Eagles Wake Up Call: Is A Bradford Extension Realistic?

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Rick Osentoski / USA TODAY Sports

Let’s get to today’s question:

Shortly after the Eagles acquired Sam Bradford,  a report surfaced that they were attempting to rework/extend the quarterback’s deal. Chip Kelly recently acknowledged that the two sides have had contract talks. Safe to say there is interest on the team’s side to get something done.

And Bradford wants to be here by all accounts. His camp did its part to try and prevent a draft-day trade by getting the message out that he would only sign a contract extension in Philly. He has landed in a quarterback-friendly system that has some similarities to the 0ne he excelled in at Oklahoma, and believes he has a real chance to resurrect his career under Kelly and his former coach, Pat Shurmur.

There is mutual interest, so an extension can’t be ruled out. The challenge is finding a contract that makes sense for both sides.
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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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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Chip’s 2-Point Proposal

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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 »

What They’re Saying About The Eagles

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Here is what the national media have to say about Chip Kelly’s squad this week.

FoxSports.com lists Marcus Smith as one of the second-year players who needs to make a huge leap:

Projected as an outside linebacker, Smith struggled so badly that he was moved inside by season’s end. Smith has added 15 pounds this offseason in hopes the added bulk and strength will help get him snaps at a deep position for the Eagles.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Betting On Numbers

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Tommy Gilligan / USA TODAY Sports

Prior to the draft, Ed Marynowitz was asked for his thoughts on what it takes to hit on picks in the later rounds.

“I think the best philosophy to have is, ‘What can they do?’  There is a reason why, certainly, they’re not a guy that is in the top three rounds.  But it’s more about what they can do rather than what they can’t do in the later rounds,” he said. “I think sometimes in the later rounds you may defer a little bit more to numbers in terms of testing numbers and what they have in their body.  You want guys that have athleticism and traits that can translate.  Guys that are wired the right way in terms of being willing to develop and improve as players.”

Brian Mihalik is the manifestation of that philosophy.

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Rowe’s First Impression Of Chip

Eagles Draft 2015
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Chris Nicoll / USA TODAY Sports

When Eric Rowe entered the hotel room in Mobile, Ala. last January, he was greeted by seven Eagles representatives.

This was part of the interview process at the Senior Bowl. Players practice during the day and meet with teams at nights. One of the faces staring back at Rowe was Chip Kelly. And Rowe didn’t exactly feel warmth from the Eagles head coach. Read more »

LeSean McCoy Is Wrong

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

LeSean McCoy is still very hurt about being traded from the Philadelphia Eagles.

That was the clearest conclusion anyone could reach about McCoy’s comments to an ESPN.com reporter after Shady pretty much labeled Chip Kelly — the man who traded him – a racist, in a nonsensical diatribe that only served to worsen relations between the races.

“He wants full control,” McCoy said to reporter Mike Rodak. “You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest, that’s the truth. There’s a reason…it’s hard to explain with him. But there’s a reason he got rid of all the black players – the good ones – like that.” Read more »

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