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Bradley Fletcher signed a one-year deal with the Patriots today, according to multiple reports. With the exception of James Casey, all of the notable players that fell from the tree during Chip Kelly‘s massive offseason shakeup have found new homes.
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We have been getting a lot of questions about the Eagles’ salary cap situation, so we called on cap expert and friend of the blog Joel Corry for insight.
There has been a noticeable shift in approach now that Chip Kelly is fully in charge of the offseason moves, and that applies to the money side of things as well, says Corry.
“When Joe Banner and Howie Roseman were running the cap, the Eagles were very disciplined financially and managed the cap better than practically anyone else in the league,” he said. “Now with Chip running the show, it seems like a different approach where there isn’t much regard to doing things in the most fiscally responsible manner.
“[Roseman and Jake Rosenburg] don’t have the latitude to do things like they did in the past. This kind of goes under the ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ from the cap perspective. The cap approach wasn’t broken. What those guys were doing – starting with Joe and continuing to Howie and Jake – they were doing an excellent job of managing the cap. This approach is a little bit different.”
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Chip Kelly’s first offseason at the controls has been full of twists and turns. The latest? The Eagles worked out quarterback Tim Tebow this morning, a league source confirmed.
Adam Schefter was first with the news.
While there has been some talk of playing Tebow at a different position in the past, a source indicated he was worked out by the Eagles as a quarterback.
Per Schefter, the Eagles have no plans to sign Tebow at this time. Read more »
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When questioned about the level of compensation shipped to St. Louis for Sam Bradford, Chip Kelly — presumably to show the type of value attached to the quarterback across the league — volunteered that he had already been offered a first-round pick for Bradford since acquiring him.
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher gave that claim more weight on Friday when he told Pro Football Talk that he was offered a “low first-round pick” for Bradford recently, but decided to do the deal with the Eagles because he wanted Nick Foles.
Foles, wearing a dark blue golf shirt with a large Rams logo sewn into it, had his introductory press conference in St. Louis Friday with Fisher and general manager Les Snead by his side. It took some six minutes before anyone asked Foles a question, as the reporters were curious about the particulars of the trade process and the departure of Bradford initially. When the focus shifted to him, he revealed that he was just finishing up a workout when he received a call from Kelly telling him that he had been dealt.
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Good old-fashioned recruiting played a significant role in the DeMarco Murray signing, turns out.
While it was initially reported that Murray called Chip Kelly Wednesday, it was actually the other way around. Kelly reached out to Murray, setting the wheels in motion for what turned out to be an eventual union just a day later.
“We talked schemes, we talked sports science and we talked city,” the new Eagles running back told reporters. Read more »
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As if there wasn’t enough quarterback news this week…
Rob Rang of CBS Sports reports that the Eagles held a private workout and had a film session with UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley Wednesday, the same day that Sam Bradford was introduced to the Philly media.
Hundley (6-3, 226) met with Eagles quarterbacks coach Ryan Day at the combine. Speaking with reporters in Indianapolis that week he said that the Eagles’ system most closely resembles the one he ran at UCLA, and noted that he was recruited by Chip Kelly coming out of high school.
“He’s great,” said Hundley of Kelly. “Great individual, great man, love him to death.” Read more »
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After tearing the ACL in his left knee for the second time in as many seasons last August, Sam Bradford suggested he was contemplating retirement.
“To put all the work in to come back and to be ready — I thought that I was playing at a very high level in training camp last year — to have all of that taken away again, there was a brief period of time where I really wasn’t sure that I wanted to go through it again,” he said. “But I went home, kind of cleared my head for a week and realized that there’s no way that football cannot be a part of my life.” Read more »
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Chip Kelly laughed a hearty laugh when asked if the Sam Bradford deal suggests that he will not be trading up to grab Marcus Mariota.
“Let’s dispel that right now,” he said. “I think that stuff is crazy. You guys have been going with that stuff all along. I think Marcus is the best quarterback in the draft. We will never mortgage our future to go all the way up to go get somebody like that because we have too many other holes that we’re going to take care of.”
If you take Kelly at his word, then whatever hope remained that Kelly is positioning himself to move up to grab the Oregon quarterback just flew out the door. Read more »
Sam Bradford. Photo courtesy of USA Today.
For about two hours there — between the time news of the Nick Foles-Sam Bradford trade broke and the accompanying draft pick compensation came to light — it appeared that Chip Kelly was well on his way to executing The Plan.
An inaccurate graphic served as rocket fuel for the thought that the Eagles, by giving away their promising young quarterback for an oft-injured signal caller with a $13 million price tag attached to him, had moved up and secured the No. 10 spot in the upcoming draft. Suddenly, Marcus Mariota was within reach and the vision was starting to take form.
Then reality hit. Not only were the Eagles not getting the Rams’ first-round pick, they were sending out a fourth and a second rounder and getting just a fifth in return. (A conditional pick comes back to the Eagles in ’16 if Bradford is unable to stay on the field.)
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The details of the Eagles-Rams trade were sent over by the team just as the conference call with Kiko Alonso began, so reporters were a bit preoccupied trying to digest the terms and make sense of it all (t0 this point, unsuccessfully). But a few questions were fired off and there was some news that came back in return.
The 24-year old linebacker, who tore his left ACL back in July, does not anticipate being “full go” for April or May but the plan is to be 100 percent by the time training camp starts up. Read more »