Weekend Reading: Would Manuel Make Sense For Eagles?

EJ Manuel / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY

EJ Manuel / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY

Here are some Eagles-related links to check out this weekend.

According to NFL.com, there’s a chance the Bills might be looking to part ways with quarterback E.J. Manuel this summer. And Chris Wesseling thinks the Eagles could make sense as his potential next landing spot:

If the Bills end up dangling Manuel for a late-round pick in August, keep an eye on the Eagles as a potential trade partner.

After recruiting Manuel at Oregon, Chip Kelly told NFL Network in the lead-up to the 2013 NFL Draft that the former Florida State star was a player he “didn’t get a chance to coach but would like a chance to coach.”

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Malcolm Bunche: ‘I Have An Opportunity’

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Forty-six offensive linemen came off the board during the 2015 NFL Draft. Zero were selected by the Eagles.

While that fact might bring concern to some, for a select few it has delivered opportunity.

Malcolm Bunche called it a “blessing in disguise.” He is one of the offensive linemen the team brought in as an undrafted free agent, and will have a chance to earn a roster spot this summer. He is not the first member of his family to don Eagle green. His father, Curtis, was drafted by the Eagles in the seventh round in 1979 and was “elated” when he learned about his son signing with his former team. Read more »

Notes: Eagles, Hicks Agree To Terms

Photo By Jeff Fusco

Photo By Jeff Fusco

The Eagles and third-round selection Jordan Hicks agreed to terms on a four-year contract Thursday, the team announced. All six of their draft picks have now agreed to terms.

There is not much to haggle over when it comes to rookie deals under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. As Andrew Brandt explained, the length of the contract (four years, with a fifth-year option for first-round picks), salaries and signing bonuses are essentially predetermined under the new CBA.

There was some wrestling early on over the inclusion of “offset language” in contracts for first-round picks, which provides some financial protection for a team if they decide to release a player and that player ends up signing elsewhere. Without it, a player is able to double-dip, receiving both the guaranteed money from his old club and whatever his new team pays him. This seems to be less of a conversation now league-wide, as teams have dug in on this issue. The Eagles have made sure offset language is included in their first-round contracts, and that applies to Nelson Agholor‘s as well. Read more »

Irvin: Murray Makes Eagles Team To Beat In NFC East

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Irvin isn’t buying the plug-and-play theory. Good offensive line or no, he feels that DeMarco Murray was critical to Dallas’ attack, and believes his decision to sign with the Eagles has altered the NFC East hierarchy.

“Philadelphia upgraded immensely in [the running back] department,” Irvin said during an appearance on 97.5 the Fanatic Wednesday. “LeSean McCoy is a bad man. He’s a great player and he beats defenses; he shakes you off, he fakes you out, he runs around you, he gets to the end, to the corner, everything.

“I call LeSean McCoy a guy that beats defenses; I call DeMarco Murray a defense-beater. That’s the difference. He ain’t running around nobody. He’s running through you, and now you’ve got all these defensive backs on the football field trying to tackle a defense-beater, not a guy that beats defenses.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Chip’s 2-Point Proposal

Photo Credit: Troy Taormina - USA Today

Photo Credit: Troy Taormina – USA Today

Next week when the NFL owners meet in San Francisco, they will vote on three new proposals to change how extra points and two-point conversions are handled.

One of the proposals has been submitted by Chip Kelly and the Eagles.

The current rule is simple: After touchdowns, the ball is placed on the 2 yard line. From there, the offense can kick it for one point or attempt a two-point conversion.

The proposal submitted by the Eagles (you can read the whole thing here) would place the ball at the 15 yard line for extra point kicks. But for offenses that wanted to go for two, the ball would be placed at the 1 yard line. Read more »

Eagles Hire Joseph As Director Of Pro Personnel

Ed Marynowitz.

Ed Marynowitz.

The Eagles named Dwayne Joseph director of pro personnel Wednesday. He replaces Rick Mueller, who was let go earlier this month.

ESPN’s Adam Caplan was first with the news.

Joseph spent the past two seasons as the Bears’ associate director of pro personnel. Prior to joining the Bears in 2012, he spent eight years with the Dolphins, mostly as a pro scout. The one exception was 2007 when he served as Miami’s assistant director of pro personnel. Ed Marynowitz was on the Dolphins’ staff as a scouting assistant that year.

Chip Kelly told reporters at the owners meetings that Marynowitz is responsible for constructing the personnel department.
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Spagnuolo: ‘Great Things’ Ahead For Bradford

Sam Bradford. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Sam Bradford. Photo courtesy of USA Today.

Former St. Louis Rams head coach and current New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was a guest on 97.5 The Fanatic’s morning show today, and offered some thoughts on the quarterback he drafted first overall in 2010.

Spagnuolo, who will now be coaching against Sam Bradford twice a year, raved about the quarterback’s pedigree.

“Sam Bradford was as good as it gets when he was coming out of college, and he still can be that. It’s hard to go to a franchise where you’re building,” Spagnuolo said. “You talk about the offensive line, that’s a challenge for a young quarterback and yet, he’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2010.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Evans Holding Onto Walk-On Mentality

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Photo By Jeff Fusco

Love from the football world has been a little hard to come by for Randall Evans.

He received no Division I offers coming out of Miami Palmetto High School — apparently due in part to an error in a local paper’s database that credited him with three interceptions his junior year instead of seven — and ultimately chose to walk on at Kansas State (at the urging of none other than Michael Beasley).

Evans went on to start 31 games for the Wildcats. He finished his college career with seven interceptions, 29 passes defensed, 210 tackles and five forced fumbles, and was named first-team All Big 12 this past season. Despite his production and NFL body type (6-0, 190), he did not receive an invite to the Senior Bowl or NFL Combine. So he put his energy into his pro day, where he ran a 4.44 40 to keep his name in the game.

It took some serious door-kicking, but Evans ended up on an NFL roster and even upgraded his title from “walk-on” to “draft pick” in the process. The walk-on mentality, though, remains.
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