Worilds Linked To Eagles Once Again

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Photo courtesy of USA Today

The Eagles were showing interest in Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds this time last year, but Pittsburgh kept him off the market by applying the transition tag.

This time around, Worilds is almost certainly going to make it to free agency, and the Eagles reportedly remain interested. According to NBC’s Dianna Marie Russini, they are expected to go after Worilds as soon as free agency opens. The “legal tampering” period begins on March 7, and deals can become official at 4 p.m. on March 10. Read more »

Westbrook Reacts To McCoy Trade

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Brian Westbrook said his initial reaction was surprise when he found out that LeSean McCoy had been dealt to Buffalo, but then, after going over some of the conversations he had and whispers he heard within the NFL’s inner-circle, he concluded that it really wasn’t much of a surprise at all.

Westbrook — a longtime mentor of McCoy — arrived at the same thought that Todd Herremans floated just a few days before: when it comes to skill position players, Chip Kelly believes the system will take care of it.

“I think Chip Kelly, the way he views things – especially on the offensive side of the ball – is that he can almost plug-and-play. He can plug-and-play anybody, and as long as his offense is doing what he wants it to do, it will work,” said Westbrook in a phone conversation with Birds 24/7.
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Reaction To the McCoy-Alonso Trade

Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

I texted with a member of LeSean McCoy‘s inner circle. His thoughts?

“(Expletive) BS!”

With that, let’s take a look at how people around the league are reacting to the deal that is expected to send McCoy to Buffalo for former Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso. Read more »

Eagles Sign Linebacker Brad Jones

Brad Jones. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Brad Jones. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

The Eagles have signed inside linebacker Brad Jones to a two-year contract, the team announced.

Jones (6-3, 242) was released by the Packers last month after playing his first six seasons in Green Bay. He started 36 games over that time and amassed 293 tackles, 10 sacks and two forced fumbles. The former seventh-round pick out of Colorado has 33 special teams tackles over his career. Nine of those came in 2014, per Pro Football Focus.

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Inside Voices: Graham Not Out Of Picture

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

The league year begins in just over a week. Here’s the latest Eagles buzz as free agency approaches and the draft draws closer:

* The Eagles still have interest in re-signing Brandon Graham. The two sides are expected to meet early this week, we’re told, presumably to try and knock out a deal.

It’s understandable why the Eagles would want to hold onto the 26-year-old. He has had a high production rate in two years under Chip Kelly, turned into a solid special teams contributor this past season and is already familiar with the system and culture. Without him, they would likely have to dive into the free-agent pool for help. And while they could theoretically grab someone like Jason Worilds, whom they’ve shown interest in previously, they would probably have to overspend to get him. Read more »

Tag Deadline: The Latest On Maclin

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Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles have until 4 p.m. today to place the franchise tag on Jeremy Maclin.

If they opt not to use the tag, they’ll have four-plus days to work out a deal before other teams join the bidding. The “legal tampering” period begins March 7, when clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with the representatives of players who will become free agents on March 10.

Applying the tag would keep Maclin off the market, allowing the Eagles more time to work on a long-term deal with him exclusively. The downside is that they would owe him $12.8 million this season if they cannot come to terms. That would eat significantly into their cap space.

My sense is that the near $13 million figure will dissuade the Eagles from applying the tag. If that proves true, they’ll be operating from here on in without a safety net. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: What About Tyvon Branch?

Tyvon Branch. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Tyvon Branch. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Today’s question comes from Tom via email:

What’s up with Tyvon Branch? Could he be a fit?

‘Tis the season when teams shed salary prior to the start of the new league year (March 10, 4 p.m.). The Eagles have already released Todd Herremans and James Casey.  Defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois (a one-time target of the Eagles) was cut by the Colts and has since been picked up by Washington. Other players that either have been or reportedly will be released include defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka (Giants), defensive tackle Kendall Langford (Rams), running backs Steven Jackson (Falcons),  Reggie Bush (Lions), DeAngelo Williams (Panthers) and Peyton Hillis (Giants), receivers Tedd Ginn, Jr. (Cardinals) and Jacoby Jones (Ravens), cornerback Wil Blackmon (Jaguars), linebacker A.J. Hawk (Packers) and tight end Anthony Fasano (Chiefs).

The latest addition to this growing list is Oakland safety Tyvon Branch.

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Free Agent Options At Guard

Mike Iupati. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Mike Iupati. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

The Eagles have a hole to fill at right guard after deciding to part ways with respected veteran Todd Herremans.

While it’s possible someone in-house (Matt Tobin, Allen Barbre, etc.) steps up, there is no clear-cut answer on the roster. It seems likely, then, that Chip Kelly will be hunting for options both in free agency and the draft. First up is free agency, which opens March 10.

Here is a look at the top-five available guards, according to Rotoworld: Read more »

King Predicts Eagles Will Trade Up For Mariota

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Robert Hanashiro / USA Today

Peter King’s first mock draft of the season will only fuel the Marcus Mariota-to-Philly hype.

King takes a shot at predicting how the first 15 picks will play out. He has Chip Kelly moving into the No. 5 spot to grab his quarterback.

*5. PHILADELPHIA
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon

*Trade: Washington gets Philadelphia’s first- and second-round picks this year, and first- and fourth-round picks in 2016. Washington could be moving from five to 20 in the first round by doing this deal, with GM Scot McCloughan scoring points with his new boss for not giving away the store in a trade, but rather acquiring the store. This has so many poetic points to it. The Eagles gave Donovan McNabb to Washington a few Easters ago; now Washington would be giving a longer-term quarterback, theoretically, to Chip Kelly. Kelly would be reunited with the quarterback he recruited out of a Hawaii high school and helped make a star in college football. It just feels right, though Howie Roseman will have to be dragged kicking and screaming into giving up so much draft capital for a player with some question marks.

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