PHILLY KEEPING TABS ON MAILATA COMPETITION AS BROWN INTEREST GROWS, AND FOLES ON THE MOVE
The NFL combine has begun with free agency just a few weeks away, the media are shooting questions with general managers keeping mum, afraid to say anything that’d jeopardize their team. This is the busy time of the NFL, the offseason. Players are on the move and draft picks being sized up while trade targets are the talk of the town. One player we know who’s not going to be retained is Nick Foles. Howie Roseman, the executive vice president of football operations disclosed to reporters on Thursday that the club wouldn’t be putting up a franchise tag on the quarterback who was once the MVP at the Super Bowl (LII).
“We made this decision as an organization,” Roseman told media at the NFL Combine.
“We feel very comfortable about it. Again, hard decision because [he’s] someone who means a lot to us professionally and personally, but at the end of the day, as an organization, we felt it was the right thing to do.”
Foles will be on his way to free agency, and it’s been reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Jacksonville Jaguars are at the head of the queue to receive his services.
MAILATA TO GET COMPETITION
Aussie player Jordan Mailata is likely to get a fight on his hands for places on the offensive line as it’s been reported Philly had an “informal meeting” with San Diego offensive tackle Ryan Pope. With Jason Peters nearing retirement, a plan has to be put in place and Pope seems to be someone that could come in handy. At the moment, Mailata and Pryor are behind Peters and Lane Johnson at the offensive line. Pope who spent his career at both the left and right tackle in San Diego is likely to be a swing tackle option for an Eagle’s team out of their depth at O-line.
KYLE MURRAY NOT THROWING AT NFL COMBINE
With the NFL scouting combine already underway, the most sought after delight of the prospect is the drills. But Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray informed scouts and staff of several teams he won’t be throwing at the event. Sources confirmed to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and added that Murray although is a competitor, he does not plan to do a lot at the event. But this does not mean he’s not down to partake in other activities.
Like most clubs who meet with the QB, Oakland wanted to make sure the dual-sport Murray was totally committed to football.
Murray has said twice over the past that he was dedicated to the sport and the Oklahoma Star was 9th overall in the MLB’s Athletics draft pick of 2019. It is not unusual for highly rated QBs to not throw at a combine, opting for a more cautious workout on his pro day. Murray is almost certainly going to partake on his pro day on the 13th of March.