Report: Eagles likely landing spot for Brandin Cooks

Report: Eagles likely landing spot for Brandin Cooks

The Eagles may not need to part with a first-round draft pick in order to land wide receiver Brandin Cooks, according to Alex Marvez of SiriusXM NFL Radio and The Sporting News.
 
Marvez tweeted on Friday morning that the Eagles are Cooks' "likely landing spot" and it will "probably" take only a second-round pick to pry Cooks away from the Saints. 

However, the Saints have told teams that they are seeking a first-round pick in exchange for Cooks, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
 
Cooks, only 23, has already played three full seasons with the Saints and is one of only five NFL wide receivers to surpass 75 catches and 1,100 yards in each of the last two seasons. The others are Odell Beckham, Antonio Brown, Julio Jones and Jarvis Landry.
 
Cooks had a breakthrough season in 2015 with 84 catches for 1,138 yards and nine touchdowns and followed that up with 78 receptions for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns this past season.
 
The Eagles are desperate for wide receiving help, and Cooks would give Carson Wentz the young, inexpensive, productive and consistent force that they’ve lacked since parting ways with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
 
It's unknown whether the Eagles would make a deal for Cooks without getting him to agree to a contract extension. Cooks is under contract for two more years at $1,563,198 this year with a club option for 2018. If the Eagles traded for Cooks and then were unable to get him to sign a long-term deal, he would become a free agent in two years and the Eagles would wind up unloading a second-round pick for just two years of Cooks.
 
Over the last two years, Cooks has been among the most productive wideouts in football. His 2,387 receiving yards are eighth-most in the NFL, and his 17 touchdowns are fifth-most.
 
Among receivers before their 24th birthday, Cooks ranks sixth in NFL history with 215 receptions, seventh with 2,861 yards and 11th with 20 touchdown catches.
 
Saints coach Sean Payton, a former Eagles assistant coach, told Sirius XM Radio last month he "absolutely" expects Cooks to remain with the Saints in 2017.
 
In an interview this week with the Saints' official website that took place at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Payton said of Cooks, "I wouldn't say he's on the trade block, but ... we're always listening."
 
Here’s the full quote from Payton on the Cooks rumors:
 
"I would say this: It's not uncommon, at this event, where there's a lot of discussion in regard to picks, players. I said this before, Brandin is someone we value tremendously in our system. He's been extremely productive. He's everything we were wanting when we drafted him.
 
"Now, that being said, these news items come up and there are a lot of meetings that take place here. I wouldn't say he's on the trade block but certainly, when a team calls, a team that's looking for a receiver -- and we’re looking to improve our defense -- we're always listening.
 
"I know (general manager) Mickey (Loomis) has probably spoken to a handful of GMs or presidents with other teams, but right now I’m comfortable, we're comfortable with (Cooks) in a Saints uniform. We think the world of him and his skill set. (Compensation) would have to be something real significant. 

"That's part of being at the combine, it's one of the things that takes place here and that news certainly spreads quicker now than it would 10 years ago."

Report: Eagles work weight incentive into LeGarrette Blount's contract

Report: Eagles work weight incentive into LeGarrette Blount's contract

The Eagles' biggest back might be getting a bit smaller in the coming weeks.

According to a tweet from ESPN's Field Yates, LeGarrette Blount has an incentive in his contract with the Eagles that will net him $50,000 if he weighs in between 240 and 245 pounds when the team reports for training camp on July 24. Blount's one-year deal carries a $1.25 million cap, including a $900,000 base salary as well as a $200,000 signing bonus.

Currently, the Eagles' website lists the two-time Super Bowl champion running back at 6-foot, 250 pounds — at least 30 pounds heavier than any back currently on the roster. 

When asked how much he weighs at an introductory press conference last month, Blount responded, "The weight I need to be at."

Weight clauses have become more and more common, especially with running backs. Seattle's Eddie Lacy earned $55,000 in May when he tipped the scales at 255 pounds (or fewer) and the Seahawks' bruising back will have the chance to earn another $330,000 over the course of six more weigh-ins through the end of the regular season.

The same goes for Atlanta defensive lineman Dontari Poe, who could bank as much as $500,000 in bonuses if he slims down to 330 pounds from his listed 346 pounds.

Eagles have NFL's best offensive line, according to Pro Football Focus

Eagles have NFL's best offensive line, according to Pro Football Focus

Thanks to Lane Johnson’s suspension and a few injuries, the Eagles' offensive line unit wasn’t what most expected it to be in 2016. Should things go according to plan on the O-line in 2017, expectations are high. For Pro Football Focus, they’re as high as it gets.

PFF ranked the Eagles’ O-line No. 1 in the entire league heading into this season, citing the fact that it has the “fewest holes.”

Center Jason Kelce is considered their biggest question mark, but even though his abilities have faded a bit with age, he hasn’t missed a snap in two seasons. That has to count for something.

Allen Barbre and second-year Eagle Brandon Brooks, who allowed just one sack last season, complete the line’s interior. Then, of course, the tackle tandem of Jason Peters and Lane Johnson is hard to beat. PFF says Johnson, when on the field, was the best right tackle last season. Johnson would agree.

Even beyond the first-team unit, the Eagles have experience. Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Isaac Seumalo both saw unexpected snaps as rookies last season because of the reshuffling. That should help moving forward.

Rounding out PFF’s top three are the Browns and Steelers. Cleveland boosted its corps by signing J.C. Tretter and Kevin Zeitler in free agency. The Steelers had the best unit during the second half of last season.

More notably for Eagles fans, the Cowboys come in at No. 9 in PFF’s rankings after owning one of the league’s best O-lines in recent years. Ronald Leary and Doug Free are gone, and La’el Collins’ move to right tackle is not a sure bet for success.

Washington sits two slots below at No. 11. PFF considers continuity the 'Skins' greatest strength — they return all five O-line starters from last season and four of five from 2015.

And the Giants, well, it’ll take some scrolling to reach their spot on the list: No. 28. Left tackle Ereck Flowers was the worst among his position in pressures allowed as a rookie. Eli Manning could be in for a busy season.