Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Foles Factor

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It’s safe to assume last week was a good one for Nick Foles.

The Eagles’ starting QB saw the front office lock up four of the guys who make his job easier: left tackle Jason Peters, center Jason Kelce and wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper.




Of that group, Cooper specifically offered a big thank you to the guy who threw him the ball in 2013.

"A lot," Cooper said, when asked how much Foles' presence factored into his decision. "I mean, I wouldn’t be put in this situation I'm in now if it wasn't for Nick. He came in and what a tremendous player and a tremendous guy. He believes in me. He likes throwing me the ball. He’s a great player, and without him I wouldn’t be here to be honest with you. We definitely have good chemistry, and that weighed in a lot into the decision."

Cooper finished the season with 47 catches for 835 yards; 34 and 673 of those came from Foles.

The Eagles' signal-caller threw the ball Cooper's way even when he wasn't necessarily open. Cooper saw plenty of man coverage without safety help, and Foles realized sometimes his best option was just throwing the ball up and letting his wide receiver make a play.

To Cooper's credit, he did an outstanding job of tracking the ball downfield, averaging 17.8 yards per catch, third-best in the league.

There was a common theme last week when the four re-signed players addressed the media. They all talked about a good feeling surrounding the organization after last year's turnaround. There was a sense that the culture has changed and the arrow is pointing in the right direction.

A big part of that is Chip Kelly, but Foles is certainly a factor as well. For offensive players, there's not much more important than stability at the quarterback position. And Foles' 27-touchdown, two-interception performance in 2013 opened some eyes - even among players like Maclin who never played a snap.

"You want to go somewhere where there's a quarterback who can throw the ball and play good football," Maclin said. "I think Nick’s gonna be a tremendous quarterback in this league for many years to come. And I’m happy I can be a part of that."

An offseason priority for Kelly and Howie Roseman was to make sure Foles has the pieces around him he needs to be successful once again. There could still be upgrades to come - in the draft, specifically - but the QB is going to have a nice array of pass-catchers and a stable line to protect him in 2014.

With anything close to a repeat performance, Foles will be the one likely to cash in next offseason when he's allowed to renegotiate his contract.

WHAT YOU MISSED

Jairus Byrd seems likely to hit free agency, according to reports. What does that mean for the Eagles?

What they're saying, including the possibility of the Birds landing Brian Orakpo.

Nick Saban says officials regulated how fast Kelly could play last year.

Three leftovers on the Maclin deal, including Roseman referencing the Denver Broncos.

Maclin explains why he turned down a multi-year deal from the Eagles.

Might the Eagles look into trading for Dion Jordan?

On the Johnny Manziel visit, D'Qwell Jackson and Brandon Graham's trade value.

Jason Kelce, sweatpants and $37.5 million.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

Tommy Lawlor of Iggles Blitz offers his thoughts on Jordan:

Jordan should be an Eagles target, assuming that his shoulder is okay and that Kelly likes him. Kelly said a bunch of positive things about Jordan last year, but you don’t know how much of that was PR fluff and how much was legit praise for his former star player.

Originally I thought pick 22 and Brandon Graham would be a fair price to pay for Jordan, but if Miami is shopping him, the Eagles might be able to get a better deal. I’d be ecstatic if they could give Graham and a 2nd rounder for Jordan. In a fantasy world, the Eagles would then use pick 22 on a good DB and would give the defense a major boost.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times mocks Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix to the Eagles:

Philadelphia's safeties were a disaster last season, and "Ha Ha" Clinton-Dix would be a welcome upgrade.

COMING UP

This is the last day for teams to use the franchise tag, plus we're eight days away from free agency.

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  • GEAGLE

    Orakpo has NEVER sacked Romo…no thank, I like my OLBs foaming at the mouth to hit that pansy..

    Worlids would never never never sign on a team that has Cole and Barwin, he is tired of splitting snaps…but we have a really good relationship with his agent so I won’t completely rule him out

    • TNA

      If Worlids signed, my guess is that Cole would be giving him a blow. And perhaps he’ll see how many snaps the D played last year and think that he’ll still get plenty of action. Of course we know that if he played (and if there is an upgrade at safety) there won’t be as many as snaps because they’ll be getting off the field at a much higher clip on 3rd downs.

      • GEAGLE

        I doubt we would sign an OLB, especially with the Dion rumor(we could already be in talks)…just too much money already allocated to OLB to add another one…Howie doesn’t do dumb ish

        • Joe L

          You really think there’s anything to the Jordan talk? A new GM isn’t moving the #3 pick a year later for anything less than a 1st and a solid player.

          • GEAGLE

            Just watch…. It’s happening!! Lol

          • George

            See: Richardson, Trent.

          • Andy124

            Yeah, if they view it as the mistake has already been made and the only alternative is to cut their losses, it’s the right thing for them to do. The mistake would be doubling down on him.

            This of course hinges on them being convinced he’s a mistake, which presumably they are considering they’re shopping him.

          • CJ

            Look up the definition of “sunk cost”. As George points out as well, I’m pretty sure that’s Trent Richardson’s face on the page.

        • TNA

          I agree. But what about signing Worlids, cutting Cole and trading Graham/pick for DJ? Would that work?

          • GEAGLE

            Not really, because if Dion develops how he should in 365 days we will have Worlids bitching about sharing snaps with him…Dion needs to play on 3rd down next year, we can’t pay Worlids and not allow him to rush the passer, makes no sense..easier to time share Cole and Dion because Cole is elite against the run where Dion will struggle this year, but Dion is good where Cole struggles in coverage and pass rushing…

            Neither are ready to play 3 downs next year, but together they for like voltron to combine for a pretty bad ass OLB

          • oreofestar

            Barwin is here for the long term hopefully we pair him up with Dion and have 2 OLBs set for the next 4 years

          • GEAGLE

            That would be the prefered plan

          • oreofestar

            Hopefully Dion is just a beast in a 3-4 under Kelly and gets like 10 sacks a year

          • GEAGLE

            Maybe Not this year, but I’d expect that by 2015

          • oreofestar

            Yeah I agree he is work in progress but hopefully some split time with Cole and maybe even learning some things from Cole should help ease him in to be a great OLB in the future

          • Nfl All Day

            Kinda like Trent got 10 sacks last year? Most of them in the final 8 games when he started getting comfortable in the scheme. You mean like that. Reports of Trents demise may be greatly exaggerated. Unless Miami is willing to take Curry or Graham, I dont see us giving them a high pick when we could draft an OLB and play him behind Trent until its time for Trent to move on.

