Eagles Wake-Up Call: Mock Draft Round-Up

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The mock drafts come fast and furious these days, my friends. Back in simpler times (2014), draft projections would be at a trickle this time of year. Now, I think Jimmy Kempski is already on version 3.0 of his seven-round mock (and likely has at least three of the picks nailed).

Let’s cast a wide net around these bad boys to see who the analysts are linking to the Eagles at No. 13 (and beyond):
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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Contemplating Mario Williams

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This is the time of year when teams start shedding salaries. The Eagles released Riley Cooper Monday and freed up about $3 million of cap space in the process. The Raiders cut ties with Nate Allen yesterday to avoid paying his $4.9 million salary in 2016. The Saints parted with six-time Pro Bowl guard Jahri Evans to sidestep paying $3 million that would have come due Wednesday if he was still on the roster.

The list will grow, and could include a pretty big fish that may have interest in reconnecting with Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.  Read more »

Lurie May Have Lost His Way

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Jeffrey Lurie. (USA Today Sports)

It may have been a ruse and it may have been a miscalculation. Either way, it was one of several moments of late that has shown this owner in an unflattering light. Read more »

Report: McCoy Under Investigation For Assault

Kiko Alonso, LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy is under investigation for an alleged assault on multiple Philadelphia police officers, according to 6ABC:

[Update] Here is the police report, obtained by Philadelphia magazine:

On Sunday, February 7, 2016, at approximately 2:45am, the Complainants were inside a Nightclub located at 1XX S. 2nd Street. An argument ensued as to the ownership of a bottle of Champaign, which led to pushing and shoving. At this point all below Suspects, engaged in a physical altercation with Complainant#1 who was then punched and knocked to the ground. While on the ground he was punched, kicked and stomped about his body and head multiple times by all four Suspects.  Complainant#2 and security guards intervened and broke up the attack and all parties were ejected from the club. Complainant#1 transported himself to the Hospital where he was treated for a laceration to his right eye, broken nose, broken ribs, and a sprained thumb. Complainant#2, was admitted to the Hospital where he received eight stitches over his left eye and is currently receiving treatment for a possible skull fracture.  The four suspects were subsequently identified through photographs by the complainants and by the security guards. Video surveillance was recovered from the outside of the club which shows both parties being ejected from the club; however, the incident itself wasn’t captured on video. 
The investigation is active and ongoing; all updates will be sent upon availability.

Complainant #1
:  40yrs old B/M off Duty Philadelphia Police Officer
Complainant #2:  40yrs old B/M, off duty Philadelphia Police Officer.
 
Suspect #1:  27yrs old B/M
Suspect #2:  30yrs old B/M
Suspect #3:  27yrs old B/M       
Suspect #4:  26yrs old B/M
 
The complainants in this incident were off duty Philadelphia Police Officers and the Suspect are reported to be members of the National Football League. 

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Schefter: Eagles Not Expected To Tag Bradford, Interested In Foles

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Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian – USA Today

Is Howie Roseman in the process of undoing a major part of Chip Kelly‘s 2015 offseason overhaul?

According to Adam Schefter, the Eagles are not expected to place the franchise tag on Sam Bradford, though he notes that they still have some interest in re-signing him. Schefter also names Nick Foles as a “name to watch” for the Eagles, saying that new head coach Doug Pederson is interested.

From what we’re hearing, however, nothing has been decided regarding Bradford at this point. Meanwhile, the Foles talk is being labeled as speculation and a potential trade for him very unlikely because of salary cap/dead money issues. While we’ve confirmed that Pederson does like Foles, the numbers likely wouldn’t work even if the Eagles did want to bring him back (at least via trade). Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Case For Franchising Bradford

Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

The Eagles will soon have to make an all-important call on how to proceed at the quarterback position.

February 16 is the first day that teams are able to designate franchise or transition players. That window remains open until March 7 — two days prior to the official start of free agency. Howie Roseman and crew need to decide whether the right move is to apply that tag to Sam Bradford. 

Early signs suggest that neither side is in a hurry to get Bradford into a long-term contract. The Eagles front office has had no problem identifying Lane Johnson and Zach Ertz and Vinny Curry and Fletcher Cox as part of the core group that they want to commit to. When it comes to Bradford, however, there have been plenty of niceties but few true indicators that either party is ready to ink a lucrative multi-year deal. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Why the Eagles Are Being Aggressive

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

You wonder if Fletcher Cox would have been locked up months ago if not for the short-lived Chip Kelly power grab.

Howie Roseman comes from the Joe Banner school of financial management that teaches to sign your core players early. The logic is sound: the money arrow is always pointing up in the NFL. The more dollars that come in, the higher the cap. As the cap grows, so too does the cost of the individual deals. If you have identified someone that you want to keep around long-term, it’s best to strike as soon as possible while leverage is still on your side and before the price spikes.

Cox became eligible for an extension at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Since then, Ndamukong Suh inked a six-year deal that contains a shade under $60 million in guarantees and averages out to about $19 million per year; Cox has elevated his game while marching a step closer to the end of his deal; and the cap jumped $10 million, with another $10 million bump (if not greater) expected to be announced in March for the ’16 season.

Some league insiders believe Cox will command somewhere around $16-18 million per season now, if not higher. Assuming the 25-year-old was willing to play ball last season, the Eagles lost a significant amount of money by waiting.

That (somewhat extreme) example helps explain why Roseman has been so aggressive to start this offseason. Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Here’s what the local and national media are saying about the Eagles this week.

In his latest all-Eagles mock draft, Jimmy Kempski has the Eagles selecting Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch in the first round:

To begin, this will of course be a scenario in which the Eagles will have moved on from Sam Bradford, as I suspect they will. On Sunday, we went through the teams picking between 1-12 in the 2016 NFL Draft, and their likelihood of drafting a quarterback with their first round picks. If I were a betting man, one of the three top quarterback prospects (Cal’s Jared Goff, North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, and Memphis’ Paxton Lynch) will make it to the Eagles at 13. Or perhaps a modest trade up that doesn’t require selling the farm can do the trick. Read more »

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