Brent Celek: ‘Philadelphia Is My Home Forever’

Brent Celek. (Jeff Fusco)

Brent Celek. (Jeff Fusco)

Brent Celek was home celebrating his 31st birthday with his wife when he got a phone call on Monday night.

“We got a deal done,” his agent said.

Celek turned to his wife as tears came down his cheeks, before going downstairs and sitting on the couch. He thought about the journey that transformed him from a fifth-round draft pick in 2007 to a tight end with a three-year deal to remain in Philadelphia. Read more »

Eagles, Lane Johnson Agree To Deal

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles have agreed to a new six-year contract with Lane Johnson, the team announced.

It contains $35.5 million in guarantees and is worth up to $63 million. (Mike Garafolo had the details first.) The deal factors in Johnson’s eventual move to left tackle.

How soon that move comes depends on how the Eagles proceed with Jason Peters.

“I do,” said Doug Pederson, when asked if he thinks Peters can still be a starting left tackle. “I think JP’s got several good years left in him. I think that he does the right things in the offseason to get himself ready to go for another year, and really looking forward to visiting with him, sitting down and talking with him, and number one seeing where he’s at and then motivating him for the future.” Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Roseman On Eagles’ New Coaches

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

While in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl, Howie Roseman stopped by a SiriusXM radio show Thursday night to discuss Doug Pederson, the Eagles’ new coaching staff and Philadelphia’s front office.

Roseman opined that Pederson has put together “an incredible staff,” which is now full of coordinators and head position coaches. Roseman also explained why the Eagles’ new head coach was an attractive candidate.

“We’re fortunate that we had the opportunity to be with Doug in Philadelphia as a player, as a coach,” Roseman said. “Incredibly bright mind. Has a history of developing quarterbacks. Being around great teachers of offense. Has a great offensive mind. Really good person. Really fits in with what we’re trying to build in Philadelphia.” Read more »

Notes: Eagles To Interview Hunt For Personnel Job

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

The Eagles have received permission to interview the Steelers’ Brandon Hunt for the director of player personnel opening. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette first reported the news, while CSN Philly’s Derrick Gunn added that the interview will occur on Friday.

Hunt is Pittsburgh’s pro personnel coordinator and has been with the Steelers since 2010, when he replaced Doug WhaleyTom Donahoe is currently the Eagles’ senior director of player personnel, and was added after vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz was fired along with Chip Kelly.

Hunt broke into the league as a Steelers scouting department intern for the 2005 and 2006 seasons, and was a pro scout for the Texans for two years before returning to Pittsburgh. When’s Albert Breer wrote last month about future NFL general managers, he included Hunt in the “On The Way Up” category. Read more »

What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Mike Boryla throws a pass against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1974. (USA Today Sports)

Eagles quarterback Mike Boryla throws a pass against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1974. (USA Today Sports)

This week’s roundup of Eagles coverage in the national media.

Joe Banner told a story on ESPN’s NFL Insiders of how Patrick Peterson was nearly an Eagle.

“When we were in Philadelphia, we traded Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second round draft pick. The original trade was the fifth pick of the draft — which we were targeting Patrick Peterson for — and the second round pick the next year. Because there was a lockout, we weren’t allowed to make trades leading into the draft or else Patrick Peterson would have been a Philadelphia Eagle.”

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Pederson On Eagles’ New D-line Coach

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

MOBILE, AL — The Eagles have hired Chris Wilson from the University of Missouri as their defensive line coach, Doug Pederson announced following the North Team’s practice at Ladd Peebles Stadium Wednesday.

Wilson has spent the majority of his 20-plus years in the business coaching defensive fronts. From 2010-12 he served as the defensive coordinator/d-line coach for Mississippi State, where he  with a guy by the name of Fletcher Cox. Read more »

Why Sam Bradford May Reject Multi-Year Deals

Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Since the end of the regular season, one idea has picked up some steam: the Eagles should use the franchise tag on Sam Bradford, and then trade him to another team.

This theory, according to Joel Corry, a former agent and current contracts/salary cap expert for CBS Sports, is very unlikely to materialize. Corry quickly dismissed the concept because he believes teams would balk at paying Bradford whatever his market value is in addition to sending a draft pick or other compensation to the Eagles.

Instead, Corry thinks Bradford may test the waters in free agency and take a short-term contract. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Stepping From the Shadow

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

It was a clever line. Almost certainly practiced and prepared, but still, clever.

Doug Pederson must have known the Andy Reid questions would come early and often, so he stepped in front of reporters last week at his introductory press conference with a line sure to be quoted and used as a sound bite.

“This is not an Andy Reid football team and it’s not a Doug Pederson football team,” he said, “this is a Philadelphia Eagle football team.” Read more »

Howie Roseman Talks Bradford, Wentz

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

MOBILE, AL — Howie Roseman is back in the personnel saddle after a year of exile, and there is plenty of work to be done.

He called it “exciting” to return to the scene and once again be around the people that he’s developed relationships with over the years. Asked if he feels like he’s playing catch-up, Roseman noted that he never stopped watching tape on prospects and said he has trust in the scouting staff.

The executive vice president of football operations had the notebook out, pen behind the ear and eyes focused on the North squad as they opened preparations for the Senior Bowl at Ladd Peebles Stadium Tuesday afternoon. The headliner on that team is North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, who seemed to impress on Day 1. Read more »

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