Roseman Talks Offseason Issues

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Howie Roseman
sat down with a small group of reporters Monday afternoon to address a few of the issues facing the Eagles this offseason.

There are a lot of questions surrounding the wide receiver position, particularly with  Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper  both set to become free agents.  Roseman said that he’s open to bringing both Maclin and Cooper back.

“It certainly depends on the price in anything that you’re going to do, but…the door is open to having both [back],” he said.




The free-agency plans aren't firm yet, according to the general manager. He will sit down with Chip Kelly over the next week or two to hammer out an approach. Maclin, who is coming off a torn ACL, believes he will be able to participate in OTAs this spring.

"Jeremy has worked extremely hard and is extremely determined to come back. Obviously a guy we drafted and I think the future is bright for Jeremy Maclin," said Roseman.

Some other highlights from the session:

On how the emergence of Nick Foles will impact their offseason approach to the QB position.

"I think we have to be careful in saying what we don't need or what we may have on the roster because you never know what you may need going forward. The way we'll look at it, if there is a talented player player at any position and we have him highly ranked in the draft and he's on the board when we pick, we're going to be interested in him. I think if you get into the mode of, 'We have this so we don't need,' you never know where the league is going to take you.Certainly our roster  looks significantly different than it did two years ago. I think we have to be open-minded but by the same token not force something because it is a very important position, but you don't want to go in saying, 'Hey, we've got to take this position,' and then just waste a draft pick that can be valuable and can get you a good player at a different position."

Is kicker a position that you need to address in the offseason?

"I think we need competition at every spot," Roseman responded. "That makes  people better, it has them rise to the occasion. I know Coach feels the same way. I don't think any option is off the table at any spot to add competition."

On prospects of Vick returning: 

"Mike obviously feels, and deservedly so, that he is a starter in this league. I'm sure that's going to be his first choice. I feel like we have a conversation every year about Mike not being back, and you just don't know how things are going to work out. We all really like and appreciate Mike Vick."

On Jackson's desire to have his deal restructured:

"We don't talk about contract matters of any player. I think it's important that we keep those things in-house. He had a heck of a year and is a good player.

"I thought DeSean worked extremely hard this whole season and played well."

 

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  • Joe from Easton

    I like Howie. I think between he, gamble, and Chip we will have good checks and balances in our approach and should field some really good players. I can’t help but see us as an up and coming team to be dealt with for a good chunk of years. Look what Gamble did in SF. Couple that with Chip’s ability to work with what ever is available to him and the fact that Howie’s last two drafts weren’t so terrible after all, you have the makings of a solid FO and roster.

    • GEAGLE

      Im Genuinly starting to believe that we have the infrastructure in place to get back to the SB….Howie,Gamble,Chip,Billy Davis, Nick FOles, Shady McCoy….We are SET at the key ingredients, now we just gotta keep putting in work, and those 5 men just need to do what they have been doing, and we will be where we need to be in 1-3 years….when you have the right structure in place, it’s only a matter of time

      • anon

        i like billy but there are some d coords looking for jobs…

        • Will

          Billy D did a fantastic job considering the player’s he had….Billy D needs an NT, OLB, CB, FS, SS…

          • anon

            remember when manning came back and was looking at texas. but kubiak said he had his qb b/c texans had gone 12-4 the prior season.

            i think there’s no way billy gets fired but theres nice talent around…

          • GEAGLE

            Insanity….Billy will be GREAT when it’s all said and done…I really feel like we have the right staff…the only ones I really don’t know like that is the secondary coaches…but our front 7 coaches are fantastic, and Billy is ready to grow into the great coordinator his lifelong pedigree has groomed…he put in his time paying his dudes, now is his time for him to cash in and we are fortunate that we have him!!

        • GEAGLE

          You are way off if you think Chip would even entertain that

  • Will

    I really like the job the FO and Chip are doing revamping this roster. Can’t wait to see the transactions over the next 6 months as they continue to upgrade at all positions. On Defense NT, OLB,CB,FS,SS….On Offense who knows what they may try and upgrade…WR I would think…maybe Depth for the O-Line…

  • James Hathaway

    I’ve been waving the Howie flag since last year’s draft when I realized that Cox, Kendricks, Boykin and Brown all had futures in the league. Now we see Curry showing promise, and Foles looks like an absolute steal. I have complete faith in this franchise to get me to a parade in the future. My good, sweet lord. I need another parade.

