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NFL rumors: Everson Griffen seems interested in joining an NFC East contender

NFL rumors: Everson Griffen seems interested in joining an NFC East contender

Veteran pass rusher Everson Griffen had another solid year with the Vikings in 2019, making his fourth career Pro Bowl in his 10th season in Minnesota.

But heading into his second decade in the league, Griffen remains a free agent - and a possible Eagles target as Howie Roseman looks to bolster the pass rush.

And it's starting to sound like the interest goes both ways.

After a weekend of possible Jadeveon Clowney rumblings, Griffen took to Twitter on Sunday evening to tweet for the first time in two weeks. He responded to a tweet comparing himself to Clowney, and linking Griffen to... the Eagles.

Griffen's response was pretty telling:

Hmm.

A guy like Griffen, who's only tweeted 1,200 times in 10 years, chooses his tweets wisely, so this feels like a pretty clear message to GMs across the league, Roseman included.

The Eagles have been linked to Clowney, Griffen, and Yannick Ngakoue all offseason as they try to turn their defense into a unit that can straight up steal some games in 2020.

Jim Schwartz's defense tied for 13th in the league in sacks with 43 in 2019, a step up from 16th in 2018 but techincally a step down in volume from 44 in 2018.

Griffen rattled off 8.0 sacks in 2019, which would've been good for second on the Eagles, and has picked up at least 8.0 sacks in every season during which he's started at least 75% of his team's games.

Griffen, who turns 33 in December, is substantially older than Clowney and Ngakoue, but he's proven for years to be a reliable pass rusher who gets results. Plus, his age could bring the price down considerably, always a perk for Roseman.

It'll be interesting to see how things shake out, but it seems a partnership here would work.

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Inside Nick Foles' incognito Center City dinner after the 2018 NFC Championship Game

Inside Nick Foles' incognito Center City dinner after the 2018 NFC Championship Game

After winning the Eagles their first-ever Super Bowl in 2018, Nick Foles will never need to pay for a drink or meal in Philadelphia for the rest of his life.

But apparently after he led the Birds to their enormous 38-7 NFC title game win over the Vikings that winter, Foles managed to grab a bite and a beverage in Center City.

As in, right after the game. You might've been there.

Foles told the story of his sneaky, in-disguise dinner mission on a recent episode of his new Mission of Truth podcast with fellow former Eagle Chris Maragos.

The quarterback managed to weave his way through a city filled street to street with rabid Eagles fans going nuts - about his accomplishments! - unrecognized. That's no small feat.

Foles tells the story in his own words here:

This line in particular stuck out to me as particularly surreal:

"I'm walking right next to people wearing my jerseys after we just won the NFC Championship Game."

I can't imagine many football players, if any, have experienced that kind of moment. You're the biggest name in the entire city, on the cusp of greatness, and you're walking down a side street completely unrecognized. Insanity.

For those who don't know, Del Frisco's has an enormous bank vault for private dining in its basement, which I would assume is where Foles headed:

It feels like every part of that Super Bowl run was too incredible to be true, except it all actually happened.

What a life.

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NFL playoff picture: If Eagles beat Seahawks, they'll head to Green Bay for divisional round

NFL playoff picture: If Eagles beat Seahawks, they'll head to Green Bay for divisional round

If the Eagles beat the Seahawks on Sunday, we now know who their next opponent will be.

If the Eagles advance to the divisional round next weekend, they will travel to play the second-seeded Packers on Jan. 12 at at 6:40 p.m. EST on FOX.

That was decided on Sunday afternoon when the Vikings upset the Saints 26-20 in New Orleans. Since the Vikings are a lower seed than the Eagles, they will travel to face the top-seeded 49ers in the divisional round. The fourth-seeded Eagles will play in Green Bay.

Had the Saints won, the Eagles (with a win) would have traveled to face the 49ers.

The Eagles went to Green Bay and took down the Packers 34-27 way back in Week 4 this season. It was one of the best wins of the season for the Eagles but a bunch has changed for them since that.

After that loss, the Packers went 10-2 in their final 12 games to earn a first-round bye.

If we look back at the Eagles-Packers game on Sept. 26, Carson Wentz threw for 160 yards and three touchdowns and Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders combined for 159 yards on the ground. Howard had three touchdowns.

On the other side, Aaron Rodgers threw for 422 yards with two touchdowns but also had an interception and lost a fumble.

Statistically speaking, the Packers would be a much easier draw than the 49ers, who rank at or near the top of the league in many categories. The Packers were 15th in points for and ninth in points allowed.

But while the 49ers will have a quarterback making his first career playoff start, the Packers still have Rodgers, who even in a down year is still one of the best and most clutch quarterbacks in the NFL.

The Eagles have played the Packers three times in the postseason. The last time came in the 2010 wild card game, when they lost 21-16. The last time the Eagles faced the Packers in the divisional round was a 20-17 overtime win back in 2003. They also beat the Packers in the 1960 championship game.

The Packers are a tough test this year but the good news for the Eagles is that if they are able to beat the Seahawks, that means they will have won five straight games heading into the matchup in Green Bay.

And they’ll be well aware of the fact that they already won once there.

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