Philadelphia Eagles: Buying or Selling Latest Buzz on the Free Agency Rumor Mill

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Philadelphia Eagles: Buying or Selling Latest Buzz on the Free Agency Rumor Mill
Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Technically, free agency doesn’t open until Tuesday, March 11 at 4 p.m., yet the Philadelphia Eagles have already spoken to numerous prospective targets. The question is which reports you can truly believe.

This is year two of the NFL’s so-called “legal tampering” period, a three-day window where teams can begin negotiating with impending free agents. Since rules permit players from signing on the dotted line prior to March 11, though, only some of what we hear is real. Most of it almost certainly is gamesmanship.

As league insider Andrew Brandt points out, there is plenty of incentive for player representatives to get their clients' names in the news. In case you were wondering, those are the sources for plenty of stories this time of year.

There is real work getting done behind the scenes, though, and occasionally, there is even some truth in lies. In other words, we mustn’t so readily discount everything we hear this time of year, either.

So while we still have another day to go before free agency is actually a thing, let’s dissect the reports from over the weekend and see if we can’t determine fact from fiction. You might even be surprised by how much I’m buying of what they’re selling.

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