    • Joe L

      So because he’s never sacked Romo that means he doesn’t want to? I don’t get your point.

      • GEAGLE

        Really wouldn’t read too deep into a joke…I don’t even think about him because I know we won’t sign him

        • Joe L

          Oh. That was a joke? Good one…….

          • GEAGLE

            What a dick. Senseless cuntery

    • Token

      Jordan has barely ever sacked anyone in his football career. Yet you love him. Interesting.

  • GEAGLE

    We need to get deals done next year with Boykin and Kemdricks, so Howie might as well start playing nice with Byrds agent now lol

    • G_WallyHunter

      Damn eh, they all have the same agent?
      Howie works out side deal saying reward us with a nice contract for Byrd and ill make you a very happy agent next year with Kendy and Boyking, that’d be funny

      • GEAGLE

        It happens..GMs cultivate relationships with power agents and Egene Parker is as powerful as it gets…Eugene, Byrds agents doesn’t actually represent Boykin, Kendricks, but Eugene is the president of the agency football division, who just aquired the agents of Boykin and Kemdricks so it’s all under the same umbrella

        • G_WallyHunter

          Ah ha, ok so ya close enough, not directly related but the 2 agents that represent Byrd Kendricks and Boykin are all under the same football division that Eugene is president of, got it, hopefully it means something positive like you said

          • GEAGLE

            Basically Eugene won’t run point on the Boykin Kendricks negotiation, but Howie will know that they have the backing of Eugene…Eugene would step in if things blow up, but those deals shouldn’t be issue after how well Boykin and Kendricks play this year….Howie was here when Eugen forced the bills to give us Peters, maybe they have a decent relationship already, Howie seems to kill me with kindness

          • G_WallyHunter

            Good to know, the next 8 days are going to be damn fun, Eagles trade for Jordan and get Byrd all while giving up BG and a 2nd rounder, and Byrd cap space… haha ya wishful thinking but imagine THAT

          • GEAGLE

            Dude, I’m starting to think Dion isn’t that much wishful thinking and a good chance to be real, my problem with the Dion situation is the timeline, with crazy free agent period, the Dion deal won’t happen now…most likely closer to draft time…which means it’s going to mind flock me for the next 3 months smh

            Root for the dolphins to have trouble signing quality Olinemen! and running backs. That should make them more desperate to trade Dion for a draft pick

          • oreofestar

            Dion thing would not happen until after FA cools down so maybe in April but Hopefully we get Byrd/Ward and Carrington or maybe a corner if they like a guy at a certain price

          • G_WallyHunter

            Would be fantastic ya, but to get Dion and still keep the first rounder? Is that wishful thinking. With only 7 picks for eagles, they don’t exactly have extra picks to give in a trade, BG and 2nd seems reasonable if the dolphins see the value in BG and if they’ve been paying attention to what he’s done on limited snaps for the past 2 years..

          • GEAGLE

            I assume it would be wishful thinking, but it would depend if anyone else is offering a first rounder…if the best offer they are getting is a second rounder, then a 2nd and one of our players should get it done..if someone’s offering a first, we have to top that, which I’m more then happy to see us do

          • NickS1

            Only thing that worries me regarding Boykin is that he doesn’t want to renegotiate his rookie deal until he has a chance to prove himself outside. That’s where he wants to play, and that’s where the money is for corners, so he may wait it out until we move on from Cary or Fletch to get that opportunity. I don’t rule him testing free agency out of the equation, yet.

          • travis papa

            For a man who claims ignorance of the salary cap you have a legendary knowledge of sports agents and their inner workings. Nice

          • GEAGLE

            I’m not as clueless to the cap as I pretend..I actually always been a good numbers guys, I just find thinking about the cap a waste of time, since we been the cap Super Bowl champs since I was in high school, we always have money to do whatever we want and always have 10m left over

    • Token

      Id think its unlikely Boykin resigns here. The kid has made it pretty clear he wants to be a outside starter. Looks like he wont get that chance here. We have him in the slot for 2 more seasons.

      • Tikkit

        Totally disagree. The FO has shown that they want to retain drafted players. Projecting that he won’t be starting outside in the next 2 seasons and that he won’t resign if he isn’t on the outside leaves zero room for him beating out Fletcher/Williams/whomever they draft. That goes against Chips “competition at every spot” philosophy.

        • GEAGLE

          Yeah I don’t get wtf Boykin has made clear, but we ain’t losing him

          • Token

            Hes said multiple times. As much as he can without coming off as a problem.

            Heres one

            http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-eagles/Brandon-Boykin-wants-to-play-outside-CB-Bill-Davis-isnt-so-sure.html

            The kid will get the shot. Here or elsewhere. Thinking hes gonna resign here just because its the Eagles is foolish. Not how it works.

          • GEAGLE

            Bet u a beer he is here longterm

          • Token

            Its kinda like Seahawks fans thinking they could have Walter Thurmond in the slot forever. Just doesnt happen. Its their careers. Boykin strives for more and he will get that shot. Your one of these guys that thinks the players will stay just because its the Eagles. Kinda silly.

          • GEAGLE

            No I’m one of the ones who thing players will stay on a good team if they offer them a good enough contract that keeps them from becoming a free agent

          • Token

            Unfortunately, thats just not true. Boykin wants a shot outside to play full time. Wants a shot at that starters money. Cant get that from the slot playing half the snaps.

          • travis papa

            Perfect example is al Harris. If isn’t given his shot outside at some point he will be this gen of eagles fans’ al harris

        • Token

          Id like to think he gets a chance there, especially next year when we need 2 corners potentially. But if he doesnt get that shot, dont bet on him staying. It doesnt matter if the Eagles want a deal, players have a say.

          • Tikkit

            You also need to allow for the fact that the slot CB is becoming more of a full time player in the pass, pass, pass. Boykin is an ascending star he’ll beat out the outside guys if he’s good enough. When he does that, he gets paid.

