Is Kenny Gamble Becoming a Blightlord?

Part of one of Philadelphia’s most beloved cultural landmarks, the Royal Theater, may soon be demolished–despite the fact that it’s owned by Kenny Gamble, who professed he would pay tribute to its legendary history by transforming it into the anchor of a new South Street West entertainment mecca. That was 13 years ago, and the building–the first black-run theater in the city, and one that played host to acts like Bessie Smith and Fats Waller–has been in decline since then, with Gamble having done nothing to act on initial promises.

On July 9, the Daily News’ David Gambacorta wrote an article about the Royal that cast a critical light on Gamble’s stewardship of the building, and his current desire to tear it down for commercial development. Now the City Paper’s Ryan Briggs takes a look at much more of Gamble’s real estate portfolio as Universal Companies, which was co-founded with his wife, Faatimeh.

It turns out that a now familiar hole in the ground on South 15th Street that has been there for two years–the one with the sign that says “Another Development by Universal Companies”–had been planned as the site for the Gambles’ 4,000-square-foot home.

Additionally, Kenny Gamble, and his wife’s company, Salaam Enterprises, own 10 other vacant properties in the surrounding area, scattered around the eastern end of the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. Some of these properties encompass thousands of square feet and sit on highly trafficked blocks, such as 1438-40 South St. and 1442-44 South St. Although the properties are fenced off, many have sat empty for over a decade, while the surrounding properties have developed at a staggering pace.

Briggs goes on to cite other another building that’s similarly neglected, and though he admits financial problems may be to blame, “none of the mentioned properties is listed for sale.” This is key to developer Ori Feibush’s beef with Gamble as well. In the end, though Briggs doesn’t call Gamble a blightlord, he certainly asks if that’s the ill wind that’s blowing.

Kenny Gamble’s blight collection [CP]

  • ambiguator

    Off topic:
    Yes, it’s true Fats Waller and Bessie Smith are painted on the mural.
    But the Royal Theater was a cinema, not a performance venue.
    I have seen no evidence to support the oft-repeated myth that these two performed there.

  • akelsey

    Ambiguator — actually, there were occasional live performances, although you’re correct that it was built as a cinema. How do I know this? I managed the site for the Preservation Alliance when we saved it from demolition by Michael Singer Co.

  • mike

    Full faith in Chip! Not expecting playoffs, but I think the birds will shock a lot of people this year, and by season 3 be real championship contenders.

  • Soybot

    “Allegedly”. I love it. How much does the NFL sniff around phantom injuries like this one?

    • Septhinox

      Not a lot because no team complains. They all do it. Remember, the league works for the teams. It would have to be the NFLPA complaining and I’m not sure they would as the player likely would agree to being placed on IR or else they Injury waive/ settle.

  • Mark

    The only somewhat of a surprise here is Brown.

  • GumboGumbo

    Big thanks to DD for helping our QBs transition

    • Kleptolia

      As an Oregon guy, I really had hopes for DD. he didn’t look bad when he was in games, but he was never really in the race, either.
      You’re spot on with your transition comment, though. DD was an integral part of that process.

      • #7

        I think he should be 3rd string personally, but did not get the chance because Barkley was drafted

        • knighn

          Hey, I agree with you on this!

          • #7

            Miracles do happen

      • Warhound

        Helped the WRs also.

    • UKEagle99

      I think he still has PS eligibility so he may stick around yet.

      • RIP illa

        He does and hopefully!

    • Weapon Y

      I wouldn’t be shocked if both Dixon and Kinne stayed on the practice squad. Chip loves having lots of QBs available at practice. One of them will certainly stay. If I’m Chip, I’m really hoping Dixon isn’t signed by a needy team.

  • Birdbrain77

    I love the IR move with Krueger lol. Didn’t want to risk him on the practice squad

  • aub32

    Can we fire Howie Roseman already. I mean we are already cutting players from the 2013 draft class. David King? Come on! We could have used that pick for a starting safety.

    • Brian

      Yeah. So many starters are drafted 33rd in the seventh round…

    • Eagles4Life

      A 7th round pick starting safety? Only time we had that opportunity in the draft besides picking up Wolff was round 4.

