The undrafted signal-caller logged seven starts in Oakland, with six of those coming in 2013 and one last season while filling in for injured starter Derek Carr. McGloin then suffered a shoulder injury in the regular-season finale, shoving rookie Connor Cook into the lineup for Oakland’s wild-card loss to the Texans.
In Philadelphia, McGloin will battle for position with Nick Foles behind locked-in starter Carson Wentz. Coach Doug Pederson kept just two quarterbacks on the roster last season, though, meaning that McGloin is no lock to make the team.
Peters is set to make $9.5 million in base salary, and his workout bonuses bump that number to $10.7 million. He’s set to count $11.7 million against the Eagles’ salary cap. While there was some discussion about Peters being asked to take a pay cut, it appears he’ll play this season under that number. Philly has cap issues entering the new league year, but the veteran left tackle owned almost all the leverage.
While the play of the 35-year-old Peters might have fallen off slightly the past two years thanks in part to lingering back issue in 2016, he’s still one of the better left tackles in the NFL, far and away the Eagles’ best option, and would have been by a mile the best offensive tackle to hit the open market if Philly had oddly moved on from the nine-time Pro Bowler.
Roseman went on to say that a “healthy discussion” with Daniel led both sides to conclude “it was best to move forward in a different direction as circumstances have changed since he originally signed.”
Monday’s signing of Foles simply sped up the timeline for a player who was likely out the door either way. The 30-year-old Daniel expected to fight for a starting role last season, but wound up throwing just one pass as Philadelphia leaned on Wentz from wire to wire.
“It’s a voluntary program,” coach Doug Pederson said last week, per CBSPhilly.com. “I would love for everyone to be here. That’s just me, personally. I’d love everybody to be here and I know it’s not always gonna work out that, but Fletcher is one of the leaders on the football team and guys like that you do expect to be here. But I get the rules, we abide by the rules, and he’s one of the guys too that at the end of the day I’m gonna hang my hat on and go to war with.”
ESPN’s Tim McManus reported last week that Cox stayed away “to spend the week with his family,” a decision that might not please Eagles fans — but, again, these workouts are technically a voluntary exercise.
One of the top free agents remaining has officially found a new nest. Alshon Jeffery has signed a one-year, $14 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. This comes off the heels of the team acquiring Torrey Smith, and completes a total revamp of one of the league’s worst wide receiving groups from 2016. Carson Wentz went fom having a dearth of playmaking pass-catchers, to suddenly looking at a whole new flock ready to take flight. Don’t worry, I’m deleting my account after that one. Anyway, let’s get on to the fantasy analysis.
Wentz’s rookie season started out okay but was undone by his own throwing mechanics regressing and his wide receivers routinely letting him down. Dorial Green-Beckham and cheap jerseys and Nelson Agholor tried to serve as outside receivers but failed miserably. If you combine their stats from 2016 you get 143 targets, 72 receptions, 757 receiving yards, and four touchdowns. For the sake of comparison, if you treat that duo as one receiver, among players with 120-plus targets in 2016, the DGB-Agholor amalgam would have ranked 24th in both catches and yards … out of 25 players (Dennis Pitta had fewer yards, Brandon Marshall had fewer receptions). Jordan Matthews did his best to help the passing offense, but as we’ve noted before, it is very difficult to run an NFL offense entirely through a slot receiver. Now, thanks to these savvy free agent acquisitions Wentz has a No. 1 and No. 2 receiver and Matthews will be allowed to more freely play from his natural position in the slot.
The Eagles hold the Minnesota Vikings’ first-round selection, via the trade that brought quarterback Sam Bradford to Minnesota. The Vikings finished the season tied with the Colts for the No. 14 position in the draft order as both teams were 8-8 with identical strength-of-schedule ratings (.492), hence the need for the coin toss. As losers of the toss, the Colts will draft at No. 15.
While it might be unlikely that the two clubs target the same player, the Eagles and Colts do share a position need in the draft: running back. If both look to fill that need in the first round, the result of the toss could have all the more impact.