Eagles Sign LB Bryan Braman

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The Eagles are making improved special teams a focus of their offseason so far.

The latest signing is former Texans outside linebacker Bryan Braman (6-5, 241).




"You don’t find many players of Bryan’s size with the ability to run down the field and make plays on special teams," said Eagles head coach Chip Kelly in a statement released by the team. "It's an area of the game that we always have our eye on and look to improve. With his size, we also like his potential as a guy who can compete for spot as an outside linebacker."

Added Howie Roseman: "We are always looking for core special teams players and Bryan has made his mark in this league on those units. He was a Pro Bowl alternate two years ago. He’s a big, physical player who plays with a tremendous amount of toughness."

Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, Braman signed a two-year deal worth $3.15M ($1M guaranteed).

Braman has taken a roundabout path to Philadelphia. In 2006, he red-shirted at Idaho. In 2007 and 2008, he moved on to Long Beach City College. And then he attended West Texas A&M where Braman got kicked out of school for possession of psilocybe mushrooms, according to John McClain of The Houston Chronicle:

Braman worked as a bouncer during the NFL lockout and hoped a team would call. In June, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of psilocybe mushrooms. He paid a $2,000 fine. Thirty days later, the prosecutor terminated the one-year probation, and his case was dismissed.

The story includes several other nuggets. For example, Braman gets his size from his grandfather, who is 7-4, 460. And when his teammates cut off his dreadlocks in college, he saved them in a plastic bag.

On the field, he had eight special-teams tackles last year, according to Pro Football Focus. That was second on the team. In 2012, he contributed with a team-high 16 special-teams tackles and two blocked punts.

At outside linebacker, the Eagles currently have Connor Barwin, Trent Cole, Brandon Graham, Braman and Casey Matthews. Braman's value is primarily on special teams, so it's likely the Eagles add another outside linebacker either in free agency or the draft.

Below is video of Braman making a tackle without a helmet from 2011.

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  • Ether

    Who doesn’t love dem ‘shrooms?

    • Michael Myers

      Ive only tried them like 400 times but i’m pretty sold…

  • Mr. Wu

    Jesus on steroids …and his name is not Tebow

    • GEAGLE

      Ha

    • JofreyRice

      Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in Howie; also, trust in me.

    • Ark87

      I’m getting a Daryl vibe from walking dead.

      • GEAGLE

        Tim rigging.,,Friday night lights..with a hint of psychotic Kiko Alonso

    • Johnny Domino

      He should see Cooper’s stylist.

  • Dave

    For that video clip alone, I like him.

  • GEAGLE

    Come on Howie, WTF you doin? Browns and Rams trying to get Carrington, swoop in Howie…a player that can play every position on your line, provide n interior pass rush, 26yrs old who some consider one of the sleepers in this free agent class…..GET IT DONE!

    i like adding ST lunatics like this kid, but it’s tough to get excited while Corey Graham is still available. One of the best ST plays in the league. Who would provide more bang for our buck because we would want to use him in defensive subpackages, and he backs up many spots in your secondary…dude is a playmaker in limited snaps…

    How much different is Braman from Jason Phillips?

    ST upgrades are GREAT considering ST had a major hand in the only two losses we had since the October cowboys game(Vikings and Saints)…Major ST upgrades make us a better team, so I appreciate signings like this, but I beg you to go get Corey Graham

    • Richard Colton

      Great special teams player who can fill in at OLB. Whose roster spot is this guy taking? Yep. caseymatthews.

      • Andy124

        Nah. I moved Casey to Safety. He’s safe.

        • Richard Colton

          Can you move him to idiot kicker?

          • Andy124

            Nah. Kickers have to make tackles some times.

            He’s gone though. Along with Coleman. Probably Anderson too.

          • borntosuffer

            You guys are f’ing funny.

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

      Braman is OLB. Philips is ILB, and coming off injury. who knows if he sticks.

      • GEAGLE

        Yeah I know..but We played on using Phillips at that hybrid OLB/ILB role we used Mathews…and at 250lbs, I’m sure Braman can play some ILB as we’ll especially when we use our under fronts, and the Mike has to crash into Gurads..we will always be predominent 3-4 but in year two I’m expecting to do a lot more morphing between defensive schemes on the fly…

        • guest

          Phillips can’t play OLB. Where did you read he was going to be a hybrid. Casey Matthews fell into that “hybrid” role by accident – they weren’t able to find any good OLBs by the time the season rolled around.

          This Braman kid was a pro bowl alternate two years ago. I like Graham too, but you’re talking about a #4 CB. that signing would be just as ‘sexy’ as this one.

          Just because you haven’t been reading this guys name a lot doesn’t make him less of a player than Corey Graham.

          And again, I like Graham too, and there’s no reason why they shouldnt sign him. But chill out. He’s a #4 corner and its day 2 of free agency.

          • GEAGLE

            Let’s get something straight, I seriously DOUBT Phillips and Braman are in our defensive plans…coaches saying they will compete at a defensive position is just the polite thing to say about a ST player to try and keep the public from calling him a bum…if Phillips was healthy. It wouldmy have been a case of a Meco not having to play the 97% of snaps that he played. These aren’t LBs that we want to use n defensive subpackages….defensively they are Colt Anderson deep emergency reserves IMO….then again, I think Cary Mathews is a putrid defender and he got some snaps lol…..
            ..
            But on a serious note, I doubt we can count on these guys adding to our defense. Which is why I’m going to crazy over a simple backup like Corey Graham,.because he brings elite ST play, and even if we don’t want him starting for us, he is a guy we will make sure to find a roll for in defensive sub packages…which gives us more bang for our buck then these Iike Reese fypes we never want to use on defense…..but hey, until we find a damn kicker that can kick it out the back of the ENDZONE, it’s tough to complain about these coverage unit additions

  • seanstradomus

    Thad castle ……oil changes…..bms

  • NickS1

    He’ll enjoy Northern Liberties and Fishtown…

  • Joe from Easton

    I hope he tears someone’s head off on ST this year. Nothing like a throwback lunatic in my opinion… As far as the overall team impact – ST are 1/3 of the game. We’re getting better somewhere.