      • aub32

        Sarcasm dude. It’s called sarcasm. I thought people would’ve gotten that since Coleman was a 7th round pick.

        • Eagles4Life

          Man, with the commentary that gets posted on here sometimes, one can never be certain.

      • Token

        He was joking. But the Redskins got a starting safety in the 7th this year actually. Rambo.

        • Eagles4Life

          I still get mad thinking about that. We could have had Philip Thomas and/or Rambo, but the Skins got both smh.

          • aub32

            Thomas is out for the year, and the fact Rambo slipped so far makes me wonder. I don’t even think he’s slated to start, and their secondary is worse than ours. I don’t think Wolfe over Rambo was a bad move.

          • Eagles4Life

            All true, but I wanted 2 safeties. Thomas and Wolff would have been completely fine with me. Needless to say, aside from Chung we’re keeping everyone else we already had. *says another prayer to miraculously get Jairus Byrd*

          • aub32

            I hear you. Personally I was hoping we grabbed Cyprien in the 2nd, but he didn’t last that long. Thomas would have been a nice pick, but it’s really hard to go against the Barkley pick, and I’m not even a fan of Barkely. Maybe we can get Byrd for Watkins, Graham and a mid round pick.

          • laeagle

            I think Cyprien would have been our pick had he not been taken just before us. Thus, Ertz.

          • aub32

            I agree.

          • Hasan Currie

            Well, we have to start looking at safeties in next years draft, unfortunately it’s not as strong as last years. Heres a couple of names though. Ha’Sean Clinton Dix- Alabama and Derron Smith Fresno State.
            Louchiez Purifoy who is a CB at Florida would be a great DB for the Eagles opposite of Carey Williams. The Eagles are going to have to use first andsecondround picks to strengthen their defensive back field.

          • Maggie

            Byrd has a foot injury.

          • knighn

            The Eagles landed the big Duck (Chip Kelly). It’s time that they land a Byrd.

          • UKEagle99

            The only way we get Jarius Byrd is if someone throws Justin Beiber in to an Icelandic volcano and sacrifices him to the gods. I’ll leave that with you…

          • Fly High

            that sounds like a plan, can we make it happen? :)

          • hokieduck

            I will volunteer to sacrifice Justin Bieber! Only I think even a volcano might spit him out.

          • hillbillybirdsfan

            “Toil on, son, and do not lose heart or hope. Let nothing you dismay. You are not utterly forsaken. I, too, am here–here in the darkness waiting, here attentive, here approving of your labor and your dream.” -This would have been a great pregame speech for a defense featuring a Thomas-Wolff safety tandem…

          • Maggie

            Byrd has a foot injury, according to Buffalo and NFL Network.

          • GEagle

            No…Byrd “might” have a lisfranc injury..

            In other words he will make Buffalo miserable, milk the hell out of the injury while they lose leverage by the day

          • Hasan Currie

            I wouldn’t touch Thomas. He had a major knee injury in college, now a major injury in the NFL. I don’t think he’s long for the NFL., His body will break down fast with his injury history. Then again, I wouldn’t have known he was going to get injured. I still think he’s soft though.

          • RIP illa

            40 time and off the field issues for Rambo!

          • Hasan Currie

            Phillip Thomas is on IR and seriously, he’s like Nate Allen pre injury. Not aggressive or very physicalat all. I watched Rambo play alot because I liked him to but I saw him shy away from a couple of charging running backs and that changed my mind about him!

      • Guest

        5th rounder, Barkley was our 4th

        • Eagles4Life

          I said 4th for a reason lol. Barkley can’t make all the throws. I was one of the guys willing to see how he panned out, but watching him on the field last night….terrible. And not from the the sense that he’s a terrible player, his arm is just terrible.

      • Weapon Y

        Coleman was a 7th round pick and became a starting safety for roughly 2 1/2 seasons. That worked out great, right? (sarcasm)

        • EricT

          Kurt’s a player. He just lacks the physical talent to make him special. He’s hardly ever hurt, he’s in on the play and likes to hit. I’ll take smarts and desire over pure physical talent any day. If he can pick it up on special teams, I’d keep him.

