A look at 10 free-agent cornerbacks who could fit with Eagles

A look at 10 free-agent cornerbacks who could fit with Eagles

Just after the 2016 season ended, Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman talked about Band-Aids. He was talking about the corner position. 

Nnamdi Asomugha, Cary Williams, Bradley Fletcher, Byron Maxwell, Leodis McKelvin. You get the idea. 

The Eagles have tried several times to sign a free-agent cornerback to solidify their secondary and it hasn’t worked. This past season, the trio of Nolan Carroll, Jalen Mills and McKelvin finished out the season after Ron Brooks was placed on IR. 

Brooks is still recovering, McKelvin has been cut, Carroll is set to become a free agent, and Mills will enter his second NFL season in 2017. The Eagles need help at cornerback and they need it bad. The good news is that this is a great and deep draft at the cornerback position. But there are also options in free agency if the past doesn’t scare the Eagles out of it. 

We know the Eagles will be players in the wide receiver market. They've been linked to just about everyone with hands. 

But here’s a look at 10 corners who will hit the market: 

Dre Kirkpatrick
The 27-year-old Alabama product is going to be one of the top corners on the free-agent market this offseason after a three-interception season with the Bengals in 2016. At 6-2, he has great size for a corner and could be someone the Eagles would be able to build around. 

Stephon Gilmore
Gilmore, 26, has a connection to the Eagles because he played for Jim Schwartz in Buffalo in 2014. Now, that connection didn’t work out with McKelvin, but Gilmore is a better player. He’s physical, which Schwartz likes, but Gilmore could get the biggest payday of the bunch. 

A.J. Bouye
The Texans signed Bouye as an undrafted free agent out of UCF in 2013, but he didn’t become a star until this past season. He’s going to go from virtual unknown to a highly-paid top CB. 

Kayvon Webster
Webster might be a case where the Eagles can find value for a guy who has been stuck behind some talented players in Denver. The Broncos already have a ton of money invested in their secondary. 

D.J. Hayden 
The former first-rounder from the University of Houston would be somewhat of a reclamation project. He’s super fast and wouldn’t be expensive. But signing him wouldn’t fix the Eagles' problems.

Marcus Cooper 
The 27-year-old cornerback had four interceptions for the Cardinals last season in his best year yet. He hasn't been getting as much love as the others on this list, but he has upside.

Prince Amukamara
After his time in New York, Amukamara played 2016 on a one-year deal with the Jaguars and didn’t have an interception, but he wasn’t bad. 

Sam Shields 
Shields is a good player when he’s healthy, but that’s the big question. He missed most of the 2016 season with the Packers because of concussions and is now a free agent. He's only 29, but there’s a chance his career is over. 

Logan Ryan
Ryan starred at Eastern High School in South Jersey long before he ended up with the Patriots as a third-rounder in 2013. He’s started 27 games over the last two years, with six interceptions. 

Morris Claiborne
Claiborne’s 2016 regular season with the Cowboys ended early with a groin injury he suffered against the Eagles. Before that injury, though, he was playing at a high level. He played last season on a one-year contract with the Cowboys but might be able to find a longer deal elsewhere. 

NFL Notes: NFL looking to speed up games via officiating and breaks

NFL Notes: NFL looking to speed up games via officiating and breaks

NEW YORK -- The NFL is making plans to speed up the pace of games, including changing how video replays are handled and using a time clock for extra points.

The league also is discussing with the TV networks how to make commercial breaks less intrusive.

For officiating replays, the referee no longer would go under a hood to watch a play. Instead, a tablet will be brought to him on the field and he will consult with league headquarters in New York. The final call will be made in New York.

Support by 75 percent of the 32 team owners would be needed at next week's annual meetings for passage of the proposal.

In addition to a time clock for PATs when there is no TV break, the league is considering instituting a play clock after a touchdown.

Also, to improve the flow of games on the field and for television audiences, commercial breaks would be reduced from 21 per game to 16, although each would last 30 seconds longer.

Giants: RB Shaun Draughn signs
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants have signed veteran running back Shaun Draughn.

The Giants announced the signing Wednesday, a little more than a month after releasing veteran Rashad Jennings in a salary cap move.

Draughn has played for six teams in six years, most recently the San Francisco 49ers. He has played in 57 games with seven starts. His career totals include 225 carries for 723 yards and seven touchdowns, plus 80 receptions for 597 yards and two scores. He also has 17 special teams tackles.

Draughn says the Giants were interested in his versatility. He says: "I don't know exactly how they'll use me. I'm sure they'll use me to the strengths that I have."

Draughn played in all 16 games last season with one start for the 49ers. He scored a career-high four touchdowns while rushing for 194 yards on 74 carries. Draughn also had career-best totals of 29 catches for 263 yards and two touchdowns.

He joins a backfield that includes second-year pro Paul Perkins, the team's top returning rusher, Orleans Darkwa and Shane Vereen.

Bengals: 'Pacman' Jones faces misdemeanor charges
CINCINNATI -- Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones faces three misdemeanor charges, including assault, but no longer is charged with a felony.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE'-turs) announced Wednesday that a felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance was dismissed at the prosecuting attorney's request.

Deters said the misdemeanors also include disorderly conduct and obstructing official business.

The 33-year-old veteran whose career has been marked by off-the-field legal issues was jailed Jan. 3 after a confrontation with a hotel security employee was followed by a struggle with Cincinnati police and a sheriff's office report Jones spit on a nurse's hand.

Deters says the criminal charge won't be pursued, given that the nurse has been pursuing a possible civil remedy.

A Bengals spokesman said the team has no comment.

Two Eagles question why Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned

Two Eagles question why Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned

Two weeks into NFL free agency and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick remains available. He decided to test the market in free agency after not picking up the player option on his contract.

While there's still a chance Kaepernick gets signed, a couple of Eagles players are pointing out that some of the quarterbacks to get contracts recently aren't as good.   

On Monday, Geno Smith signed with the Giants, Josh McCown signed with the Jets and E.J. Manuel signed with the Raiders.

Kaepernick has a better record and completion percentage than those three quarterbacks. He's also second in touchdown passes, trailing only McCown by seven, 79-72, despite playing nine fewer seasons.

So, why aren't teams giving the quarterback who nearly won the Super Bowl against the Ravens in 2013 a chance?

It could be because of his protest of the national anthem last season.

According to Bleacher Report, about 20 percent of teams around the league believe he can play, but the others are simply using showing no interest as punishment for his protest:

"He can still play at a high level," one AFC general manager said. "The problem is three things are happening with him.

"First, some teams genuinely believe that he can't play. They think he's shot. I'd put that number around 20 percent.

"Second, some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests or [President Donald] Trump will tweet about the team. I'd say that number is around 10 percent. Then there's another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.

"Third, the rest genuinely hate him and can't stand what he did [kneeling for the national anthem]. They want nothing to do with him. They won't move on. They think showing no interest is a form of punishment. I think some teams also want to use Kaepernick as a cautionary tale to stop other players in the future from doing what he did."

And of course, President Donald Trump chimed in on Kaepernick's status in free agency.

Last year, Trump commented on Kaepernick's decision not to stand for the national anthem saying, ​"maybe he should find a country that works better for him."