Le'Veon Bell trade rumors: Why Steelers RB doesn't make sense for Eagles

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Le'Veon Bell trade rumors: Why Steelers RB doesn't make sense for Eagles

Le’Veon Bell has been arguably the most productive running back in the NFL since he entered the league.

Since Bell’s rookie season in 2013, only LeSean McCoy had more all-purpose yards heading into this season. 

The Steelers' star back would like to be paid accordingly and has held out the first three games of the season. Pittsburgh seems unwilling to pay the two-time All-Pro and ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the Steelers are now listening to offers for the 26-year-old back.

Paging Howie Roseman, am I right?!

While Roseman has been more than willing to make trades — and the Eagles are certainly in the business of adding talent to aid their Super Bowl defense — this just doesn’t seem like the right move for the Eagles.

Bell wants to be paid and he wants big money — think Todd Gurley’s $21.95 million guaranteed and $14 million annual contract value. The Eagles currently have just $5,305,588, per Over the Cap. On top of that, the Eagles are projected to be $20,062,232 over the cap heading into 2019. 

And don’t forget about Carson Wentz’s looming extension. There’s a good chance Carson Wentz will wind up being the highest-paid player in the NFL by the year 2020. It’s hard to envision a scenario where they can sign Bell to a long-term deal and still have money left over for Wentz.

So while adding a back like Bell would make the Eagles’ offense an absolute juggernaut, it just doesn’t make sense given Bell’s desire for a long-term deal.

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Why the Eagles called their ill-advised fake FG vs. Vikings

Why the Eagles called their ill-advised fake FG vs. Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS — On Sunday, the Eagles returned to U.S. Bank Stadium, where Doug Pederson once called one of the most famous trick plays in NFL history.

This time, his trick play didn’t work out so well.

It was just a bad idea.

Late in the second quarter of the Eagles’ blowout loss to the Vikings, Pederson called a fake field goal on 4th-and-4. Kicker Jake Elliott took a direct snap and the play was designed to be a pass to Dallas Goedert, who would — in theory — either go for a touchdown or step out of bounds to give the Eagles another shot at the end zone.

That didn’t happen.

“I was the only receiver there,” Goedert said. “We had the look that we wanted. The linebacker played over towards my side a little bit more. It still might have been there, but it obviously wasn’t exactly how we wanted it to go. In hindsight, those three points would have been nice.”

Basically, the Eagles expected No. 41 Anthony Harris to sit in the middle and not take away Goedert on the short side of the field. Earlier in the game, on a 53-yard field goal, Harris broke to his right, but the ball was on the other hash. The Vikings left the short side wide open for Goedert. That, along with the Vikings’ tape, influenced the fake.

On the fake, if the Eagles didn’t like what they saw as they lined up, they were going to kick the 39-yard field goal. But the Eagles got the look they wanted pre-snap. It’s just that Harris went with Goedert this time.

“Yeah, we had the look we wanted, tried to take advantage of it, get a little bit closer opportunity to maybe shoot it in the end zone after that,” Pederson said. “They made a great play.”

This is a play the Eagles have been working on in practice, but Elliott said this was the first time he’s ever thrown a pass in the game. The design is for Elliott to throw the ball immediately, but when he got the ball, he thought Goedert was too covered. Elliott tried to make something happen, but even if Goedert comes back and catches the ball, the clock would probably run out. The Eagles had no timeouts and didn’t even have a QB on the field to clock it.

This play call from Pederson was a bad one for two reasons:

1. Kicking the FG would have given the Eagles three points and they were getting the ball back after half. As it turns out, the Eagles scored on the opening drive of the second half to cut the lead to seven (24-17). But had they gotten those three points, they could have tried a two-point conversion to put them down three.

2. If you’re gonna go for it, just go for it. Why put the ball in your kicker’s hand instead of Carson Wentz’s? If the Eagles would have converted with Wentz, they would have had enough time to clock the ball and try for the end zone, if that was the idea.

“I mean, hey, Coach made the call, and if it works, it would have been awesome,” Wentz said, “and it didn't, so that's football.”

There were plenty of other reasons why the Eagles lost on Sunday, but this fake field goal just wasn’t a good call from Pederson. Ultimately, maybe it didn’t matter, but a better play call there certainly wouldn’t have hurt.

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What's next after Eagles' latest cornerback catastrophe?

What's next after Eagles' latest cornerback catastrophe?

MINNEAPOLIS — After the game, Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas spoke about putting the game behind them, learning from their mistakes, moving on.

But this was such a thorough collapse by the Eagles’ two third-year corners it really makes you wonder if that’s even possible.

Kirk Cousins attacked both Jones and Douglas all afternoon Sunday to the tune of 333 yards, four touchdowns and a 38-20 dismantling of the Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium.

The Eagles have now allowed 16 touchdowns passes in six games, and the only QB who didn’t throw one — Luke Falk — isn’t even in the league anymore.

We’re a confident group,” Douglas said. “We know what we can do. You’re not about to play in the league and not have a bad game. Everybody has bad games, as a team and as individuals. So we’ve got to just find out what we did wrong, fix it all up and move on, because we know the Cowboys are going to watch the film and try to do the same thing.

Douglas allowed two long touchdowns to Stefon Diggs, and Jones allowed an Adam Thielen touchdown, mis-played a short Diggs catch into a big play and was just shaky all day.

Douglas has played fairly consistent this year, but Jones has struggled both to stay healthy and to perform when he is on the field.

Sunday was a terrible day for both of them.

“We’re still putting pieces together,” Jones said. “We haven’t came to form. We know what we’re capable of and we’re still trying to do that.”

This is the first time since 1965 the Eagles have allowed five TD passes of 40 yards or more in their first six games. 

They allowed just three last year.

It’s very frustrating,” Jones said. “Obviously you try to eliminate those and make it hard for them to drive down the field, but when we give it to them easy it’s pretty frustrating.

Safety Malcolm Jenkins took the blame for the second long Diggs touchdown.

“I should have been back there.,” he said. “I just vacated the deep end of the field. We just did too many things to give them extra tries. We turned it on one point and it started to turn around, but it was too late.”

How do you put this sort of embarrassment behind you?

It’s not hard at all,” Jones said. “Watch film, go over your mistakes, what you need to do to get better and just practice. We have a game next week, we can’t think about this one. It’s over. We lost already. We’ve got to move on as a team. We’ve got the Cowboys, a divisional game and we’ve just got to move on to that.

Jones didn’t play against the Jets because of his nagging hamstring. He left the Vikings game briefly “to get right” but did finish.

He was a second-round pick, and so far we just haven’t seen it.

“I feel like I’m very close,” he said. “I just have to put the pieces together.”

Jalen Mills should be back this week, and Ronald Darby, Cre’Von LeBlanc and Avonte Maddox are all expected to return at some point this year.

But let’s be honest. 

It’s not enough.

The Eagles need help. Jones and Douglas are still young players and could get better.

But right now, if this team has serious playoff aspirations, their corners just aren’t good enough.

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