    • Richard Colton

      you’ve had a parade? what does that feel like? Been waiting since ’83

      • Andy124

        Not a baseball fan? Doesn’t rate super high for me, but I damn sure enjoyed 2008.

        • Richard Colton

          Yeah – I watched them beat the Rays at 4AM. Out of the country. Sore subject. My friends say the key to us winning anything is me being out of the US.

          • cliff henny

            if i show up on your doorstep next mid-feb with oversized suitcase pre-stamped for banglidesh, please dont be offended

          • Andy124

            So, Mexico next JanuaryFebruary for you then.

          • JofreyRice

            haha. I watched them lose to the Yankees while sitting in a hotel room in Ankara in ’09. Had to watch that stupid MLB live update thing on my blackberry because it wasn’t on any of the channels I could get in the room.

            That’s why I don’t travel anymore!

      • James Hathaway

        Yeah, meant the Phils. Not even close to the same level of baseball fan as I am a football fan. I was frothing at the mouth all week leading up to kickoff Saturday night. I’m frothing at the mouth just waiting to see the roster develop and mature.

        I haven’t had this type of excitement around sports since 04. When Kearse was signed, I was FREAKING OUT. Then T.O., and it was like I just hit the lottery. Then I bought the Madden ’04 Players Guide (i know, what a rip-off), and they said the biggest issue with the Eagles was Lito and Sheldon Brown stepping in for Bobby and Troy. That only heightened my frenzy.

        If the Eagles can get a stud rush linebacker, Bennie Logan can gain 20-30lbs, we get a new starter at safety (and maybe even Sam Shields at corner, depending on injury and cost), I’ll be at ’04 frenzy levels.

        • JofreyRice

          Chip Kelly rejuvenated my Eagle fandom. I eventually got really excited in the ’04 offseason, but this is the most upbeat I’ve been this close to the season ending in…ever.

          • Adam

            It’s a fun time to be an Eagles fan. We’ve got a great coach, some solid young skill players and most importantly a QB who’s playing great but we’re not financially committed to him yet. I see all the coaching searches going on this season and brings me back to how desperate we were at the end of it with the “Gus Bus”. People were so pumped because apparently Gus was the first D coordinator to yell at his players and tell them to do their job. We had the bar set pretty low at that point.

            I’m beyond glad that we got Chip last year. Whether Howie works out in the future or not, that’ll be something I’m eternally grateful for.

  • GEAGLE

    To really get where we need to be, we need two WRs(one big boy),’Cooper,Desean Mac and Avant.. we need Celeks eventual replacement. We need a guard to eventually take over for Herremans..Depending on Bamiro or Kelly, we may need to still find Lanes eventual replacement for when he slides over to take JPs spot..

    Defensively, we still need to add the Impact pass rushing OLB, a star veteran safety to compete NOW and bring Wolff along. A 340LB part time NT. A hybrid Safety/CB Honeybadger/Seth Joyner type and an ILB and two outside CBs to groom to start in two or three years.
    ….
    we need to get back to where we start thinking a few years ahead..when guys like Meco!Cary and Brad are ready to move on in three years, we need to already have their replacements in the pipeline, groomed and ready to take over..obviously we have more immediate needs! but we need to fill immediate NEEDS like a star safety, while also start filling the pipelines at every position..Those are ALL our needs to really become an ELITE and sustainable FORCE at the top of this league, obviously we can’t fill them all this offseason.
    Immediate Needs:
    1) Safety Safety Safety, veteran top notch safety! stop screwing around and let’s get right at this position
    ..
    2) WR to compliment Deseean,Coop,Mac

    3) pass Rush OLB
    ..
    4) one more Dlinemen preferably ATleast 330lbs veteran or rookie

    Those are the needs we can’t afford to not fill correctly..After that, just take the best players available to start filling out our secondary and long term needs…

    I will say that if we Invest on Byrd/Whitner AND Seth Joyner NOW, our secondary will be set for years, so we can just start taking 5th and 6th round fliers til we hit on Cary and Brads eventual replacements

    • anon

      so we need literally a whole team?