  • morgan c

    Bahaha love the commentator: “that is your instincts taking over, and not your intelligence.” Nice.

    Well, I’m down with good ST. Now go sign Demarcus or Woodley.

  • Jim

    I like this kid..

  • Stephen Stempo

    2 blocked punts is sexy. Shows he has some “get after it” in him and uses his.. ahem.. length well. Big body, might be coachable to be at least a servicable backup at OLB. Barwin should be a good influence on the kid. We can use him in the “Jam the &*^% out of the oppositions team best receiver” Defense we like so much.

  • Nfl All Day

    Mushrooms are AWESOME. If you never have, you should try. Just make sure you’re in a good state of mind going into, and you’ll have a great experience. …..now back to your regularly scheduled program.

  • Will

    Hey Howie check this out Dick found you a new place kicker….

    • Nfl All Day

      I’m amazed every time I watch that video. He lost out to Akers last year tho. Id bring him to OTAs and see if he’s for real before I let him in camp.

      • Michael Myers

        i love that vid too…hitting his own punt in mid-air is just nuts

        • Nfl All Day

          Hard to imagine there’s 64 guys better than him.

          • Johnny Domino

            Somebody should sign him for double duty and save a roster spot.

    • Ark87

      love this video, unfortunately videos like these are more about persistence (many attempts go into the more mind-blowing tricks), The NFL job is about consistence.

      Not bashing, this dude is insanely talented and worth checking out, but no slam dunk.

    • guest

      Oh, did you find him? You mean this is a different left footed guy nicknamed “kickalicious” than the guy who was in camp with the Lions last year and almost beat out David Akers? Ask Lions fans…they’ll tell you he did beat Akers

      • Richard Colton

        I’ve never technically “been” to Norway. Just the Norway exhibit in the country walk at EPCOT. The Maelstrom is way underrated as a ride. We’ve been pulling for Kickalicious on 24/7 for about 8 months. Get it done Howie!

  • PhillySean

    Anyone else experience a flashback to the days of Buddy Ball while watching that?

  • Leegles

    We all know Doc Ellis pitched a no-hitter on LSD. But I wonder how many special teamers have made helmet-less tackles in the NFL on mushrooms. Seems like Connor Barwin requested a wing man for “trips” to Union Transfer to see Animal Collective and the like.

    • Nfl All Day

      F#ckin HIPSTERS!

    • Michael

    • greenblood0118

      Wow, a no hitter on acid?? That’s impressive, if it was good LSD…I drove through one of the worst thunderstorms in recorded history stone cold tripping balls and I thought I was Superman.

  • Richaud Jeaffreson

    Well I wouldn’t have cared about the guy until I read that he likes trippin on mushrooms. Best drug ever.

  • JofreyRice

    I wonder what Haunted Howie’s next big splash will be? Backup longsnapper from Jacksonville, Clint Hughes? Or Oakland’s Jameel Franklin? He led their entire practice squad in drawing penalties on special teams. Really hoping they sign Bart Columbo by the end of the day. Don’t even know who that is, but I’m sure he exists somewhere.

    • Eagles1018

      HAHAHAHAHA if nothing else I’m getting a good laugh. Glad I found this comment board. Thanks

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

      Rolando McClain. #comeback

      • Chris

        They’re yeasting him up on 105.7, saying he may tryout again for the Ravens. You never know haha

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

          oh g-d, please not baltimore. we have enough violence here as it is.

          • guest

            I think Baltimore still owns his rights. But in Baltimore, he’d fit right in

          • Tikkit

            From what I remember, the comment below is on point. The Ravens will have his rights if he decides to come back to the NFL.

      • GEAGLE

        He says he is ready to comeback now that he went back to school to get his degree hahahahaha hahahahaha CODE WORD for: I’m running low on funds. “I don’t have 5 on it”

    • Bart Columbo

      Whatcha offerin’??

      • JofreyRice

        Not much, quite frankly. You like national geographic? We can offer you 6 months for free, along with a 20 dollar butterball coupon, both backloaded.

    • guest

      This kid was a pro bowler two years ago. Do your homework

      • JofreyRice

        I do my homework on the NFL, but this is an extra credit assignment. I guess not everyone can follow Bryan Bransons career as closely as you can.

        • Andy124

          He’s no Berwin

  • GEAGLE

    DAMN IT!!! Skins signed T/G Bruce Cambell to a one year deal…. I hate that our great coaches are missing out on these cheap upside types,,.can we pleas get Chris Cook under contract? Carrington!! Graham!! Woods!! Wtf I ain’t asking for 50million dollar players..just a few quality back ups and rehabilitation projects with major upside

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

      did you maybe think that, you know, the player has an opinion in this too? the dude was a U-MD kid, hasn’t done crap yet, ‘skins make sense; basically up the road for him.
      I don’t get the correlation between them not signing here = we didn’t make offer

      • GEAGLE

        Uhhhh yeah…I don’t get mad at us losing a player to another team..I get mad when we don’t try..dude visited the skins today, didn’t visit philly(can’t assume we didn’t offer tho) ..
        Hoping the Niners get Revis so they leave cook alone. Getting like Bruce who haven’t done crap yet as you so eloquently point out are just fliers..5 may not pan out, but when one does it makes the 5 misses worth while…

      • guest

        THANK YOU ROB!!! I’ve been saying this in my head to literally every comment I’ve read in the past couple of days.

    • Eagles4Life

      I like your spirit, man. I’ve given up all hope on my FA desires. Glad to see someone is still in it lol.

