Eagles Mailbag: Who Gets the Next Extension?

Bennie Logan. (Jeff Fusco)

Bennie Logan. (Jeff Fusco)

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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 »

Photos: Eagles Minicamp

Eagles Sign Jones, Release Chung

Eagles Safety Patrick Chung on field
The Eagles re-signed punter Donnie Jones to a three-year deal just minutes after the official start of free agency, and released safety Patrick Chung.

Jones was only able to sign a minimum-salary deal prior to the start of the league year, hence why nothing was struck until now. He was highly effective in 2013, and set a team record for punts downed inside the 20 (33). The previous high was 31 by Jeff Feagles in ’93. His new contract is reportedly worth upwards of $6 million. Read more »

The Matchup: Eagles Vs. Cardinals

foles_400_102913With each approaching game, words like challenge and test are thrown around frequently in conversations about Nick Foles.

What we have so far is a sample size (eight games, five starts, 162 pass attempts) that ranks among the best in NFL history. Foles’ jersey from the 7-TD performance against the Raiders is in Canton. And this week, he brought home the NFC Offensive Player of the Month award.

We’ve seen what the Eagles’ offense looks like when Foles is comfortable, firing on all cylinders, throwing completion after completion and touchdown after touchdown. His toughness has never been questioned, going back to last year when Foles started six games behind a makeshift offensive line.

But after every performance, there’s a desire to see more.

How much of this is real? How long can he keep up this pace? What’s next for the second-year signal-caller? Read more »

Eagles Roll Dice With ‘Problem Child’ Punter Wing

Two punters were selected in the fifth round of last month’s draft. Brad Wing was not one of them.

The LSU product, who eventually signed on with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent, sat at home in Baton Rouge, La. with his parents, little brother and fiancee without receiving a call.

On talent alone, there’s little question about whether Wing (6-2, 205) warrants a spot in the league. But in an uncommon twist, the punter’s off-the-field transgressions are what scared teams away. According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Wing was told by LSU that he was no longer welcome on the team, even though he had two years of eligibility remaining.

Asked how often teams questioned him about being a distraction, Wing answered honestly, “It was a lot. That was pretty much what it was all about.”

Wing was arrested for simple battery after getting into a fight, although charges were eventually dropped. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

In an application for a temporary restraining order filed against Wing by Chabert on July 7, Chabert said Wing entered a room where he was laying in bed and locked the door behind him. He then began questioning Chabert about his contact with an ex-girlfriend of Wing’s.

Wing then swatted a cell phone out of Chabert’s hands, threw him to the floor and began punching and kicking him, Chabert said in the application. The victim escaped and left the room before calling the police.

There’s more, too. Wing was suspended for the Tigers’ bowl game last year for reportedly failing a drug test.

“I had let people down in the past, and there’s nothing I can do about that,” Wing said. “I can just try and move forward, and I know that going into relationships now, people won’t trust me and that I will have to build trust. I know that, and I’m willing to do whatever it takes, because this is where I want to be for the next 25 years of my life. I’m willing to jump through any hoops that they want me to do. I’m just so fortunate that the Eagles here have given me a chance.”

Of course, not all teams felt Wing deserved a second chance.

“He’s a problem child,” one special-teams coach told McGinn. “I interviewed him at the combine. I think it was all con. I don’t think this guy is remorseful for any of it.

“If it was me, only way I would take him is if we didn’t have anything invested in him. First time he (expletive) up he’d be out the door. There’s too many red flags on this guy.”

The truth is, the Eagles are risking very little on Wing as an undrafted free agent. He’ll come in and have a chance to compete with Donnie Jones. If he doesn’t perform or has issues off the field, he’ll be let go.

But if he keeps his head on straight, he has upside. Wing was an All-American as a freshman, averaging 44.4 yards per punt. Only 20 of his 59 attempts were returned, and opponents totaled just 73 yards of return yardage against him all season.

The Eagles’ special teams were terrible last year, and the punt/punt return unit was especially bad, ranking dead-last in the league, according to Football Outsiders.

Wing has a connection with another former Australian punter who played in Philadelphia, calling Sav Rocca his “hero.”

“When I was growing up and he was playing Australian Rules Football for the Kangaroos, he was my favorite player,” Wing said. “I wore his jersey around, and so, once he left the AFL, I was sort of upset. I followed him closely once he was in the NFL. That’s what sort of drew me to the NFL a whole lot.”

Rocca joined the Redskins in 2011 and has carved out a six-year NFL career. If he can stay out of trouble, Wing has a chance to do the same.

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