      • NickS1

        Can’t play with no one on the field! haha

        • anon

          touche

      • GEAGLE

        No, we can easily make the improvements needed to field a contender next year…above are all the needs to Field and SUSTAIN a contender for years to come and transition seamlessly without ever having to rebuild like the Patriots

    • cliff henny

      assume you mean lamarcus joyner, but seth is probably still better than chung

      • GEAGLE

        Hahahaha Seth Joyners old ass…classic. Wtf is wrong with me today? Yes Lamarcus!
        ..
        We want to be a versatile defense that confuses QBs with a million different looks…if we invest in BYRD and Joyner now, it just gives Billy so many exotic options to add to our play book…

        Byrd is the RARE all world safety needed to play Dime, while Joyner and Boykin will be as good of Nickle and Dime CBs as you can find. Dime is so Rare, that the ability to add that to our exsisting 4-2-5 package would give opponents a lot to get ready for while giving us a lot of match up ability…

        A honey badger type like Joyner, with Byrd and Wolff also combine for a Nasty 3 safety look to throw at teams…Those two added to Wolff and Boykin will allow Cary and Brad to get physical with their man and press all day long because we will have the neccessary playmakers behind them…Invest in BOTH players NOW and your secondary is set for years, at that point you just keep taking fliers on late round Big CBs til you find Cary and Brads eventual replacement..

        Improve the pass rush on top of that and a fat bastard to play situationally in the middle and you have all the ingredients for a top defense

        • cliff henny

          joyner is only guy in 2nd round that i’ll allow myself to consider besides landry…only because mike evans was taken in 1st and attaochu (dont think i’ve ever spelled his name the same twice) or jeffcoat is there in 3rd.

      • PrettyNicky1

        Anyone know what this kid’s vertical is? Didn’t know he was only 5’9″

        • cliff henny

          wont come out till combine, seems to have athletic talent to spare. plus, plays alot bigger than 5-9 190. dude lays the wood at the line on much bigger backs, and they go backwards. watched 4 or 5 FSU games, he jumps out every single game. honeybadger without the headache. still remember HB’s post draft interview, can see why eagles had no interests. only thing close was cj spiller’s, how that guy got into clemson is beyond me

          • PrettyNicky1

            I know he’s nasty, I just looked at the list of players’ ratings on ESPN and the height jumped out. It was like 5’8″ and change.

          • cliff henny

            ok, here ya go, this is out of high school, 3yrs ago, 36.5 inches. sure FSU got him well into 40’s.

            http://recruiting.scout.com/a.z?s=73&p=8&c=1&nid=3648244

          • PrettyNicky1

            Good to know. Height obviously jumps out due to Chip’s specificity in the measurables. Thanks.

          • cliff henny

            sure does, and they never let Boykin forgot he’s 5-whatever, do they?

          • PrettyNicky1

            No, no they don’t. Poor guy is the best corner on the team. My question is: If we were to get a guy like Joyner, does he mix in at slot corner and allow for possibility of Boykin to play outside some or no? I’ve heard hybrid thrown around with his name quite a bit, it seems.

          • cliff henny

            fsu plays him as slot/olb as a free safety, exactly what davis tried to do with BB. again, 5-8 190 in college vs 5-8 190 pros, who knows. but yeah, play 4-1-6 or 3-2-6 with BB joyner byrd wolf fletcher and c-wills have no idea who’s coner who’s slot who’s safety who’s blitzing who’s covering and wouldnt get run all over. talk about possibilties, and just secondary. barwin kendricks cole (say draft jeffcoat or attaochu) olb off edge.

          • PrettyNicky1

            Man that’d be such a ridiculous lineup to put out there. Just got slightly aroused.

          • Maggie

            And Sproles, who our D couldn’t stop, is maybe 5’6″.

    • Andy124

      I’ve just decided I also want another good young QB (with the extra 5th round pick we get for trading Graham) so that when Barkley shines this preseason we can afford trade him for a 2nd rounder just like I, err, Andy Reid always did.

      • GEAGLE

        If Howie ends up getting a 2nd rounder for Barkly he will have reached boss GM status

        • Andy124

          Indeed.

        • cliff henny

          why, cousins was going to get 2 1sts

          • GEAGLE

            They talking multiple first round pick four cousins? Barkley better play his ass off this summer lol

          • cliff henny

            fans were. clueless bunch of frontrunners. glad they’re back in the basement where they belong. and to think, was actually pulling for them last year. skins have been so bad for so long, was a nice story. every subway commercial makes me hate rg3kneeoperationsandcounting more

          • GEAGLE

            I never bought the RG3 cool aid…at best, he is Donovan and right now that’s probably an insult to Donovan even if neither are leaders of men…fatal Charecter flaw at QB…Love that reality has quickly sunk in for that loser fanbase

          • cliff henny

            well, good this site didnt exist when 5 was qb’g, you’d get along better with dutch than me. my dog was buried in a mcnabb jersey

          • Andy124

            How’d you feel about him in 2009? I was a big McNabb supporter for most of his career. Around 2008 I accepted he wasn’t going to get any better and we weren’t going to overcome his flaws. 2009 I was completely done with him.