    • LostInChiTown

      Um… David King was a LATE 7th round pick, a compensatory selection in the 7th round. Not sure there’s too many starting safety’s at pick 239. Howie’s run two drafts so far and they both look seriously good.

      Sorry if you intended sarcasm.

      • aub32

        Tough room today. Where’s 124 to recognize my sarcasm.

        • LostInChiTown

          Sorry. I just get tired of the relentless Howie bashing. I haven’t seen much lately, but last season and during the coaching search, this place was filled with people going off on Howie and saying some pretty terrible things.

          Turns out he actually does know what he’s doing, is a knowledgeable football guy, was an asset during our coaching search, and seems to have had two good drafts. So, where are the real Howie haters are now?

          • aub32

            I actually really like Howie. Talent evaluations aside, because we will never know who actually pulled the trigger, Howie gets things done. Now hindsight is 20/20, but he made moves in 2011 without signing any team crippling deals. All of the “Dream Team” guys are gone, and we only owed Nnamdi 4 million. Though we are still over 20 million under the cap. He also got us Chip Kelly after he turned down the Browns and us initially to return to Oregon. He restocked the entire secondary, whether you like the guys or not. He stole one of the better talent evaluators out of SF. The guy gets things done.

          • B-West

            The up vote doesn’t seem like enough. Good post. And you pushed the talent evaluation to the side to make your point, but the last two drafts offer high hopes for our personnel staff (People forget that Howie has a large team of people underneath him).

          • laeagle

            But…but…HeDontKnow, right?

            The point about the “Dream Team” is a great one. He got all those guys signed when no one expected it. They’re all gone, which sucks, but the team is completely unscathed from a cap perspective. There are teams out there still reeling from bad free agency decisions from half that number of players.

          • RIP illa

            Agreed. He better have learned something, all those years he was getting Banner coffee :-) I love how he would be relentless and make big moves out of nowhere, earning him the nicknames of Howie “Splash” Roseman and The Bear Jew on another site. He’s been way to conservative (IMO) this year thus far. But who knows, it just might work. Hope the combo of him and Gamble payoff.

          • FluxCapacitor

            I never hated the guy like many, I was more bullish on him…but wasn’t sure. You are right by saying he gets things done. And it seems like he is fairly easy to deal with – possibly why he gets things done.

          • GoBirds1

            He restocked the entiresecondar.reall. Restocked it with with the samecrappy players. Last te I checked. Allen is the starter anallen is a starter and Coleman is stll in the mix. I like Boykin but he is still the dames as last test. You argument to support the Disaster named Howie.

          • RIP illa

            Jury is still out on Howie. Being a good GM, is also, not just about drafting. For the last 3 seasons we’ve had miserable depth for our team as a whole. And the jury is still out on this draft class. So far it looks like Lane is the only worthwhile pick. Could of gotten a starter on D in the 2nd and 3rd and borderline starter, if not better depth than we’ve had in a long time, in the 4th. This draft was a defensive draft.

          • Engwrite

            You are dismissing this draft already? Don’t you think Ertz deserves a look in at least one actual game? And how about Logan? I believe he was pushing to start at nose tackle. And Wolff is a likely starter or at least a replacement for Allen. Sounds like a potentially very good draft to me.

          • RIP illa

            Not dismissing. Who knows in 3 or 4 yrs it may have been a great draft. And then maybe not.

            You can’t use the veteran excuse for preseason w/ Ertz…cause he’s a rookie and it doesn’t apply! He’s showing the same thing he did at Stanford. Drops and bad blocking. He shouldn’t be on the field over Celek. And that’s saying something, cause I think we def need an upgrade over Celek.

            What about Logan??? You really think he can start at NT?! Come on man. He lacks the size and strength and can’t anchor yet. This may change in the future, but unfortunately, we’re in the present. And the fact that he’s so called “pushing” for a starting spot says more about Soap than it does about him.

            Wolff has done nothing to show that he should start over Allen, who by all accounts has had a sound preseason. And even if he did, once again, it speaks more about Allen and our horrid safeties than it does about Wolff.

