If there was any doubt that the Eagles would be addressing defensive tackle this offseason, it was erased when both Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins were released Monday.
With Derek Landri poised to become a free agent, the Eagles currently have four interior linemen under contract: Fletcher Cox, Antonio Dixon, Cedric Thornton and Ronnie Cameron. No matter the eventual scheme, they will need to add players to the mix.
Howie Roseman, Chip Kelly and company could look for reinforcements in April’s draft (Florida’s Sharrif Floyd and Utah’s Star Lotulelei could both go early), but also have the opportunity to bolster the position via free agency, which kicks off on March 12.
The Eagles are trying to build a Super Bowl contender, and are calling on an old friend who has experience doing just that.
The team announced Wednesday that have hired Tom Gamble to become the team’s Vice President of Player Personnel.
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After multiple meetings with Chip Kelly, Michael Vick is much bigger on the idea of staying in Philadelphia than he was just a few weeks ago.
Vick was ready to move on from the Eagles after a very bumpy 2012 season. His offensive line ripped apart by injuries, the 32-year-old had his worst campaign since taking over as the team’s starter. He sustained a concussion in November against the Cowboys, lost his job to Nick Foles, and then was forced into action in the regular-season finale — a 42-7 loss to the Giants. Fed up by the group’s lack of effort, he ripped into his teammates once the 4-12 season had mercifully come to an end.
Time helped soothe his frustrations, and the quarterback’s mentality really shifted after talking to Kelly. According to a source close to Vick, the two have had a couple meetings now, and Vick came away very high on the former Oregon coach.
The Eagles are aware of the petition (now with north of 9,000 votes) to reinstate Kelly Green as the team’s official color, but there is very little they can do in the short term to make that a reality.
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We are closer to the Eagles naming a defensive coordinator, though it doesn’t feel that way.
A common thought as the rest of Chip Kelly’s staff got filled out was that there was a defensive coordinator all but locked in, and it was just a matter of said coach getting through with his Super Bowl run before it became official.
The presumed candidate was San Francisco defensive backs coach Ed Donatell, whom Brian Dawkins strongly endorsed on Sunday. There was little to suggest otherwise. Early hot names like Georgia’s Todd Grantham had cooled, Giants linebackers coach Jim Herrmann pulled out of the running, and Donatell’s name was the only one that had any stick to it.
Maybe he still is the guy. But as the days trudge on and the news cycle flips over, a couple new names have made their way into the conversation.
Despite cries for answers, Jeffrey Lurie does not intend to speak this week, according to a team official.
There are no immediate plans to fire Andy Reid in-season, and the coach said on Monday that he will not step down before the year is out.
For the next six weeks, the fan base will likely be asked to grin and bear it. Relief will not come in the form of change or explanation. Not yet.
The terms of Jeffrey Lurie‘s divorce settlement ensures he will retain full control over the Eagles, per Albert Breer of the NFL Network.
According to Breer, the New York Post report suggesting Christina Lurie would receive a “sizeable chunk” of the team was overstated.
Players shared their first-hand perspectives of the heart-wrenching events that unfolded at Lehigh University on Sunday, providing details about Garrett Reid the man, and the day that he died.
Jason Kelce said they could see the ambulances rushing to Sayre Park dormitories Sunday morning – the first sign for them that something was wrong.
“When I first saw it going to Building C I thought it was one of the coaches, but then we found at it was Garrett,” said Kelce.“When they first told me had passed I didn’t think it was real. You kind of get that feeling like, this guy’s been misinformed; that can’t be right.”
Want to know where Mike Kafka’s improved arm strength is coming from? Buckle up.
The search to discover the origin of the quarterback’s newfound zip led us to his trainer Jay Schroeder, who has been working with Kafka since his sophomore year at Northwestern. A simple question about Schroeder’s methods put us on a twisting path that led into an almost supernatural realm.
In a troubling scene on the Lehigh fields Monday, Eagles wide receiver Ron Johnson sustained a dislocated left ankle and possible fracture, according to head trainer Rick Burkholder. He was taken by ambulance to Lehigh Valley Hospital for x-rays and further evaluation.… Read More