McCoy And the Running Back Market

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Photo courtesy of USA Today

Jeremy Maclin called the idea that the Eagles have to choose between him and LeSean McCoy “crazy”, and in one respect, he’s right.

The Eagles are estimated to have about $20 million in salary cap space heading into the 2015 league year. Some money will get gobbled up — Maclin has to get paid, the 2012 draft class is up for new contracts and they need to allocate some dollars to free agency — but it’s not like they’re strapped. This front office is one of the best at manipulating the cap, and there are ways of freeing up money in other areas (via restructuring, pay cuts etc.) if need be. It doesn’t have to be McCoy.

It’s more about how this team wants to proceed as it maps out its financial future. Read more »

Riddick Offers Strong Takes on Roseman, Marynowitz

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Louis Riddick believes that the Eagles front office has been “cleaned up” with the recent restructuring and that the proper people are now in their proper roles.

The former Eagles director of pro personnel turned ESPN analyst sounded bullish on the Chip Kelly-Ed Marynowitz pairing and was candid in his remarks about Howie Roseman, his former boss.

Appearing on the Jon and Sean show on 97.5 The Fanatic, Riddick was asked about the reports of a toxic environment inside the NovaCare and how much Roseman might have been responsible for that.

“Leadership to me is all about credibility and being trustworthy, competency and being someone who people respect as far as your skills are concerned, and then the kind of impact you have on others and the kind of impact you have on the work environment as a whole,” he said. “That’s what leadership is. When you’re in a position of leadership, that’s what you have to bring to the table. When you start to hear news of it being a toxic environment, obviously you are not fulfilling those three criteria as far as I’m concerned from a leadership perspective.  So you can draw whatever conclusion you want from there.” Read more »

Jeremy Maclin Talks Contract

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Yesterday, LeSean McCoy discussed his contract situation while making the rounds at Radio Row. Today, it was Jeremy Maclin‘s turn.

Maclin, who is still not under contract for 2015, was asked if he expects to continue his career in Philadelphia.

“Yeah. I’ve always said that,” Maclin said, via NJ.com. “But at the same time you have to understand what is going on.” Read more »

Eagles Name Marynowitz VP Of Personnel

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles have named Ed Marynowitz their new vice president of player personnel.

“Ed is someone who has really impressed me going back to my interview process with the Eagles two years ago,” said Chip Kelly. “He’s very bright, detailed, organized and his vision was aligned with what we want to accomplish. I spoke with a lot of people outside of our organization over the past few weeks and in the end, Ed was the most impressive.

“I can’t tell you how well thought of Ed is in the scouting business. What many people in the football community told me matched exactly what I thought of him from Day One.”

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Wake Up Call: Dungy Likens Mariota To Rodgers

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Opinions vary on Marcus Mariota, but the ones that like him seem to like him a whole lot.

We know that Chip Kelly has a soft spot for the Oregon signal-caller, recently likening his ability to process information to Peyton Manning‘s. Tony Dungy, meanwhile, compared Mariota to another elite signal-caller: Aaron Rodgers. 

“I think Marcus has a lot of the same skill set. He has the same drive and determination. I just really think the world of him as a person. I just think he’s special,” said Dungy, via JoeBucsFan.com. “If I watched Jameis [Winston] as much, and knew as much about him, I’d probably have a similar opinion but I just think Marcus is going to be sensational in the NFL.”
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An Update On the GM Search

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Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Eagles have expressed interest in Packers director of college scouting Brian Gutenkunst and Ravens director of college scouting Joe Hortiz for their vacant personnel executive position, according to Pro Football Talk. But they will not have the opportunity to interview either of them.
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Wake Up Call: Could Foles Be Trade Chip?

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Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Today’s question comes via email from reader Matt:

I had a question about the Eagles drafting Mariota (you’ve heard of that possibility right???). I’ve seen the arm and a leg scenarios about what we’d need to give up to go from 20 to the top five. I’ve heard the names Cox and McCoy most often when talking about adding in current players in addition to draft picks…What I don’t think I’ve seen yet is Foles’ name mentioned as a bargaining chip. He has to have value around the league, right? Wouldn’t one of these teams at the top like the Bucs, Titans or Jets want to hedge their bets a little on drafting a quarterback and instead take Foles who has shown some success, plus our 1st round pick and maybe one more or a 2nd round? That would cut down on the amount of picks for us to give up, while still giving that team a viable starting option from Day 1. I know it’s a big gamble to give up on Foles, but if we think Mariota is the answer, there’s no point in having 2 QB’s right?

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