have decided to RETIRE... from arm wrestling."

After revealing his 2-0 "drunken arm wrestling" record included a win over Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux, Kelce addressed his NFL future.

"Despite this retirement, I am fully excited for the 2020 season and will be out there with my team-mates, coaches and hopefully fans this coming season," he added.

"Enough media members and fans have reached out if I am playing next season, and I just wanted to make an announcement so I can stop getting asked.

"Can't wait to be out there this season, can't wait to have sports back, and I can't wait till this lockdown is over."

Free agent running back LeSean McCoy admitted he would relish the opportunity to return to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The 11-year veteran is without a team after being released by the Kansas City Chiefs, for whom McCoy was a healthy scratch for their Super Bowl LIV victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

McCoy averaged 4.6 yards per carry in 2019 - his best return in three seasons - but amassed just 465 rushing yards and had four touchdowns, and his days as a feature back appear behind him.

The 31-year-old has six 1,000-yard rushing seasons, including four in six years with the Eagles, who drafted him in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft.

McCoy, who was recently named to the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 2010s, has previously said he wants to play for another two seasons and the possibility of ending his career in the City of Brotherly Love is appealing to him.

"I've thought about it, even in times when they were trying to trade for me," he told the RapSheet and Friends podcast.

"At the time, Buffalo wouldn't let me go. 

"But, listen. It's not a secret. Everybody knows it was a special place for me there, when I was playing for the Eagles.

"I started there, they kind of changed my life for the better. I was 20 years old, you know? Coach [Andy] Reid brought me up. 

"A lot of my best friends I played with, we're still good friends. I just talked to Fletcher Cox, what, yesterday, just texting him and messing around. A lot of my good friends are still there. 

"So it would mean a lot for me to play back there when I'm done - to finish, I should say, my career out there. That'd be excellent. That's like home for me.

"But right now I'm trying to find the right fit for me. If it's Philadelphia, it is, and if it's not, it's not."

Miles Sanders, who had over 1,300 yards from scrimmage in 2019, will almost certainly be the Eagles' main running back next season but Philadelphia are light in that position following the departures of Jordan Howard and Darren Sproles.

Darius Slay has revealed he will wear the number 24 jersey in a tribute to the NBA's "GOAT" Kobe Bryant after being traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Star cornerback Slay joined the Eagles from the Detroit Lions this week in exchange for third and fifth-round draft picks before promptly signing a three-year contract extension worth around $50million.

Slay has worn 23 in his NFL career to date but plans to switch this year in a tribute to Philadelphia native Bryant, who was tragically killed along with eight other victims, including his daughter Gianna, in a helicopter crash in January.

Running back Jordan Howard wore 24 for the Eagles last season, but his move to the Miami Dolphins freed up one of the old numbers Bryant - a noted Eagles fan - wore with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"My number I'm rocking? I'm going with that 2-4, man," Slay told fans on Instagram Live.

"I'm gonna rock with 2-4 this year. I'm going Kobe mode, man. Black mamba, baby.

"Rest in peace to the GOAT, man, one of my favourite players. Gonna rock that 2-4 probably. I think I'm gonna look good in 24."

Elsewhere, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers addressed the departure of quarterback Jameis Winston, who spent five seasons with them, for the first time.

A day after Winston, the former number one overall pick, said goodbye to the team after their addition of Tom Brady, the Bucs responded.

They posted a tweet on Sunday that included a "thank you, Jameis" graphic with a message that expressed their gratitude to him "from the bottom of our hearts". 

Malcolm Jenkins said the New Orleans Saints are like family after returning to the NFL franchise via free agency.

Jenkins re-joined the Saints for a second spell in New Orleans following his departure from the Philadelphia Eagles.

The 32-year-old safety started his professional career with the Saints in 2009, helping New Orleans to victory in Super Bowl XLIV before moving to the Eagles in 2014.

After another Super Bowl triumph and five years in Philadelphia, three-time Pro Bowler Jenkins is back with the Saints on a four-year deal.

"I am very, very excited to be coming back to New Orleans, especially at this point in my career," Jenkins told reporters on Saturday. "It kind of feels like everything's coming full circle and obviously with the success that the team has had in the last few years, being able to come back and just help push the team just with that one more step that I think it needs to be back in that Super Bowl again.

