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LeGarrette Blount starting to make his rounds

LeGarrette Blount starting to make his rounds

It doesn’t necessarily mean he’s gone, but LeGarrette Blount is at least exploring his options in free agency. 

The 31-year-old free-agent running back is scheduled to visit with the Lions on Friday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Blount is one of several veteran running backs the Lions have shown interest in. According to Schefter, the Lions already had DeMarco Murray and Jonathan Stewart as visitors. Frank Gore is scheduled for a Thursday visit, before Blount on Friday. 

Earlier on Wednesday night, USA Today’s Mike Jones reported the Lions were close to reaching a deal with Gore, so it’s possible the meeting with Blount never even happens. 

Last offseason, Blount didn’t have a team until the Eagles signed him to a one-year deal worth just over $1 million in May. He ended up playing in all 16 games for the Birds and rushed for 766 yards. More importantly, Blount carried the ball 14 times for 90 yards and a touchdown in Super Bowl LII, helping bring a championship to Philadelphia. 

While Blount began the season as the Eagles’ starter, the midseason trade for Jay Ajayi took away some of his carries. Ajayi will return in 2018 on the final season of his rookie contract and the team will also have second-year player Corey Clement back. After that, the running back position seems up in the air. 

Blount, Darren Sproles and Kenjon Barner are all free agents, while Wendell Smallwood and Donnell Pumphrey are far from locks to make the 2018 roster. 

When he signed with the Eagles last May, Blount said there were other teams interested in him but he chose his new team strategically. At the time, he said he thought the Eagles were the best fit for him. We’ll find out soon enough if that still holds true for him and the BIrds. 

We now know what Eagles reportedly offered for Jalen Ramsey

We now know what Eagles reportedly offered for Jalen Ramsey

We all knew the Eagles wanted Jalen Ramsey. Now we know how much. 

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Eagles offered the Jaguars a first and second-round pick for the Pro Bowl cornerback and “thought they had a chance to land him.” 

Unfortunately, for the Birds, the Rams came in with two ones and a four and got the player. 

The Eagles were unwilling to give up more than a one and a two, according to Schefter, who also said the Jags came back to the Eagles and gave them a chance to match the offer from Los Angeles. The Eagles declined. 

For what it’s worth, I’m on record saying I would have done the deal if I were Howie Roseman. Ramsey is still just 24 and in the prime of what could be a Hall of Fame career. Guys like that don’t become available very often. 

With that said, I also understand why Roseman didn’t pull the trigger. The Eagles have drafted just five players in each of the last two drafts and they paid their quarterback this offseason and need to supplement that contract with cheap players. 

“There is no disappointment,” Doug Pederson said earlier this week. “[It’s] hard to comment on that because obviously he's not on our team. Yeah, [I have] a lot of respect for him. [He is a] good player. [I’m] happy for the Rams obviously. He'll be a great addition. They have some corners that are banged up. They obviously traded one, so he'll fit in well there.

“Listen, we're getting guys back, too, on our team, and I'm excited about the guys we have coming back and getting in the mix. We're starting to get healthy as well, so that's the encouraging part from our side.”

Schefter also noted that the Eagles are getting healthy at their cornerback position. Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby are back or nearly back. Avonte Maddox is expected to return and Cre’Von LeBlanc could eventually return off IR. So help is coming this season. 

But I didn’t view Ramsey as simply a rental player. He could have become a cornerstone of the franchise, assuming they could re-sign him. Oh well. Roseman has nine days until the trade deadline.

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11:22 a.m.: The Eagles-Cowboys rivalry is still very real. I’m not sure if these two teams really don’t like each other or they just play into what they know is supposed to be a rivalry. And I really don’t care. Because it’s still good. 

This year, we had Doug Pederson saying the Eagles were going to win and then DeMarcus Lawrence saying the head coach should shut is ass up and then Lane Johnson posted to social media about the comments from Lawrence. It’s a lot of fun. 

Earlier this week, I checked in with Kamu Grugier-Hill, who last year said the Cowboys were chokers to see if he had any declarations this time around. 

“No,” he said, while laughing. “Not this … nope. You ain’t gonna get me.”

But Grugier-Hill clearly doesn’t like Dallas. He gets it. 

“I love playing Dallas,” he said. “This is my favorite game, obviously, besides if we go back to the Super Bowl. There’s something about this game that gets the best out of us. It’s a rivalry game, everyone knows what’s going on, everyone knows the deal. It’s a kill or be killed mentality. It’s fun. It’s real fun.”

Earlier this week, Carson Wentz was asked for his favorite Eagles-Cowboys memory. Wentz is 2-3 against Dallas. 

“I don’t really have one quite yet,” Wentz said. “Let’s hope it’s this weekend. How about that?”

10:44 a.m.: Good morning, everyone! 

I had some great BBQ last night and slept in a little late. Still … there’s too much time before Sunday Night Football. So go to your pumpkin patches, finish your errands and then get ready for the highlight of your weekend. I’ll be getting to AT&T Stadium later, but for now, catch up on some of the key matchups in this game. 

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