  • arthropod

    Any relation to Norman Braman?

  • GEAGLE

    Chip Kelly is at Alabamans pro day

    • JofreyRice

      Must be on the lookout for special teams aces.

      • GEAGLE

        Lol as long as he takes a bathroom break when Hubbard is performing, we should be alright …who the hell could we want from bama besides haha! which doesn’t make much sense with jenkins

        • JofreyRice

          Up close look at how Kouandjio is moving around? Dark horse players for CJ Mosely to bring along behind DeMeco?

          • GEAGLE

            Yeah forgot about CJ….like having stout on our staff when looking at guys like Dijo, because stout will really know what type of weekly Maintence was needed to maintain that knee…..lol probably looking at your boy Sunseri..I know how bad you want to draft ST players :)

          • Richard Colton

            He’s going to drop like a stone. I have a sneaky suspicion that he could be there at #54

          • GEAGLE

            Not sure if Ozzie Newsome would pass on him twice..he loves them Alabama boys and OT is a need

          • Richard Colton

            Our doctors and their doctors. If they fail the knee and we don’t, he could end up back with Stoutland.

          • cliff henny

            what does a knee have to look like for the Eagles to fail it? picturing a bloody stump and Eag’s Docs thinking ‘we’ve seen worse’

          • Richard Colton

        • NickS1

          Davis wants interchangable safeties. Wouldn’t surprise me.

  • JofreyRice

    Missed 7 tackles to go along with those 8 he made on STs and ranked as PFF’s 12th worst Special Teamer in the league in 2013. LOVELY!

    • Token

      And to add to that he cant play a NFL position.

      Chip said “with his size we like his potential at OLB”.

      I hate that thought process. Damnit Chip. Thats one thing he hasnt learned yet. This level isnt about just getting size and speed and that being good enough. The guy has to have talent.

      Going after these ST aces over positional players will kill your depth. Theres only 53 roster spots. You should be projecting all those guys as having potential to be a good level NFL positional player.

    • GEAGLE

      Ha…well that sounds exciting….hopefully the other “ST ACE”‘we signed earlier from the Seahawks has some slightlly better stats then that

  • GEAGLE

    Good news!, patriots showing interest in Avant. Really like to see him land on his feet.
    ..
    Broncos after LaFell. If I’m Hakim Nicks, I would BEG Elway to let me play for them on a 1yr prove it deal. Let Peytom inflate my stats and get paid next offseason
    ..
    Don’t understand why the philly media is wasting all this time on Revis. What a joke. My 12yr old nephew wouldn’t put Revis on the eagles in madden because he knows that’s just top unrealistic lol…We wouldn’t pay fair price for a premier pass rusher like MJ. But we are going to bring in a friggin CB who doesn’t want to renegotiate his 16mil ever year salary? That dude is insane, and the broncos practically messed up the game when they gave Talib that MONSTER contract, Packers started this mess with the contract they gave Sheilds….Think Revis hasn’t noticed CBs cashing in left and right…the last thing we need is the headache of negotiating with that wacko….lol we talk about what an advantage it is to pay your QB his rookie contract, yet we talking about 11-16mil per year corners?l lol we keep over using this lame excuse about not giving crazy money to outsiders and piss off our locker room, and we talking about Revis? Lol come on man…

    • NickS1

      “We talkin’ bout Revis?” – Iverson voice

      • GEAGLE

        Lol I swear that’s how I heard it in my head when I was typing it :)

    • Token

      They got to do something. Hes the last impact player left to get. Does anyone want to improve? The 20 million in cap savings cant take the field.

      • NickS1

        DRC had a good year….

        • Token

          no no no no no no no no no no

          • NickS1

            :) just joshin’ ya

      • GEAGLE

        Wait. You actually think we will try and get Revis? Smh..,

      • Wiztopher

        I dunno why people like you aren’t understanding the Eagle’s approach to FA which Howie has stated so many times. Why are you surprised and/or frustrated? You knew it was coming. I could see if mb you had ur hopes up cuz just maybeeeee they’d make a splash but now that we know they’re only going as high as mid-tier signings you throw your hands in the air? I think Howie’s approach will reap incredible and long lasting benefits. Patience is a virtue.

        • Token

          Patience is a virtue.

          How long have you been a Eagle fan 3 or 4 years?

          The draft approach only works if you are bringing in some legit top of their position studs through the draft. To believe that will work is foolish since Howie hasnt shown much ability to identify those kid of players up to this point.

          • Wiztopher

            Bleeding Green for 17 some odd years.

            Wait so you say:
            1) You CAN’T build a good roster thru the draft?
            2) Howie DID NOT draft excellent players who contribute greatly like Kelce, Foles, Johnson, Kendricks, Boykins among others?
            All this n I’M foolish? I shouldn’t even acknowledge this it’s so off.

            Let’s all not act like We didn’t learn from the Dream Team days. Everyone enjoyed an improved level of success n great locker room atmosphere last season as a result from hand picked n carefully chosen players Chip wanted which Howie n Gamble executed. But you wanna go in the other direction bc you have a little hard on for the big sexy names. Please, you come off like a little girl who didnt get that pony she wanted for her birthday. C’mon, time to trust Chip, Howie n Gamble along with the fresh direction we’re headed.

          • Wiztopher

            Been a hardcore birds fan since I knew what football was so that’s roughly 17 years.

            Don’t be a fool, you can draft quality players and build a great roster thru the draft as Howie has done the past two drafts I.e. Foles, Kelce, Johnson, Cox, Boykins, Ertz etc…

            Time we start trusting Chip and the FO. They have done remarkle things in just one year. It’d be highly unwise to go the other direction with their approach n acquire big names in FA just cuz their fan base has hard ons for them.

