Cross another one off the list.
The Eagles and Jeremy Maclin have come to terms on a one-year deal, the team announced. According to Mike Garafolo, the contract is worth up to $6 million with more than $3 million guaranteed.
“I’m excited to see Jeremy play in our offense,” said Chip Kelly in a statement. “You saw the potential of that in the spring and summer but obviously he didn’t get an opportunity last year. However, what was great to see was how he was literally here every single day since being injured. You can see he has a passion for the game of football. When he was on the field last spring and summer, you saw his intelligence, you saw his great route-running ability and you saw how tough of a one-on-one match-up he could be.” Read more »
A year after jumping one spot ahead of the Eagles to draft Dion Jordan, the Miami Dolphins are now looking to trade the outside linebacker, according to a report. Read more »
Peter King mentioned in his Monday Morning Quarterback column that the Eagles were one of the teams that met with quarterback Johnny Manziel at the combine. Howie Roseman was asked to explain that decision on Thursday.
“We do interviews for a wide variety of reasons at a wide variety of positions,” said Roseman, who did not confirm that a meeting with Manziel took place. “We get 60 formal interviews at the combine, we get 30 players we’re allowed to bring in here.
“We’re trying to get as much background as possible on as many guys as possible. You never know when opportunity is going to come to get a player. It may be now in the draft, it may be in free agency, it may be via trade. Read more »
Jason Kelce was asked Thursday afternoon why he opted for a seven-year deal instead of something shorter.
“Why seven years? I don’t really know,” Kelce said. “They told me what the numbers were, and I was like, ‘That sounds pretty good to me.’ I think the longer for me the better because I really, truly don’t want to play for any other organization. I’m happy with this city, this team, these coaches. I’m really excited to be here and I have been since Day One.” Read more »
Update: The Eagles announced Friday afternoon that Jeremy Maclin is in the fold on a one-year deal.
The Eagles’ wide receiver situation got a little bit clearer Thursday morning when the team announced it had signed Riley Cooper to a new deal.
But there are still a couple chips left to fall. The Eagles are looking to get something done with Jeremy Maclin, and at this point it would be an upset if Jason Avant were to return.
As we wait to see what’s next, it’s worth exploring how the pieces might fit. Read more »
The backdrop behind Riley Cooper had changed from where he stood on July 31.
On that day, he was outside the NovaCare Complex with a brick wall behind him and microphones shoved aggressively in his face. His future with the franchise that drafted him seemed very much in question. Hours before he spoke, a video had surfaced of Cooper using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert. Now it was time to face the music and answer question after question about the incident, his status with the team, his relationship with his peers and more.
Thursday afternoon, however, carried a different feel. Some seven months later, Cooper stood in the hallway at the NovaCare Complex in a grey hoodie, black shorts and black sneakers. The reporters were now asking about his career year in 2013 and his promising future in Chip Kelly’s offense. Read more »
Riley Cooper. Photo | Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The question when it comes to Riley Cooper and the receiver position at large is about resource allocation.
DeSean Jackson is slated to make $10 million this season. The other receivers currently on the roster are eating up close to $7 million worth of salary (though a big chunk of that can be shed if they release or restructure Jason Avant). The front office is working on signing Jeremy Maclin. They have invested significantly in the tight end position and will likely be using a good deal of “12 personnel,” which means one less receiver on the field. And as we know, the draft is stacked with quality wideouts.
There is good money already tied up in the position, only so many snaps to go around and a wealth of young, inexpensive options to be had come May 8. Given all these factors, and the glaring needs in other areas of the roster, why give Cooper a five-year, $25 million contract with $10 million guaranteed?
Howie Roseman explained it this way: Read more »
Jeremy Maclin wants to bet on himself. But apparently, the Eagles want a longer-term commitment.
That is according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, who reports that Maclin is looking for a one-year deal from the team, but Howie Roseman and company would prefer a multi-year arrangement. Read more »
The Eagles continued to lock up their own players to long-term extensions today, signing center Jason Kelce and wide receiver Riley Cooper to seven-year and five-year deals, respectively.
Cooper’s deal is worth $25 million over five years, a league source tells Tim McManus. He’s under contract with the Eagles through 2018. Details on how much guaranteed money is included have not yet been made available. Read more »
Part of it is just that Jason Peters is a freak.
He’s 32, yes, and he is not too far removed from a double Achilles rupture. Normally, that’s not the type of player you hand a lucrative four-year extension to. But Peters is not normal. He is an athletic phenomenon; a five-time All-Pro rabbit in a bear suit with the makings of a Hall-of-Fame resume.
“This is a unique situation when you are talking about Jason Peters and his level of excellence, his level of play,” said general manager Howie Roseman. “It’s hard to turn on the tape and look at him as a 31-year-old offensive tackle. You look at him and you see him dominate players. He still has upside in his body because of the things that we’re doing and the scheme that we’re in…For us, this is about the player. Jason Peters has defied all odds, and he’s a unique player.”
The fact that the Eagles were willing to hand a 10-year vet $20 million of guaranteed coin speaks mostly to how rare a specimen Peters is.
There is more to the story, though. Read more »