Vick Weighs In On DeSean Jackson

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Michael Vick
provided some interesting comments about the DeSean Jackson situation on Tuesday.

During his appearance on Mike & Mike, Vick was asked why the Eagles might be looking to move on from the 27-year-old receiver.

Chip Kelly is a leader. I think you have to know Chip Kelly to understand what kind of person he is,” said Vick.”DeSean is not a bad person by any stretch, but I think certain organizations want things done a certain way. DeSean is a very productive player and everybody has a lot of respect for him but at the end of the day, Chip Kelly’s decision and what he’s going to do is his decision.” Read more »

Source: Eagles Interested In Mark Sanchez

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The Eagles are interested in quarterback Mark Sanchez, according to a league source, but there is still a hurdle or two to clear.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen says the Birds are expected to sign Sanchez, who was recently let go by the Jets. We were told that a signing is not yet imminent, mainly because there is still a medical evaluation process to go through. The 27-year-old missed the entire 2013 campaign after injuring his throwing shoulder in the preseason. He had labrum surgery back in October. The Jets designated Sanchez’s release as a “failed physical.” Read more »

Roseman and the DeSean/Culture Question

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ORLANDO — It’s not really about the “if” anymore. The Eagles are looking to deal DeSean Jackson and everyone – from the executives roaming the halls of the Ritz-Carlton this week to the fans at home – seems to know it.

It’s really about the “why.”

Why would the Eagles be looking to get rid of a 27-year old wide receiver who is coming off a career year and his third Pro Bowl bid? If you are in serious pursuit of this franchise’s first Super Bowl championship, why remove one of the most productive players from that equation?

This is how Howie Roseman responded to that inquiry: Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Owners Meetings Begin

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ORLANDO — The NFL big dogs aren’t exactly roughing it this week.

The owners meetings officially get underway this morning but by Sunday the plush Ritz-Carlton, nestled next to a golf course on a picturesque plot of warm Orlando soil, was buzzing with league executives and coaches. There’s some business to attend to between now and when the meetings close on Wednesday afternoon but it’s very much a social scene — team brass rubbing with team brass over long dinners, a late-night cocktail or a quick nine. Not a bad setting if you wanted to, say, casually discuss a certain 27-year-old Pro Bowl receiver while smoking a cigar fountain-side. Read more »

DeSean Believes He Is On His Way Out

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DeSean Jackson
believes his time in Philadelphia is coming to an end.

According to multiple sources close to the wide receiver, the sentiment within the Jackson camp is that he will not be with the Eagles in 2014. One of his top confidants relayed that Jackson is now “pretty much convinced” that he will not return.

This is a change in perception from even just a few days ago. The 27-year-old wideout had some concern about his standing on the team following a wave of reports suggesting he could be on the outs in Philly. That concern was heightened by the fact that he had not received any assurances from Chip Kelly or the Eagles organization. Our understanding is that the team had not contacted Jackson directly as of mid-week, though they have apparently spoken with his agent, Joel Segal, in recent days.

Jackson has gone from being uncertain about his future with the Eagles to firmly believing he will be elsewhere next season. Read more »

Twitter Mailbag: QBs, DeSean And Picks

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For a chance to have your question published on Birds 24/7, send it to @Tim_McManus.

From @MKevinBonner: Are the Eagles planning to sign a vet backup QB or will they roll with Barkley? ?

 Michael Vick is scheduled to visit with the Jets Friday. Seems like a very logical landing spot to me. If he’s off the market, the top five available quarterbacks (per Rotoworld) are Josh Freeman, Shaun Hill, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kevin Kolb (who is expected to retire) and Colt McCoy. I don’t see anyone who would be an obvious choice over Barkley, who the Eagles seem to have some confidence in. Read more »

Cosell On Receiver Fits For Chip

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Whether DeSean Jackson is on the roster or not, chances are the Eagles will be tempted to pull the trigger on a number of quality wideouts throughout the draft.

“I think we’re going to be sitting there in every round and there’s going to be a receiver we  like,” said Howie Roseman at the combine. “It’s just going to happen that way…Guys will be pushed back because of the quality and the depth of the class.”

Add NFL Films Senior Producer Greg Cosell to the long list of analysts and executives that are calling this the best receiver crop in recent memory. Out of this group, which are the best fits for Chip Kelly and the Eagles offense? We asked Cosell for his take, and he offered four names to consider.
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Wake-Up Call: A Look At the Safety Position

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The safety picture may not be complete, but it is starting to come into focus.

The Eagles signed Nate Allen to a modest one-year deal Monday, bringing the number of safeties on the roster to five. Allen, who is entering his fifth NFL season (kind of hard to believe, isn’t it?), joins Malcolm Jenkins, Earl Wolff, Keelan Johnson and Chris Maragos.

That looks pretty different from the 2013 group, which included Allen, Wolff, Patrick Chung, Colt Anderson and Kurt Coleman.

It appears that the Eagles have upgraded the position, if only because Chung is out and Jenkins is in. Read more »

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