          • cliff henny

            nawh, was never done with him. was a pretty big mcnabb homer. i also turned channel or hit mute whenever he came on tv. been suffering since late ’70’s, so 2000’s were pretty good ride. can also say dawkins has achieved more sustaining ability than mcnabb.

          • Richard Colton

            Woof. 5 will ralways rove you Cliff.

    • Richard Colton

      Odds are we don’t fill all of those needs with premium draft/free agency. So let me pose a question – of the following needs: OLB, WR, Safety, NT/DL – which would you be the least upset if the Eagles fail to either A) sign a free agent who’s name you’ve heard or B) draft a solution in rounds 1-4?

      • dislikedisqus

        WR. Considering they had such a great offense with this year;s personnel, it seems like that is the one of your four areas that could be lowest priority. Need for S and better pass rush seem to me the proper focus.

      • GEAGLE

        Fat overweight NT! They play situationally and we can fill it with a guy coming off his rookie contract who’s stock is way down like 350lb Cordy Glenn from the Ravens, and pray that a change of scenery gets him to rebound to his second round draft status

      • Tom W

        NT/DL easily … you can get a mid- late round guy or big body in free agency for cheap …

        • theycallmerob

          Zach Kerr, NT, U. Delaware, UDFA. I’m calling it now

        • Maggie

          Can you get a QUALITY NT cheap?

    • Tom W

      1) Byrd or Ward – whoever asks for less. Think Hitner won’t be looked at bc of his age (29) … would need to replace him too soon and isn’t elite in coverage like the other two. Browns faced w losing Mack and Ward — can’t franchise both and Banner doesn’t like franchise tag.

      2) Watch the safety from Louisville who just declared as a junior … saw him play a bunch this year .. really hard harder and a great athlete w speed … wasn’t asked to cover one on one alot w wrs but has great HWS that Chip likes — rather than the midget Joyner who I agree is a player but highly doubt we even look bc of his height. Jeremiah grades the Louisville kid easily as second best safety — could be a target in rd 2 as bpa and need.

      3) WR to dominate not compliment the other 3 … there is about a dozen wrs w top 75 grades and a bunch of wrs declaring early .. may be deepest wr class in years. Lot of great wrs getting overlooked besides Benjamin who I mentioned a month ago Will probably be BPA in round 1 at 22 unless something crazy happens and someone falls. However, its probably a good chance a really good wr falls in second round as well. Need atleast one wr to replace Maclin in a year when he goes for the money after taking a one-year prove it deal. Cannot overpay for Cooper seeing he is an easily replaceable average talent in an offense that played to his strengths but would sign him for the right price. Chip almost took Justin Hunter last year in rd2 so I expect a similar sized player 6/3 or over. Must be addressed in draft this year. The other wr from Clemson (not watkins) is a Benjamin clone just needs to add some weight — should be sitting around in rd 3 or 4. Should never have declared but works to our favor.

      4) Edge Rushing OLB …. Unless we can trade cole or graham, both are coming back for one more year. …need a kid to play behind Barwin and start the following year on the other side. This position is key to the entire defense in a 3-4. Must be addressed in draft this year. I wouldn’t wait till rd 3 because this position because really dries up quickly. I would strongly consider moving up to 11 if barr or mack fall to 11 w the Titans but need to keep this years 2 rounder. They are elite prototypical talents at the position that aren’t in every draft (see last year) let alone two. WOuld also be nice if Travis Long turns out to be an nfl player and we can let Cole and Graham walk in a year.

      5) No other position except maybe rb cannot be improved on this team … I would prefer addressing premium positions like Corner before otackle ot ilb cause there is nothing there behind the top 3.

      6) Must not make the mistake of falling in love w guys on our team that are just okay — something our fans do but Kelly has already shown he wont do (te last year).

      7) Steal Colt from Oregon in the 5th if we have too. Wondering if we keep Casey at his expensive price or ask to restructure … or do nothing.

      8) Address depth at backup ntackle AND c/g – specifically someone who can play both positions and move over and start at guard in 2 years possibly.

      9) Resign Kelce a must and Thornton (unless we just tender him for another year bc we believe he is upgradeable). Dont wanna do what banner did and just resign young guys who weren’t elite talents just to save money.

