Stefen Wisniewski. (USA Today Sports)
The Eagles are expected to sign offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski to a one-year deal, a source confirmed.
Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports was first with the report.
The 27-year-old Wisniewski (6-3, 295) started 77 games over five years for the Raiders and Jaguars — mostly at center. With Jason Kelce slotted into the starting center role for the Eagles, Wisniewski will likely compete for a starting guard spot and at the very least can provide depth at both the guard and center positions.
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If the Eagles don’t come away with one of the top quarterbacks in the first round they’ll go searching later in the draft for developmental prospects that, as Doug Pederson says, “would be good fits at the No. 3” behind Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel.
We called on Greg Cosell of NFL Films to get his take on some of the mid-to-late round QBs. Here’s what he had to say about Ohio State’s Cardale Jones, Stanford’s Kevin Hogan, Dak Prescott of Mississippi State, Jeff Driskel of Louisiana Tech and NC State’s Jacoby Brissett. (You can check out his thoughts on Christian Hackenberg here.)
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If you want to know how focused the Eagles are on the quarterback position, just look at their coaching staff.
Doug Pederson, former quarterback. Frank Reich, former quarterback. John DeFelippo, former quarterback. Howie Roseman has mentioned on multiple occasions the benefit of having access to so many QB experts as they go through their evaluations. That expertise should certainly come in handy while sifting through the 2016 quarterback class in search of talent that will translate, and will absolutely be put to the test when it comes to former Penn State signal-caller Christian Hackenberg. Read more »
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Turns out, that Howie Roseman-Doug Pederson road trip is to see none other than Cal quarterback Jared Goff.
According to former Eagle scout and current Bay Area analyst John Middlekauff, the Eagles are working out Goff in Berkeley today.
Goff (6-4, 215) is considered one of the top quarterback prospects in this draft along with Carson Wentz. He completed 64.5 percent of his throws as a junior last season and threw for over 4,700 yards with 43 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Read more »
Jeffrey Lurie and Chip Kelly at the press conference announcing Kelly’s hiring. (Jeff Fusco)
A few takeaways from three days at the owners meetings:
— Strolling down one of the grand hallways at the opulent Boca Raton Resort & Club following Tuesday’s media session with Jeffrey Lurie, we ran into Chip Kelly and said a quick hello. Parted ways, walked a few more paces and bumped into Howie Roseman. A couple more, and there was Don Smolenski. One after the other after the other. The whole gang, back together again.
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BOCA RATON, FL — Chip Kelly‘s hour-long session with reporters at the owners meetings Wednesday helped shine a light on the level of dysfunction that existed in the Eagles’ front office last season.
Kelly said he never really saw Howie Roseman after the power shift that gave the head coach control and pushed Roseman out of the personnel department. Further, they did not talk directly, per Kelly, and instead used Ed Marynowitz as an intermediary.
Is that a way a front office should work? Shouldn’t there be communication between a cap guy and a personnel guy?
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BOCA RATON, FL — The intent all along, Jeffrey Lurie said, was to have Howie Roseman calling the shots this offseason. And though they were open to hiring a personnel head earlier in the offseason, the “plan was always sometime in May to make that final decision.”
Reasons for lack of transparency on these subjects earlier in the offseason can be debated, but nevertheless, the truth that had been apparent for some time was finally verbalized by the owner: Roseman is in charge.
“Yes, without question,” responded Lurie, when asked if Roseman will be held accountable for the moves made this offseason. “And he’ll be accountable for how well the player personnel department does in the future because that’s an important hire going forward. It’s not just one person, it’s a department, but he’ll be responsible for the quality of that department.”
One thing that has been harder to pin down is how Lurie has held himself accountable for his handling of the organization over the last several months and years. Read more »
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BOCA RATON, FL — A wide-eyed John Harbaugh grew more and more animated as he recounted a tale about one special teams play from way back in 1999 to sum up his thoughts on the make-up of Doug Pederson. Read more »
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BOCA RATON, FL — Today is presumably the day where “accountability will be 100 percent acknowledged” by Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie.
The last time Lurie spoke, he refrained from clearly defining Howie Roseman‘s role and level of authority, saying that he did not want to telegraph the team’s intentions given the “competitive nature” of their search for a new personnel head. That search, as we know, set off on a path to nowhere. Even if it had netted someone, it was evident that the new hire would have answered to Roseman and not the other way around. The candidates were aware of this. There was no real need for evasiveness, other than perhaps to kick the issue down the road where the PR hit might be less severe.
To that end, mission accomplished. Read more »