Tuesday, August 9, 2022

NFL Rumors: Ex-Giants starter makes sense for Eagles

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Safety is the one position everyone is raking in on the Philadelphia Eagles trying to improve on. You could. Jessie Bates III is in a contract dispute with the Cincinnati Bengals and could force his way out of town.

But trading for Bates would cost the Eagles money — remember, he’d want a lucrative extension from his new team — and request capital. Philadelphia may also not be ready to meet the asking price. Instead, general manager Howie Roseman might decide to bolster his backfield by adding another running back.

According to Pro Football Network’s Mike Kaye, one name that “makes sense” for the Eagles is Devontae Booker.

His justification? The Eagles only have five running backs under contract: Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Kenny Gainwell, Jason Huntley and Kennedy Brooks. They could use the extra depth at the location. Kay wrote:

Booker was a prolific rusher in the NFL, a guy capable of throwing his 5-foot-11, 219-pound frame around at the goal line. Last season he rushed for 593 yards with 145 carries and three touchdowns for the New York Giants. The 30-year-old seemed to have plenty of gas left in the tank while making four starts in 16 games (519 offensive snaps). Yes, the Howard role would fit Booker intriguingly. He can catch it too from the back room.

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The Arizona Cardinals held a press conference for Kyler Murray on July 22, a day after it was announced he would sign a five-year, $230.5 million contract extension. He is under contract until 2028.

Murray is now the second highest-paid quarterback on an annual basis at $46.1 million. What got people in Philadelphia thinking about Jalen Hurts entering the third year of his rookie deal. The Eagles will have to make a decision about the 23-year-old at the end of the 2022 season or maybe November or December if he is out.

Hurts was looking for somewhere in the $30 million mark or something similar to what the Las Vegas Raiders did to Derek Carr. There’s a growing sense that Murray’s new deal has upped the price of Hurts. These two players have very similar numbers in their first two NFL seasons.

Pro Football Focus ranked Jordan Mailata’s four-year, $64 million deal as the best in football. The new left tackle in Philadelphia was a revelation in his first full year as a starter: 87.4 overall grade, with an 83.3 pass blocking grade and 87.8 run blocking grade. Brad Spielberger calling him a “true dancing bear with tremendous footwork for his size and lack of experience” adding that Mailata had the “second-highest win over substitutes of any tackle in 2021”.

Another thing: Mailata can sing like professionals. He recently opened for Ne-Yo at the Dell Music Center in Strawberry Mansion. listen to him kick Stevie Wonder out.

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