The Eagles have picked up the fifth-year option on defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, the team announced. Read more »
Chris Polk has yet to sign his tender from the Eagles, and the same reportedly applies to Cedric Thornton. Is this a big deal?
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We have been getting a lot of questions about the Eagles’ salary cap situation, so we called on cap expert and friend of the blog Joel Corry for insight.
There has been a noticeable shift in approach now that Chip Kelly is fully in charge of the offseason moves, and that applies to the money side of things as well, says Corry.
“When Joe Banner and Howie Roseman were running the cap, the Eagles were very disciplined financially and managed the cap better than practically anyone else in the league,” he said. “Now with Chip running the show, it seems like a different approach where there isn’t much regard to doing things in the most fiscally responsible manner.
“[Roseman and Jake Rosenburg] don’t have the latitude to do things like they did in the past. This kind of goes under the ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ from the cap perspective. The cap approach wasn’t broken. What those guys were doing – starting with Joe and continuing to Howie and Jake – they were doing an excellent job of managing the cap. This approach is a little bit different.”
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Throughout the next two weeks, we’ll take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason. We have covered the quarterbacks, wide receivers, running backs, tight ends and offensive line so far. Now it’s on to the defensive line.
STATE OF THE ROSTER
Five of the six players who were in the Eagles’ rotation last year – Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, Brandon Bair, Beau Allen and Vinny Curry - are all under contract for 2015.
The name missing from that list is Cedric Thornton. The starting left defensive end is a restricted free agent, meaning the Eagles can match offers for him.
Another player who figures to be in the mix is Taylor Hart. The Eagles spent a fifth-round pick on Hart last spring, but he was inactive for all 16 games. The expectation for 2015 should be for Hart to earn a backup spot, presumably from Bair, who is 30 years old. Read more »
It was an up-and-down year for the 2014 Eagles. From the shutout against the Giants to the Thanksgiving Day win in Dallas to the collapse down the stretch, the end result left players and fans with an empty feeling.
Having said that, now seems like a good time to wrap a bow around the year that was. Here are my 2014 end-of-year Eagles awards. Read more »
Instead of doing a true Eagles-Giants scouting report, we’ll take a look at the offseason/future with this week’s piece.
WHEN THE EAGLES PASS…
Turnovers have been the issue all season. The Eagles have given the ball away on 18.2 percent of their drives; that’s the worst mark in the NFL. Quarterback play has been a problem throughout.
Mark Sanchez is completing 64.1 percent of his passes (13th) and averaging 7.79 YPA (sixth). But his 3.7 percent interception rate is fifth-worst among quarterbacks who have thrown at least 200 passes. Only Kirk Cousins, Josh McCown, Blake Bortles and Geno Smith have been worse.
Asked how Nick Foles’ injury clouds the offseason outlook at quarterback, Chip Kelly said: “I don’t know. I mean, we’ll sit down and thoroughly evaluate everything. But it’s no different than any other position when you look at it. You just tell us what we have available right now we’ll take a look at it, let’s detail it, let’s go through the film again, let’s put our heads together, let’s get everybody’s opinion on it and make valid decisions. I don’t think we can look back and say this clouds this, this doesn’t cloud this. It doesn’t matter how much it clouds or doesn’t cloud. That’s the reality of it. He got hurt, so we have to make decisions moving forward in terms of what we’re going to do.” Read more »
Here’s a roundup of national media predictions for Sunday’s Eagles-Giants game.
Chip Kelly was handed the Pro Bowl list last night so he could call the Eagles that had been selected. His reaction when he saw that Fletcher Cox was a sixth alternate?
“Wow,” said Kelly. “That was the one that kind of surprised me. I think he’s been our top player. He’s been really unblockable at times. I think he’s a very disruptive force. But sometimes you make the Pro Bowl I guess on reputation. You ask Jason Kelce, Jason will be the first to tell you that he played better last year than he played this year, which is obviously true — he missed four-and-a-half games. Evan Mathis is a second alternate and he missed eight games…so sometimes I think your reputation goes into it.” Read more »
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
Here’s a roundup of national media predictions for Sunday’s Eagles-Cowboys game.