Schefter: Eagles Not Expected To Tag Bradford, Interested In Foles

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian - USA Today

Photo Credit: Matt Kartozian – USA Today

Is Howie Roseman in the process of undoing a major part of Chip Kelly‘s 2015 offseason overhaul?

According to Adam Schefter, the Eagles are not expected to place the franchise tag on Sam Bradford, though he notes that they still have some interest in re-signing him. Schefter also names Nick Foles as a “name to watch” for the Eagles, saying that new head coach Doug Pederson is interested.

From what we’re hearing, however, nothing has been decided regarding Bradford at this point. Meanwhile, the Foles talk is being labeled as speculation and a potential trade for him very unlikely because of salary cap/dead money issues. While we’ve confirmed that Pederson does like Foles, the numbers likely wouldn’t work even if the Eagles did want to bring him back (at least via trade). Read more »

Harrison Named To Hall of Fame, Owens Out

Terrell Owens in Super Bowl XXXIX. (USA Today Sports)

Terrell Owens in Super Bowl XXXIX. (USA Today Sports)

Terrell Owens was not named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, while Philadelphia product Marvin Harrison was, the selection committee announced Saturday night. Harrison will enter the Hall of Fame with Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Orlando Pace, Tony Dungy, Ken Stabler, Dick Stanfel and Eddie DeBartolo Jr.

When the committee cut the 15 modern-era finalists to 10, Owens was eliminated. The wide receiver played for five teams, incuding the Eagles in 2004 and 2005. He ranks second in NFL history in receiving yards, third in receiving touchdowns and sixth in receptions.

In his one full season with the Eagles, Owens caught 77 passes for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns. He set franchise records with his seven 100-yard receiving games in 2004, as well as the 14 receiving touchdowns. Read more »

Jordan Hicks: A Man Of His People

Photo by Jeff Fusco

DeMeco Ryans and Jordan Hicks. (Jeff Fusco)

YOU TAKE THE three-minute walk from the painted red “W” on the field to the locker rooms, then a four-minute walk to the parking lot. You pile in a friend’s car, pull out of the parking lot, and drive down curving Union Centre Boulevard, past a bank and an insurance office, past the West Chester baseball complex. Then turn right on Princeton Glendale Road and drive until you see the mismatched, red-and-blue-fonts on the sign above Willie’s Sports Cafe in an unassuming Butler County, Ohio strip mall.

This is where you could find Jordan Hicks in the fall of 2006, with Aaron Phelan, Jordan Thompson, Mark Fowler, and plenty of other members of his Lakota West freshman football team. They were a force that year, losing just one game, while Hicks earned attention for his dominating play.

Larry Cox, the head football coach at Lakota West High School was so enamored with the linebacker, whom he first saw playing seventh-grade basketball that, for the first time in his 10-year tenure, he wanted a freshman on varsity. “I just thought to myself,” Cox says, “‘This kid’s got something about him.'”

“I only move a kid up if I think he can play varsity,” Cox says a decade later. “Jordan’s the only one I’ve ever felt that about.”

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Mock Draft Roundup

Jared Goff. (USA Today Sports)

Jared Goff. (USA Today Sports)

With the Senior Bowl in the books, many mock drafts were updated recently with new analysis and intel. We selected several to give you a sense of the Eagles’ potential options at No. 13.

ESPN’s Todd McShay ($) thinks the Eagles will draft Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin. McShay predicts Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch and Ohio State offensive tackle Taylor Decker will be available at No. 13, while he has the Browns and Cowboys selecting California quarterback Jared Goff and North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz.

At 6-foot-6, 325 pounds, Conklin shows good mobility for his size, along with very consistent awareness, technique and effort. He plays with power and is a finisher in the run game. He’s balanced enough to protect a quarterback’s blind side. Even after signing Lane Johnson to an extension, the Eagles need to plan for the future at tackle with Jason Peters now 34.

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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 »

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