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The Eagles have signed wide receiver Miles Austin to a one-year deal worth $2.3 million, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Austin turns 31 in June. He appeared in 12 games with the Cleveland Browns last season and finished with 47 catches for 568 yards and two touchdowns. He was placed on injured reserve in December because of a kidney injury.
Prior to joining the Browns in 2014, Austin spent the previous seven seasons as a member of the Cowboys’ receiving corps. His best campaign came in 2009 when he racked up 81 catches for 1,320 yards and 11 scores. Hamstring injuries kept him out of the lineup for parts of the 2011 and ’13 seasons. He was released by Dallas in March of ’14 in a cost-cutting move.
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The Eagles signed linebacker DeMeco Ryans to a one-year contract extension Monday, the team announced. His deal now runs through the 2016 season.
Ryans, who was entering the final year of his deal, carried a $6.9 million cap hit this season prior to the restructure. It looks like that number will go down in the reworked deal.
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There was no bitterness in Jeremy Maclin’s voice.
He had hoped to stick with the Eagles for the next stretch of his career. He watched his former team throw out guaranteed dollars to outsiders like Byron Maxwell and DeMarco Murray. He said his decision wasn’t all about the money, while admitting that the contract obviously played a role.
But Maclin seemed happy when he addressed reporters at Todd Herremans’ charity event last week. And why shouldn’t he be? He got $22.5 million guaranteed, will be playing for the coach who drafted him and is returning to his home state.
Maclin even praised Chip Kelly, saying he believes in his former coach and expects the Eagles to be productive offensively for years to come.
The topic of how the Eagles will replace Maclin is one that will be discussed often between now and draft time. For the second year in a row, the Birds will return to training camp without their leading receiver from the previous year. Read more »
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Overall, Rodney Harrison said that he is pretty excited about what Chip Kelly and the Eagles are doing this offseason. He thinks dealing LeSean McCoy and replacing him with DeMarco Murray was the right call. He suggested that Kelly’s decision to allocate more resources to the defensive side of the ball is a sign of growth out of the head coach.
When it comes to the quarterback swap, though, Harrison sounded skeptical at best.
“Really the only move that kind of caught me off guard was the Nick Foles [trade],” the former Patriot safety and NBC analyst told 97.5 The Fanatic. “I really like Nick Foles. I thought he could be similar to Joe Flacco. I really felt like this kid had an opportunity to be special, especially in that offense.” Read more »
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Let’s check in on the rest of the division.
Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas does not think Adrian Peterson is in the cards for the Cowboys.
When you are around the Cowboys you learn to never rule anything out, so I will not speak absolutely on what could happen between the Cowboys and Peterson. My opinion? I don’t see it happening. There are just too many hoops to go through and that “financial discipline,” that they were praised for just a few weeks ago would go out the window. It would take premium picks (top three rounds) to get Peterson out of Minnesota, provided the Vikings are even willing to do it. The Cowboys would not be able to fill needs elsewhere by giving up multiple picks. Read more »
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From Connor Barwin’s contract to Jason Kelce’s view of the QB situation to Jeremy Maclin’s praise for Nick Foles, here are three Eagles leftovers from Todd Herremans’ charity event on Thursday night.
1. Kelce is one of the Eagles players who stays in the Philadelphia area and works out at the NovaCare Complex in the offseason. That means he’s already had a chance to get a first impression of new quarterback Sam Bradford. So what does Kelce think?
“I’ve been meeting with him and going over things,” Kelce said. “I think he’s a guy that comes off as very cerebral, very smart, very quick. He’s had a lot of bad luck in his career as far as injuries are concerned and as far as… I don’t want to throw any offensive lines under the bus, but I think he’s much better suited now with us. I think that he has a good chance to be very successful in this offense.”
As for the draft, Kelce said he doesn’t think the Eagles will make a move to land Marcus Mariota. Read more »
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ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. held a conference call Thursday and praised the Eagles selection of Jordan Matthews last year. Despite hitting on that pick, he thinks that wide receiver is the Eagles number one priority going into draft night on April 30.
Kiper explained that the Eagles’ stockpile of bodies at the cornerback position doesn’t make that hole as much of a need as some other places.
“The put themselves in a position with [Byron] Maxwell coming in, with [Walter] Thurmond coming in, that they don’t have to take the cornerback early on,” Kiper said. “They’re a team right now that could go several directions. You think about if they want an offensive linemen, an outside linebacker, if you want a receiver, I think that could be a possibility now for them, wide receiver.”
Kiper is very optimistic about the future Matthews. Read more »
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Here are some Eagles-related links to check out this weekend.
Noted Chip Kelly enthusiast and Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll believes Kelly knows what he is doing. From CSN Philly:
“I think the people in Philadelphia should be very excited about the changes that are coming,” Carroll said this week at the owners meetings. “Maybe they can’t see it — the vision is not clear to them. Chip knows what he’s doing. It’s going to be interesting to see.”
As someone in the same situation as Kelly, Carroll, the head honcho of player personnel in addition to coach in Seattle, pointed to Kelly’s record for a strong vote of confidence.
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DeMeco Ryans expects to be healed up and ready to rock come training camp. More from Mark Eckel of NJ.com.
“I’ll be ready to go when training camp starts, no doubt,” Ryans told New Jersey Advance Media. “That will be like the end of July I’ll definitely be ready by then. I’ll be out there at the start of camp.”…
Ryans missed the final nine games of last season, and has been re-habbing consistently at NovaCare to get back on the field. He says he is right on schedule.
“It’s going really well,” he said, “I’ve been jogging on the field. The program is right on schedule, there have been no setbacks at all.” Read more »
Between Chip Kelly‘s time at Oregon, Ed Marynowitz‘s days alongside Nick Saban at Alabama and their respective years in Philadelphia since, the new personnel tandem has a healthy amount of player evaluation and program building experience. On the flip side, they are both still pretty green when it comes to operating at the pro level. Kelly and Marynowitz have a total of five years in the NFL between them, and are new to their roles as heads of construction.
Given that, are they leaning on anyone to help them with the draft process, trade evaluations and the like while they get their feet wet?
“No,” Kelly said flatly during his session with reporters at the owners meetings. Read more »