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NFC Notes: Bears, Eagles, Packers

     

Bears

Bears WRs coach Mike Furrey called fifth-round WR Darnell Mooney “one of the most explosive” receivers on the team based on his speed and agility. 

“He’s going to probably be one of the most explosive guys that we have in our room in regard to matching his speed with his agility,” Furrey said, via Alyssa Barbieri of BearsWire. “He can put his foot in the ground and he can go. He can also go side to side. Obviously the first thing that we look at is being able to match his speed and agility with being able to catch the football as well. And there were some times where he put his foot in the ground and would get vertical and go up and attack a football. That’s not really a knack of a lot of guys that play receiver, especially in college.”

“It’s hard to coach speed, it’s hard to coach agility. Those things, you either have them or you don’t.”

Eagles

  • Regarding Eagles TE Zach Ertz‘s cap figures of $12.485 million and $12.175 million over the next two years, Adam Caplan writes that Philadelphia likely is unable to reduce his cap figure by signing him to a long-term extension or restructured deal unless they were able to spread a signing bonus over four or five years. 
  • As for Eagles TE Dallas Goedert, who is entering the third of his four-year rookie contract, Caplan thinks Philadelphia should wait on deciding whether to extend him until “after or during the 2021 season.”
  • If Goedert continues to progress and the Eagles cannot finalize an extension with him, Caplan could see them using the franchise or transition tag on Goedert for 2022.

Packers

Packers DT Kenny Clark admitted that the pandemic is currently affecting his contract negotiations with Green Bay. 

“I just think with everything that’s going on with COVID-19, and everybody not knowing if there’s going to be a season and what’s going to happen next year, all of that is affecting the contract and everything,” Clark said, via Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal

Clark added that he does not have a timeline on when a deal will get done with the Packers and is letting his agent handle the situation. 

“I don’t really have a timeline on it of when I want it to get done. They spoke a little bit. The Packers and my agent, they have spoken. So I’m just taking it one day at a time. I understand the business and I understand everything that’s going on. So I’m just being patient with everything and just working every day.”

Clark mentioned that he and his teammates are uncertain about whether training camp will start on time and if the 2020 season will go on as planned.

“It’s just really tough right now. The thing is, nobody knows. Nobody knows,” Clark said. “Every day is something different. Whether it’s the coaches, whether it’s the people upstairs, whether it’s the NFLPA — nobody knows what’s going to happen day-to-day. So that’s just the toughest part right now. I don’t know. They have the day for us to report and all that, but you never know. That could change based on everything that’s going on. Everything’s up in the air. You just never know.”

Clark said having multiple years of experience with Packers DC Mike Pettine and DL coach Jerry Montgomery has helped ease the process this offseason. 

That was different, but it was cool,” Clark said. “The good thing was that everybody is pretty much a vet in the system now, and we’ve been with Coach Pettine for three years, and with coach Jerry for three years, so everybody pretty much knows the playbook. The only people who didn’t and who needed time to catch up were the people who came in new. And that was easy for them — we were able to figure out ways to help them out.”

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