      • anon

        There’s some time left. But we want to be the Pats but they get worse and worse every year.

        • Token

          Lurie loves him some Pats.

    • Tom w

      Preach. Their hypocrisy knows no bounds

    • guest

      Michael Johnson is far from a “premier” pass rusher. He’s better against the run. And he’s being overpaid. I was very interested in the Eagles signing him, but not at that number. Lol come on man

      • GEAGLE

        Ok….I’ll take a pass rusher who pressured QBs 61 times in a down 3 sack year. While providing elite run defense and fitting the exact physical attributes our trusted HC wants in an edge rusher….you welcome to disagree with adding a kid who’s best ball is still ahead of him and would instantly become the best pass rusher on the team, but I guess I haven’t discovered the pass rush tree you were fortunate enough to find…
        ..
        He signed a VERY FAIR contract for a guy who would be a 3dowm solution at ROLB and be a heckuva compliment to Barwin. I think it was a missed opportunity to upgrade one of our most important needs, but you are welcome to disagree, not like there is anything that can be done about it at this pointl and I’m not about to spend the day debating over adjectives

  • dislikedisqus

    Who knew the path to world domination included luring away all the Texans LBs ?

    • Jeff Asay

      Upvote for the name as much as the comment.

  • jcwhy

    Ware to the Broncos… 3 yr deal. wouldnt have been a great fit for the birds… wrong side of 30. Good signing for the WIN before Peyton retires Broncos.

  • Maggie

    Despise druggies. They’re useless. Incapable of thinking or working. Can’t be trusted to cross the street alone. Ask Rob what drugs, of any kind, have done to the young men he and his group are trying to mentor. Fools laying about telling everyone to “chill, man” and thinking they are incredibly smart, when in reality they are some of the stupidest people on earth.

    • Warhound

      Tell that to Joe Rogan (Rogen?)

    • Joe from Easton

      Let he who is without sin cast the first stone…

      Don’t generalize your commentary towards people you know nothing about. Some people are useless, lazy, and incapable of rational thought and yes some or all of them may be druggies. On the flip side of that, there are plenty of people who wake up every day and meaningfully contribute to society. Then they go home and spark a J, drink some beer or wine (yes alcohol is a drug) or pop a pill that they’re doctor gave them.

      You’d be amazed how many people you probably depend on daily basis that imbibe things that you’d consider would make them “useless”. Don’t bite the hand that feeds, Maggie.

    • cliff henny

      what about recreational users? a xanax and a miller lite after a long week is quite nice

  • GEAGLE

    We paid Braman more then twice what we paid Jason Phillips last year? Scratches head, 1mi GUARENTEED, 2yrs 3.15m? WTF?? That Corey Graham Money!! We could have had ILB Jamarri Lattimore for like 2years 1.8m total to ball out on ST for us…who the F is this Braman kid to be getting a 3mil dollar deal? I’m friggn confused…gamble Howie or someone knows somthing we are clearly missing for him to have gotten that deal

    • cliff henny

      relax, anything under 1.5m is chicken feed money in the NFL nowadays.

      • GEAGLE

        Not mad, just shocked, and feel like he may bring more to the team then I’m giving him credit for…I didn’t even check the money initial because I figured it was going to be very similar to Phillips….the friggin safety we got signed for 3 years almost 9mi…that means we expect him to be more then Colt Anderson…that’s.closer to Chung money then Colt money, which means we could see some 3 safety subpackages roles for the kid….Braman I’m not at all familiar with so I can’t comment about whether it’s bad or not, I’m just pretty damn surprised,because it’s more then I assumed…hopefully he brings more to our team then what I assume…..
        ..
        Really sweating this Corey talk..last I heard he Was visiting the skins yesterday. Since then they signed a bunch of players and I haven’t heard a peep about Corey,,
        ,
        The only Carrington report I saw was browns and Rams were going after him
        ..
        a reporter said that NT Al woods was signed by the titans, but that was retracted and he has visits coming up with GB. He is similar to Benny Logan and the two would form a quality NT tandem. if we can’t get Carrington! I hope we become a player for Woods..miss out on both, then just sign Cody to a camp body contract and see if eye can surprise us

        • GEAGLE

          And see if he can surprise us and win a roster spot…basically this years Gaethers…however, I don’t think we want those big monster NTs

  • ochospantalones

    His grandfather was actually normal-sized. He just seemed really huge when Bryan was shrooming.

    • GEAGLE

      Lol nice
      .,,
      Can we get a new free agent open thread like every 5 hours…it’s impossible to use Disque after like 200 comments.ll
      ..
      Nv,d, I’m just gonna hang in this thread that isn’t getting much traffic :)

    • Stephen Stempo

      His grandmother also had perfect knees all throughout her life!

      • Brent E. Sulecki

        Well done

  • GEAGLE

    Smh Darren sharper getting charged for raoe in Arizona ñow….he is he not the talk of the media? Dude went on a cross country rape spree as an NFL player and NFL network analyst….it’s like what the 3 or 4th state he has been charged in? We may have have safety problems for all those years, but ATleast we weren’t harboring a serial rapist…what piece of crap. Wish they would make a real work/Oz reality show that shows the hell that will await him in prison 24 hours a day….psycho

  • southy

    7’4”, 460!?!?! Four hundred and sixty!? Talk about big people.

  • anon

    Revis is gone and is one a flight to Philly.

    • GEAGLE

      Haha yeah right

  • GEAGLE

    Revis officially released….hope the Niners sign him.

    • Jeff Asay

      You mad? Let him go back to the Jets and the AFC.

      • GEAGLE

        Mad about what? Why would I care that Revis was released?

        • Jeff Asay

          Lol..as in crazy. I don’t want him on an NFC roster.