          • Token

            No, its not really though. At least not here. As good as Boykin played last year he only was in 50% of snaps. Roc friggin Carmichael played ahead of him outside.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            That’s BS only because Davis made it clear he wanted Boykin to stay in the slot all year to “master” it. He may come out competing for the outside spot in day 1 of OTAs/camp. Too early to make any prediction on his appetite to stay based on use if that differs at all this year

          • Token

            Nah, they just said at the combine hes staying in the slot. They just dont want him out there. Size thing maybe, its a shame.

            http://www.csnphilly.com/football-philadelphia-eagles/brandon-boykin-stay-eagles-slot-specialist

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            wow, had not seen that, thanks.

            the only other quote I saw that gave me hope was this:

            “When you talk about the nickel position, really, with the [three-wide] offenses in the NFL, they’re playing 60, 65 percent of the plays,” Roseman said.

            I imagine the ideal scenario, or almost base look, for Davis is a 3-3-5. I fully believe he feels they will run that > 50% of the time, and likely more, due to the expected high scoring being done by the offense.
            (p.s.- anyone know if there’s a precedent set by DEN’s defense last year? they were always up by so much, curious if their pass and run defense formations were heavily skewed).
            As those 3 kids on the DL grow, they should effectively control the LOS by themselves. Versatile guys like Marcus Smith, KVN, Barwin, and Kendricks (if he’s extended) can go 3-wide and surprise rush from any spot.
            I think they wanted this more in ’13, but everything was too new and Chung sucked too much.

            at least, that’s the eternal optimist in me. maybe we win a super bowl or deep run in ’14 and Boykin values some things more than $. But, if they continue the trend (and most of all the snap count) from last year, I’d be compelled to agree with you

      • cliff henny

        agree he does want a shot outside, but 2 yrs is a long-ass time in the NFL. C-Wills and Fletcher will be gone, and Eagles will have the cap room to work him in. any player taken in ’12 or ’13 draft the eagles want to re-sign, have little fear it wont happen due to way Howie structures cotracts and increasing sal cap. if the trend continues next couple drafts, could end up with a case of too many good players, and FO will have to play little more hardball and pick and chose homegrown talent. great problem, look forward to it.

      • MediaMike

        So why can’t Boykin move outside in 2015 on a new contract and if we’re comfortable demoting / cutting Williams or Fletcher going into that season?

        • Token

          next year we need two new corners. Or maybe they resign Fletch. Maybe they sign a Shields this year. But we need 2 next year. So we will know by then.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            I’d almost bet a toe (not the big or pinky) we take at least a project in the 5th and later. Frame/athlete who just needs technique and seasoning. hopefully 2. There’s just a lack of good talent hitting the FA market, this year or next

          • MediaMike

            Why do we “need” two? I get why we’d want to upgrade, but Fletcher, Williams, Boykin, and developing draft pick would be a solid 4.

          • Token

            Well, Cary is gone. Hes due 8.4 mil next year. Hell, hes due way too much money THIS year but has too much dead to cut.

            Fletch is on his final year. So they would have to resign him. 3 mil seems good for Fletch. If I can get a Sam Shields for 6 its well worth the upgrade.

            So I say they need 2 because one is certainly gone and the other is likely gone. Now maybe they get a FA corner this year to plan ahead and just cut Fletch now. Tho he could stay as a #4 for a season because he makes little. Maybe Boykin can slide out next season so they only need one. MAYBE they draft a CB and him and Boykin take over next year.

            Just a thought. However they decide to do it, they will need 2 corners.

          • MediaMike

            That’s fair. It wouldn’t shock me if they played a game with Cary’s contract by extending him another year but with no new money. They could pay him almost all of the $8.4 in 2015 as a bonus, but reduce his cap number to $4.2 in 2015 and 2016.

          • Token

            I dunno I hope not. Cary blows. Consistently one of the lower graded starters in the league. I think he was always meant to just be a stop gap player.

      • Nfl All Day

        Sorry dude but Brad Fletcher isnt holding up Boykin. The kid will either move outside, or get payed like it to play the slot.

        • Token

          Well you would hope not, but he certainly is right now. You cant afford to pay a slot guy starters money.

  • TNA

    Debate on whether Kelly’s system made the players, or if the players made the system is like asking which came first, the chicken or the egg. Barring injuries, this is a powerhouse offense, whose players have been playing together for at least 2 years. Ertz and LJ are the only appreciable additions. The familiarity that comes with continuity is huge. Especially on the offensive line. However, adding Kelly was like adding a block of cornstarch and a tub of Tabasco to a thin soup that otherwise had all the right ingredients.

    • Joe L

      You’re gonna lose a lot of people once they get to the corn starch part. Otherwise, agreed.

      • TNA

        With the snow keeping me home, my mind is on cooking, cooking on the mind. Ha.

      • Maggie

        Almost everything you eat, which was commercially prepared, contains cornstarch. Even your Mama’s soup or stew was thickened with cornstarch or flour. ;~p

    • Kev_H

      The genius of Kelly is that he isn’t tied to a “system”. It’s clear he’s good enough to figure out what works best for the players he has. For the players, they have to be smart, coachable, and team first, which is far from a given in the NFL.

      • Tikkit

        That’s the very thing that the media still doesn’t fully buy/understand. He’s all systems, all the time.

  • dislikedisqus

    More nails in the coffin for the idea that the Eagles will deaft an option QB to run CK’s offense in lieu of Foles.

    • TNA

      If any of the QBs (or any position for that matter) are sitting on the board providing a lot of value, they will be taken. If Manziel is on the board in RD 3, he will be taken. There was a good piece in the Inky talking about the value of drafting QBs. Apparently NE has drafted 12 QBs since Brady took over. And the Eagles got a 2nd round pick for Mr. Heather Mitts after he was taken in later rounds and developed. I totally agree with this approach to drafting.

      • Kev_H

        But they aren’t going to target running QBs. Just like last year, they might take another guy like Barkley if they think he’s the best guy.

      • dislikedisqus

        Read the whole comment. I said “in lieu of Foles”. Drafting a backup QB is different. NE has not drafted 12 QB “in lieu of Brady”.

        I seriously doubt Manziel falls to round 3. I can see him falling to Round 2, but someone will bet 2d round money on him.

        • TNA

          Got it. Sorry for the misread. Also not speculating that Manziel makes it to Rd. 3 on my end. That’s just an example of a QB who would be drafted in Rd 3 if the Eagles have a Rd 1/2 grade on him and don’t see any other player providing that kind of value.

