According to Adam Schefter, the Philadelphia Eagles are signing cornerback Byron Maxwell and running back Frank Gore.
The deals cannot become official until Tuesday, the start of the new league year, but when Adam Schefter reports it, it is practically set in stone.
Philadelphia has been the busiest of the NFL franchises thus far. Although the specifics of the deals are not yet known, it is believed Maxwell is getting around $50 million for five years.
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Gore is being reported to be making around $7 million over the next two years - not a bad price.
None of these signings should come as a surprise to anyone. Maxwell was the best corner available and over the past two seasons, the Eagles have been one of the worst defenses against the pass. And after trading LeSean McCoy to the Bills, a running back was a need.
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So let’s dive into the Gore signing first.
While Gore was not exactly what Eagles fans had in mind, it is an ideal fit and makes sense. Chip likes his running backs to run “North and South” and that is what Gore brings to the table.
He is also extremely valuable as a blocker, and ProFootball Focus rated Gore ahead of McCoy as a blocker and as a pure runner. Gore, who turns 32 in May, also brings leadership and an invaluable presence to the locker room.
Last season, Gore piled up 1106 yards on 4.3 yards per carry, not getting much help from his quarterback.
In the past nine seasons Gore has reached the 1,000-yard mark eight times with the lone exception being 2010, when he missed five games.
Taking a page from the Patriots Book
Gore is expected to be a rotational back as Kelly seems to interested in establishing a “running back by committee”, similar to the Patriots.
Expect to see even more of Darren Sproles next season, something Eagle fans will not be complaining about.
Don’t be surprised if the birds target another running back in the draft. Experts rave about the depth of the running back class this year.
Maxwell Addresses Biggest Need
The Eagles have sought Maxwell for some time now, and he admitted to Josina Anderson of ESPN that he is going to Philly.
Byron Maxwell exemplifies what Kelly wants in his corners; tall, physical, and thrives in man coverage. Seattle ran a very similar scheme, in which Maxwell flourished.
Some fans believe Maxwell is a product of all the talent he had around him in Seattle, but if anything that would have given him more opportunities to get exposed.
With Richard Sherman detouring quarterbacks from throwing his way, Maxwell was constantly being tested and he answered the bell.
He offers great ball skills, and the ability to cover the deep ball, something he will have to do a lot in Philly. Maxwell brings a signature move in which he punches the ball out to force fumbles and cause incomplete passes.
Maxwell gave up only one touchdown in coverage last season and also showed he could defend the run well.
More to come
Philly practically traded McCoy away for Kiko Alonso, Byron Maxwell, and Frank Gore, while more moves are on the horizon.
So what do you think Eagles fans? Are Gore and Maxwell great potential signings for the Eagles? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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