Andre Johnson. Troy Taormina/USA TODAY
Given the flurry of activity the past three days, in many ways it feels like we’re already in the middle of the free agency period.
But as the Eagles were reminded when Frank Gore changed course, the start of the new league year doesn’t officially start until today at 4 p.m. That’s when the LeSean McCoy trade and the Byron Maxwell signing can be finalized.
The Eagles have already filled some holes. Brandon Graham is coming back to start at LOLB. And the Mark Sanchez signing makes it unnecessary for them to add another QB.
Barring something totally unforeseen, Maxwell gives them a starting cornerback. And Kiko Alonso fills a need at inside linebacker.
But there’s still quite a bit of work to be done. Read more »
Photo by: Jeff Fusco.
The Eagles re-signed Brandon Graham to a four-year deal that will pay him $6.5 million annually and includes $14 million in guarantees, according to two league sources.
There were several teams interested in the 26-year-old’s services. It came down to the Eagles and Giants. Graham ultimately chose the Eagles after Howie Roseman and company sweetened the deal at the last minute.
“I’m just happy to be back with the Eagles,” he said in a phone conversation with Birds 24/7.
Earlier in the day, there was a level of pessimism emanating from the Graham camp about his chances of returning to Philadelphia. But with Graham ready to split for New York, talks heated up. Read more »
Photo courtesy of USA Today
The Eagles were showing interest in Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds this time last year, but Pittsburgh kept him off the market by applying the transition tag.
This time around, Worilds is almost certainly going to make it to free agency, and the Eagles reportedly remain interested. According to NBC’s Dianna Marie Russini, they are expected to go after Worilds as soon as free agency opens. The “legal tampering” period begins on March 7, and deals can become official at 4 p.m. on March 10. Read more »
Photo Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY
According to a report, the Eagles will not be restructuring Trent Cole’s contract. They will be releasing him.
Two league sources tell Geoff Mosher of CSN Philly that Cole will not be back with the Birds. Adam Caplan notes that the team tried to redo his contract, but the two sides were unable to come to an agreement. Read more »
Jake Locker. Jim Brown / USA Today
Here’s the weekly roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles. Read more »
Photo Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
The franchise tag deadline came and went today at 4 p.m. Below is a look at what the various moves (and non-moves) might mean for the Eagles. Read more »
Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco
The league year begins in just over a week. Here’s the latest Eagles buzz as free agency approaches and the draft draws closer:
* The Eagles still have interest in re-signing Brandon Graham. The two sides are expected to meet early this week, we’re told, presumably to try and knock out a deal.
It’s understandable why the Eagles would want to hold onto the 26-year-old. He has had a high production rate in two years under Chip Kelly, turned into a solid special teams contributor this past season and is already familiar with the system and culture. Without him, they would likely have to dive into the free-agent pool for help. And while they could theoretically grab someone like Jason Worilds, whom they’ve shown interest in previously, they would probably have to overspend to get him. Read more »
Today’s question comes from Silvio on the Birds 24/7 Facebook page:
Two of our best young defenders (Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham) are better fits for a 4-3 scheme, and we are underusing them and risking losing them. Also, Trent Cole and probably Fletcher Cox are more suitable to a 4-3, while only Connor Barwin is a true 3-4 player. If the target is maximizing your talent, does it make any sense keeping this odd front?
Thanks for the question, Silvio. I actually think the job the coaching staff has done with the front seven in the past two years has been the biggest success story on defense. Read more »
Photo by: Jeff Fusco.
The deadline for teams to designate franchise or transition players is a week from today (March 2). By that time, the expectation is that the Chiefs will either lock up or place the franchise tag on Justin Houston, preventing the top pass rusher in this free-agent class from getting loose.
The three next-best edge rushers, per Rotoworld — Jerry Hughes (Buffalo), Jason Pierre-Paul (Giants) and Greg Hardy (Carolina) — will be coming out of 4-3 defenses if they come out at all. It’s not until you get to the middle of the list and Washington’s Brian Orakpo when you will find an active 3-4 linebacker that might actually be available. Read more »
Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj – USA Today
The dead period of the NFL calendar is almost over with the NFL Combine slated to begin on Wednesday. As free agency and the draft inch closer, here’s what the national media are saying about the Eagles.
Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com identifies Jeremy Maclin as the Eagles top priority this offseason:
Letting DeSean Jackson walk a year ago will probably haunt Chip Kelly for a while. So now Jeremy Maclin has him over a barrel a year after the Eagles were able to re-sign him on the cheap while coming off an ACL injury. With the quarterback position unstable — or at least unproven — this team needs to keep skill players who fit and Maclin is the obvious starting point. If I can find a trade partner for Trent Cole, I’m doing it, and I am releasing Riley Cooper before his salary becomes guaranteed next month.
Read more »