      • Rick H

        Tom W I actually agree with 90 % of your off season needs. Now we can talk about it. However I would say I feel differently about back up running backs. If I could trade Bryce Brown for a 5th I would do it in a heartbeat. We need a slashing back with some serious speed and can also play the slot receiver. Like a McCluster from KC.

        • Tom W

          How bout the Black mamba from Oregon. I hear ya, but I just see that type of player as a luxury …. something we can’t do yet. But what do I know.

          • theycallmerob

            Since he’s being projected no earlier than 4th rd by a lot of folks, I’d absolutely take a flier on him. If he was nothing but a good PR/KR, that’s not the worst value that late in the draft

        • Richard Colton

          DAT?

      • GEAGLE

        Hakim smith is a flat out stud…and moving up ten spots for Mack or Barr isn’t that outrageous considering all Miami had to give up was a second to get all the way to #3 from #12 to steal Dion Jordan from us

      • EagleDuck

        No one is a bigger fan of Lyerla’s game than Oregon fans… that being said, we all call him “Coke Lyerla” for a reason…. http://www.oregonlive.com/ducks/index.ssf/2013/12/colt_lyerla_pleads_guilty_to_c.html

        • cliff henny

          so he has a demon or 2. look at it this way, either kelly was great at covering it up and getting him on field or kelly controlled the issue and got him on the field.

          • Richard Colton

            I actually think Tom’s dead on on this one – a lot of us have been mocking Lyerla in round 7 or UDFA. I think 5th is more reasonable. If he has a combine or private workouts like I think he’ll have, could be higher.

            Memo to Colt – hire Honey Badger’s agent. Whatever he did, worked.

          • cliff henny

            agree. earlier in season, when fantasy gm’g, had celek being cut and colt in 5th, just couldnt wait around for that much talent. then, brent found fountain of hals and ertz stopped dropping balls. now, it’s more if he’s there in 7th, has a ‘ya kinda have to dont you feel’ for me.

          • Richard Colton

            Do they have Gronk and Hernandez? I wouldn’t be surprised if they tried to upgrade the TE position through the draft. The only one I can say for sure will be on the roster next year is Ertz. And yeah, if he’s there in round 7 – I’d grab him. Nobody knows him better than CK.

        • GEAGLE

          They said that about LT! We want Colt, we want Colt we want Colt…the people have spoken

      • theycallmerob

        downvote for the Joyner comment :) gotta defend my man-crush at all costs

        • Tom W

          Understood. Concerned Chip won’t buy in on another short guy in the secondary.

          • theycallmerob

            Obv. can’t speak for Chip, but I’d imagine the measurables are more important for CB than S, especially if he favors the press. didn’t see much this year because the safeties were too awful in coverage to trust. If a S is a little short but a ball-hawk, I’d think it’d be more important. Just my take.
            Also, he doesn’t play that small, not like Boykin getting swallowed up by blockers sometimes. The kid can lay the wood, usually stands up or drives back RBs.

            I am very excited to get a feel for Chip. He doesn’t speak in specifics much, but his actions will speak for themselves. Curious to see what some of the measurables are that he looks for in positions, as well as what positions he places greater value on.

  • dislikedisqus

    It seems odd he doesn’t say anything specific about Cooper while saying positive things about Maclin & DJax. Cooper and Foles have obvious chemistry.

    • Will

      Howie said he was open to bringing back Mac & Cooper…

      • dislikedisqus

        That is neutral, there is nothing like “Jeremy has worked extremely hard and is extremely determined to come
        back. Obviously a guy we drafted and I think the future is bright for
        Jeremy Maclin,” or” I thought DeSean worked extremely hard this whole season and played well.”.. Didn’t Cooper work hard?

  • TNA

    I like how Roseman, Gamble and Kelly think and do things. It seems like they have a Balanced Scorecard approach that’s measuring inputs, process performance and outputs with everything focused on one outcome and one outcome only — wins. One could qualify this by saying they’re after “programmatic (sustained) winning.” I’m also impressed with the focus on competition and the level of meritocracy.

    I wholeheartedly agree with the “take best talent” draft approach over “needs-based” picks, but the relatively high transaction costs of moving players because of “too-much” depth (e.g. Logan>Sops) should be factored in.

  • PrettyNicky1

    Howie, not sure if you got the memo, but you should probably draft Kelvin Benjamin.

    • cliff henny

      memo, andy wrote him a tears and blood soaked manifesto

      • PrettyNicky1

        Well, with the restraining orders being thrown around for certain players, I just wanted to know that I’m doing all that’s possible to ensure that mine was worth it.

