An aging Victor Cruz doesn't make much sense for Eagles

An aging Victor Cruz doesn't make much sense for Eagles

You've heard of Victor Cruz. You remember him making plays and you think he's a heckuva dancer. That salsa sure is fun. 

I asked for mailbag questions a few hours before the Giants reportedly cut the veteran receiver, so I avoided the flood of questions. But they're going to come, so let's get this out of the way. Here's a little preemptive strike. 

Should the Eagles sign Victor Cruz? 

Probably not. 

Cruz was once a really good receiver. He made the Pro Bowl in 2012 and definitely had a case in 2011. But now it's 2017 and it looks like Cruz's best football is behind him, especially after that nasty torn patellar tendon injury against the Eagles in 2014. He recovered from the torn patellar tendon in time for a calf injury to keep him out for the entire 2015 season. 

To Cruz's credit, his 2016 wasn't bad. He caught 39 passes for 586 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers would have made him the Eagles' second-best receiver last year. 

Here's the thing: Finding receivers better than the Eagles had in 2016 is setting the bar pretty low. The Eagles should be looking for more than that. 

The Eagles should be looking to upgrade with receivers that can grow with Carson Wentz. They should be in the market for guys in their mid-to-late 20s who still have more left to give. Not an aging veteran who just so happens to be a better fit in the slot, where the Eagles' best receiver (Jordan Matthews) is also a better fit. 

Maybe if Cruz would take a super cheap deal, it wouldn't hurt to bring him into camp and check him out. At that point, why not? But for anything more than that, he just doesn't seem like a great fit. 

Sure, we all know Cruz's name. And he would be an upgrade. But the Eagles should still pass. 

Eagles pick up compensatory fourth-round pick from Browns

Eagles pick up compensatory fourth-round pick from Browns

The NFL announced the list of compensatory picks for the 2017 draft and the Eagles weren't awarded any.

They're still going to get one, though. 

Thanks to the trade with the Browns to move up to No. 2 in last year's draft, the Eagles got back a conditional fifth-round pick that has now turned into a fourth. 

Basically, if the Browns received a fourth-round compensatory pick, the Eagles would get it. The Browns were awarded two (Nos. 139 and 142), so the Eagles get one. According to a league source, the Eagles will get No. 139 overall, the higher of the two.  

This is the first year teams are allowed to trade compensatory picks. The Bengals, Browns, Broncos and Chiefs were each awarded four compensatory picks. The highest compensatory pick awarded this year belongs to Miami at No. 97 in the third round. 

The Eagles still don't know where they'll pick in the first round -- either No. 14 or 15. That will be determined by a coin flip next week at the combine in Indianapolis. They have eight draft picks in total.

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

This isn't a big surprise, but Jason Peters will be back with the Eagles -- big salary and all -- for the 2017 season.

While the Eagles approached the veteran left tackle about his contract in January, Peters has not restructured his deal, according to a league source. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Thursday morning reported that Peters will be back next season on his normal contract. 

Yes, Peters is expensive in 2017. His base salary after hitting another Pro Bowl escalator written into his contract is up to $10.45 million for next season (plus a $250K workout bonus), which comes with a big cap hit of $11.7 million. That cap hit is the highest on the team, but not outlandish for a high-caliber left tackle. 

The Eagles could have very well cut Peters and moved on. It would have saved them significant cap space to use elsewhere. They just wouldn't have found any player more valuable to pay with that money. 

Peters, 35, is still their best option to protect Carson Wentz's blind side. He made his ninth Pro Bowl in 2016 after playing all 16 games. The team hasn't been shy about wanting him back and Peters toward the end of the season said he wanted to return for another year. 

"We certainly want to have him back," Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said of Peters in early January.

“I love him. I want him on the team,” head coach Doug Pederson said with two games remaining this past season. “I don’t want him to go anywhere."

With Peters back, it means Lane Johnson's eventual trip to left tackle will be held off for another year. Eventually, he'll take over that spot … just not right now. 

During the season, Peters opened up about his future, saying he hopes Wentz can be the guy who finally gets him a Super Bowl ring (see story).