Eagles Wake-Up Call: Reduced Role For Cooper?

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Let’s get to this morning’s question:

Financially, it doesn’t make any  sense to move on from Riley Cooper this year. His $4 million salary is now fully guaranteed — $3 million of that was already locked in, and the rest became guaranteed on the fifth day of the league year — so the Eagles might as well try to get some kind of bang for their buck.

What we could see is a reduced role for the five-year vet depending in part on how the young core develops. Read more »

Eagles Wake Up Call: Is A Bradford Extension Realistic?

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Rick Osentoski / USA TODAY Sports

Let’s get to today’s question:

Shortly after the Eagles acquired Sam Bradford,  a report surfaced that they were attempting to rework/extend the quarterback’s deal. Chip Kelly recently acknowledged that the two sides have had contract talks. Safe to say there is interest on the team’s side to get something done.

And Bradford wants to be here by all accounts. His camp did its part to try and prevent a draft-day trade by getting the message out that he would only sign a contract extension in Philly. He has landed in a quarterback-friendly system that has some similarities to the 0ne he excelled in at Oklahoma, and believes he has a real chance to resurrect his career under Kelly and his former coach, Pat Shurmur.

There is mutual interest, so an extension can’t be ruled out. The challenge is finding a contract that makes sense for both sides.
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Notes: Eagles, Hicks Agree To Terms

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

The Eagles and third-round selection Jordan Hicks agreed to terms on a four-year contract Thursday, the team announced. All six of their draft picks have now agreed to terms.

There is not much to haggle over when it comes to rookie deals under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. As Andrew Brandt explained, the length of the contract (four years, with a fifth-year option for first-round picks), salaries and signing bonuses are essentially predetermined under the new CBA.

There was some wrestling early on over the inclusion of “offset language” in contracts for first-round picks, which provides some financial protection for a team if they decide to release a player and that player ends up signing elsewhere. Without it, a player is able to double-dip, receiving both the guaranteed money from his old club and whatever his new team pays him. This seems to be less of a conversation now league-wide, as teams have dug in on this issue. The Eagles have made sure offset language is included in their first-round contracts, and that applies to Nelson Agholor‘s as well. Read more »

Irvin: Murray Makes Eagles Team To Beat In NFC East

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Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Irvin isn’t buying the plug-and-play theory. Good offensive line or no, he feels that DeMarco Murray was critical to Dallas’ attack, and believes his decision to sign with the Eagles has altered the NFC East hierarchy.

“Philadelphia upgraded immensely in [the running back] department,” Irvin said during an appearance on 97.5 the Fanatic Wednesday. “LeSean McCoy is a bad man. He’s a great player and he beats defenses; he shakes you off, he fakes you out, he runs around you, he gets to the end, to the corner, everything.

“I call LeSean McCoy a guy that beats defenses; I call DeMarco Murray a defense-beater. That’s the difference. He ain’t running around nobody. He’s running through you, and now you’ve got all these defensive backs on the football field trying to tackle a defense-beater, not a guy that beats defenses.” Read more »

Eagles Hire Joseph As Director Of Pro Personnel

Ed Marynowitz.

Ed Marynowitz.

The Eagles named Dwayne Joseph director of pro personnel Wednesday. He replaces Rick Mueller, who was let go earlier this month.

ESPN’s Adam Caplan was first with the news.

Joseph spent the past two seasons as the Bears’ associate director of pro personnel. Prior to joining the Bears in 2012, he spent eight years with the Dolphins, mostly as a pro scout. The one exception was 2007 when he served as Miami’s assistant director of pro personnel. Ed Marynowitz was on the Dolphins’ staff as a scouting assistant that year.

Chip Kelly told reporters at the owners meetings that Marynowitz is responsible for constructing the personnel department.
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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Evans Holding Onto Walk-On Mentality

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Love from the football world has been a little hard to come by for Randall Evans.

He received no Division I offers coming out of Miami Palmetto High School — apparently due in part to an error in a local paper’s database that credited him with three interceptions his junior year instead of seven — and ultimately chose to walk on at Kansas State (at the urging of none other than Michael Beasley).

Evans went on to start 31 games for the Wildcats. He finished his college career with seven interceptions, 29 passes defensed, 210 tackles and five forced fumbles, and was named first-team All Big 12 this past season. Despite his production and NFL body type (6-0, 190), he did not receive an invite to the Senior Bowl or NFL Combine. So he put his energy into his pro day, where he ran a 4.44 40 to keep his name in the game.

It took some serious door-kicking, but Evans ended up on an NFL roster and even upgraded his title from “walk-on” to “draft pick” in the process. The walk-on mentality, though, remains.
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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Betting On Numbers

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Tommy Gilligan / USA TODAY Sports

Prior to the draft, Ed Marynowitz was asked for his thoughts on what it takes to hit on picks in the later rounds.

“I think the best philosophy to have is, ‘What can they do?’  There is a reason why, certainly, they’re not a guy that is in the top three rounds.  But it’s more about what they can do rather than what they can’t do in the later rounds,” he said. “I think sometimes in the later rounds you may defer a little bit more to numbers in terms of testing numbers and what they have in their body.  You want guys that have athleticism and traits that can translate.  Guys that are wired the right way in terms of being willing to develop and improve as players.”

Brian Mihalik is the manifestation of that philosophy.

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