          • GEAGLE

            I don’t want the Niners signing Chris Cook..?Rather have them take
            Revis so we can let our coaches get their hands on cook…considering it doesn’t look like we are ever going to pay for serious free agents, I gotta get desperate for these CHEAP BUSTS that have major upside..figure if we sign 5, one will surprise us and help the team

  • Jeff Asay

    Revis set loose by Bucs. I hope Birds can get him, but not at 16mil. Half expect Denver to pay him. They are All In.

  • anon

    Soap released by Pats — Weeden released by Browns

    • Stephen Stempo

      Greg Easterbrook must be despondant

    • GEAGLE

      Browns will sign Vick….WATCH!!!

  • Will

    Clemons and Bush still unsigned 24 hours into FA…Nate Allen unsigned no surprise there…

  • Ark87

    heard somewhere that we have 135 million in contracts scheduled for next season, possibly hindering our ability to commit big long-term deals to people (again, remember we will probably up Fole’s contract). Wonder what kind of magic Howie has up his sleeve.

    • Jeff Asay

      I’m betting at least 30 of that will come off the books. Football contracts not guaranteed. Guys like Cole will be gone. Meco likely gone too. At least one guy will be cut due to injury.

      • anon

        Please none of those guys from 2012 will be blockbusters. They might have to pay Foles, but so does everyone. DJ and Shady have to take a pay cut, old guys need to restructure, half the people on this team can stay or go.

        • Jeff Asay

          Yes. Contract money is a meaningless stat beyond guaranteed money in the current year. The cap gurus know this and plan accordingly,

        • Clamdigger

          I’m pretty sure Kendricks is getting paid. If he improves again this year, he’s a must-keep piece for their 3-4.

          • Will

            Kendricks is good not great…hell our whole front 7 is mediocre at best….lol…

          • Clamdigger

            You seem to have a weird impression that players are graded on a universal scale, regardless of scheme.

          • Will

            When Philly’s Defense is in the top 5 I’ll discuss it with you…pointless now bc most fans are brainwashed that we need just an average joe defense to win with a high powered offense…Even Denver figured it out and is trying to improve that side of the ball…

          • Clamdigger

            No, no one’s brainwashed of that. The brainwashing I see is with you believing that you HAVE to sign high profile FA’s rather than drafting good players.

            I think most reasonable people understand that it’s going to take a couple of years to rebuild through the draft. Once you’ve made it to the NFCCG, then you think about bringing in a high-end player to help get you over the hump.

            But no, you don’t spend all of your cap on FA’s just because they’re out there. There are actually guys that will need new deals next year. There will also be FA next year. The Eagles probably aren’t even making it to the NFCCG this year, so I don’t know why you have such blue balls over FA.

            Carry on with your outrage over every FA that the Eagles don’t sign, though.

      • Ark87

        that sounds about right, factoring in some of the stuff said below. Doesn’t whatever we don’t spend this year carry over as well? Yeah the cap is greek to me.

    • Jeff Asay

      Ok with depth in FA if we add playmakers in the draft. Have to hit on a difference maker on the defensive side of the ball.

    • Tom w

      Completely untrue. No problems w next yr whatsoever

  • Jeff Asay

    Family has no teeth?!? WTF? Before he had some money to go with his looks the girls must’ve loved kissing that. {sarcasm}

  • Will

    Chip in Alabama already must be done in FA and looking to the draft….

    • anon

      Sheil / Tim going to lose thousands of page hits!

      • Will

        Yeah were up for a huge splash in FA that turned into WTF why bother at all….lol….but hey we got 20 plus million in cap space again woo hoo….

  • GEAGLE

    Donnie jones just called Braman a “War daddy on ST” lol

  • Eagles4Life

    7’4 460?! I think we’ve got our block eating NT. Sheesh.

  • GEAGLE

    Browns released Jason Campbell and Weeden…watch them sign Vick.
    ..
    I wouldn’t mind Campbell as FOles backup if we are serious about contending

    • Rambler

      Tim Couch is still on their roster right?

  • Will

    Interesting quote…lol….

    Patrick Daugherty of Rotoworld ranks Howie Roseman 13th among GMs:

    You could argue this is too high for one of the
    architects of the most disastrous free-agent class in recent memory.
    Roseman’s role in Philly’s ill-fated “Dream Team” will be a stain he
    wears until he trades in his suits for pleated-retirement khakis. But he
    couldn’t have bought a better detergent than Chip Kelly. Roseman
    replaced a weary Andy Reid with arguably the brightest offensive mind of
    a generation, and has put his team one step ahead of an ever-changing
    NFL as a result. As an evaluator and player procurer, Roseman leaves
    much to be desired. But Kelly provides an easy-to-follow blueprint,
    lessening the room for error. The degree to which Roseman is tied to his
    head coach is highly unusual for a modern GM. Thankfully, he’s chosen
    the right one — the kind that should make him look like a genius in due
    time.

    • Clamdigger

      Drafted Cox, Kendricks, Foles, Boykin, and Kelce without Chip.

      • Will

        So what’s your point? They are gonna have a great draft that produces a quality starting OLB,Safety,Place Kicker, that will put this team in a SB? And I’m sure the best FA are had at a discount days 2-3 in FA as well…Glad the Eagles FO is smarter than everyone else just not smart enough to win a SB…

        • Clamdigger

          Your quote somehow seems to imply that Roseman couldn’t draft until Chip got here. I found that odd, seeing as how our best draft in recent history was before Chip’s arrival.

          And to your point about not getting an OLB/S/K this offseason, I ask why that has to be forced this year and more importantly, why it has to be addressed in FA?

          This team is still a year or two out. Signing big contracts that you’ll have to restructure by the time you make a Superbowl is not smart. Drafting quality players while signing decent stopgap players is a sensible strategy.

          • Will

            So in essence we are 2-3 years away from a SB run….The Offense is okay, ST and Defense need to improve and by the time that happens you will need to retool the Offense…yup logical approach….

