By By Rich Tandler
Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, March 8, six days before NFL free agency starts.
News and notes
—The Eagles are showing a reluctance to rest on the laurels by trading for Michael Bennett. Trading for a player who is 33 years old and has a cap hit of nearly $8 million doesn’t make sense for a lot of teams, especially one that was about $10 million over the 2018 cap before the trade. You have to think that some teams would be reluctant to deal for Bennett due to his high profile as a social activist. But the deal works for the Eagles, who have a window of opportunity while paying Carson Wentz on the rookie wage scale. They are very aware of this while other teams in a similar spot do not seem to be. They may pay for it down the road like the Seahawks are now, but they want to collect more Lombardi Trophies in the meantime.
—How aggressive will the Redskins be this offseason? Their quarterback will not be on a rookie contract but it’s reasonable to expect that he will outperform his $17 million salary this year. They have been stuck near .500 for the past three seasons. Will they take some chances and squeeze some big contracts into small 2018 cap numbers? Will they use their top draft picks to fill immediate needs rather than being patient and taking the best available player? Trade some future draft picks for immediate help? It would be surprising if they did go the aggressive route. If they do, there is no guarantee that it will work. We will find out starting over the next several days as the pre-free agency frenzy gets...