Roseman: Fletcher Cox Will Get ‘Great Player Money’

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

INDIANAPOLIS — After explaining how the Eagles want to, and are in negotiations to, re-sign Sam Bradford, Howie Roseman discussed Fletcher Cox’s potential contract extension.

“It’s a huge priority for us to keep Fletcher Cox,” Roseman said. “Our intention is for Fletcher to always be an Eagle. We made that known. Sometimes these things don’t happen so quickly. We’ve been very fortunate to get five contracts done, but history says that’s probably the exception rather than the rule.”

The Eagles have agreed to six new contracts this offseason with Brent Celek, Vinny Curry, Zach Ertz, Najee Goode, Lane Johnson and Malcolm Jenkins. However, the big focus has been on Cox, who is a Pro Bowl-calibar defensive lineman entering his prime. Read more »

Eagles Release DeMeco Ryans

DeMeco Ryans. (Jeff Fusco)

DeMeco Ryans. (Jeff Fusco)

INDIANAPOLIS — The Eagles released linebacker DeMeco Ryans, the team announced Wednesday afternoon. Ryans arrived in Philadelphia via trade from Houston in 2012.

The Eagles saved $3.5 million in 2016 cap space by cutting Ryans, who was in the final year of his deal. With Ryans out, Kiko Alonso, Jordan Hicks and Mychal Kendricks will likely be the three starting linebackers next season. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Linebacker Outlook

DeMeco Ryans and Jordan Hicks. (Jeff Fusco)

DeMeco Ryans and Jordan Hicks. (Jeff Fusco)

We’ll wrap up our position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason this week. In the first seven installments, we covered the quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends, offensive linemen, defensive linemen and safeties. Now, it’s on to the linebackers.

STATE OF THE ROSTER

The Eagles’ linebacking corps was one the team’s most disappointing position groups in 2015. Despite Jordan Hick’s impressive — albeit short — rookie season, Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks both fell short of expectations. Read more »

Joyner: Linebacker Is My Greatest Concern

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Back in the summer of 2011, a group of Eagles linebackers were gathered together on the sideline of a New Jersey community football field. With Jeremy Maclin‘s annual summer camp taking place a stone’s throw away, the trio enthusiastically discussed the ‘Wide 9’ attack that was on its way to Philly as they looked on.

There was excitement over what promised to be an aggressive, pin-your-ears back style of defense that allowed players — and the defensive linemen in particular — to just let it rip. But the celebration was short-lived. As they processed the thought, a potential design flaw struck one of the members of the group, who vocalized his concerns.

“If they’re living in the backfield, though, that means a lot of room between us and them, and a lot more linemen in our face,” one said. Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Eagles Defense Divided On Future

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

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 »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Tyrod Taylor Effect

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LeSean McCoy and Tyrod Taylor. (USA Today Sports)

NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported in October that Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, whom the Eagles will face this Sunday, wanted a chance to prove himself in Chip Kelly’s offense this offseason.

Instead, Kelly gave a training camp spot to Tim Tebow, who is now out of the league while Taylor is thriving with Buffalo as the fourth-highest-rated quarterback in the NFL.

Former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy was asked if Taylor would have fit in the Eagles’ offense, and McCoy — while slightly biased as he’s talking about the man handing him the ball each Sunday — was clear in his evaluation.

“He would kill it,” McCoy said.

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Notes: Sam Bradford Expects To Play Sunday

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Standing at his locker after today’s practice, Sam Bradford said he expects to play on Sunday against the New England Patriots.

“I hope so,” he said with a chuckle. “Barring any setbacks, I expect to. But at the end of the day, that’s going to be up to coach and the training staff, if they feel I’m ready to go out there and play at a high level.”

The quarterback fully participated in practice and said he probably could’ve played if the game was today.

Bradford, who was mired in concussion protocol before the Eagles’ loss to Tampa Bay, and still rehabbing his left shoulder before their Thanksgiving defeat against Detroit, could play this weekend for the first time since Week 10.

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Eagles All-22 Wake-Up Call: Declining Defense

Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

Billy Davis. (Jeff Fusco)

Surrounded by a horde of reporters in the Eagles locker room, Billy Davis took full responsibility. Just minutes prior, his defense allowed 45 points and 521 total yards to a previously below-.500 Buccaneers team.

Tampa Bay broke several records at The Linc, including the franchise mark for number of players (five) to catch a touchdown pass. They also became the first road team in NFL history to have a quarterback throw five touchdown passes and a running back to rush for at least 200 yards.

“I didn’t see this one coming,” Davis said. “We didn’t do anything well today starting with coaching. We didn’t stop the run and we gave up five touchdown passes. There are no excuses for anybody. It was an awful day.” Read more »

Jameis Winston’s Been Saying ‘Fly Eagles Fly’ His Whole Life

Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

Photo courtesy: USA Today Sports Images

Jameis Winston says he doesn’t know the lyrics to the Eagles fight song, but he knows just about everything else a self-described Eagles fan should.

His favorite player of all-time is Randall Cunningham, and he grew up rooting for “Brian Westbrook, Brian Dawkins, Donovan McNabb, Jevon Kearse — all the guys that played for the Eagles in the early, mid-2000s.”

And this weekend, he’ll have the chance to play against his childhood team for the first time.

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