  • Will

    Was really hoping with the addition of Gamble he would help acquiring great players…

  • Will

    oh well there’s always the draft or a trade not holding my breath….

  • GEAGLE

    Lamarr Woodley visiting raiders. Wonder if it’s a simple case of mistaken identity and they think they are re signing lamarr Houston? Lol
    ….I ain’t gonna lie, it just hurt watching Demarcus Wares broncos press conference. Never did I think we could have ever had a shot at him and he was right there for the taking, essentially signing a 2yr 20mil deal(3rd yr non GUARENTEED )..,would it really have been that horrible to pay ware 10mil per year for the next two years to take a run at a Super Bowl…didn’t think it would both me, but it kind of hurt seeing him a bronco and imagining that being the eagles press conference…
    ..
    Imagine how he feel(he said he was shaking)..two days ago dude was on a sinking ship headed straight for a 2015 iceberg, wasn’t really sure what Jerry would do..now he abandons that dysfunctional sess pool and gets to play with Peyton and the Super Bowl runner up?

    The best part is imagine how dejected all his cowboy team mates must feel right now lol. Losing Dawk to the broncos was a kick to our nuts…how does it feel cowboys fans? Lol

    • cliff henny

      if they need swords to fall on, i’ll rent a u-hual and provide one for every Cowboy fan outside SW USA that’s never been within 250 miles of Texas. F’n scum

    • Will

      I wonder is Decker signed yet?

      • GEAGLE

        Visiting the Jets today

  • Will

    Ware had that neck injury right move not to get him…

    • Eagles4Life

      Chris Clemons might be a guy to take a flier on. Sad that it’s come to this…

      • Will

        They should he is a descent cover guy not flashy rated 4th best in FA…

  • Tom w

    Gotta trade back in draft now no questions and get more picks bc we have a giant joke at safety now.

    • Tom w

      Meant hole at safety but joke works too. Need a young corner young safety young olb young ilb and guard. And a wr

    • Will

      Hey we got a PS player/Wolff/Jenkins/Maragos were good there….we got Alex henry were good there…we got Matt barkley were good there….we got Braman were good there relax Eagles know what there doing ….

      • Richard Colton

        Special Teams will be so good next year we won’t need to play defense

    • Will

      You mean trade up for one of the better safeties in the draft…

    • Will

      Maragos may surprise Seattle’s a tough place to start at Safety…trust Seattle to find quality guys to play football…May be the year Jenkins finally comes out and plays to his potential…

  • GEAGLE

    I’m sick…bills stole Corey Graham…4yrs 16million..we couldn’t offer him that..curious to see what the contract looks like..I wanted him at like 2yr 4mil…dude got paid…I guess that’s the basement for a Boykin deal

    • Will

      Crap…how hard could that be? oh well swing batter batter swing and another missed opportunity…Curtis Marsh you can breath easy now….

      • GEAGLE

        If they don’t sign Carrington, then I don’t even know who else there is to get….dissapointed

        • Justin

          We don’t need to sign every FA out there, you know.

          • anon

            *Any*

    • Threagles

      “Stole”? Really? Come down off the ledge GE.

    • Richard Colton

      They “took him to the bank…and got it certified”
      Couldn’t resist John. I’m with you, wasn’t crazy about Revis, but I hate just sitting here while they do nothing.

      • GEAGLE

        Just don’t understand how you get into FA, with ONLY two stinking positions to fill, Safety and Nickle pass rusher…when you are fortunate to only need to till two starting positions and you have 24mjl, there is no excuse for why you shouldn’t get two MAJOR upgrades..
        .
        I wanted Byrd for two years, yet I don’t say a peep about losing him,because I understand we can’t pay that…but no once can sit here and tell me that Ward cost too much or that Micheal Johnson’s deal wasn’t fair..,..we should be returning last years young defense. With MJ coming off the edge. Ward patrolling the Box and Jenkins in center field……..wtf did we cut Chung for? ….3 players and we could have fielded a scary deans to go with our monster offense…instead we do nothing..I’m rational. I set my sights on cheap players average fan never even heard of. To disappoint a rational fan, means you really didn’t do shit.
        .
        Sorry. But Howie gets a C plus AT BEST and that sounds generous

        • OldDocRoss

          With you on Ward, but I don’t get the Michael Johnson love at all.

          Dude has had one productive year as a pass rusher, spent most of his career at DE, is coming of a down year, will be 28 by the time the season starts and you want to throw $24m guaranteed at him?

          There are not enough Os I can put after an N to explain how wrong I think that is.

          • GEAGLE

            In his down year he had 61 QB hurries nod graded out as elite against the run
            … Believe it or not, there is more to playing well then your sack total

          • OldDocRoss

            No sugar Sherlock, but at some point I’d kinda like to see a guy being paid as a top pass rusher actually sack the QB and the year when he did that has proven to be the exception rather than the rule.

            You know who’s real good against the run? Trent Cole. MJ is a bit younger and taller than Cole but comes with the downside of not having a year in the system and never having been as productive as Cole.

            Pass.

        • Token

          lol that first part. Just gotta laugh about it I guess. Two gigantic holes. All the money in the world. Players out there to fill the hole. And we get more ST aces and Nate Allen with a different name.

  • Will

    That leaves Clemons….lol….we don’t need him…lol…

  • GEAGLE

    I was against Revis..at this point I hope we sign him just to so something

    • Will

      Screw Revis………all the moves that they could of done to improve this D…..hell just screw it…………

      • G_WallyHunter

        let’s just have faith in the plan. What did you want Ward?
        Cuz Byrd was just out of the question, so let’s not even mention him

      • GEAGLE

        It’s like FA never happened! or like we were punished and not allowed to play

    • Token

      Geez flip flopped on that one faster than Jenkins.

