Draft Daily: ASU Safety Damarious Randall

Eagles Draft 2015
Arizona State safety Damarious Randall. Brian Spurlock / USA Today

Arizona State safety Damarious Randall. Brian Spurlock / USA Today

Between now and the draft, we’ll zero in on one prospect a day with an Eagles slant. If you have a player you want covered, let us know on the Birds 24/7 Facebook page.

THE BACK STORY

One move that could have completely shed a different light on the Eagles’ offseason would have been signing Patriots safety Devin McCourty.

By all accounts, Chip Kelly targeted McCourty, and the team pursued him aggressively. A McCourty/Malcolm Jenkins combination would have been one of the better ones in the league. But ultimately, McCourty decided to stay in New England.

It seems the Eagles didn’t think much of the second-level safety market because the only addition they made was CB/S E.J. Biggers, who has a less than stellar track record. That means once again the Birds will go into the draft looking for a starting safety.

Which brings us to today’s prospect, Damarious Randall. The Arizona State product played two years for the Sun Devils after transferring from junior college, where he also played baseball. The Eagles reportedly brought him in for a visit recently. Read more »

Eagles Draft Buzz Thread: 4/14

Eagles Draft 2015
John David Mercer / USA Today

John David Mercer / USA Today

Between now and the draft, we’ll have daily threads with the latest mocks, buzz and relevant links. Check back throughout the day for updates.

1:58 p.m.: Thought this was interesting.

I really like Eric Rowe and think he will intrigue the Eagles.

12:29 p.m.: Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune seems to think the Philip Rivers-Titans rumors has legs, and he thinks the Chargers should pull the trigger on a deal.

The only real control the Chargers have with their quarterback is now, this offseason. So – and this is difficult to think, let alone write – they need to trade Rivers. If Monday night’s dinner and Tuesday’s workout in Eugene, Ore., are everything the Chargers expect, and they see in former Oregon star Marcus Mariota a possible franchise quarterback, they should do what they can to trade up and draft him.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: What About Trading Back?

Eagles Draft 2015
Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sports

Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sports

Today’s question comes via email from Paul:

I think we’ve covered every possible trade-up scenario for Marcus Mariota, but a lot of the prospects you’ve written about seem to have late first or early second-round projections. How likely is it that the Eagles trade back?

My initial thought is that we’re going to learn a lot about Chip Kelly’s drafting philosophy based on his willingness (or unwillingness) to trade back. Read more »

Cedric Thornton Signs Tender

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Restricted free agent Cedric Thornton signed his tender on Monday, the team announced, putting him under contract for the 2015 season. He is scheduled to make a shade under $2.4 million, a healthy bump from his 2014 base salary of $645,000.

The Eagles protected themselves by giving Thornton a second-round tender, which comes at a higher price but serves as a deterrent for any team looking to scoop him up because they would have to part ways with a second-round pick if the Eagles did not match their offer. The deadline for teams to make a bid on restricted free agents is April 24. By signing, Thornton is now officially off the market. Read more »

Draft Daily: Ten Offensive Linemen Who Could Fit

Eagles Draft 2015
La'el Collins, LSU. Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

La’el Collins, LSU. Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

Between now and the draft, we’ll zero in on one prospect a day with an Eagles slant. If you have a player you want covered, let us know on the Birds 24/7 Facebook page.

In 2012, the year before Chip Kelly landed in Philadelphia, the Eagles’ offensive line was a mess.

But that was mostly due to injuries. There was still plenty of talent with guys like Jason PetersJason KelceEvan Mathis and Todd Herremans on the roster.

Kelly is now in his third offseason as the Eagles’ head coach, and he’s really only made one major addition up front: drafting Lane Johnson fourth overall.

With Herremans gone and Peters and Mathis getting older, offensive line is an area the team is expected to address in this year’s draft. Rather than go player-by-player in separate posts, we decided to take a look at the class as a whole.

Below are 10 offensive linemen who could be Eagles targets. Read more »

Eagles Draft Buzz Thread: 4/13

Eagles Draft 2015
Glenn Andrews / USA TODAY Sports

Glenn Andrews / USA TODAY Sports

Between now and the draft, we’ll have daily threads with the latest mocks, buzz and relevant links. Check back throughout the day for updates. Read more »

NFC East Roundup: Cowboys At It Again?

Tony Romo, Robert Griffin IIIHere is a look at what is happening elsewhere in the NFC East.

Andrew Brandt of MMQB.com is worried the Cowboys are once again spending their money frivolously:

[Tony] Romo’s 2013 contract extension, with a $25 million bonus prorated over the life of the deal, was negotiated knowing there would be future cap consequences. At that time, we could only hope that the Cowboys would not revisit it for several years, allowing the future stacked proration to settle down as the contract went.

So much for that.

Less than a year after signing that deal, the Cowboys converted $12.5 million of Romo’s 2014 salary into a prorated signing bonus to push out future cap charges. Now, a year after that restructure, the Cowboys have done it again, converting $16 million of Romo’s 2015 salary into another prorated signing bonus, adding another $12.8 million to the already stacked amounts of proration in the coming years. Romo now carries the highest amount of potential dead money—cap charges that will remain if Romo and the Cowboys part ways—of any player in NFL history. Though the possibility is remote, the amount of dead money acceleration would be $46 million if the Cowboys and Romo were to somehow part this year. That amount reduces to $32 million next year and $19.6 million in 2017, making Romo, for all intents and purposes, uncuttable and untradeable until then.

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Birds 24/7 T-Shirt Wall Of Fame

Birds 24/7 fan skiing

Over the next few months, we’re putting together a Wall of Fame for those of you who have worn your Birds 24/7 t-shirts both near and far!

Brian sported his while skiing at Breckenridge resort in Colorado. Another Birds 24/7 reader wore his t-shirt to the summit of Mt. Whitney. Where have you worn yours? An opposing stadium? To the beach?

Want to be included? Simple. Send us a photo of you in your Birds 24/7 t-shirt with a short description of where it’s from. You can Tweet it to @Birds247 or e-mail the pic to tbagley@phillymag.com.

Don’t have a Birds 24/7 shirt? What are you waiting for? Buy one here at our online store! http://birds247shop.myshopify.com

Jaws: Mariota’s Stock Is Rising

Eagles Draft 2015
Mariota and Winston. Courtesy of USA Today

Mariota and Winston. Courtesy of USA Today

The widely-held belief around the league for weeks now has been that Jameis Winston will go first overall to the Bucs. But a little doubt has crept in of late.

A report surfaced this week that one of the Bucs’ owners has raised some internal questions about the the community relations impact should they choose Winston. On Friday, Ron Jaworski was a guest on CSN’s Philly Sports Talk and said he is picking up buzz that Marcus Mariota is going to be Tampa’s selection.

“The latest I’m hearing now from my sources around the league, who are pretty wired in, is that he’s going to go number one now to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,” said Jaworski.
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