Vinny Curry: ‘Fletcher [Cox] Is Gonna Be Here’

Vinny Curry. (USA Today Sports)

Vinny Curry. (USA Today Sports)

Vinny Curry grew up in Neptune, N.J. with Eagles jerseys and pictures along the walls of his home. He wanted to be like Ricky Watters, so when he started playing football at 8-years-old, he played running back.

Soon after, he switched to defense. The position change proved to be a wise move, as 19 years later, he’s now under contract with the Eagles for five more years to remain on the defensive line.

“I really can’t see myself playing for nowhere else,” Curry said on Wednesday. “At the end of the day, I bleed green. That’s just what it is.” Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Why the Eagles Are Being Aggressive

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

You wonder if Fletcher Cox would have been locked up months ago if not for the short-lived Chip Kelly power grab.

Howie Roseman comes from the Joe Banner school of financial management that teaches to sign your core players early. The logic is sound: the money arrow is always pointing up in the NFL. The more dollars that come in, the higher the cap. As the cap grows, so too does the cost of the individual deals. If you have identified someone that you want to keep around long-term, it’s best to strike as soon as possible while leverage is still on your side and before the price spikes.

Cox became eligible for an extension at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Since then, Ndamukong Suh inked a six-year deal that contains a shade under $60 million in guarantees and averages out to about $19 million per year; Cox has elevated his game while marching a step closer to the end of his deal; and the cap jumped $10 million, with another $10 million bump (if not greater) expected to be announced in March for the ’16 season.

Some league insiders believe Cox will command somewhere around $16-18 million per season now, if not higher. Assuming the 25-year-old was willing to play ball last season, the Eagles lost a significant amount of money by waiting.

That (somewhat extreme) example helps explain why Roseman has been so aggressive to start this offseason. Read more »

Notes: Eagles To Interview Hunt For Personnel Job

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

The Eagles have received permission to interview the Steelers’ Brandon Hunt for the director of player personnel opening. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette first reported the news, while CSN Philly’s Derrick Gunn added that the interview will occur on Friday.

Hunt is Pittsburgh’s pro personnel coordinator and has been with the Steelers since 2010, when he replaced Doug WhaleyTom Donahoe is currently the Eagles’ senior director of player personnel, and was added after vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz was fired along with Chip Kelly.

Hunt broke into the league as a Steelers scouting department intern for the 2005 and 2006 seasons, and was a pro scout for the Texans for two years before returning to Pittsburgh. When NFL.com’s Albert Breer wrote last month about future NFL general managers, he included Hunt in the “On The Way Up” category. Read more »

Pederson On Eagles’ New D-line Coach

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

MOBILE, AL — The Eagles have hired Chris Wilson from the University of Missouri as their defensive line coach, Doug Pederson announced following the North Team’s practice at Ladd Peebles Stadium Wednesday.

Wilson has spent the majority of his 20-plus years in the business coaching defensive fronts. From 2010-12 he served as the defensive coordinator/d-line coach for Mississippi State, where he  with a guy by the name of Fletcher Cox. Read more »

Why Sam Bradford May Reject Multi-Year Deals

Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

Since the end of the regular season, one idea has picked up some steam: the Eagles should use the franchise tag on Sam Bradford, and then trade him to another team.

This theory, according to Joel Corry, a former agent and current contracts/salary cap expert for CBS Sports, is very unlikely to materialize. Corry quickly dismissed the concept because he believes teams would balk at paying Bradford whatever his market value is in addition to sending a draft pick or other compensation to the Eagles.

Instead, Corry thinks Bradford may test the waters in free agency and take a short-term contract. Read more »

Eagles Roster Analysis: Defense

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

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.

(All contract information is via Spotrac, including the 2016 dead cap numbers.) Read more »

Fletcher Cox Guarantees A Win Against Washington

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

After being named to his first Pro Bowl last night, Fletcher Cox was surrounded by reporters at his locker today. Cox relayed his excitement about the honor, but quickly shifted his focus to the Eagles’ game on Saturday against Washington.

“Yeah, it was one of my goals [to be a Pro Bowler], but I think the biggest relief will be when we win on Saturday,” Cox said.

A reporter followed up by asking if the Eagles defensive lineman was guaranteeing a win. Read more »

Cox, Peters, Sproles Named To Pro Bowl

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox has been named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career, the NFL announced Tuesday night. The defensive end will be joined by Jason Peters and Darren Sproles for the game on January 31 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

This is Sproles’ second consecutive Pro Bowl as a return specialist and the eighth selection for Peters.

“It feels really great,” Cox said, according to the Eagles website. “I told myself before the season started that I needed to be better than last year. I had to make the whole world know and not just the local people. It all paid off.” Read more »

Opposition Research: Somers On the Cardinals

Jordan Matthews. (USA Today Sports)

Jordan Matthews. (USA Today Sports)

In this installment of Opposition Research, we spoke with Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic about what the Eagles should expect Sunday against the Cardinals.

What are the Cardinals’ strengths and weaknesses?

“Offensively, their strength is throwing the ball and they’ve got a lot of threats. They are very deep at receiver, beginning with Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown and J.J. Nelson, a rookie who’s been productive. And they’ve got a quarterback in Carson Palmer who’s playing as well as anyone in the league. Read more »

All-22: Why Fletcher Cox Is So Dominant

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Fletcher Cox. (Jeff Fusco)

Billy Davis is a bit worried, and it’s not difficult to understand why.

Metrics traditionally used to evaluate pass-rushers and run-stoppers don’t reflect that well on Fletcher Cox, who doesn’t rank in the top-20 in the NFL in sacks or in the top-50 in tackles-for-loss.

The defensive end is tied for sixth in forced fumbles, but so are 20 other players around the league. His impact is clear and indisputable to those who watch him, but the problem with his Pro Bowl candidacy is most people don’t see his film.

“He’s not overlooked by his peers. The players will vote him in and the coaches will vote him in. Anybody that puts a tape on or has gone against him, that’s a no-brainer. They will vote him in,” Davis said. “The problem lies in the fan vote and that’s what we have to help Fletch with is getting that fan vote up. People look at stats and say, ‘Hey, let me vote on a guy with stats.’ If you played against [Cox], you’re going to vote for him. If you coached against him, you’re going to vote for him. Now we’ve just got to get the fans out there to vote for him.” Read more »

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