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Chris Harris Jr. says he was choosing between Eagles, Saints in free agency

Chris Harris Jr. says he was choosing between Eagles, Saints in free agency

The Eagles entered free agency looking to shake up their cornerback situation, and while they added Pro Bowler Darius Slay in a blockbuster trade with the Lions, things almost took a different route.

Chris Harris Jr., 30, who signed a two-year deal with the Chargers, said in a podcast appearance Tuesday that he'd narrowed his free agency choices down to two teams: the Eagles, and the Saints.

Then Los Angeles swooped in.

Here's his explanation of what happened, via the RapSheet + Friends pod:

Rapaport: How did you know the Chargers were gonna be in the mix?

Harris: Uh, I didn't, man. They kinda came out of nowhere at the end. It was kinda winding down to the Saints or the Eagles, and then (the Chargers) kinda popped up out of nowhere, and I felt that would be an even better fit for me.

Rapaport: Interesting. Because I was thinking, either the Raiders or the Eagles, in my mind those were kind of the teams to watch for you.

Harris later said that he valued both contract value and his fit on the team in negotiations, and cited the Raiders' desire to keep LaMarcus Joyner in their nickel corner spot as a potential fit problem in those talks.

You can listen to the full pod here.

That's a pretty interesting revelation from Harris, for Eagles fans. Harris is 30, but he's a solid enough corner who took a relatively inexpensive contract from the Chargers:

Do the Eagles have other holes to fill? Absolutely. But putting Harris opposite Slay would probably make Eagles fans feel much better about watching Malcolm Jenkins leave the secondary.

Then, of course, you ask: do the Eagles even make the Slay trade if they sign Harris? Slay is obviously both better and younger, but Howie Roseman might not've felt the same squeeze to make a move at corner if he already had a free agent CB signing in the bag. 

Or maybe he would've made the move anyway, and doubled down on asking the defense to win some games.

In any case, Harris remained in the AFC West and the Eagles got their man in Slay. But it's always fun to think about alternate universes.

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Zach Ertz introduces coaching and mentoring program

Zach Ertz introduces coaching and mentoring program

Zach Ertz has created a program where he’ll virtually coach and mentor a select number of high school or college football players 1-on-1 in exchange for various acts of service.

Ertz, the Eagles’ three-time Pro Bowl tight end, is calling the program Team Protege, and he introduced it Saturday on social media.

“I sat in on a Stanford business school class this offseason and being in that environment again pushed me to think outside of the box and how I could give back during this unprecedented time,” Ertz said. “I was taking the class over Zoom so why couldn’t I be the one teaching kids through an online platform, so I developed Team Protege.”

Ertz said the coaching relationship he shared in high school with three-time 49ers all-pro tight end Brent Jones was part of his inspiration.

Seven years ago, I wrote about that relationship

The program is free for the student athletes. All that is required is what Ertz is calling a service challenge.

The initial one?

“It’s going to be writing a letter of appreciation to a loved one telling them how much you appreciate them, how much you love them,” Ertz said in a video he shared on social media. “Give it to that person and film their reaction, and post that on your social media, and let’s try to bring some hope to people right now. That’s all I’m asking and I will watch your guys’ film from there.”

Student athletes who are interested can begin the process here.

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Randall Cunningham joining Las Vegas Raiders organization

Randall Cunningham joining Las Vegas Raiders organization

Former Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham is reportedly joining the Las Vegas Raiders organization.

While Cunningham, 57, can still likely throw bombs to Raiders receivers, he'll be guiding them spiritually as the team chaplain, according to ESPN.

"I'm elated, flabbergasted," Cunningham told ESPN on Friday. "I've already been in on some [Zoom] meetings with the team. I plan on spending a lot of time with the guys when it's OK. I've talked with Marcus Mariota, Nelson Agholor. What an amazing group of people Mark Davis and Jon Gruden have put together."

Cunningham played his college ball at UNLV and coached high school football in Las Vegas for a couple of seasons a few years back.

Randall has spent much of the past few years working with daughter, Vashti, and son, Randall II, in their quest for Olympic dreams.

The former NFL MVP is highly regarded around the league and will be a solid addition to the Raiders organization. His Twitter account, which is mostly dormant, has the handle "PastorRandallC."

Randall worked with Raiders head coach Jon Gruden during his playing days in Philadelphia.

"He's going to take care of the guys in Las Vegas," Raiders owner Mark Davis told ESPN.com. "Jon had him address the team in a team Zoom [recently] and he did a really good job of setting the stage for the team in Las Vegas.

Just last week, NBC Sports Philadelphia ranked Randall as the second best quarterback in Eagles history.