            Notices how you left Matt “Baby Arm” Barkely off that list…smart move. You’re lookin at the draft in terms of who we got and and judging them vs who’s on the team. Well sorry but who we have had on the team at the time of the draft were shite players and the players who we drafted, are presently not good enough to make a convincingly sound case to replace them. Try looking at the players in their position group who we passed up! There’s about 4-5 players that rated better than each of them, w/ the exception of Ertz. And as I said before..draft analyst and pundits didn’t even bother on focusing on the TE group until right before the draft, where they finally distinguished that Eifert was the clear #1 prospect and Ertz was #2. And even then I though there were at least 2 prospects On the same level as Ertz, if not better, Kasa and Kelce. Plus the TE group was pretty weak this year.

            And that’s what I’m basing my conclusion on about this yrs draft class for the Eagles and how it stands as of now.

          • Anon

            As much as i want to agree Ertz / Barkeley are Chip picks, so was Poyer. He picked players that did well against him in Oregon. Hopefully he learned his lesson. That said i do blame howie for wasting picks on offense when the defense is so bad.

          • RIP illa

            You may be right. But that’s still a bad reflection on Howie. If you are right, then at some point he’s gonna have to stop being a puppet and put on his big boy pants and be an actual GM. Can’t just claim credit for the one successful draft and shirk the blame for all the others. So which one is it…either Howie is and has been an actual GM or only a GM in name only??? Aka a puppet! And just to add on…we finished 4-12 and the 2nd round pick should not be on the field over the incumbent!!! And we have so many other glaring holes!!! SMH!

          • Maggie

            You know, I cannot remember RIP illa EVER saying anything positive. It’s always so easy to tear people down, without one original idea about how to improve the situation. Every thought that another commenter makes in favor of a player or any other team member, there RIP is, loudly stating the negatives, real or imagined.

          • RIP illa

            Well maybe you should start reading my comments on game threads or more of my comments in general douche!!! I could have sworn I politely asked your ignorant self to not to reply to my comments! And btw I gave my thoughts on plenty of players and ways to improve the situation. STFU and know what you’re talking about before you talk about it.

        • greenblood20

          Sarcasm is nearly impossible to detect through text only. How stupid..

    • ICDogg

      damn… you’re hooking a lot of fish today

  • #7

    Bye bye Dallas Reynolds. You were a turnstile last year. Coleman still hanging in there

    • RIP illa

      The problem w/ that though is even if he was a turnstile, which he most def was, now we have to depend on Julian V. who’s way worse than Reynolds. We haven’t had adequate C depth since…well I can’t remember when. It certainly wasn’t when we had Mike McGlynn.

      • ICDogg

        McGlynn was an improvement over Nick Cole who kept hiking the ball into his own behind.

        • RIP illa

          Lol. So true. I forgot about that. However McGlynn couldn’t pick up, let alone recognize, and A gap blitz to save his QB’s life!

          • ICDogg

            I think McGlynn is still playing on the Colts

          • RIP illa

            Last time I checked he was. He might haven gotten cut this offseason tho…not sure. Luck was smacked around a lot last year also…coincidence???

        • #7

          Yeah Nick Cole was terrible

      • #7

        Mike McGlynn is out there playing well for Indy last I heard

    • Warhound

      Coleman will be gone when/if we grab a castoff.

      • ICDogg

        nope, I bet he sticks all year unless he gets hurt

        • Warhound

          If none of the castoffs are better, sure.

          • ICDogg

            I think a lot of people when they are anxious to get rid of a player are trying to rid themselves of the memories of a mistake or of a bad season or of some bad plays that the player made, but unless there is someone better to replace them with, it makes no sense

          • Warhound

            I agree, I’ve nothing against Coleman. He’s a 7th rndr – we got a pretty good return on that investment!

          • ICDogg

            He’s a backup-quality journeyman who gives a good effort. The idea isn’t to replace him, it’s to find a better starter in front of him.

      • RIP illa

        My vote, barring a major surprise cut at safety from another team, is for Cooper Taylor. That is if the Giants don’t find a way to stash him or keep him out right. But Kurt’s a gamer and I like him better than Colt. Either way there needs to be an upgrade for both of those two!!!

