Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Case For Franchising Bradford

Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

The Eagles will soon have to make an all-important call on how to proceed at the quarterback position.

February 16 is the first day that teams are able to designate franchise or transition players. That window remains open until March 7 — two days prior to the official start of free agency. Howie Roseman and crew need to decide whether the right move is to apply that tag to Sam Bradford. 

Early signs suggest that neither side is in a hurry to get Bradford into a long-term contract. The Eagles front office has had no problem identifying Lane Johnson and Zach Ertz and Vinny Curry and Fletcher Cox as part of the core group that they want to commit to. When it comes to Bradford, however, there have been plenty of niceties but few true indicators that either party is ready to ink a lucrative multi-year deal. Read more »

Roseman: ‘Fletcher Cox Is Always A Priority’

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

While the Eagles have signed four players in the last two weeks to new contracts, Fletcher Cox has posted multiple tweets that seemingly suggest he’s waiting for his turn.

When talking to the media after Vinny Curry’s press conference, however, Howie Roseman denied that the Eagles have been slow to engage Cox in contract negotiations.

“I would say the last person we’re trying to play games with or be disrespectful to is Fletcher Cox,” Roseman said. “Fletcher Cox is always a priority to us.” Read more »

Vinny Curry: ‘Fletcher [Cox] Is Gonna Be Here’

Vinny Curry. (USA Today Sports)

Vinny Curry. (USA Today Sports)

Vinny Curry grew up in Neptune, N.J. with Eagles jerseys and pictures along the walls of his home. He wanted to be like Ricky Watters, so when he started playing football at 8-years-old, he played running back.

Soon after, he switched to defense. The position change proved to be a wise move, as 19 years later, he’s now under contract with the Eagles for five more years to remain on the defensive line.

“I really can’t see myself playing for nowhere else,” Curry said on Wednesday. “At the end of the day, I bleed green. That’s just what it is.” Read more »

What the Future Holds For the Eagles’ O-line

Jason Kelce and Jason Peters. (Jeff Fusco)

Jason Kelce and Jason Peters. (Jeff Fusco)

With a decade in the NFL already under his belt, Barrett Brooks could feel his career winding down in Pittsburgh. He played in nearly 100 games in his first six seasons alone, and he didn’t have much left in the tank.

But then Bill Cowher started giving Brooks “maintenance days,” which Brooks says extended his career by two or three seasons. The former offensive lineman expects Doug Pederson to do the same for Jason Peters, which is why he thinks Peters will still be productive.

“[Pederson] knows how to give guys days off, and that’s going to be huge,” Brooks said. “He’s going to give them days and allow them to sit down to rest. Chip [Kelly] wasn’t having that. Chip still made him practice. You can’t have a guy like that.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Doug Pederson’s Priorities

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

The last time the Eagles’ win total dropped by at least three, a new head coach quickly turned the team around and won 10 games the following season. This year, Doug Pederson is hoping to replicate Chip Kelly’s early success in Philadelphia, as well as Andy Reid’s reversal in Kansas City.

“I just came from a place where we turned the culture of the organization around, we turned the culture of the community around, and two out of the three years, we’re in the postseason,” Pederson said Tuesday on 97.5 The Fanatic. “It can be done. In my opinion, we’ve got a little bit better talent here, and I’m looking forward to working with these guys.”

Whether Pederson achieves that success will largely be determined by his quarterback. After praising Sam Bradford at his introductory press conference, Pederson seemed to express a more patient approach in deciding Bradford’s future yesterday, noting that free agency is more than a month away, before concluding: “We’ve got time.” Read more »

Eagles Sign Vinny Curry To Five-Year Deal

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles and Vinny Curry have agreed to a five-year deal worth $47.25 million, with $23 million guaranteed.

NFL Network’s Albert Breer was the first person to report the deal. Birds 24/7’s Tim McManus has since confirmed that Curry has signed the deal.

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Eagles Roundup: Evan Mathis’ Super Bowl Shot

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

With Super Bowl 50 just five days away, there’s plenty being written about the Panthers and Broncos, but there’s also a bevy of reading about a few former Eagles getting ready to do battle out in California. We’ve put together a compilation of the best reading you may have missed.

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Wake-Up Call: Why the Eagles Are Being Aggressive

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

You wonder if Fletcher Cox would have been locked up months ago if not for the short-lived Chip Kelly power grab.

Howie Roseman comes from the Joe Banner school of financial management that teaches to sign your core players early. The logic is sound: the money arrow is always pointing up in the NFL. The more dollars that come in, the higher the cap. As the cap grows, so too does the cost of the individual deals. If you have identified someone that you want to keep around long-term, it’s best to strike as soon as possible while leverage is still on your side and before the price spikes.

Cox became eligible for an extension at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Since then, Ndamukong Suh inked a six-year deal that contains a shade under $60 million in guarantees and averages out to about $19 million per year; Cox has elevated his game while marching a step closer to the end of his deal; and the cap jumped $10 million, with another $10 million bump (if not greater) expected to be announced in March for the ’16 season.

Some league insiders believe Cox will command somewhere around $16-18 million per season now, if not higher. Assuming the 25-year-old was willing to play ball last season, the Eagles lost a significant amount of money by waiting.

That (somewhat extreme) example helps explain why Roseman has been so aggressive to start this offseason. Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

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Here’s what the local and national media are saying about the Eagles this week.

In his latest all-Eagles mock draft, Jimmy Kempski has the Eagles selecting Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch in the first round:

To begin, this will of course be a scenario in which the Eagles will have moved on from Sam Bradford, as I suspect they will. On Sunday, we went through the teams picking between 1-12 in the 2016 NFL Draft, and their likelihood of drafting a quarterback with their first round picks. If I were a betting man, one of the three top quarterback prospects (Cal’s Jared Goff, North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz, and Memphis’ Paxton Lynch) will make it to the Eagles at 13. Or perhaps a modest trade up that doesn’t require selling the farm can do the trick. Read more »

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