NFC Notes: Buccaneers, Eagles, Nick Foles



Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson said the Buccaneers will have an “aggressive” defense under new DC Todd Bowles and pointed out that Bowles prefers to have two outside cornerbacks who can “hold their own.”

Those guys are going to be aggressive,” Peterson said, via Greg Auman of The Athletic. “I think Coach Bowles could work with anything, but as long as they have the guys outside who can hold up, his aggressive style, he loves to have two corners on the outside who can hold their own. He loves to play pressure and force the quarterback to get the ball out quick. I expect big plays made on Sundays. You guys definitely have some good ones on your staff.

  • Greg Auman notes that recent trades involving defensive linemen make it hard to say what the Buccaneers could get for veteran DT Gerald McCoy in a trade.
  • The most recent comps for defensive tackles include the Giants getting a fourth-round pick for Damon Harrison and the Bills getting a sixth-round pick for Marcell Dareus.
  • Auman admits that the Buccaneers would need to find a trade partner with cap space who prefers McCoy to their other available options to move him.

Nick Foles

  • Field Yates reports that the Eagles paid QB Nick Foles a $1 million signing bonus for the contract incentive he missed by just four snaps.
  • Foles earned the incentive by the Eagles reaching the playoffs and appearing in 33 percent of the offense’s snaps.
  • Mike Garafolo mentions that Foles received an extra $6.75 million in incentives this season.


  • While Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice writes that the Eagles will likely explore the market for a veteran deep threat this offseason, he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Mike Wallace returning if they’re unable to find a worthy addition.
  • As for Eagles WR Nelson Agholor, Kempski believes the team would trade him if they could get a third-round pick for him. From there, Kempski could see the Eagles attempting to re-sign Golden Tate to a “reasonable” long-term extension.
  • However, Kempski admits that the more likely scenario is that Agholor stays and Tate departs in free agency, which could result in Philadelphia picking up a fifth-round compensation pick in 2020 for him.
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