While Eagles general manager Howie Roseman didn’t want to specifically address reports that his team met with Johnny Manziel at the combine in Indianapolis, the GM’s comments to Phil Sheridan of ESPN.com at least indirectly explained why Philadelphia might want to talk to a top prospect like Manziel.
“You never know when the opportunity is going to come to get a player,” Roseman said. “It may be now in the draft, it may be in free agency, it may be via trade. If you look at your notes and you haven’t met the guy and the head coach is coming down the hallway and he’s going, ‘Hey, how was this guy when he came out?’ – and you’re kind of going, ‘Help.'”
Here’s more on the Eagles and a couple of their NFC East rivals:
- Recently extended Eagles Jason Kelce and Riley Cooper were more interested in gaining some long-term security in a place they wanted to play than testing the open market, as Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer details.
- The Redskins are among the teams to express interest in free agent linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, though as of late last night, the team had yet to set up a visit with him, according to John Keim of ESPN.com. Within the same piece, Keim also provides details on DeAngelo Hall‘s and Chris Baker‘s new contracts with the team, and takes a look at where things stand with several other Washington free agents.
- With both sides drawing lines in the sand publicly, the negotiations between the Cowboys and DeMarcus Ware figure to be tough, writes David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. Ware’s cap number for 2014 is currently an untenable $16MM+.