          That said, CK is all about competition. If a QB (Barkley or drafted or FA) shows they can sustainably run the offense better than Nick, that guy is going to start. And I don’t think anybody, including Nick, would argue with that. So “in lieu of” doesn’t really factor into the calculus. I hope every QB they draft has the potential to be a starter for the Eagles, whether it’s to replace Nick or not. I’m obviously reading way too much into your comment so I’ll stop, but I agree that we should generally dismiss off the bat any stated opinions out there that the Eagles are going to draft this player or that player because it’s to fill a need or replace a current player. That’s why the “mock drafts” are a complete joke because generally they justify their picks by arguing that the Eagles (and other teams) need a safety or LB or whatever.

  • GEAGLE

    “You know you have a good football team when the veterans teach the young players how to take their jobs”-Mike Vrabel….Trent Cole, love you Bud, but I’m gonna need you to teach Dion the ropes lol

    • oreofestar

      yep! Cole can help us for another year before he i inevitably released

  • oreofestar

    If Ward and Byrd are still free men in 8 hours then at least one should come to us and at this point I do not even care which one

    • dmancine9

      if we do decide to sign one of them, and money isn’t the deciding factor, we should choose the better fit- Byrd’ a FS and Ward’s a SS. They’re both versatile, but ya gotta think about who they’re lining up with (for example pairing Byrd with Calvin Pryor or Ward with Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix)

      • MediaMike

        Or Bryd w/ Wolff or Ward w/ Nate Allen.

      • Maggie

        I believe the argument should be, if one of them decides to sign with us! Us meaning the Eagles, of course.

  • G_WallyHunter

    Anybody have more info and input on this desean trade report?
    I’m sure it will be the next article on this site because of how well these guys stay on top of things, but its bugging the $&%# outta me, did Kempski start it?

    • MediaMike

      People went through this at length on Iggles Blitz. A whole lotta “no shot” was the conclusion.

    • Tikkit

      Kempski wrote this:

      http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/sports/eagles/Eagles-signings-of-Jeremy-Maclin-and-Riley-Cooper-could-signal-a-DeSean-Jackson-trade.html

      Unless there has been more added to this rumor today there hasn’t been any further news.

      • G_WallyHunter

        Gracias senor, that’s the source I saw yesterday. I wouldn’t mind it happening if it was great compensation but cmon man!! Trade after a career year where he finally shut his mouth, CMON MAN!!

      • Andy

        This story is pure early-March snowstorm speculation built around the observation that the Eagles have now dedicated a big portion of their cap to the WR position. However, if you simply look at how much they have allocated to the QB and WR corps combined, it looks much more reasonable. The fact is they have Foles at a big discount to market value for at least this upcoming season and Howie has elected to spend that subsidy on the wide receivers. The defense is relatively young (read: cheap), and figures to get even younger if they go defense-heavy this draft as they should. That is driving this allocation of cap space more than anything, and will change over time.

        • G_WallyHunter

          Yup makes perfect sense, agreed, just uninformed storm speculation..

          • Maggie

            Are you sure about that?

      • cliff henny

        further news? Jimmy is making the news. will be more, when he decides to create it

    • GEAGLE

      Bullshit! Like I said,agents matter (sorry kempskis simple brain couldn’t think it thru)…Desean is represented by Joel Segal, important agent who Howie has a great relationship with(Vick deal,Cooper deal, Desean deal)…Howie isn’t going to do good business with Segal on the Cooper deal, turn around and screw his other client Desean…unless Desean is requesting a trade, it would NEVER happen (this offseason ATleast)

      • Token

        Do you really think thats how it works?

        • GEAGLE

          Are you naive enough to think it doesn’t lol? Get real..I can assure you agent relationships are critical, don’t get mad at me cause you can’t find a media member who even considers it part of the equation….wonder why they can’t provide accurate intel lol

          • Token

            Yikes you really do. Im guessing you are one of those people that think the Eagles will never work with Drew Rosenhaus again after the TO thing?

            Its business. Theres no feelings. Getting one guys deal done has nothing to do with the next.

            You really think a agent sits down and says, hey you gave me a good deal on this guy so ill give you a break on this guy. lol.

          • GEAGLE

            Actually Howie has a good relationship with Rosenhause who if you haven’t noticed has turned down his antics considerably

          • Token

            Yea, exactly. Business is business. Separate clients. Totally separate negotiations in the real world. You dont give deals for one client because it went well with another client. I cant even believe this is a argument. Nobody can actually believe that.

          • GEAGLE

            That’s not the argument, that’s your BS. Overly simplying BS of the argument

          • Token

            How isnt it the point? O wait, is this the part where you try to say you didnt mean it like that? ok.

          • GEAGLE

            You are taking an extreme view of what I mean to say…obviously one deal doesn’t equate to another, but when an agent represents two WRs,,and he gets a team to give one of his WR and then the team trades his other WR client, Desean will look at it as coop taking his spot and then the agent is going to lose Desean as a client. Howie can’t put Segal in that position and I can assure he won’t…if indeed we wanted to trade Desean, it would have been before Joe Segal Made the Cooper contract official, they could have agreed to it but hold off making it official til they trade Desean, it not Joe Segal looks like he screws on client,to get another client a deal, and he loses credibility…that’s bad business, and Howie is putting to much of an emphasis in wiping away the banner image, to screw a very powerful agent who has done a ton of sensible business with us in the past…if you can’t understand that, them you just arguing for the sake of arguing, but what’s new?

          • Philly0312

            I would argue you are both correct. It’s business, and trading DJax isn’t necessarily “screwing”, and if the Eagles could get a top OLB in exchange for DJax, I’m sure they would do it, as one is harder to find than the other. If they could get a top 10 pick, they’d likely do it as well. That said, I’m sure dealing with an agent a lot might have a small impact on how you deal with all their clients. That said, if say the Eagles traded Djax to Oakland for their pick, is that screwing anyone? Eagles get a top pick, Djax goes back to southern cali, and the raiders get a top WR to go with the QB they will draft. That said, I think Jimmy K’s article was offbase. I would be amazed if he were traded this season.

          • GEAGLE

            Just watch how both Eugene Parker’s clients Jarius Byrd and Alex Carrington wind up in philly .. Lol

          • cliff henny

            well put…but dont get in the middle of these 2. this is round 8,934. bet token and Geagle could argue over icecubes

          • theedevilsadvocate

            so what you are saying is the battle between token and geagle is as epic as charliegarner25 vs tpizza on philly.com was. hmmm

          • Andy124

            Interesting analogy defroe.