"I'm super excited and grateful for Mrs. Benson, Mickey Loomis and Sean [Payton] for giving me the opportunities to come back. New Orleans is family. I still have a place down there and my second daughter's middle name is NOLA because I love that place. I'm excited to be back in the community.

"My foundation has maintained our programs in New Orleans over the last six years. It feels like I'm coming back home."

Tom Brady's departure from the New England Patriots might have been the big NFL news on Tuesday, but there was plenty of activity elsewhere in free agency.

As the world waits on Brady's next move after 20 seasons as a Patriot, the Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers reportedly found new starting quarterbacks in Philip Rivers and Teddy Bridgewater respectively.

Here, we wrap up some of the other big moves that were reported to have been agreed ahead of the new league year beginning on Wednesday.

 

Tight end Jason Witten returned to the Dallas Cowboys last season after a campaign in the broadcast booth and he will be back in 2020, but with the Las Vegas Raiders. Witten, Maliek Collins and safety Jeff Heath are all thought to be making the move from Dallas to Sin City. Linebacker Cory Littleton has also agreed terms with the Raiders, according to reports.

Vic Beasley, who led the league with 15.5 sacks in 2015, is said to be heading to the Tennessee Titans. The edge rusher has only had 18 sacks combined over the previous three seasons.

Having had 11.5 sacks in 2019 with the Cowboys, Robert Quinn's agents told NFL.com he is bound for the Chicago Bears on a five-year, $70million deal. Chicago have confirmed Leonard Floyd has been released.

Malcolm Jenkins, a key part of the Philadelphia Eagles when they won Super Bowl LII, has been released, though the team confirmed two other members of their defensive backfield, Jalen Mills and Rodney McLeod, had signed new deals.

Former Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, who spent last season with the Los Angeles Chargers, revealed he has been "reunited with my guy" Ron Rivera at the Washington Redskins. 

The Chargers were busy making an acquisition themselves, bringing in offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga on a three-year, $30m deal, according to NFL.com. Who he will be protecting remains to be seen, though, with the Chargers considered one of the favourites in the Brady sweepstakes.

A day after handing receiver A.J. Green the franchise tag, the Cincinnati Bengals reportedly made two signings on the other side of the ball in nose tackle D.J. Reader and cornerback Trae Waynes.

The Jacksonville Jaguars bolstered their front seven by signing ex-Cleveland Browns linebacker Joe Schobert, while cornerback Darqueze Dennard is thought to be joining too.

Elsewhere, the San Francisco 49ers, the NFC representatives in last month's Super Bowl, confirmed they had tendered one-year contracts to restricted free agents Kendrick Bourne and Matt Breida.

Nine-time Pro Bowler Jason Peters will be allowed to enter free agency later this month, the Philadelphia Eagles have confirmed.

The 38-year-old tackle will be out of contract when the new NFL year begins on March 18 and, rather than work out a long-term deal before that deadline or place their franchise tag on Peters, Philadelphia have confirmed he will instead test the market.

Peters, who began his career with the Buffalo Bills, has spent the past 11 years as an Eagle and was part of the team that won Super Bowl LII two years ago.

"The Philadelphia Eagles and Jason Peters have mutually agreed that Peters will enter the free agent market when the new league year begins on March 18," the Eagles said.

"We are appreciative of everything Jason has contributed to the organisation over the last 11 seasons in Philadelphia, including building a first-ballot Hall of Fame career and helping us win our first Super Bowl championship.

"Jason has been an incredible leader and person both on and off the field. We will remain in communication as each side continues to evaluate its options in free agency."

Peters started 13 games on the Eagles' offensive line last season, though it was thought the franchise drafted his long-term replacement in 2019 when they selected left tackle Andre Dillard with the 22nd overall pick.

 

Tom Brady's cryptic social media post left Jalen Ramsey convinced the Patriots quarterback is leaving New England, and DeSean Jackson adamant he is retiring.

He may not be at the Super Bowl for the first time in four years, but Brady ensured he remained the focus in Miami with an uncaptioned black-and-white photo he uploaded to his social media accounts on Thursday.

