The Eagles’ offseason program gets underway today, and may do so without one of the team’s key offensive pieces. According to Paul Domowitch of the Daily News, Evan Mathis is expected to be a “no-show” at the start of the voluntary workouts.
Word surfaced at the owners meetings back in March that the 32-year-old was in search of a new contract and that the Eagles, in turn, were open to dealing him. Mathis signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract in the 2012 offseason. He has three years remaining on that deal, and is scheduled to make a base salary of $5 million this season.
Mathis has started 47 of a possible 48 games since joining the Eagles in 2011. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the fist time in 2013 and was a first-team All-Pro. Philly has been good to him and he has been good to Philly. It’s hard to see why either side would want to part ways from a football perspective. But there is a business side as well. Read more »
Add Odell Beckham to the list of receivers coming to Philly for a visit.
The LSU wideout told Sirius XM that he is meeting with the Eagles this upcoming week. The team has already reportedly entertained Texas A&M’s Mike Evans, Indiana’s Cody Latimer, Kelvin Benjamin out of Florida State and Marqise Lee from USC. Latimer is projected as a Day 2 pick; the rest of the group have first-round grades. Read more »
Former Eagles scout Daniel Jeremiah, now an analyst for the NFL Network, took part in a conference call alongside Charles Davis Thursday. Several Philly-related angles were explored.
One topic of conversation was Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley, who some see as a fit for the Birds at 22. Interestingly enough, Jeremiah compared Mosley to a current Eagles ‘backer.
“I think he’s very good in coverage. I think he’s an excellent blitzer. But the most impressive aspect of his game is his instincts. I remember scouting DeMeco Ryans at Alabama, and that’s what set him apart was his instincts. I personally think he’s a better player than DeMeco was coming out, and DeMeco has had a nice career. Read more »
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I can see Robinson as a fit. He’s a big (6-3, 220), physical receiver who got it done in multiple ways on the college level. As Sheil points out, 28 percent of his catches last season came on screens, and he averaged over 14 yards after the catch on those plays.(The quick receiver screens were a pretty big part of Chip Kelly‘s offense last year.) The Penn State product is a reliable pass-catcher who will fight for the ball downfield and provide a nice option in the red zone. Plenty to like even if he’s not a burner. Read more »
The Eagles weren’t planning on taking a quarterback in the fourth round last year, exactly. There wasn’t really a plan at all in that sense. They had Matt Barkley rated significantly higher than any of the remaining prospects, and decided the best value play was to move up to grab him. Pretty straightforward.
Funny thing about this time of year: We know that the Eagles have been disciplined about choosing the best available player in recent drafts and that most teams try to stay true to that approach, yet we often predict and project based on need. It’s our answer to the blindfold as we try to make our darts fly a little straighter. We’d be better served looking back at the Zach Ertz pick in the second round and the Barkley selection in the fourth and realize it’s about the player and not the position.
If it was about the position, it would be about quarterback. It’s no secret that this league is largely about having quality signal-callers, and Howie Roseman has made it known that the Eagles won’t stop hunting even though Nick Foles laid claim to the starting gig with a spectacular 2013 season. Read more »
An NFLPA arbitrator found that DeSean Jackson owes Drew Rosenhaus over $500,000, according to a report.
Per Rand Getlin of Yahoo! Sports, it was determined that Jackson owes his former agent a grand total of $516,415 in unpaid loans and agent fees. Read more »
Calvin Pryor was on the road en route to Cincinnati when Birds 24/7 caught up with him.
Considered the top safety in this draft class alongside Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, the Louisville slugger has been a man in demand during the pre-draft process. His travels have taken him to Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Chicago and New Orleans, he says. Up next, the Bengals. And next week he’s scheduled to meet with the Falcons and Jets.
Philadelphia is not on the itinerary, however, and the Eagles have not held a private workout for Pryor. Does that mean he is off the team’s radar? Read more »
Kurt Coleman defended former teammate DeSean Jackson on his way out the door.
Coleman, who has agreed to terms with the Vikings, joined NFL Radio on Sirius XM Monday and talked about Jackson’s release and the notion that he was a problem in the locker room.
“I think Philadelphia is going to miss him big time,” said Coleman. “I find it troubling to hear some of the stories — and I don’t know who is really putting them out there. I thought DeSean was a good guy in the locker room. He was someone I could talk to and could relate to. Read more »
UCLA outside linebacker prospect Anthony Barr has a visit scheduled with the Eagles, a league source confirmed.
Ross Jones of FOX Sports was first with the report. Barr is scheduled to be in Philly on April 23.
The 6-4, 255-pounder out of UCLA recorded 23.5 sacks and 41.5 tackles for a loss over the last two seasons while playing outside linebacker. He started his college career on the offensive side of the ball as a running back. Barr estimated that he dropped into coverage about 30 percent of the time last season, and said he fared pretty well. Rushing the passer, though, is his primary objective.
“Von Miller, Aldon Smith, Clay Matthews, DeMarcus Ware, guys like that,” said Barr on the NFL players he looks up to. “One day I’d like to be named with those guys.” Read more »
The Eagles inquired about Bills running back C.J. Spiller prior to landing Darren Sproles, according to CSN’s Geoff Mosher.
Like Sproles, Spiller is a pass-catching threat out of the backfield. He is also four years younger than Sproles. The Bills weren’t interested in moving the five-year vet so talks never got very serious, according to the report. It’s an interesting nugget nonetheless. Clearly, Chip Kelly prioritized finding a versatile weapon to add to the mix this offseason, particularly given the decision to move on from DeSean Jackson. Read more »