          • theedevilsadvocate

            hey wait a min. here! lol

          • http://batman-news.com theedevilsadvocate

            how do you see this name andy124?

          • Andy124

            It wasn’t that long ago that you created the advocate account and told us you were defroe.

          • http://batman-news.com theedevilsadvocate

            lol i told yall. well damn you sir have a better memory than me. to much go green… or cg25 comments i read.

          • cliff henny

            thankfully i’ve never read a CG25 comment.

          • Andy124

            You’re not missing much. Think of a more hostile Token after an Eagles blowout loss to Dallas, but every day.

            And tpizza just can’t help but feed him endlessly.

          • cliff henny

            i wasnt all that far behind him. believe that’s when i started my Johnny Philadelphia at pick #15 kick.

          • http://batman-news.com theedevilsadvocate

            you didn’t miss much. just words such as in the begining of the paragraph like duh, and at the conclusion of his comments which usually read something like the eagles will never EVER, ever win a superbowl… with a bunch of crap in the middle about crap you sir infact saved brain cells by not reading those comments.

          • Maggie

            All those CAPS were very hard on the eyes too!

          • Maggie

            Totally agree with your logic on why it could happen. Except for maintaining a certain level of trust, front offices and agents seldom let emotion get in the way of business. Many upvotes.

          • Adam

            So the Eagles have to do right by the agent all time? I don’t see that as realistic. The Eagles have the money and their are plenty more fish in the sea as far as other players with other agents go. The power is in our hands. And why is trading DeSean considered screwing him over? That would all depend on where he lands. Maybe he gets sent to a team that’s a SB contender.

            It’s a business, and Howie and agents are BFFs.

      • G_WallyHunter

        Ya until we see some more substantial info… I doubt this is even enough evidence or info for tim or sheil to make a post on anyway, they’re better than that

        • GEAGLE

          Lol I THOUGHT Kempski was better then that too lol

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            he made it clear he’s not advocating or sourcing this from hard evidence; it’s a stream of thoughts he put together in february with the desired (and achieved) effect of getting people to talk about it.
            and he’s far from the only one, there were twitter rumors and talk of OAK asking about him

          • Token

            I just dont get why anyone would be up in arms about it. Its just a theory, a thought. I think its a interesting situation.

            You would think they want his contract done before FA right? So they have a defined roster/cap number they are dealing with.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            That’s the most disconcerting part in my mind. Not that we really truly need the cap space a restructure would save, but (1) it would guarantee him more money and more time here, and (2) it was the one certainty we all thought going into FA this year, the way his current contract was structured all along.

          • Token

            If he were to be traded it would have to be because hes a huge Ahole in the locker room right? Or maybe they just want something for him at the backend of his career. Get out while the getting is good. But id think for that to be the case theyd wanna wait til NEXT year and get a high pick WR this draft to help replace him.

            If they were to pull the trigger now it would have to be a Chip doesnt like him situation.

          • Maggie

            And doesn’t Oakland have tons of draft choices? All those posters crying for more, more, more in the 2nd and 3rd rounds could get their way! Maybe get another WR who can do more than run fast, is a few years younger AND is cheaper. The FO doesn’t think like the fans, don’t forget.

          • anon

            Yeah i’m surprised they dont have anything better to do than deal with desean’s contract.

          • GEAGLE

            Because it couldn’t wait a single friggin week? They day after Mac signed here comes the typical philly media crap,…wanna report that the raiders made the offer? Fine with me….but wait a week before you start the typical nonsense…the timing more then anything pisses me off, he is just playing on typical over reacting philadelphiaNS…I couldn’t enjoy having Desean, Mac, and Cooper for one stinking week before this typical crap?

            It’s predictable that someone would write that after the Maclin. Signing which makes it crap, and Jimmy is one of the few I expected better out of

      • Ark87

        It’s just offseason speculation, no more official or substantial than a mock draft. Don’t make it personal. Reading the article, it’s not even like Kempski is pounding the table that this is definitely happening.

        “The Eagles are not going to shop Jackson. The instant they do, they’ll forfeit any negotiating advantage they may have in trying to recoup acceptable value in return. This is especially true with a personality like Jackson, who comes with a history of character concerns. However, if another team came calling, the Eagles certainly wouldn’t laugh and hang up.”

        It’s just an intrigue piece, and it isn’t pretending to be a report or anything else.

  • Philly0312

    I love that this article has 71 comments already, and Phil Sheridan’s article from yesterday on ESPN.com only has 6 over the last 24 hours, most of which say something like, “Phil, you suck” or “ESPN, can’t you find anyone better?”

    Thanks Tim and Sheil for the best Eagles reporting on the interwebs.

    • MediaMike

      No, the reason is that ESPN went to a Facebook commenting system. I don’t use Facebook and I’d prefer to make comments using a screen name rather than my actual one. Especially considering the number of people who choose to make personally vindictive problems with people over views on news topics. The last letter I had published in the Inquirer wound up getting some nut mailing a big envelope full of documents (from his own POV on the issue – so no real harm) to my parents house.
      ESPN / Facebook / real names – can kiss my grits.

      • Philly0312

        Oh, your argument holds merit, but lets not pretend that has stopped “everyone” from posting on ESPN.com. There was a huge downswing once ESPN went to FB comments. I post with FB here and on ESPN. ESPN just sucks.

        • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

          ^ this.

          grantland has the same system, and always a very healthy comment section

        • MediaMike

          I’m with you, but I don’t use Facebook and miss putting Cowboys, Giants, Redskins, and Steelers fans on blast on there.

          • eneagled

            With the shift to facebook commenting on a large number of websites, the incentive to invest 10 minutes in a fake account are growing… Then you can rip on cowboys worry free

      • chuck

        i agree with everything you stated.

    • MediaMike

      But I agree the writing here is more in-depth and frequent than what is on ESPN.

    • Maggie

      Let’s not forget that our boys here know all the Philly reporters and sometimes pick up bits and pieces from their work, so let’s not diss them too harshly. Almost all “media” have to work together sometimes and some jerk on philly.com snarking another writer means little to them. Of course I agree on the greatness of the work on this site!