      But yea, I hate paying corners. Safety is way more important to me. But fact is they need one of the other. They are gonna have god awful safety play again this year, Revis can at least aid in the secondary.

      • GEAGLE

        Lol thought Yous could tell I was joking.l

    • Justin

      Normally, I enjoy reading your stuff, but you’re being ridiculous. You sound like you’re disappointed we haven’t signed every big name that was available.

      • GEAGLE

        Hey idiot…Big names? I been rooting to sign cheap ass players you have never even haard of, so wtf you talking about?..

  • Eagles4Life

    Adiós to Corey Graham…Buffalo got him

  • GEAGLE

    Lol packers,signed Mike Neal…say bye bye to all the free agents

    • G_WallyHunter

      Yup, hey let’s just have faith in Howie. Sure, we missed out a little in FA, but what if Chip is that much better with the draft?
      What if picks rounds 1-5 are GREAT players with potential plug-in starter ability?
      I know Chip drafted last year, but this year he has a full year to prep..
      Who knows, but we can just hope that the draft makes up for this mess..
      Jenkins and 2 ST aces… lol that’s a hilarious free agency..

      • GEAGLE

        Wasted opportunity is wasted opportunity….why can’t I have 5 great draft picks and some free agent help? Can’t put lipstick on a pig, no way to sugar coat these past two days other then missed opportunity. We should have gotten better, but the improvements we made are probably minimal…

        But watch, now we will trade for Sproles, and sign another WR..of course draft picks wil
        B spent on WRs…just very dissapointing that the defense gets ignored

        • oreofestar

          Come on Howie make me happy Sproles, Carrington and Revis would make me SOOOOOO HAPPY

        • G_WallyHunter

          Ya sure, some guys were just way too expensive tho and they got paid. Nothing we can do about that.
          Missed out on a few players yes, I’m still questioning it. As long as we reserve judgement of the offseason until May as the draft could make up for it

          • anon

            I can’t believe we aren’t going after the pass rushers — there’s no one dominant in the draft and all we need is a 3rd down old guy to sub in with Cole and Barwin or play DE

          • RIP illa

            Upvote cuz it’s it’s the right thing to do. And cuz I’ve become accustomed to FA playing out like this.

        • NickS1

          Never a good sign when the best move made on day one of FA is resigning the punter. No disrespect to Longball, but that can’t be.

    • oreofestar

      I am still holding out for Revis

      • GEAGLE

        Just jump,and save yourself the heartache

        • oreofestar

          Ok…

          • GEAGLE

            REPORT: Eagles are NOT in the mix for Revis.. Roob

  • GEAGLE

    Can we get Chung back? Lol what was the point in cutting Him?

    • oreofestar

      Yeah Chung looks like a beast right now

      • GEAGLE

        No like serious..bring him back…heck I’ll take Nate too lol

        • NickS1

          I’ll take Nate back, too. Not Chung.

          • GEAGLE

            Sign 7 safeties and hope two look decent in training camp.l

          • NickS1

            That sounds like a batting average approach. Howie approves.

    • OldDocRoss

      1. Terrible at football.
      2. See 1.

    • Token

      Addition by subtraction.

    • NickS1

      He’s terrible at football. He failed at recruiting fellow Ducks. And he’s terrible at football. I told you he wasn’t staying.

      • cliff henny

        4th safety special teamer, he’s not that bad, just should never ever play safety. less pay, 1.5m-2m range. not like his 2m cleared was used

        • NickS1

          Howie’s trying to set the record for cap rollover. Didn’t you get the memo? …… And yes, he is that bad.

          • cliff henny

            let’s talk offense, outlook is much brighter. better be one hell ofa draft

          • NickS1

            Better be. Almost have to trade back now just to fill out defensive depth to grow. ODB, Buchannon, CJones, Joyner. Would love that haul.

          • cliff henny

            sounds like my every mock draft. WR doesn’t matter much to me, outside Evans, think 4 or 5 will be studs w/ Kelly. i’d love to hear a slow burn dropback. out to 25, then 29, then 33, nabbed a 3rd and 4th, then go nutz. after watching Cooper, how much difference would there be going from Cooks to Beckham to Robinson, think they’ll all lght it up.

          • NickS1

            I definitely don’t need convincing on the slow burn. We need as many picks as possible. Give any of us five picks in rounds two and three and we’ll have at least two starters in two years. With the additional pick I’d trade out Beckham for KVN and take A-Rob or someone else later.

          • GEAGLE

            Boooo I hope Evans is on the board and we pass on him, then I’m gonna call you up and say Bud,let’s just talk defense…future much brighter :)

  • Andy124

    Everybody’s missing the real travesty from the last two days.

    I’m going to hate hearing, “Malcolm Jenkins. THE Ohio State University” during player intros next year. God how obnoxious.

    • G_WallyHunter

      if he misses 3 or less tackles for every 15 attempts then I guess I’ll put up with it

    • Rambler

      As a Buckeye alum, I even get tired of hearing it. But if he performs well, it will be a small price to pay.

  • PaoliBulldog

    Screw the helmetless tackle. I want video of Braman doing shrooms.

  • Rambler

    So the Eagles might be done signing anyone at this point. But I am really curious to know if they would attempt to get Rafael Bush away from the Saints. I know he is a RFA, but any idea how often something like that happens? Saints clearly are paying a good deal for safeties with the Byrd signing. So what are the chances of the Eagles maybe making a play for him…

    • Token

      But why for another middling safety? If the Saints thought he had start potential they probably wouldnt have paid Byrd a kings ransom right?

      • Rambler

        Oh I agree… I am just saying it as a last ditch sort of thing, since there is really minor options left at this point (I am hoping we ignore Nate Allen still being out there). Clearly they are going to bring someone else in at safety for camp, and I am just hoping that they do not rely on the draft for this.