Six-time Super Bowl champion Brady, who could be seen walking in the tunnel at the Patriots' stadium in the picture, is due to become a free agent this offseason and the 42-year-old has indicated he wants to carry on playing.

The possibility of him starting his 21st NFL season away from New England is therefore seemingly a realistic possibility.

"Oh, that means he's out the door," Los Angeles Rams cornerback Ramsey said when shown the tweet.

"He's out the door. He's definitely out the door. He's gone from New England. That's exactly what that means."

The Los Angeles Chargers and Indianapolis Colts have been mooted as potential destinations for Brady.

Though when asked where he thought Brady could wind up, Ramsey added: "I don't know, the [Las Vegas] Raiders maybe."

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jackson interpreted the tweet in another way, believing Brady is about to hang up his cleats after 20 glorious years with New England.

"He's walking away. He's retiring," said Jackson, who, like Ramsey, was speaking at the EA SPORTS Bowl.

"I don't know, man, he's walking out the tunnel, man. He's leaving. I'm surprised you don't see a deuce sign! 

"I don't know, he's playing with you, man. He's playing with you."

New York Jets Pro Bowler Jamal Adams had implored Brady to "please leave the AFC East!", yet Jarvis Landry, who plays in the AFC North for the Cleveland Browns, feels it would be strange to see the veteran in a different jersey.

"It's not right to take the Patriots out without Tom Brady there," Landry added.

"Like, does it even count anymore? You know what I mean?

"I'm kidding. But, you know, he's a true competitor.

"I'm sure whatever decision that he makes is going to be the right one for him and he's going to make it work."

Offensive coordinator Mike Groh and wide receivers coach Carson Walch have been relieved of their duties by the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles missed out on the Divisional Round when they were beaten 17-9 by the Seattle Seahawks last weekend.

Head coach Doug Pederson suggested Groh and Walch would retain their roles on Wednesday, but revealed just a day later that they had departed.

"After much consideration and discussion, I have decided to make a change at the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach positions," Pederson said in a statement.

"It was not an easy decision for me to make and I appreciate everything that Mike Groh and Carson Walch contributed to the organisation and to my staff.

"As I said yesterday, they were a big part of our success down the stretch this past season.

"This is one of the most difficult parts of the job and something that weighs on me, but ultimately I have to make decisions that I believe are in the best interest of the football team moving forward

"I apologise for any confusion that I created during yesterday's press conference, including my comments on coach [Jim] Schwartz, who has done a great job as our defensive coordinator.

"It was my intent not to comment on any of my staff during the ongoing evaluations, because I wanted to be able to go through the process and communicate any decision directly with the individuals.

"I did a poor job of explaining that the first time I was asked. I will continue to evaluate everything, and consider all possibilities to improve our football team."

Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins wants a new and improved deal and he will not return to Lincoln Financial Field next season unless he does.

Jenkins has a year remaining on his current contract with the Eagles and the two-time NFL Super Bowl champion is trying to renegotiate fresh terms in Philadelphia.

The 32-year-old enjoyed another fine season for the Eagles, tallying 81 tackles, 2.5 sacks and four forced fumbles en route to the NFC wild-card playoffs, which Philadelphia lost.

Now, three-time Pro Bowler Jenkins – who joined the Eagles from the New Orleans Saints in 2014 – wants a pay rise.

"I won't be back under the same deal," Jenkins told reporters on Monday. "That won't happen. ... It's like anything else, you set your value on the market.

"The market is good for safeties right now, and I consider myself to be in the top tier of that group."

"I'm not one to beg," Jenkins added. "I am a very prideful person, so I feel like what I put out there this year, what I put on tape, what I've given to this team is more than enough. I can't do any more. So for me, I feel good about that; that it'll be good enough for me to go into this offseason with certainty that I'll be fine."

"I told myself I'll make it to 10 and then go year by year after that, you know, as long as my body felt good, the money was what I wanted and it was a team I enjoy being on," he said. "Right now I'm physically able, still love the game, I would love to be here, but I understand that this is a business.

"Honestly, I've reached the point where I've done what I can. At this point, it's up to my agent and management. I let my soul bleed every time I touch the field, sacrifice myself, do whatever I'm asked to do. So I'm content with doing my part."

 

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