  • cliff henny

    FOles factor, think it goes alot further than 4th team WR deciding to sign a very fair contract. Vick did what Vick does, played exciting, got hurt. If FOles doesnt go 29/2, Eagles are QB shopping with about 12th pick. now, factor in the cost to move up to get Bridgewater, my preference in this draft but doesnt matter much cause Eagles still have to create a package to get to #2 or #3. my guess is that’s costing a crapload, least this year’s 1st and 2nd, probably same next year. Cooper and Mac dont resign, has Eagles buying 2 WRs on open market, or getting inferior players for same price. also, having to buy whatever is picked with this year 1st and 2nd, creating more holes, and reduce the amount Eagles have to spend in FA. no way we’re talking about Byrd or Orakpo, or whatever expensive FA talent that moves your meter, today either.

    • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

      …..and the HOF would be out 2 jerseys!

      • Andy124

        but 24/7 would be up 3 posters.

        • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

          i concede to your wisdom

    • Andy124

      A lot of strong points here. And so much of this is why many were pulling so hard for Foles to be the QB all along.

      • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

        exactly. the one thing some vick fans had a hard time comprehending; the idea that Chip was building everything anew and would obviously prefer if Foles (i.e., the long-term option) worked out. Not that we were necessarily confident he would; just would prefer it to Vick flashing quasi-’10 form for 11 games and costing us a shot at next QB (and everything else Cliff listed).

        Eagles fans, aside from personal preferences on how we want our QBs to look and play, will always take the ugly winner. Jeff Garcia and AJ Feely have no bigger fanbase. Which is even more evident judging from the posters who are still here today and the “lifelong fans” whose lives got busier all of a sudden.

        • Token

          You could say the Eagles have had some of the best running QBs ever to play. And still had jack to show for it. I think a lot of us are just completely over that crap. Just be smart and good within the pocket. Its a nice change of pace.

          • MediaMike

            ding ding dig.

          • BirdGang

            Running QB’s are the way of the future. Standing in the pocket is going to be too hard with defensive players being that fast.
            And when I say running QB I am not talking about a Vick. I am talking about a QB that can run to extend plays. But i am really excited to see what Foles will do next year.

          • Joe from Easton

            Wrong. Just wrong.

          • Andy124

            A less mobile, better passer will always be better than a more mobile, inferior passer.

            Take two guys with very close passing ability (to include reading defenses, accuracy, timing, decision making and coolness under pressure) and sure, the more mobile guy has the edge. But there aren’t 32 men in the world who have the ability to be high level passers in the NFL. You want to prune that list to only the mobile members on it, have fun.

            In the meantime, ‘faster defenses’ is the only point you offer in favor of your prefered wave of the future. Yet the history books are filled with tangible, real-world evidence that a more mobile QB is not an effective response to heavy pressure on the QB. You also offer no evidence that QBs have less time to throw now than previously or that such a change is likely or inevitable.

            Based on the ever increasing passing numbers and scoring throughout the league, I’m not sure how you intend to support the argument that the traditional pocket QB is a dying breed, when it’s finding more success than ever.

          • BirdGang

            ok answer this questions and answer honestly. When you look at the league and the QB position, do you see more QB’s like Brady Manning Flacco( spot passer…meaning they do not move very much in the pocket) or mobile QB’s(Alex Smith, Luck, Cutler). See I think most people see the term mobile QB and think of Vick or someone like that. But i am talking about people that can use their legs to avoid pressure.

          • Andy124

            Setting the bar awfully low aren’t you? Nick Foles can use his legs to avoid pressure.

          • BirdGang

            Explain? And Foles can…but if you have to rely on him avoiding pressure…you will be in for a long night.

          • Andy124

            If you’re saying that anybody that “can use their legs to avoid pressure” is a running qb, that’s a really low bar for describing “running QBs”, especially seeing as you just agree that “Foles can”.

            Additionally, counting Cutler as a “running QB” is a pretty low mobility bar for describing someone as a “running QB”. He’s no statue, but he’s certainly not a guy that relies on his legs. He’s also not all that great.

            Seems like you’re just trying to twist to term to suit whatever argument you feel like making.

          • #7

            Every once in a while yes he can, but I feel he holds the ball too long and takes unecessary sacks. Hopefully he can improve

          • #7

            That’s what it’s all about with “running QBs” as you call them. The “run” to extend plays. If the yards are there, they take them. Pocket QBs get injured too.

            We can give up that a “running QB (black QBs lets face the facts)” that they cannot win the SB. People were labeling Wilson as a runner too, but it’s extending plays and taking what the defense gives him. I think that the running QB label is thrown around to freely

          • MediaMike

            movement within the pocket and being able to step up, rather than to the side of backwards, is just as good to evade a rush. Running QBs are a small niche and should stay that way.

          • GEAGLE

            I literally have spent years praying for a big, accurate, immobile stiff with lead feet who just sits back there and chucks it all day…and then Saint Nick walks into my life with the shaggy rookie hair and Napolean dynamite boyish charm and it was love at first preseason site :)

        • #7

          “would obviously prefer if Foles”

          I don’t recall Chip ever saying that. Chip wanted the best players to play. Period. And that’s exactly what he did. When Foles got hot, he stuck with him as he should have. As far as your little side comments and trying to provoke, would be nice to see you just talk football

      • Maggie

        I’m not sure that so many on here could see into the future a year ago. Most wanted a change to a different quarterback who had showed great promise at that point. Thats all Foles was a year ago, promising. He and the coaching/culture change have certainly come through so far!

        • Andy124

          Mags, No one is saying they predicted the 3rd highest QB rating in history for Foles. Only that if he could be “the man”, that it would be huge for the franchise; in no small part due to not having to spend more resources looking for “the man”, which is basically what cliff was saying.

          That argument was hashed and rehashed hundreds of times at the end of 2012, through the offseason, and all during the QB competition.

          • Maggie

            Cliff made several points about Foles’ year and what could have resulted if he had not had that year. You seemed to say that those results were why you and others wanted Foles before the fact. All I said was that you couldn’t have foreseen the results a year ago because they hadn’t occurred yet.

          • Andy124

            Well, to be clear, I was referring to the benefits of having your quarterback and not having to invest more resources in finding one. Resources which can then be spent on filling other holes.

      • #7

        Even when you would say that you wasn’t pulling for Foles, always knew that you really were.

        • Andy124

          I am beyond confused by this statement. When did I say anything of the sort? I can only assume you have me confused with cliff or Richard who said they just wanted whoever gave them the best chance to win.

          I always said that I saw promise in Foles as a rookie and I thought it was best for the team’s long term future to play him and see if they could develop that because how huge that would be for the franchise.

