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Report: Eagles are signing former Pro Bowl DT Malik Jackson

Report: Eagles are signing former Pro Bowl DT Malik Jackson

Howie Roseman season is off to a fast start. 

It looks like the Eagles have found their new defensive tackle next to Fletcher Cox after that position was not nearly productive enough in 2018. They are reportedly expected to sign Malik Jackson. 

The deal was initially reported by ESPN as three years, $10 million, which would have been ridiculous. Still, even at $10 million per season, this will greatly improve the Eagles’ defensive line. 

And since it’s a relatively short deal, this shouldn’t prevent the Eagles from using a draft pick early during this great defensive line draft class. 

Jackson, 29, was recently cut by the Jaguars, who saved $11 million by making the move. Coincidentally, the Jaguars probably cut Jackson to make some room to sign Nick Foles. 

The important thing to note about Jackson is that because he was released, the Eagles don’t have to wait until Wednesday to sign him. The league year begins at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, which is when teams can sign pending free agents, but because Jackson is on the street, he’s fair game. And because he was cut, he also wouldn’t count against the compensatory pick formula. The Eagles have become very intrigued with that in recent years. 

Jackson made it through just three seasons of his six-year, $85.5 million deal in Jacksonville. He made his only Pro Bowl team in 2017, when he piled up a career-high eight sacks. 

The Eagles have already decided they won’t pick up Tim Jernigan’s option for 2019, which will save them $7 million in cap space. But without Jernigan, they needed to find a replacement. They do that nicely with Jackson. 

Here’s a look at the Eagles’ possible starting defensive line in 2019: Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, Jackson and Derek Barnett. Even with a rotation in place, that’s a really solid starting defensive line. 

After rotating through Haloti Ngata, Destiny Vaeao, Treyvon Hester and then eventually Jernigan in 2018, the Eagles will definitely be happy to have a more consistent threat next to Cox. Just the ability to beat a 1-on-1 will be really important next to Cox, who has turned into one of the best defensive players in the league. The Eagles hope they have that in Jackson. 

Cox seems to approve. 

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2020 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles trade up to grab an elite playmaker

2020 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles trade up to grab an elite playmaker

Free agency came and went, and the Eagles still lack sufficient receiving threats.

In his latest mock draft, Adam Hermann hypothesizes that GM Howie Roseman is buying the hype of this year's wide receiver class.

It takes a few resources, but his fictional Roseman makes a move that has Eagles fans dreaming of touchdown passes.

Here's the latest mock draft:

2020 NFL Mock Draft: Eagles trade up to grab an elite playmaker

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1980 Super Bowl tickets and more in Roob's 10 Random Eagles Points

1980 Super Bowl tickets and more in Roob's 10 Random Eagles Points

Inflated Super Bowl ticket prices, your favorite Eagle who wore No. 21, an Eagles draft trend and much more in this weekend's edition of Roob's 10 Random Offseason Eagles Points!

1. Maybe he’ll be another Byron Maxwell, another Nnamdi, another DRC. I have a good feeling about Darius Slay, though. I think the Eagles may have nailed this one. The price in draft picks wasn’t too high, and his contract is big but it’s also smart and along the lines of what top corners are getting and has an out after three years. Maybe he’ll be another cornerback bust. There’ve been enough of those. But with his personality and his confidence and his playmaking ability, he reminds me of Asante Samuel, who was the last elite corner the Eagles have had. I remember the day the Eagles drafted Tra Thomas in 1998, he shouted into the phone during a conference call, “I’m not going to be another Eagles first-round bust!” Slay all but guaranteed the same thing. I could be wrong, but I think this time they got it right.

2. Doing some research this week I found a preview story on Super Bowl XV between the Eagles and Raiders from Jan. 25, 1981, by a legendary sports writer and cartoonist Murray Olderman that included this line: “Defense makes all coaches salivate but doesn’t do much to excite the guy paying that inflated $40 ticket (up from $10 last year).” Imaging having to pay an inflated $40 for a Super Bowl ticket! Outrageous.

3. Zero interest in Brandin Cooks. 

4. The last Eagles quarterback to throw the first pass of the regular season and the last pass of the postseason was Michael Vick in 2010. The last Eagles quarterback to start and finish 16 regular-season games and finish a playoff game was Donovan McNabb in 2003. Only 17 years ago.

5. It’s just weird to me that Halapoulivaati Vaitai gets a five-year, $45 million contract just a few hours into free agency, and here we are three weeks later and Jason Peters is still unsigned. I get that Big V is younger, but he’s started four games over the last two years and as we’ve all seen, he isn’t the world’s most consistent lineman. J.P. has been banged up, and he’s 38, but he has started 32 of 35 game the last two years. And let’s be honest: Even at 38 he’s way better than Big V. I wrote the other day about some of the reasons Peters is still on the street. But I’m still surprised. It might not be till after the draft till he finds a home, but I still feel like he’ll be playing somewhere next season.

6. The Eagles have drafted nine Pro Bowlers in the first round since 1990, and six of them were linemen — Fletcher Cox and Corey Simon on defense, and Lane Johnson, Tra Thomas, Jermane Mayberry and Shawn Andrews on offense. The exceptions are Lito Sheppard, Donovan McNabb and Carson Wentz.  

7. I’m fine with the Eagles not landing a receiver in free agency. But, man, they better land the right guy in the first round of the draft. And the second or third round. They simply can't afford to mess this up.

8. The first-round running back trend really tells you a lot about the way the NFL game is changing. As more and more running backs fail to be productive over a number of years and limp out of the game at a young age, first-round running backs have become more and more rare. Only 16 were drafted in the first round this past decade, less than a third of the number taken in the first round during the 1980s and half as many as the previous decade. In the last seven drafts, only nine of 223 first-round picks were running backs.  


2010-2019: 16

2000-2009: 32

1990-1999: 34

1980-1989: 50

9. Interesting to compare Dallas Goedert’s first two seasons in the NFL with Zach Ertz’s:

Ertz: 94-for-1,171, 7 TDs

Goedert: 91-for-941, 9 TDs

10. On our last Eagle Eye podcast, Dave Zangaro and I were talking about Ronald Darby, and Dave asked what player I think of when I see jersey No. 21. I immediately answered … Joselio Hanson. But in all seriousness, it’s Eric Allen. My theory is that we associated jersey numbers with the first player that stuck out to us when we first started watching the Eagles. I think of 55 as Mike Reichenbach, not Brandon Graham. I think of 96 as Clyde and not Derek Barnett. And I even see No. 20 and think of Andre Waters and not Dawk. If there’s nobody significant that wore that number in the 1980s, it’s different. No. 36 is definitely Brian Westbrook (and not Robert Drummond, Stanley Pritchett or Michael Zordich). And No. 27 will always be Malcolm Jenkins (and not Siran Stacy, Eric Zomalt or Norman LeJeune. But for all the numbers that were worn by key guys the last few years of the Buddy Era, that’s where my brain goes. I can’t help it.

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