Free Agency Game Thread

Free Agency Game Thread

Update: Buck no longer an Eagle after (rumored) agreement with Denver.

At 12:01 a.m., the NFL's annual shake-up of aging veterans and overrated system players will be officially underway, though if you've caught wind of those Hayneswoth to Washington rumors, you might think it already began.

The Eagles prepped for the event by tendering contracts to restricted free agents Hank Baskett and Nick Cole.  Unless there is a team out there willing to give up a second round pick for either player, both will be back next season as expected.  Unfortunately, the Eagles have failed to lock up two veterans thought to be very important heading into next season.

Both Dawkins and Thomas have yet to reach deals with the club mere hours before they can shop their services around the league.  In Dawk's case, it's hard to imagine him playing elsewhere, so it's still more than likely they'll come to terms.  Thomas, on the other hand, seems optimistic about his chances in a free agent market featuring very few (none?) quality left tackles.  It's very possible for some team to come along and offer Tra a deal the Eagles simply can't/won't match.  Also of note, Sean Considine seems to be headed elsewhere.

It's not all sour grapes for the Birds as they figure to be shoppers as well.  On the heels of Donovan's supposed demands, the front office should be taking a long look at T.J. Houshmandzadeh.  He's not a big time playmaker, not even a #1 receiver, but maybe he's exactly the kind of safety net McNabb needs.  Don't be surprised if he's on a plane to Philly tomorrow morning.

Another name that's gained a lot of attention in just the past couple of days is Ravens center Jason Brown.  Brown can also play guard, so he could either take over for the lackluster Jamaal Jackson, or he could play somewhere inside if one of the guards moves out to tackle.  Brown is thought to be one of the most sought after players hitting free agency, so the team will have to move fast if they're interested.

There are several others the Eagles could target.  RB Derrick Ward is popular, but if the Eagles wanted an older runner, they probably would have made an effort with Buckhalter.  Bengals RT Stacy Andrews could be a solution at right tackle, but his health is a concern.  Seahawks FB Leonard Weaver would add another dimension to the offense, though he's not thought of as a prototypical blocking back.  There are some enticing linebackers and safeties, however it's unclear if there are any great upgrades that also meet the team's needs.

In years past, teams like the Eagles would strike deals with free agents at 12:01 on the dot, but since that's kind of (extremely) shady, that practiced has wained somewhat the past few years, so don't expect a huge whirlwind of action tonight or even first thing in the morning, but it's resfreshing to see the offseason move into the next phase and out of fantasy-wishlist-land.

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If Eagles can avoid letdown Monday night, they can deliver a dagger

If Eagles can avoid letdown Monday night, they can deliver a dagger

They're the hottest team in the NFL. And Eagles head coach Doug Pederson wants to make sure they stay that way.

Pederson revealed on Thursday that he constantly preaches to his team the importance of staying focused and not letting the growing outside noise surrounding the team affect its preparation.

In other words, ignore everything swirling around you and keep doing the things that got you to 5-1 with a league-best four-game winning streak.

"Yeah, I do focus on it and I have to," he said. "And for me, it's about winning this week and nothing further. [There's] a lot of football left. Remember, we were 4-2 this time last year and we've got to be mindful of that.

"Those are the things that motivate us and keep us going. There can't be a letdown. It's my job not to have that letdown with the team, so I continue to address them and keep them focused that way."

The Eagles were 4-2 after six games last year before losing seven of their next eight games to tumble out of the playoff race. They haven't reached the playoffs since 2013 and haven't won a playoff game since 2008.

But this year's team is 3-1 on the road, has lost only to the 5-2 Chiefs at Arrowhead, is ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in all the major NFL polls and plays its next three games at home, where it's 8-2 under Pederson.

"I talk a lot to the team about ownership, and this is that time of year we're getting in that stretch of games, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, where teams begin to separate themselves, and we can't have any letdowns, setbacks, and we've just got to be full steam ahead," Pederson said.

"It's about doing the little things now. Meaning rest, hydration, extra study, extra conditioning, things that sometimes you lose sight of in all the wins and success that the team has had. And again it falls back on my shoulders to make sure the guys are doing those things this time of the year."

With a win over the Redskins Monday night at the Linc, the Eagles would have a three-game lead in the NFC East with 10 games to go.
 
That means if they went 5-4 the rest of the season, the Redskins would have to go 9-1 to get ahead of them.
 
It's been 21 years since Pederson won a Super Bowl ring as the Packers' holder for placekicks and third-string quarterback behind Brett Favre and Jim McMahon.
 
But the lessons he learned that fall are ones he shares regularly with his team today.
 
"The biggest thing that I remember from that team is it was always just the next game," he said. "It was always focused on the next game.
 
"You could honestly throw the wins and losses away, it was winning that week, being 1-0 that week, and if you stack enough of those up, obviously you put yourself in a position to be in the postseason."