          • #7

            It’s all good man and why would you remember anyway? You’re happy that Foles took over and just roll with that man. No big deal. No reason to argue

          • Richard Colton

            Where you been #7? Vick isn’t a Jet yet.

          • #7

            Taking a break my friend. It’s hard going one against 100 on here lol

          • Richard Colton

            Come on, that never bothered you before. Now that Foles vs. Vick is 100% over, we need you to weigh in on Kony vs. Dee Ford.

          • #7

            Really though, I needed to take a break. I have to be one of the leading commenters in this blog’s history. Another reason is that it wasn’t fun anymore. It’s either you say that Foles is an all-time great or you’re the enemy on here and that sucked and I had to battle all of you when that should not have been the case just because my opinion of Foles did not totally match the majority. I hope Foles can continue to prove me wrong, but I see a drop off coming. Hopefully you “true fans” will not turn on him like you people usually do your QBs.

            If he’s your guys stick with him.

          • Richard Colton

            Guilty. Once Kelly picked Vick in preseason I wanted them to stick with the Mike until we were eliminated from contention.
            Then Nick Foles happened.

          • Andy124

            Yup. I on the other hand have been an unabashed member of Team ABV from day 1.

    • NickS1

      I’ve been on the Foles train since the 2012 season. For me, it was largely because I believed he was close enough to Vick as a QB and should be developed to see if he’s the long term answer. He showed enough poise and confidence under the worst circumstances in 2012 and did as well as you could ask a rookie. While I was hoping he’d start the season, he lost the QB competition, but we all knew he’d have a chance with Vick’s injury history. It didn’t really dawn on me until mid last season just how pivotal Foles taking over really was. I knew it’d be big for us, just now to the extent it actually is. I know back then we talked about how Foles being able to be the guy meant so much more flexibility come this offseason, but it’s just awesome to be able to realize, and more precisely quantify, exactly how important and significant his development into our QB has been and is going forward.

      • cliff henny

        yup, you were. heck, i was a pro-vick guy. but, knew nothing changed the fortune of the Eagles like Foles being 29/2 guy (admit, never thought in million years it’d happen).

        • NickS1

          I’d be a liar if I said I saw a 29/2 guy. Would have been ecstatic with 25/8….. I miss those fun arguments with Dutch last offseason. I need to be reminded of how bad Foles is.

          • cliff henny

            go to igglesblitz, shah8 has some terrible arguements if you need your fill.

          • NickS1

            Nothing can fill the void the absence of Dutch has left me. The abuse of the English language, alone, was characteristic of only Dutch. I’d rather Andy go back and pull some old quotes then try to replace he which cannot be replaced. The arguments and plethora of logical fallacies were only part of the equation.

          • Andy124

            I’ll keep that in mind.

          • Token

            Poor Dutch. Thought Geno Smith was great and Foles was garbage. Had to go into hiding.

          • GEAGLE

            Someone posted a Dutch sighting the other day. I’m still laughing

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            inventor of “raw numbers”. the internet is incredible

          • Maggie

            You must admit that about one post in ten, shah8 does say something that could be true.

  • oreofestar

    Vontae Davis, Sam Shields, Alterann Verner? If we miss out on Byrd or WardC(Hopefully we don’t miss out) do you guys think they would target any of these guys?

  • Adam

    Kaep saying he wants more than 18 mil a year. LMAO. I wouldn’t pay him 8.

    • NickS1

      Lol.

    • cliff henny

      yup, Kaep is going to ruin 9ers.

      • Adam

        You could have Vick, who is probably just as good if not better because he’s a better passer, for about a quarter of the price.

        • Andy124

          I don’t think for 1 second that Vick is a better passer than Colin.

          • NickS1

            They’re not far apart, in my opinion.

        • Maggie

          I have to agree to a certain extent. I am still partly in awe from watching Vick give a casual flick of his wrist and the ball zipping 60 yards downfield on a rope. Sometimes it didn’t end up in the right hands however.

      • NickS1

        Him and Harbaugh combined should make them irrelevant in a few years…. that’s my hope, at least.

    • Andy124

      Geez, how much to tatoos cost?!

      • NickS1

        They get up there when you’re going to the big name artists that want $2-300/hr.

      • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

        * removal

        fixed for you. he’s looking ahead 20 years

        • NickS1

          He’ll remove what he has just to get different ones. I guess that’s what happens when you run out of space.

    • Andy124

      If you look at some of the other quarterbacks overpaid in that range, like Stafford and Cutler, it’s not actually an understandable stance. Not that I think any of those 3 guys should be paid like that, just that it’s not unreasonable for him to try to use them to set the market and get paid like them.

      • Adam

        Oh yeah, he’ll probably get something around there, maybe a little less. Just saying I’m glad we’re not in a situation where we need to sign him. I’ll take Foles at 15-16 mil a year, thanks.

        • MediaMike

          You could do a deal with Foles over 7 years @ $16 million / year average that has cap hits of:
          2015 – $5 million
          2016 – $9 million
          2017 – $13 million
          2018 – $ 17 million
          2019 – $ 20 million
          2020 – $20 million
          2021 – $28 million
          Just dump $28 million into the signing bonus and fully guarantee another $22 million in base salaries over the first 4 years of the deal to put a $50 million total guarantee down for him.
          If his career blows up you’d break even by cutting him after 2017, and have reduced cap hits if you had to move on from him in 2018-2021.
          The 2021 number is nonsense, because if he’s still your franchise QB, you redo his deal after 2019 or 2020 anyway.

          • Uncle Wonder

            Talk about counting your chicks before they hatch! I know we are all Eagles fans but I’m sure several of us have watched enough fball to understand there is a possibility that none of this comes to fruition.
            What happens if Foles, say, regresses next year? What if he goes something like 25/18, w a rating of 87? or worse yet…gets injured? What do you think the FO does then? Does Kelly love him or does he just like him after the season he had? If he comes down to earth what kind of deal will he field? Long term starter money? Shorter deal? Expose him as an RFA and let the offer sheets set the market? Look to the draft? I don’t think anything is off the table at that point.

          • peteike

            inner Philly fan working hard here

          • Maggie

            You are right. Some of the fans here get so down on a player/coach you would think he was the devil incarnate. Equally silly, some fans get so high on a player/coach you would think he was an angel sent from heaven! Really, of course, you are right. Not one of us can predict the future, the best athlete still has flaws or weak spots, and the worst athlete can still make a tackle once in a while.

