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Cox got his deal… who will Howie give big $ to next? -Sean S.
Looking through the lens of who’s next in line to get a contract extension, two names stand out. The first, of course, is Bennie Logan. As the MMQB’s Albert Breer pointed out yesterday, Logan is the only projected offensive or defensive starter who will be a free agent after this season.
The 2013 third-round pick has never put up big numbers, but if you turn on the tape, his impact is obvious. He started off last season playing like a Pro Bowler, although his performance dipped a bit as the season progressed, at least in part because of his calf injury that prevented him from playing in the final two games. Read more »
In his first media availability since the Eagles hired him in January, Jim Schwartz didn’t want to talk about Fletcher Cox much on Tuesday afternoon. He declined to comment on whether he’s spoken to the Pro Bowl defensive tackle, and he didn’t want to answer any additional questions about the biggest name missing from the Eagles’ OTAs.
But when he did discuss Cox, Schwartz didn’t seem concerned the 25-year-old will fall far behind.
“It’s voluntary, so you can only do so much,” Schwartz said. “Fletch was drafted in a scheme that was similar to this; he’ll catch up. I’m sure there’ll be some carryover for him, but I assume he’s a fast learner and I assume he’ll pick things up quickly.
“We think scheme-wise and technique-wise, what we’ll do will fit him very well.” Read more »
Fletcher Cox is close to signing a long-term deal potentially worth up to $52 million in fully guaranteed money, Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole reported. Cole added that the Eagles want to sign him “earlier in this offseason” so he’ll participate in new head coach Doug Pederson’s activities.
Amid his unclear contract situation, Cox is one of two players who is expected to skip the Eagles’ voluntary minicamp this week. Darren Sproles, the other player, will not attend because of a family matter.
Despite his absence, Cox’s teammates appear unfazed. Read more »
This week we’ll continue to take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason. In the first five installments, we covered the quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, offensive linemen and safeties. Now, it’s on to the defensive line.
STATE OF THE ROSTER
Asked during an appearance on Daniel Jeremiah’s Move the Sticks podcast to pick one defensive lineman he’d choose to build a defense around, Jim Schwartz offered a response that revealed a little bit about his overall philosophy. Read more »
Here’s what the local and national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
When a coaching change occurs, it initiates a series of falling dominoes. For the Eagles, the uncertainty especially exists because they’re currently a team without a head coach, and thus, without much direction.
Due to the fogginess of who the future coaching staff will be, players are unsure of how they fit, or even what there will be to fit into. But the interesting part of the Eagles’ situation — particularly on defense — is not only do they not know what the future holds, but they don’t agree on what they want it to hold.
“It’s the great unknown that everybody’s getting ready to walk into,” Malcolm Jenkins said. “That’s obviously the process the team is getting ready to go into. Nobody really has the answers.”
One of the most important answers the Eagles have to find this offseason is what kind of defense they want to run. Some critics of Billy Davis — and Chip Kelly — suggest the team’s personnel fits a 4-3 better than a 3-4. Read more »
The following Eagles are inactive for today’s season finale: Thad Lewis, Jonathan Krause, Seyi Ajirotutu, Byron Maxwell, Jaylen Watkins, Steven Means and Tanner Hawkinson. Bennie Logan was also previously designated to the Injured Reserve list. Read more »
As the Eagles begin their search for a new head coach, candidates will care about the franchise’s new power structure, what kind of owner Jeffrey Lurie is, and what the city of Philadelphia is like. But what they’ll really want to know about is the talent on the roster and the salary cap situation.
Adam broke down the offense, and I’m taking a look at the defense. The position guys play could change based off the scheme the new head coach implements, but we’ll categorize players by where they fit in Billy Davis’s 3-4.