    • Adam

      I got the opposite impression last night. Thought he had trouble getting off coverage during his routes and when he went for the ball. Seemed stiff too. I dunno, maybe it was me but he was pretty quiet on the big stage. Nice catch on the TD though.

      • PrettyNicky1

        All the dude does is make big catches, often in the end zone. He’s a monster, put the ball up high and he’s going to get most times.

        • Andy124

          So what you’re saying is that we’re going to draft him, then cut him, and he’ll go on to have a hall of fame career with Minnesota?

          • Javi Echie

            Benjamin is overrated, Id prefer Mike Evans over him as a big bodied wideout. But I am on the Allen Robinson bandwagon that would be the #1 target for me outside of Sammy Watkins.

          • Andy124

            I love Robinson. He’s not a burner, and he’s not huge, but he plays big, runs good routes and has good hands. And PSU bonus!!!

          • Javi Echie

            Robinson is 6’3 210 lbs that’s pretty big but I totally agree with you about him not being a burner but he has great hands, fantastic route runner and is a perfect possession receiver that we need. Mike Evans would be awesome to.

          • Andy124

            Yeah, he’s big, but not “huge” like these 6’5″ and 6’6″ guys that are getting so much hype now. And I actually (incorrectly) thought he was 6’2″.

          • Adam

            Jordan Matthews for Vandy is a a potential target for me as well. I love this WR class.

          • cliff henny

            watched every game of watkins, he’s very overrated. hopkins was/is much better recr and he went end of first. sammy also has the ‘play when he wants to play’ gene. on top of all that, bet his 40 time isnt that great. definitely lost a step since freshman yr. now, mike evans, he’s the dream, but fear he’ll be gone.

          • NickS1

            Evans will be gone, which is why I’m all over Benjamin.

          • Richard Colton

            Nice. Buddy Ryan could be a jerk – getting rid of future hall of famer Chris Carter did nothing for our franchise, but it saved a kid’s life. I’ve always admired Ryan for that.

        • Adam

          He usually does, but I just didn’t find he wowed me much in the BCS game. I’d still rather Evans or but obviously he’s a higher pick.

    • Javi Echie

      Benjamin would also require a high pick and there are at least 5 wideouts I would take before him, but if you want a big body receiver I suggest checking out Martavis Bryant from Clemson. He’s 6’5 200 lbs and he can ball. He was overshadowed by superstar Sammy Watkins but this kid has skills and I would love the eagles to snatch him up in the bottom of the 2nd or if he drops even later the 3rd round.

      • PrettyNicky1

        He wouldn’t necessarily require a high pick, never know when a guy is going to fall. He’s also very raw, and we have the coaching in place to make him a star. I also like Allen Robinson from PSU.

        • Javi Echie

          Allen Robinson is my college man crush lol he’s an absolute monster, but all jokes aside he would be my first choice if we draft a wideout (unless we have a shot at Watkins). Yea I know what you’re saying about Benjamin but there seems to be a lot of hype surrounding this kid if he decides to come out.

          • GEAGLE

            I wouldn’t be upset if we drafted A-Rob…then again I can say that about 20 WRs this year

          • cliff henny

            long as eagles get 2 of the 20

          • PrettyNicky1

            There’s definitely hype, but there’s still the combine, which is why I say it could fall. Lot of time between now and Ap- er, May :(.

  • Birdbrain77

    I just want to say something about the authors of this blog….KUDOS TO YOU for fair and ACCURATE reporting. You don’t sugar coat things and you don’t make outrageous headlines just to drive traffic to the site.

    After reading Tim’s article on Desean yesterday, I came away thinking, “Ok he basically wants some guaranteed money, not necessarily more, just guaranteed.” Tim actually asked the question that way to make sure. Desean even went out of his way to say that he wasn’t looking to make this a problem and that “if it happens, it happens.”

    I went on another football news site and read an article by an author who’s name rhymes with oreo and all he focused on was that Desean said he would like a new deal. He didn’t include any quotes about not making any problems or seeking some assurances; in fact, he insinuated that Desean was making threats to hold out. I commented on the article and called him out for it; I actually included quotes from this site in my comment. Coincidentally, that comment is now missing from the board.

    Now I see an article on csnphilly that says Desean is now “backtracking”. No he’s not. He’s basically re-stating what he originally said. And media members wonder why athletes don’t want to talk to them?