        • Warhound

          If they keep Colt – I think they will – it’s for ST.

          • ICDogg

            My guess – and of course that’s all it is – is that Colt gets cut. But I don’t really have a handle on how much Chip values keeping him around for special teams.

          • FluxCapacitor

            I say there is as close to zero chance as possible Colt gets cut. With the attention Chip gave Teams I just can’t see the best ST’er being shown the door.

          • ICDogg

            But you could look at it the other way which is to say that because he has all of his players working hard on special teams, he doesn’t need to use up a roster spot for someone designated just to keep the coverage and return teams from sucking.

          • RIP illa

            That’s what I have been saying and the question I posed for awhile now. Yet again, since we have a dearth of talent this year as opposed to being brimming w/ talent, it should make it a little easier for the FO.

          • FluxCapacitor

            I understand what you are saying, but still can’t see it happening. Honestly I think it would be a mistake to let go of a player who can be considered a stud at what they do – no matter what it is.

          • RIP illa

            Yeah I know. Always hated that idea. Luckily we aren’t exactly brimming w/ talent this year

          • ICDogg

            I got the impression from Chip’s comments on versatility that backups were expected to have versatility. That gave me the thought that maybe a guy like Colt needs to also be able to play decent defense. But I could be wrong.

          • RIP illa

            Kurt’s not as good as Colt on ST but he’s not bad either. Colt’s not as good as Kurt at Safety, but when compared to Kurt, he’s not to far behind. My choice will always be for the guy who can play better on O or D over ST. Honestly I don’t know what their gonna do tho. And I always thought the versatility comment was geared more towards O and D than ST, eventhough Chip does emphasize ST.

  • GEagle

    Don’t be shocked if the Eagles claim Bears CB Demontre Hurst off waivers

    • UKEagle99

      I won’t be now :-)

    • RIP illa

      Not saying the kid can’t help, but he definitely doesn’t fit the Davis “size” aspect.

      • GEagle

        You don’t get to worry about size when you are slim pickings on a waiver wire at a position you have serious issue…Basically I think the size attributes matter when we are investing picks or throwing money at free agency…but when you get to the waiver wire, beggers can’t be choosers….maybe they Bring in a tall, washed up Trufant as insurance. I don’t know what the hell they will do about CB depth, it’s a problem

        • RIP illa

          Hey man you’re preaching to the choir. But this has been the MO thus far.

  • Philly0312

    Figures they’d stash Kruger on IR

  • Phils Goodman

    Everette Brown – Had a few good moments in the preseason, but nothing to stand out.

    Have to disagree with you there. His speed around the edge did stand out, but he was a numbers victim anyway. I’m sure he had a stronger pre-season than some of the guys who will make this initial 53.

  • PaoliBulldog

    No surprises. Hope Kinne makes PS. Kudos to Kruger on impressing Eagles brass.

  • bebopdeluxe

    Kelly has ALL the college flava’ going…including redshirting. Many said that Kruger came out a year too soon, we get him with a 7 and DAMN if he didn’t hurt his shoulder last night. Bamiro will probably be a season-long gameday inactive, but he’s another guy who is likely a mid-round pick in next year’s draft and we have him for $150K.

    I don’t know how to process intelligent player personnel decisions. I am a Philly sports fan.

  • Johnny Domino

    Why would Gruden ever want to coach again when he can spout stuff like this with impunity?

    • Media Mike

      I’d rather see all analysis done by Mike Tomlin, Aaron Rodgers, and Gunther Cunningham!

  • Media Mike

    Some feedback on Gruden’s comments:
    - I don’t find it “fun to watch” if these college systems moving to the NFL include the QB moving the ball with his feet. I find it to be a death sentence. (and so does James Andrews) I’ll stand by the view that Tom Brady / New England Patriots / Bill O’Brien style is how Chip Kelly’s system works best and for adults.
    - I agree with Gruden the worries about the refs slowing down play in a non-issue.
    - “Well, it depends on if the tight ends are any good.” AMEN GRUDEN. STOP DROPPING PASSES CELEK AND ERTZ.

