Oral History: The MMQB On the Bradford Trade

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

To make the deal that will have a seismic impact on a pair of teams’ fates this season, the Eagles and Vikings needed just 48 hours to complete the trade sending Sam Bradford to Minnesota, according to Peter King of the MMQB. King talked to both Howie Roseman and Vikings GM Rick Spielman to reconstruct how the deal went down.

Roseman was so shocked by what Spielman offered that the potential move wasn’t on his mind during the Eagles’ preseason finale Thursday night, King noted in the mini oral history. Spielman first called Roseman on Wednesday evening, but he didn’t offer the Eagles a first-round pick until Friday evening. Read more »

Roseman: Birds Weren’t Looking To Trade Bradford

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Despite the deal they ended up making, the Eagles weren’t actively looking to trade Sam Bradford, a notion Howie Roseman reiterated several times Saturday during his press conference. But after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a season-ending knee injury on Tuesday, the Vikings made the Eagles an offer Roseman couldn’t refuse.

“We did not go into this wanting to trade Sam Bradford. We did not call anyone on Sam Bradford. But after the trade offer they made, we just felt like this was the right decision for our football team,” Roseman said. “The only circumstance that changed was this trade offer from the Vikings. This was not our blueprint. This was not part of the plan.”

Roseman confirmed the terms of the trade and how the 2018 fourth-round pick the Eagles receive is conditional upon the Vikings’ success this season. The Eagles reportedly get a third-round pick and give back a seventh-round selection if the Vikings reach the NFC Championship Game, while Philadelphia gets a second-round pick if Minnesota wins the Super Bowl. The 2017 first-round pick the Eagles receive has no conditions. Read more »

Dawkins: ‘It Feels Wonderful’ Returning To Eagles

Brian Dawkins and Tra Thomas. (Jeff Fusco)

Brian Dawkins and Tra Thomas. (Jeff Fusco)

During Howie Roseman’s press conference discussing the Dorial Green-Beckham trade, he noted how the Eagles had just hired Brian Dawkins to work for the team full-time as a Football Operations Executive. Dawkins appeared on the Mike Missanelli show yesterday to expand on what he’ll do for the Birds and how his new gig came about.

“It feels wonderful, it really does. It’s been set in my heart for a while of how to go about doing it. But everything began to kind of fall in place and here I am,” Dawkins said. “It’s gonna be still learning about football operations and everything that goes with it. I’ll dabble in player development; I’ll dabble in player engagement; dabble in scouting and give my opinions in a lot of different areas. So it’s not just everything in one basket so to speak, I’m able to do a lot of things for this organization going forward.” Read more »

Roseman: Green-Beckham ‘Not A Locker Room Cancer’

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

While thinking through whether the Eagles should trade Dennis Kelly for Dorial Green-Beckham, Howie Roseman and the personnel department researched the wide receiver’s background, which features a few missteps and arrests.

Green-Beckham was dismissed from the University of Missouri football team in 2014 for allegedly pushing a female down some stairs, after he was arrested twice in marijuana-related incidents. More recently, his work ethic has been questioned on the field in Tennessee, and he tumbled down the depth chart to the point where some thought he wouldn’t make the team.

So what did people say during the course of Roseman’s research? Read more »

Darren Sproles: I Have Two Good Years Left

Darren Sproles. (Jeff Fusco)

Darren Sproles. (Jeff Fusco)

A few hours after inking a one-year contract extension that will keep him in Philadelphia through 2017, Darren Sproles said he has two good years left in him. When asked if he plans to retire after his deal ends, the 33-year-old running back smiled, paused and repeated three words.

“We going see,” he said. “We going see.”

Sproles said his contract, which reportedly gives him $4.5 million in new money, “means a lot” because he wants to finish his career as an Eagle. The signing continues the Eagles’ offseason theme of extending players who have been good contributors, after Chip Kelly’s tumultuous tenure of making personnel decisions. Read more »

Eagles And the RFID Movement

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

A conversation about Howie Roseman’s power took a left turn. Speaking to reporters at the owners meetings back in March, Jeffrey Lurie used a question about Roseman’s rank to touch on a subject that must have been top of mind — RFID and the surge of Next Gen stats that are altering the NFL landscape.

“When you’re talking about the NFL today and football operations, it’s really a very fast moving field if you understand where we’re at,” said Lurie in one of the grand hallways of the Boca Raton Resort. “We’re not where we were when I bought the team 20 years ago or where the league was 10 years ago. I would say if there’s two positions that have to process information and data quickly and completely, it’s quarterback and it’s head of football operations.

“Just as an example, in May, we’re going to be bombarded finally with the data from RFID. That’s going to revolutionize the sport in the long run.” Read more »

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