    Keep up the good work gentlemen! This is quickly becoming my only stop for Eagles news.

    • Adam

      Agreed on the DeSean part. Saw a great tweet about it.

      “DeSean has a career year and the media attempts to vilify him? When did Jone Banner get back in town?”

      • Andy124

        That’s good. Who twat that? Kempski?

        • Adam

          @times_yours , great follow

      • JofreyRice

        It’s at the point where I don’t know what else Desean could have done. I mean, what would make people happy, or make them think he’s worth paying?

        • Andy124

          Simple. Grow 8 inches and add 60 pounds of muscle without losing any speed.

        • Token

          Like Bowen said, when they paid him they expected him to play well. You dont get extra money for doing your job as expected.

          You cant set this precedent of giving new contracts every two years. Its a bad road to go down.

          He is a dangerous weapon that would benefit from being a cog in a machine rather than a main focus. I wish they could get another legit WR in the offseason, in addition to keeping Maclin and Cooper at a fairly cheap price.

          We all assume he just wants another bonus. If they could keep the cap hit at 8 mil in the new deal while giving him another bonus then fine. But I dont believe he thinks like that.

          Generally players making 12 mil doent disappear when you need them the most.

          • JofreyRice

            Yeah, but I think the contract was structured to use this as a virtual contract year. It seems like all the parties knew that. Didn’t McLane write an article about it in September?

            I hear you about the playoff game, but not every #1 receiver has a huge playoff game, and it’s not like he didn’t contribute anything. Look at the shitshow AJ Green put on in Cincy; and he’s one of the best young receivers in the game, unquestioningly!

            I have critiqued Desean’s game in the past–and do think that at one point he was a one-trick pony–but he seems to have added another element in 2013. The numbers were outrageous, considering all the other yardage the team was racking up, 800 to Cooper, 2000 to McCoy, etc. I know part of it has to do with the offense, but the guy showed more heart and fire than I’d seen from him, ever.

          • Token

            He still acts like a Ahole on the field when things get tough. Throwing his hands up when not seen or a pass is missed. Oddly, he didnt seem to do those thing Saturday from what ive seen.

            I still think hes mostly just a one trick pony. And thats fine. Id feel way better about the whole thing with another legit WR on board. Jackson, Maclin, Cooper and a #1 or #2 quality WR.

            Im my mind I see Jackson outside opposite a bigger more physical chain mover. Just a sure hands, good route running, can go get the ball type of guy. I see Cooper working in a good number of snaps. Maclin would be in the slot.

            I still dont think its a good move to keep tearing up deals. If its structured with a lower cap hit and they can get out of it in 2 years then so be it. But still dont like the precedent.

          • JofreyRice

            I agree we need a guy to win contested balls, but I don’t want to see Jackson in another NFL Uniform. The last contract shows he’s not making unreasonable demands. He wants to be paid handsomely for performing at a high level. Seems fair, to me.

          • Adam

            Yeah, Chip’s offense doesn’t have a clear #1, #2 and slot receivers like most do. It’s more like 1A, 1B, and 1C. We don’t need to replace DeSean, we need to compliment him. If we have a guy that can pull some of that double coverage away from him it would open up a lot over the top for DJax.

        • Adam

          I’m part of the minority but I actually feel for him. It was a loaded question and the guy who asked it (Reuben @ CSN) knew exactly what he was doing when he asked it. I asked him on twitter and he said the context was and it was apparently about the fact that he has a new agent now compared to the guy who negotiated his last deal, which I think is complete BS because he didn’t say anything about agents in the question.

          People say “well he shouldn’t sign it if he didn’t want to play it out” but thats BS too. Everyone and their dog knew he wasn’t going to play the year with that cap number at that this would be the year they renegotiated it to either get rid of him or give him more guaranteed $ and lower the cap number. I knew it, DeSean knew it, and so did Roob. He just asked to make controversy and he accomplished it.

    • ftotheyu

      I agree. I think Tim and Sheil are two of the best Eagles bloggers out there. They are level-headed, educational, and analytical. I also want to give a shout out to the Birds 24/7 readers who–judging by the comments section–are an informed and reasonable bunch. There are few trolls or people on here stirring things up with crazy talk.

      • Explorer51

        It’s important to note that both Tim and Sheil have credibility; Tim’s press credentials allow him to ask DeSean questions and Sheil gained experience (and had a terrific column) at Philly.com. So many bloggers, including several who write about the Eagles, have no journalistic background or experience; all you need is a free account with WordPress and you’re good to go! I totally agree, as well, with your assessment on the folks who comment here; lots of smart thinking and when there are disagreements they are (usually) friendly. Kind of like a bar without the alcohol and fist fights…

    • Mike aka Wazdakka777

      I use to love Kudos as a kid, they were always to small though.