    • Uncle Carm

      AND ERTZ, AND ERTZ AND ERTZ….

  • JaketheSnake

    At least Gruden has intelligent objective comments (and I am not a Gruden fan)…compared to Jaworski he sounds like Einstein.
    love the remark ‘ it depends on if the tight ends are any good’….hahaha….our tight ends suck basically and we all know it….jury is still out on Ertz but he looks crappy

    • Media Mike

      I’m done with the drops. Not every person has the size, strength, and especially speed to play in the NFL. ANYBODY can develop the technique to catch a pass without dropping it. That is purely a work ethic and concentration based skill. It is not a natural talent that separates an NFL football player from anybody else. It frustrates me to no end.

  • Daniel Norman Richwine

    In 5 years, the game of football will look so.different, we won’t recognize it today. The different game worked in high school, worked in college, and I see zero reason it won’t work in the NFL.

    • Media Mike

      Spread / fast paced = great development will work.
      Every team w/ read-option running QB = I’d rather watch paint dry instead of street ball.

      • Daniel Norman Richwine

        I hear you, but the offense is so effective, all teams will almost have to run it, at least until the next thing comes. It scores too many points to be ignored.

        • Media Mike

          Will it be effective if every team running with their QB is always playing backups due to injury?

          • Daniel Norman Richwine

            You miss the point of the system. You don’t need a great QB to make it work. You will see younger more athletic QBs who are less likely to get hurt than older guys take over the league. Kapernick might not succeed in a traditional system, but is a great example of how to run the new one. Johnny Football was only a 3 star recruit.because he isn’t a great thrower, but that matters less in this system.

          • Media Mike

            I think you’re missing the point of QB not being an interchangeable commodity. Greg Cosell broke down how Tampa 2 can be used to totally shut down read-option with good tackling CBs because the system was designed in the 60s by Bud Carson to wreck option teams. Once you force a QB with limited passing skills to have to make reads and pass, you limit him. If you body bag that player, good luck affording a quality backup who can come in and win games. If you look at the NFL exactly 3 QBs of marginal quality (Hostetler, Dilfer, B. Johnson) have won Superbowls over the past 30 years.

        • bsn

          I’m pretty sure Manning and Brady put up enough points without having to use it. So does Ryan and Rodgers.

    • firstdown

      true that….the draft will change…..the league will become much much more endurance based….still got 2b mean…just alittle more lean…i dig it…

      • Media Mike

        I’m down with that mentality Firstdown!

  • Anon

    Antoine Winfield about to be a FA

  • #7

    The game will always have room for pocket passers, but I love dual threat QBs. So much more interesting to watch

  • jon h

    Sheil/Tim, based on your insight, around what time do you think the Eagles will make the final cuts? Do you think they’ll do it earlier in the day or right at the deadline? Or, do you think they’ll wait to see what other teams do and try to pluck guys?

  • PaoliBulldog

    Really surprised at Bamiro. I think his contract was (relatively) rich for a UDFA, so it may discourage other teams from making a waiver claim.

    Can Tebow play safety?

  • Token

    so Salas over Shep. Id think this bodes well for Harbor

    • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

      I was hoping for Shep over Salas.

  • Jay

    Watkins was just released. About time.

  • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

    Awww…wanted them to keep Shepard. Thought he’d make it as a special teamer at least. :-(

  • Token

    Wow surprised about Harbor. They may really keep the Oregon kid that just got here.

    Good riddance Watkins.

    • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

      Maehl (or however you spell it) – he’s a WR right?

  • Token

    so 4 more left. Tucker and Matthews are 2 of them

    • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

      I like Tucker…but he may be the odd man out at RB.

      • Token

        Yea not that hes bad, just keeping 4 doesnt make sense too me. You can always pick up a RB off the street if one goes down. Dont know if Tucker makes it to the practice squad.

        • RIP illa

          It’s not as simple as you make it sound but yeah, their are tons of RBs out of work. Tuvker has something special to him tho. I don’t know…just like the way he runs and gets the extra yards.

