Eagles Mailbag: Surprises at 14, starting CBs, John Ross

Eagles Mailbag: Surprises at 14, starting CBs, John Ross

We're still over a month from the NFL draft, but questions are coming in fast. 

We answered the first group of your questions -- including Dalvin Cook, drafting corners and backup quarterbacks -- here

But there are still plenty more to get through. Let's jump in: 

Yeah, there are a few: 

DE Derek Barnett: There are a few reasons we haven't heard too much about Barnett and the Eagles. For starters, he doesn't play corner or receiver. But it's also assumed the defensive end will already be off the board when the Eagles pick. There's a chance he isn't, though. If that happens, the Eagles could really use him. 

TE O.J. Howard: If the Eagles are serious about going best player available at 14, it could very well be Howard. No, they don't need another tight end, but Howard has the chance to be great. 

DE Taco Charlton: Fourteen is too high for him, folks say. But teams are always in desperate need of pass rushers, so I wouldn't be surprised to see him rise up draft boards. 

And there have been plenty of corners mocked to the Eagles, but here are two names I haven't seen too much: Quincy Wilson and Tre'Davious White. I don't think either guy is out of the question. 

I don't think there are any receivers possible that you haven't heard yet. The top three -- Mike Williams, Corey Davis and John Ross -- should all be in play. 

Yup. I think so. The deals to bring in Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith shouldn't prevent the Eagles from drafting wideouts. 

Ross can flat out play. He's more than just a fast 40 time. The concern with him is his injury history. Gotta be available to make an impact. The Eagles will have to really check into his medicals. 

Wait, there are positions outside of receiver and corner? I almost forgot. 

There are other needs. The Eagles really need pass-rush help and they can get a good player within the first three rounds. They should. 

Also, running back is a need. I'm not sure it will be Dalvin Cook at 14, but it would be an absolute shocker if they didn't draft one. 

And the Eagles have two good starting safeties in place, but it's a good year for safeties in addition to corners. They shouldn't shy away from taking one just because it's not an immediate need. 

People have seemingly forgotten about Ron Brooks. No, he wasn't great last year and he's been a career backup, but Jim Schwartz really likes him. Brooks has been healing from a significant leg injury, but if he's healthy, I think he sticks around. 

So my guess is Brooks and Jalen Mills on the outside. Then, on third downs (when the team is in nickel), Brooks will move inside and a rookie to be named later will come in to play outside. 

Yeah, it's possible, but I have a feeling he'll be gone. There are four running backs who could go in the first round this year, a real departure from the classic thinking about grabbing one later. (Though, I still kind of fall on that side of the line.)

I think a better bet in the second round is grabbing a corner, especially if the Eagles don't take one in the first round. Guys like Teez Tabor, Gareon Conley or Fabian Moreau could be there. 

No way. Rotating on the offensive line just isn't a good idea. It's way too important for those guys to get into a rhythm and learn how to play with the guys next to them. Pick the best five and go with it. 

Eagles withdraw all but 1 rule proposal for owners meetings

Eagles withdraw all but 1 rule proposal for owners meetings

As the annual NFL meetings get set to kick off next week, the Eagles originally proposed four playing rule changes and a resolution that could have eventually led to bringing back Kelly green uniforms as an alternate option. 

But after getting feedback from the NFL's competition committee, the Eagles are withdrawing all but one proposal, according to league sources. 

The only one left would prohibit players from leaping over the line of scrimmage on kicking plays. For now, players are allowed to leap line as long as they don't make contact. That proposal, which the NFLPA has previously supported, seems likely to pass. 

That means the other three playing rule changes and the proposal to allow teams to wear helmets that would match their alternative jerseys won't be specifically discussed. 

Translation: No Kelly green jerseys yet. 

Among the 15 proposed playing rule changes the league released on Friday, teams were responsible for seven of them and the Eagles accounted for four of the seven. 

Just because a specific proposal won't be directly discussed, it doesn't mean that topic won't be discussed by the committee in Phoenix during next week's annual league meetings. 

For instance, one of the Eagles' proposals would alter the current replay system. While the Eagles' individual proposal won't be discussed, replay will be a topic of discussion during the meetings.

NFL Notes: Bears sign Mark Sanchez to 1-year deal

NFL Notes: Bears sign Mark Sanchez to 1-year deal

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The Chicago Bears have signed quarterback Mark Sanchez, who is expected to back up Mike Glennon next season.

The Bears announced the one-year contract Friday. Chicago is coming off a season in which it went 3-13 and finished last in the NFC North.

The Bears cut quarterback Jay Cutler this month after eight seasons and the next day signed Glennon of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a three-year deal.

Sanchez played in two games last season with the Dallas Cowboys, throwing for 93 yards on 10 of 18 attempts. He spent five of his eight seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets before going to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The former Southern California star has appeared in six playoff games. He was selected fifth overall in the 2009 draft.

Redskins: WR Brian Quick signs
WASHINGTON -- The Washington Redskins have signed former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Brian Quick.

The team announced the deal Friday morning after agent Patrick Dye posted a photo of Quick signing his contract on SportsTrust Advisors' verified Twitter account.

The signing adds depth to the Redskins' receiving corps after they lost DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon in free agency.

Quick, 27, is 6-foot-5 and gives Washington another tall option along with recently signed receiver Terrelle Pryor. Quick had 41 catches for 564 yards and three touchdowns last season with the Rams.

The 33rd pick in the 2012 draft, Quick has 105 catches for 1,499 yards and 10 touchdowns in 67 games over five seasons with the Rams. He missed part of the 2014 season with a shoulder injury.

Panthers: Jonathan Stewart signs extension
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers have signed veteran running back Jonathan Stewart to a one-year contract extension, keeping him with the team through the 2018 season.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed Friday.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman says the 30-year-old Stewart "is still playing at a very high level."

Stewart played in 13 games last season for Carolina and ran for 824 yards with nine touchdowns. He averaged 3.8 yards per carry.

Gettleman isn't worried about Stewart's durability, even though the team's former first-round draft pick has not played in a full 16-game season since 2011 and has missed 24 games the past five seasons with injuries.

Stewart, entering his 10th season, is Carolina's second all-time leading rusher with 6,638 yards and has scored 45 touchdowns rushing and six receivin

Colts: release veteran DT Arthur Jones
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts released defensive tackle Arthur Jones on Friday.

A six-year veteran, Jones was scheduled to cost the team $7.35 million next season. Indianapolis will save $5 million under the salary cap with the move.

Jones did his best work while with Baltimore from 2010-14. He then signed a five-year contract for a total value of $33 million with the Colts, but struggled in Indy. He appeared in 17 games and managed only 1 1-2 sacks and 53 tackles for the Colts.

He was plagued by a series of injuries and also served a four-game suspension for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancers.

Jones, 30, did not play in 2015 because of an ankle injury. He played in eight games last season, with 15 tackles.