  • PaoliBulldog

    Well, I don’t think Roseman said ANYTHING.

    Benjamin is tough to evaluate but I don’t think I’d draft him in the top 50. He’s a physical marvel but hasn’t played at beast level much.

    I’d be happy to resign Cooper and Maclin and draft an LB and S in the first two rounds.

    • GEAGLE

      He said he wants “competition” at kicker…which means Alex won’t be flat out waived….sigh

      • cliff henny

        maybe fsu’s kicker has an older brother.

        • Andy124

          He lives in Norway.

          • Richard Colton

            We talk about Byrd and Kickalicious so much it can’t possibly happen.

  • Andy

    Re-sign Donnie Jones yesterday.

  • DJ007

    We have a lot of holes fo fill
    before we could even think of superbowl (from highest to lowest
    priority: OLB, S, CB, WR, OG, ILB, NT

    Plan for free agency:
    – Cut: Alex “BLOWS” Henery, P.Chung, C. Matthews, J. Maehl, C. Marsh, M.Vick
    – Sign: TJ Ward or Bernard Pollard (S), P. Soliai (NT), L. Tynes (K)
    – Resign: N. Allen & Coleman (Backup Safetys), R.Cooper & J.Maclin & A.Benn
    (cheap deals), D. Jones (multi-year extension), C. Geathers (Backup DL)

    – Draft: Trade down 1.Rd pick to end of 1.Round to pick up additional 3rd round pick
    1.Rd: Edge-Rusher – Kyle van Noy (OLB, 6-3/245)
    2.Rd: Marcus Roberson (CB, 6-0/195)
    3.Rd: Martavis Bryant (WR, 6-4/200)
    3.Rd: Terrence Brooks (FS, 5-11/200)
    4.Rd: Tajh Boyd (QB, 6-1/225)
    5.Rd: Max Bullough (ILB, 6-3/245)
    5.Rd: Brandon Thomas (OG, 6-3/315)
    7.Rd: Ted Bolser (TE, 6-6/252)

    What do you guys think about this plan?

    • Richard Colton

      I, for one, love your caseymatthews plan.

    • Maggie

      Probably great plan if you’re the only one drafting.

  • GEAGLE

    Hahaha NFL insiders just had Howie on, pill Polian asked him all these awesome questions about offseason needs and Howie said nothing! Gave the most generic answers you can imagine…Howie makes it sound like we are stacked Seattle sitting in complete BPA mode as if you don’t have immediate needs

    • cliff henny

      us fans arent much better, we think anyone who’s ever played in philly or oregon should give hometown discount.

  • JofreyRice

    Not a whole lot here to dig into. Like I said, I’ve got more faith in the FO than I’ve had in awhile. Overall, they’ve done a solid job of giving Kelly guys he can win with.

    • cliff henny

      com’on man…this article seems right in your wheelhouse. had me on the anti-howie side of the fence for awhile.

      • JofreyRice

        haha. Well, results trump agendas!

        I’m generally skeptical by nature, so Lurie’s assurances about who had made all those awful picks didn’t hold much water for me. Aside from this year, if you look at the direction the franchise was headed–and not only wins and losses, but talent–it had gone into a nosedive since Roseman was named the GM. Couple that with the dramatically different direction the team took to FA (actually spending coin on positions they really, really needed), and the fact that Reid/Banner had so much success in the early part of the decade, it seemed like Howie was the variable.

        Maybe he was. Maybe he learned. Maybe he wasn’t. Who knows?

        Still don’t love his FA moves, but it sounds like Chip is really the one in control of the roster–which as long as it’s not too much for Chip, is great. Roseman deserves credit for his tenacity in getting Kelly to Philly, and whatever input he had in the coach selection process.

  • Tom W

    Any chance some other team tries to steal Tom Gamble and make him their GM??? or has that ship already sailed this year..

    • Richard Colton

      ‘Fins just fired Ireland

      • Tom w

        Looks like I called that one.

  • DJ007

    Cut Henery immediately, sign L. Tynes…freaking kickers cost us now 2011 & 2014 playoff runs

  • Fly High

    Recently there were 7 or 8 players signed to “futures” contracts? What are Futures Contracts and how do they work?