          • GEAGLE

            I seem to do ok predicting…

    • MediaMike

      I don’t like Kaep’s game at all, but the Niners are lucky if he’s setting his market at $18 / year. They’ve won multiple playoff games with him at the helm, so that’s the market for a guy of that playoff win record. He’s certainly in a better bargaining position than Stafford or Cutler.
      Figure 7 years / $126 million for Kaep. The Niners could build enough $ into a bonus and full guaranteeing the first 2-3 years that the cap hit (I had to avoid writing Kaep hit) would be very manageable for the life of the contract.
      This is also GREAT news for the Eagles. I’d take Foles over Kaep, but unless Foles gets to the Super Bowl next season, his number is going to come in lower than Kaep’s by a good clip. The Eagle could get Foles done for a 7 year / $112 million deal ($16 mil / year average) and still be in great shape with the cap.

      • Andy124

        Kaep hit. Love it!

      • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

        may be perfect timing, too, get him signed before the cap (and salaries) really take off. inflation is a b*tch.

        • MediaMike

          If Wilson takes the Seahawks back to back and has another 100+ QB rating year, he’ll come in 7 years / $140 million.
          I 100% don’t want to be the GM doing a deal going into 2016 with the cap going to $150 million. The next Aaron Rodgers level guy is going to command $26 mil / year +.

          • NickS1

            Andrew Luck would be smart to wait out his entire deal.

          • MediaMike

            Yes / no. The tag number is sooooooooooo below market, that Luck could be “stuck” at below $20 mil /year for another 4 seasons.

          • NickS1

            Yeah, but let’s be real. Irsay isn’t going to let him get franchised. He may be a jackass, but he’s not a complete idiot.

        • cliff henny

          sure agents have all that figured in.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            still no big deal, what may seem like a cap killer (18-20mil) may be no big deal 2 years into it, say by ’16. Not like Shady will get record #s for his next deal, can only hope some rookies become superstars enough to warrant taking up our cap room!

      • cliff henny

        sure he’ll get way more than 3 yrs of guarenteed, too. my issue with him is he’s not getting better. should have made a leap in his passing this year. still makes way too many mistakes with the ball. see what happens when he doesnt have #2 defense behind him. see 9ers having another 2 yrs on this window, but no team stays at top for 5 yrs in today’s NFL. i wonder if he’s a guy that a team can be torn down and rebulit thru.

        • MediaMike

          agree, agree, agree, and agree.
          But they’ve hitched their wagon to him, so they’re compelled to do that deal or go into a full rebuild.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            curious what position they’ll be in to start paying some of their defensive guys. I personally don’t think it’ll be long before STL or ARI passes them, depending on who finds their QB first

          • MediaMike

            The Niners are in an interesting spot. They have a ton of draft picks, so they can add some talent back in the mix. There are a few interesting questions with that team however.
            – For how much longer can Justin Smith play at a high level?
            – For how long is Aldon Smith going to jail / getting suspended and do they feel like taking a risk on him long term?
            – Can Lattimore step up this year allowing them to cut Gore going into 2015?
            – Are they totally buried behind Seattle?

        • #7

          No Crabtree had something to do with it and from what I saw it took some time for him to learn how to throw to Boldin who you have to throw to even if he’s covered.

          The thing is, people want instant greatness and instant winning. It was his first year as a starter and what did you expect? 40 TDs? They are winning and that’s what is important…at least to me it is.

  • Token

    Looks like the Skins have come to a decision

    “Redskins trying to sign Brian Orakpo to multi-year deal but prepared to use franchise tag if not done by 4pm deadline, source says”

    • NickS1

      Let’s hope they pull a Denver and miss the deadline to submit the paperwork.

      • peteike

        fax em the contract Danny boy

    • Adam

      I’m not even sure why they were remotely considering letting him test the waters.

    • cliff henny

      what’s a multi-yr just below franchise tag per year contract look like for olb? think Orakpo is good, but 8m-9m (guessing) good, they can have him. have more issue than he can solve on that defense.

      • Token

        It was always a very unlikely option. But would have been nice.

        Now just hoping Byrd gets loose. They could afford Byrd and Shields if they like them.

        But im preparing for like Major Wright :(

        • oreofestar

          If we get Byrd I doubt we will go for Shields I think we might go for Davis, Shields or Verner if we get stuck with Malcolm Jenkins

          • cliff henny

            eagles can. make ’15 off-season interesting, cause alot of fan favorites would have to be moved. i want ’12 and later draft picks signed to extensions first, then take care of rest of roster.

          • Token

            Who needs signed next year? Kendricks possibly. Depends how he plays this year. I dont think hes viewed as a sure thing to be the guy like some fans think. His play this year will determine that.

            Foles. Money depends on this year. Unless he wins the SB, I dont see a giant top end QB contract here. No 100 million deal.

            Boykin I doubt will resign before his deals up.

            Im sure im forgetting some. Cox. Thornton this season.

            If they can add a difference maker or two via FA, go for it. Take into account the money coming off the books next year.

            Avant clearing about 3 mil this year.
            Celek clearing 5 next year
            Casey clearing 3 this year
            Herremans clearing about 3 next yr
            Meco clearing 7
            Cole 8.4 if they do it next year.
            Cary about 6.5 next year
            Fletch 3 mil next year
            Chung 2 mil this year

            Thats nearly 41 million dollars that is currently allocated which will be off the books by next season.

            Money is not an obstacle for the Eagles.

      • GEAGLE

        Aqib Talib not getting tagged is big for us. Because redskins are obsessed with him, and he is hurt every time it’s time to lace em up for a big game..but hey, nice October upgrade, not like they will make it to the playoffs so he is perfect for them :)

  • mtn_green

    Foles is awesome the unknown is:
    1. Can he maintain his awesomeness?
    2. Are there some elements to his game that will be ‘figured out’ by defenses?

  • Token

    Thornton signed to a one year deal.

  • Token

    Speaking of Foles… Saw on Ourlads that they measure how fast a QB throws at the combine. I believe since 2008. He threw 57mph in drills. The hardest thrower measured was Logan Thomas at 60mph.

    • GEAGLE

      No one knows how to interpret that stat because the results are all over the map historically, with strong armed QBs having week showings, and weak armed guys measuring well

  • Antonio

    Foles is a joke. Make him compete for the starting position.

    • Dustan M. Howell

      Exactly, there’s no way Chip commits to Foles long term.