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Puzzling to see Eagles stand pat while RBs take reasonable deals

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Puzzling to see Eagles stand pat while RBs take reasonable deals

In the past few hours we’ve seen Mark Ingram and Tevin Coleman — two of the top running backs on the free agency market — agree to very reasonable contracts. 

The Eagles didn’t end up with either. 

This is slightly puzzling. 

Because, as the roster stands now, the Eagles’ most glaring need is clearly at running back. They are set to return Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood and Josh Adams. Either Ingram or Coleman would have immediately given the Eagles’ offense a huge boost — and it’s not like these guys broke the bank. 

Ingram’s three-year contract with the Ravens is reportedly worth $15 million. 

Coleman’s two-year contract with the 49ers is reportedly worth $10 million. 

So the Eagles couldn’t match or beat an annual average salary of $5 million for a player who could transform their offense and give them a more legitimate threat at their greatest position of need? It doesn’t make sense. 

The Eagles are in win-now mode. They have one more year with Carson Wentz on his rookie contract. They just re-signed their 37-year-old left tackle. And they will have over $25 million in cap space allocated to the receiver position now that Nelson Agholor’s salary is guaranteed. 

If getting a top running back on the market would complete the offense, you gotta do it, don’t you? I'm not even a proponent of spending big on running backs, but these contracts are reasonable. 

Maybe I’m being too reactionary. The Eagles are still months away from training camp and, technically, free agency is just a couple hours old. If anyone deserves the benefit of the doubt, it’s Howie Roseman. But this free agent running back class is drying up quickly. 

Outside of the draft, there are still some good remaining options: 

In free agency: T.J. Yeldon, Spencer Ware, Jay Ajayi 

All three of these players make sense for various reasons. Yeldon is still just 25 and has ability as a runner and receiver. Ware is still just 27 and has played in Andy Reid’s offense and was with Doug Pederson there in 2015. And Ajayi is coming off an ACL tear, but maybe he could stay on some sort of prove-it deal. 

Through a trade: Jordan Howard, Duke Johnson 

If the Eagles trade for a running back, they would avoid hurting the compensatory pick formula. Howard isn’t a good receiving threat but has been a Pro Bowler and Eagles head personnel chief Joe Douglas was with the Bears when they drafted him. And Johnson could be a trade target from Cleveland, where he has been buried on the depth chart. He’s more of a receiving threat. If you could combine the skills of these two players, you would have an excellent feature back. 

No matter what happens, the Eagles need to improve at the running back position. They would be doing themselves a great disservice if they go into a season with what they have right now. My guess is they get one of those guys listed above and still draft one in April. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: Which coaches are on the hot seat?

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Eagle Eye podcast: Which coaches are on the hot seat?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro react to Doug Pederson’s comments about coaching staff accountability and go through his roster of coaches. 

Kamu Grugier-Hill has a concussion. Mack Hollins is gone. Jordan Howard still isn’t cleared for contact and the team hasn’t been the same without him.

And the Eagles do have a game this week! 

• Marken Michel is back and Dave is happy 
• Kamu Grugier-Hill has a concussion 
• Doug says he’ll hold coaches accountable 
• Which coaches might not be back?
• Mack Hollins gets cut 
• A lot of big contributors have gotten cut
• Eagles really miss Jordan Howard 
• Miles Sanders and Saquon Barkley 
• At least one more game vs. Eli 

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Eagles starting LB Kamu Grugier-Hill pops up on injury report with a concussion

Eagles starting LB Kamu Grugier-Hill pops up on injury report with a concussion

Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill missed practice on Thursday with a concussion, which means he could possibly miss Monday night’s game against the Giants.

Grugier-Hill played 42 snaps against the Dolphins and even spoke to reporters on Wednesday. But on Thursday, he reported concussion-like symptoms and was placed in the NFL's concussion protocol.

On the first play from scrimmage against the Dolphins, Grugier-Hill collided hard with DeVante Parker, but was able to return to the game after the collision. It's unclear whether or not this was the play where he suffered the concussion, but it's very possible.

If Grugier-Hill can’t play on Monday, the Eagles’ top linebackers would be Nigel Bradham, Nate Gerry and T.J. Edwards, who would likely see an expanded role.

In addition to Grugier-Hill, Nelson Agholor (knee) and Derek Barnett (ankle) also missed Thursday’s practice.

Agholor was limited last week during practice with his knee injury but was able to play. Barnett hurt his ankle during the Dolphins game but was able to return to the game and play 50 snaps.

Jordan Howard (shoulder) was limited on Thursday, as he has been for weeks, and still hasn’t been cleared for contact. He can’t play until that happens. On Thursday morning, head coach Doug Pederson said he doesn’t think it’s an injury that will end Howard’s season, but there’s just four games left.

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