      • djack10

        id rather they keep tucker and cut matthews. we’ll know soon…

      • anon

        Practice squad.

  • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

    So who are the tight ends…Casey, Celek and Ertz?

    • djack10

      and harbor, right? oh didn’t refresh and see the update. i think his drops in the jets game were the difference. if he catches those balls, he makes the team.

  • Johnny Domino

    Clay might want to keep his place until the KC game, they’re short at TE, aren’t they?

  • djack10

    if watkins got cut, that to me is a great sign of the coach calling the shots because that’s $1.1 million of dead money and that’s not something that would happen if that is a factor.

    • anon

      Coaches aren’t always the best evaluators of talent, but i hear you.

    • Johnny Domino

      Do they get some relief if Watkins is picked up?

  • anon

    Sad to see Shep go, thought Clay would stay too but getting demoted to WR wasn’t a good sign. Interesting no DBs have been dropped, figured they’d be the first to go.

  • TC

    So long, Clay.

  • Filadelfia

    Harbor is a class act and a good player. Sad to see him go. good luck Clay

  • Wilbert M.

    Igwenagu, Marsh & Maehl will be next and Kelly to the IR.

    • firstdown

      Maehl stays….gone? Kurt (bad angle) Coleman…..feisty kid though…

      • OregonEagle

        Jeff Maehl stays, Casey Matthews goes

    • RIP illa

      Really not liking Igwenagu. He’s tough and stout bout does absolutely nothing.

  • RIP illa

    Disappointed in the Harbor cut. Doesn’t quite make sense either. Casey has a hammy issue, and those things can go on forever or be healed quickly, 50/50. Celek’s play has been in decline, hopefully he steps it up cause he’s a the kinda player this team needs. And Ertz has yet to show he’s reliable. And we’re gonna run 3 TE sets??? So wonder if they’re gonna bring someone in off the streets.

    • Johnny Domino

      He could yoyo back if there’s nobody better cut today.

      • firstdown

        could c the Pats grab him?

      • RIP illa

        Yeah that’s true but seems like a long shot. And then what was the point of cutting him in the 1st place?! They aren’t saving $ and if he does comeback they would just have to cut someone else. Or if it’s way down the line, wait for an injury.

  • Hebro42

    I can see us scouring the waiver market for a few players in the secondary and o-line. Whatever we end up with by 6:00 will look different by Monday. I agree that Bamiro’s contract will dissuade others from claiming him. Also interesting that the kid Long at OLB is still hanging on here.

  • Warhound

    I can’t imagine them going with three TEs.

  • BrickSquadMonopoly

    Sometimes with the fat kids they don’t have the dedication…too physically exhausting. A 29 year old mid lifer

  • TheGhostofNormVanBrocklin

    Further proof that most of these “experts” don’t know what the hell they are talking about.

  • TXEaglesFan

    So the moral of the story is, don’t select a LT out of Baylor.

  • dislikedisqus

    Ouch! These quotes would have been hilarious – if the Cowboys had drafted him. Now they’re just painful.

  • Dubiy

    Crazy how most of the experts loved him..

    • Media Mike

      Hence why I won’t kill management for the pick because it wasn’t the typical against conventional wisdom pick that turns into a bust. Gocong for example.

      • Dubiy

        Right he wasn’t the pick that Andy tried to outsmart everybody at, just a huge failure.

        • Media Mike

          Yeah, and a personal failure by Watkins by everything that I’m seeing by reporters on Twitter today. They’re all universally slamming his lack of heart. I can’t blame that on Andy.

  • Media Mike

    Yes! The local, team-specific, and typically all-22 based breakdown of what is taking place on the field kills guys like Gruden.
    And on that note, why aren’t all-22s available for pre-season games?

  • djack10

    free agency should help but yeah thats a lot to ask in one year

  • djack10

    I still think he would make sense on the Jags. Hugely popular there and they are horrible anyway. Help sell tickets and jerseys and figure out how to work him into the offense somehow.

  • http://abigbuttandasmile.com/ A Big Butt and a Smile

    Tebow was dumb not to choose the Jags when they def wanted him. The Jags are dumb not to take him now ’cause they need the buzz.