      • anon

        One man’s trash

  • Kev_H

    Once they had Foles up and running for good, the only two losses the Eagles suffered rested in large part on the special teams/coverage teams. It’s nice to see them doing something about it.

    • GEAGLE

      I thought the same exact thing,,,then I realized if we had a kicker that could boot it thru the back of the ENDZONE we wouldn’t have to dump millions in coverage units

      • Kev_H

        That’s not very “we’re from Philly, we fight” of you. I think nowadays you can do a lot better than touchbacks on kickoffs. There is more indecision and more players foolishly trying to bring them out from deep in the end zone.

        • oreofestar

          They are not foolish when they are bringing it out from the 15 which is where Henery kicks it

      • oreofestar

        I hope we get a great UDFA who takes Henery;s job

  • SilverEagle

    At 68 years old, I’m so pumped I can’t believe it. Keep going birds….

  • Eagles4Life

    Revis gone. *cries in corner* (no pun intended)

  • NickS1

    At least the garbage talk about Revis possibly coming to PHL is done. Thank God.

    • Eagles4Life

      still no impact guys on the defense, though…hope we have big plans for the draft, otherwise the defense will be buttcheeks again

      • NickS1

        I’m fine with it. Would have been contradictory to what occurred, or didn’t occur, on day 1.

    • Eagles1018

      Where did he go??

      • NickS1

        Pats. 1yr/12mil

    • Kev_H

      He would have instantly made them a top third defense. The Jets didn’t make it to two conference championship games on Rex Ryan’s brains or Mark Sanchez’ talent.

      • NickS1

        You’re right, that pass rush sucked with Rex Ryan coaching it and there’ no way the pass rush helped the secondary…

  • GEAGLE

    Revis signed 1yr 12m with pats

    Shaughnssy staying in Zona..

    Al Woods, the perfect Logan backup signed with Titans..

    My hopes and dreams have almost been flushed away completely..all I have left is Carrington and Cooks…heck I’ll even setlle on mount Cody..even a flier is better then nothing

    • Eagles1018

      Oh. Ok.

      I found a good read on Howie. Might as well read about him if he’s not gonna get any of these players in FA. I wonder what you guys will say when the draft gets us a long snapper and a back up center lmao

      On Eagles’ batting average vs. VORP http://espn.go.com/blog/philadelphia-eagles/post/_/id/4268/on-eagles-batting-average-vs-vorp?ex_cid=null

    • RIP illa

      Thought Woods would be playing DE. He provides very little in terms of pass rush and versatility, so I don’t see him as a fit for backing up Logan or even being on the squad. This of course is after I studied a little more on him. If FA continues to dry up and we get desperate for depth then yeah, I could see us getting him.

      But as far as Logans backup…Lookout for Khryi Thornton in the draft. 6’2 (almost 6’3), very log arms, 316lbs, and really close numbers to what Logan had in his workouts. An Eagles coach worked him out, personally, for his pro day.

  • GEAGLE

    How much do we have tied up in the safety position? Like 8mil combined?

    • Adam G

      This act is wearing thin.

    • oreofestar

      I do not think we got that much

      • GEAGLE

        Gotta be..like 6 in Jenk, 500k Wolff…Seattle dude is like 1.3per..and Keelen prob makes less money then me, atleast he should..actually the kid is kind of interesting because he had an offer to sign with a team last year(forget who), but he chose to turn it down and stay on our practice squad because he saw all our safeties contracts were expiring and felt like he could compete for a starting spot here…I respect players that turn down money to gamble on themselves long term. Shows they are confident they will put in the work to succeed

        • oreofestar

          We do not have 6 in Jenk he is making like 3 this year and after next season he is gone and between Wolff, Chris whatever and Johnson we have about 2.5 so together they will make less than Cary Williams this season

          • GEAGLE

            Damn…you get what you pay for

          • oreofestar

            we have 22mil still I wonder what bums Howie will sign unless he is done for the year, Carrington will not happen just because you want him

          • GEAGLE

            Damn we have 22 mil stil? We really trying to win that salary cap space championship…we need what, like 5mil to sign draft picks? Role over 10mil which we don’t even have to role over that tat much and we still have 7mil to spend…could have signed Ward and Jenkins, signed our draft picks and still carried over 10mil…smh

    • Eagles1018

      We have tied up in safety money:

      Some food stamps
      A snickers bar
      2 dollar menu chicken sandwiches
      A bag of shrooms

      • Eagles1018

        The chicken sandwiches are guaranteed. The rest we can get rid of after a year

        • oreofestar

          Bro Chicken sandwiches are not even a dollar they are like 1.79 and tax why the hell would Howie do that

  • GEAGLE

    Anyone see the Donnie football press conference? Cool dude, said some funny ish…he knew Braman from the texans so he was asked about him and Donnie called him “the war daddy of special teams”…don’t mind a psycho or two on the roster…we still need to meet our quota’s for psychos, dreadlocks and Samoans if we want to have a top defense..every great DFENSE has those three elememts

    • oreofestar

      Didn’t see it

      • GEAGLE

        PE.com has his and Malcolm’s

        • oreofestar

          okay I will go look,

  • Doctor Rick

    “Braman worked as a bouncer during the NFL lockout and hoped a team would call. In June, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of psilocybe mushrooms. He paid a $2,000 fine. Thirty days later, the prosecutor terminated the one-year probation, and his case was dismissed.”

    Dude!

    • NickS1

      The Dude abides.

      • GEAGLE

        Or has alibis

  • GEAGLE

    Bring back the down voting please..I liked it better when people could just down vote me without commenting…

  • jesse

    You are all forgetting the real off season transaction the block buster trade Straight up B.Ghram to Miami for Dion Jordan makes Howie look like a genius