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NFL Futures Update After Big Moves in March



Chip Kelly’s first offseason in charge of personnel decisions has been an eventful one, to say the least. The Eagles have been one of the busiest teams during the early part of the free agency period, with Kelly spending little time (but a lot of money) in transforming what had been one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL last season.

Goodbye, Nick Foles, LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin. Hello, Sam Bradford, Ryan Mathews and DeMarco Murray. Murray, the former Cowboy, is the most recent addition to the offensive shakeup as he signed a five-year, $42 million deal.

Kelly has been busy reconstructing his defense as well. The Eagles received linebacker Kiko Alonso, one of Kelly’s former Oregon products, as part of the McCoy trade and snapped up a couple of former Legion of Boom alums in cornerbacks Byron Maxwell and Walter Thurmond.

The football world has definitely taken notice of the Eagles’ offseason splashes, which have had some impact on the NFL futures at TopBet.eu among other sportsbooks. The Eagles’ Super Bowl odds have gone down amid their flurry of activity, but one or two question marks remain in their roster.

Arguably the biggest one is at quarterback, as Bradford hasn’t played in a year and a half due to back-to-back ACL tears. He just hasn’t been healthy enough to stay on the field during his NFL career. And when he has played, he hasn’t exactly looked like the player worthy of the No. 1 overall pick in 2010.

But Bradford will have a very good running back platoon in Matthews and Murray at his disposal. The two figure to be a better fit for Kelly’s offense as opposed to McCoy because of their direct running style. Maxwell and Thurmond also fit the bill as the big, physical corners which Kelly prefers patrolling his secondary.

Despite his many moves, Kelly isn’t done yet. He still has work to do with the upcoming draft, where he could target a wide receiver to fill the spot of the departed Maclin. But it’s been a promising start for Kelly as he begins to mold the team exactly as he wants it. Here’s hoping his vision works.

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