Source: Mathis Absent For Start Of OTAs

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Evan Mathis did not show up for the start of the Eagles’ Organized Team Activities Tuesday, a league source confirmed. CSN’s Derrick Gunn was first with the news.

The Pro Bowl guard has not participated in the team’s offseason training program to date. Spring workouts are voluntary. The first time players are obligated to be in attendance is for the team’s mandatory minicamp from June 16-18. Should he skip those, he’ll face a hefty penalty. Read more »

Bradford’s ACL: What Are the Odds?

Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Much of the angst surrounding the Sam Bradford acquisition is tied to that twice surgically-repaired left knee of his.

The 27-year-old first ruptured the ACL in October, 2013 against the Panthers when he planted awkwardly while being pushed out of bounds late in the game. He suffered the same injury 10 months later in a preseason contest against the Browns as his hyperextended leg momentarily bore the weight of a falling pass rusher. Two tears in the span of a year does not exactly inspire confidence that the knee will hold up moving forward. And it seems logical to conclude that a player who has multiple ACL injuries on his resume would be more susceptible to a third.

But that’s not necessarily the case.

To get a better understanding for the situation, we spoke with Dr. James L. Carey, Director of the Penn Center for Advanced Cartilage Repair and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. From Dr. Carey’s vantage point, does the fact that Bradford is coming off two ACL ruptures make it more likely that he will sustain a third?

“No,” he replied. “In my opinion, I don’t think that he’s at an increased risk for a third injury any more so than his other knee or the knees of any other NFL quarterback.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-UP Call: OTAs Begin

Chip Kelly

Today marks the start of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) for the Eagles. What are OTAs? Non-contact practices, basically. Now in Phase Three of the offseason conditioning program, the team is allowed to engage in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

A total of 10 practices are permitted over the next several weeks. The Eagles’ OTA schedule breaks down as follows: Read more »

Memorial Day Reading: Rebuilding Year?

Chip Kelly with service members during the team’s Military Appreciation Day in 2013. Photograph by Matt Rourke, AP

Chip Kelly with service members during the team’s Military Appreciation Day in 2013. Photograph by Matt Rourke, AP

Thank you very much to the men and women who serve and sacrifice for our country, including those in our Birds 24/7 community.

We hope everyone is getting some down time in over this long weekend. Like many of us, the Eagles will be back at it tomorrow as OTAs begin. We’ll give a more detailed preview in the morning.

If you need a fix in the meantime, take a listen to Mike Missanelli’s interview with Jon Runyan. The former Eagle and U.S. Representative believes that we should reserve judgment on Chip Kelly until he’s had the chance to build the roster in his vision, and has no issues with his decision to “hit the reset button” prior to Year 3. But Runyan cautions that said transition might be a bumpy one at first. Read more »

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?

Rick Osentoski / USA TODAY Sports

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

Photo By Jeff Fusco

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 »

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