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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: Supporters hold rally for Colin Kaepernick at NFL headquarters

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NFL Notes: Supporters hold rally for Colin Kaepernick at NFL headquarters

NEW YORK -- Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality against blacks, showed their solidarity with him and his cause at a rally outside the headquarters of the National Football League on Wednesday.

More than 1,000 people, many wearing jerseys bearing Kaepernick's name, crowded the steps outside the NFL's midtown Manhattan offices.

Kaepernick, who once took the 49ers to the Super Bowl, opted out of his contract with the team in March and remains unsigned. Supporters say he is being blackballed for his advocacy, but some critics say he should not have sat or kneeled during the anthem or contend his lack of a job is more about his on-field talent.

Chants at the demonstration included "Boycott! Boycott!" Women's March organizer Tamika Mallory, addressing football fans, said, "I don't care how long you've been watching football, if they don't stand up for your children, turn the damn TV off."

Political commentator Symone Sanders said, "We are all standing with Kaepernick. It is time for the NFL to put up or shut up" (see full story).

Browns: Kizer to start at QB in 3rd preseason game
BEREA, Ohio -- Rookie DeShone Kizer is Cleveland's new starting quarterback.

Coach Hue Jackson has elected to go with Kizer, a second-round pick from Notre Dame, over veterans Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler. Kizer has been the most consistent of the three during training camp and led the Browns to three touchdowns during his two exhibition appearances.

Jackson said Kizer will start Saturday's exhibition in Tamp Bay and "is certainly positioning himself well to earn the starting job heading into the regular season."

The Browns open the season on Sept. 10 against Pittsburgh.

Unless he stumbles against the Buccaneers, Kizer will be the 27th different quarterback to start for the Browns since 1999. The big-armed 21-year-old has shown no signs of being intimidated by the jump to the pros after making 23 starts in two seasons for the Fighting Irish (see full story).

Raiders: Pro Bowl LT Penn ends holdout
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn has ended his holdout with the Oakland Raiders.

Penn reported for practice on Wednesday, ending his 26-day holdout. Penn was looking for an improved contract but general manager Reggie McKenzie said earlier in training camp that he would not negotiate a new deal with Penn until he arrived at camp.

The Raiders could have fined Penn $40,000 for each day of camp he missed but the team is not expected to do that.

Penn is entering the final year of an $11.9 million, two-year contract. He is scheduled to earn $5.8 million in base salary this season with another $1.3 million in incentives and bonuses (see full recap).

Steelers: Star RB Bell hints at return date
PITTSBURGH -- Steelers star Le'Veon Bell has suggested on Twitter that he will return to the team on Sept. 1, the day after Pittsburgh's final preseason game.

Bell hasn't signed his franchise tender and has been holding out through training camp. Responding to a fan Tuesday night asking when he plans to end his holdout, Bell wrote: "9-1-17" and added a wink.

The franchise tender offered Bell will guarantee him $12.1 million for the upcoming season. The two-time Pro Bowl running back has been seeking a long-term deal.

Bell rushed for 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns last season and also caught 75 passes for 616 yards and two TDs.

Redskins: Reed makes on-field debut at practice
ASHBURN, Va. -- Jordan Reed is back at practice with the Washington Redskins.

The 27-year-old tight end made his on-field debut Wednesday after missing almost the first month of practices with a toe injury. Reed missed the team's first two preseason games and was activated off the physically unable to perform list on Sunday.

Reed was examined by a foot specialist Aug. 1 and recently started using wider shoes and orthotics to help alleviate the soreness in the big toe on his left foot. Last week he said it felt better when running routes and walking around and doesn't expect the injury to affect him during the season.

One of quarterback Kirk Cousins' most consistent and effective targets, Reed had 66 catches for 686 yards and six touchdowns last season despite missing four games with injury (see full story).

Giants: OL Bowie waived after domestic charges disclosed 
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants have waived Michael Bowie days after finding out that the offensive lineman had been charged with assault and battery in Oklahoma.

The Giants announced the decision Wednesday along with three moves.

The team learned of the charges on Saturday and did not allow the 25-year-old free agent to make the trip to Cleveland for a preseason game against the Browns on Monday night.

Bowie is accused of grabbing his girlfriend by the neck during a fight at her home in Bixby, Oklahoma, then broke two televisions and punched a hole in the wall.

Court records don't list an attorney for Bowie, a Tulsa resident. His agent says Bowie is working to prove his innocence, saying there was no physical contact with the girlfriend.

New York also waived offensive linemen Corin Brooks, and waived/injured wideouts Darius Powe and Andrew Turzilli (see full story).

Former Eagles special teamer Bryan Braman heading to Saints

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Former Eagles special teamer Bryan Braman heading to Saints

Former Eagles special teamer Bryan Braman has agreed to terms to join the New Orleans Saints on a one-year deal, according to his agent Sean Stellato. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported the deal. 

Braman, 30, spent the last three seasons with the Eagles and played a major role on Dave Fipp's unit, which has been considered one of the top in the NFL during that span. He had been a free agent throughout the spring and summer after his contract ran out with the Eagles. 

Braman came to Philadelphia as a free agent from the Texans before the 2014 season on a two-year deal and later restructured his contract to take a pay cut and give him an extra year in Philly. 

While Braman rarely made it on the field for the defense in those next three seasons, he played a total of 1,214 special teams snaps, the most of any player on the team. He played in all 48 games over the last three seasons. 

Even without Braman, the Eagles still have plenty of key special teams players like Chris Maragos, Najee Goode and Kamu Grugier-Hill.