  • Token

    Also take into account they will need a starting offensive guard too. IMO Herremans looks to be on the down swing. Mathis isnt getting any younger.

    If a NT doesnt step up this year, thats a key need too.

  • Media Mike

    And the Broncos as well. I’m all for guys who can run (like Aaron Rodgers) when needed, but street ball QB play isn’t for me.

  • UKEagle99

    Floyd Mayweather fights are only boring compared to Rocky movies. The guy is a master craftsman and has given nearly everyone he’s fought a lesson. Can’t stand the guy personally but he’s one of the all time greats at boxing.

  • Media Mike

    I will act like he’s a weak piece of S because of that because if he felt that way about football, he shouldn’t have entered the draft.

  • laeagle

    I would have done the same in his shoes, and if you had any brain at all, so would have you. As the players and front offices keep telling us, it’s a business. It’s not his fault Andy wasted a pick on him. But if he took the opportunity to make a nice chunk of change early in his life, you’re kind of a jerk to begrudge him that. Begrudge the pick, but not the player.

  • Media Mike

    I don’t begrudge any player a penny they earn, but if you’re half-stepping on your job I have no tolerance for that. The money isn’t the issue, the lack of honestly (and self-honesty) on the part of Watkins that cost this franchise is my problem. Some guys don’t work out for a lack of talent, but guys who don’t work out for a lack of heart are inexcusable.
    And for the record, I’d NEVER take a job that I’d not put in a full effort doing. I might take a job for which I’m not qualified for the money, but I’d give it my full effort. That is a huge difference.

  • Media Mike

    I’d agree if he was a talent bust. But not heart for the game is sickening.

  • UKEagle99

    I’d love to see B-Hop fight Froch. 2 boxers I admire greatly. Mayweather at time is untouchable. We all love to see a toe to toe slug fest to see who has the strongest chin but ultimately boxing is about hitting your opponent and not getting hit, Mayweather is one of the best and I have grown to love watching him over the years.

  • Iamallthatisman

    Say you buy a business.

    On one hand you have a left over manager who doesn’t seem to like the new way of doing things.

    On the other hand, you know some guys who are familiar with your standards and business practices.

    It wouldn’t be crazy to think that those familiar with you will preform better in your system.

  • UKEagle99

    Absolutely. Herremans is 30 now and has suceeded and played at a high level, I’m not sure I’d be willing to throw a big contract at him now based on current events, let alone oh Danny boy.

  • Media Mike

    Get off of yourself Adam. We’re discussing the topic of Watkins refusing to act like a professional in his job and you’d prefer to make the discussion personal. Your comments about people being behind computer screens are the height of hypocrisy because you’re currently behind one yourself. Furthermore your assumptions and accusations about what type of job any person commenting on here might do as their vocation have zero impact on the discussion at hand. I typically wouldn’t have discussed myself as part of the evaluation of a player not doing his job, but laeagle introduced that line of commentary with his “so would have you” comment.
    Stay on topic, stay topical, and keep your baseless (and impossible to support) personal attacks to yourself. Feel free to disagree with a rhetorical point of mine at any time you’d like, but your fake tough guy lines of commentary to yourself.

  • djack10

    had exactly the same thoughts. i was pretty sure maehl would find a way onto the 53. i guess matthews does so well on special teams it keeps him around. i thought mccoy earned a spot based on the jets game.

  • RIP illa

    Wow. Amazing. Thought I was the only one who noticed this bout Celek’s game.

  • Jernst

    I’m sorry, but you are simply wrong in your initial comment. He might have been chosen by the Eagles, but you absolutely MUST apply to the draft and declare your desire to enter the NFL.

  • CJ

    So basically, you’re saying then they are “company men”, since this was well known and not reported before yesterday. Right after saying they aren’t. Pick one. Can’t have it both ways.

  • Media Mike

    It is fully possible they were asked to hold back the story over the years to protect a feminine hygiene product of a psyche on the part of Watkins as a favor without that story being a lie when they finally reported it. Not both ways at all that way.

  • Will

    Agree to have a Great Defense that starts winning the battles up front in the trenches….