The Eagles are finishing the month with a bang.
After inking left tackle Jason Peters to a four-year extension Wednesday, the attention now turns to the receiver position. Riley Cooper has agreed to a four-year deal to stay in Philadelphia, according to Geoff Mosher. The 6-3, 222-pound wideout enjoyed a breakout season in Year One under Chip Kelly with 47 catches for 835 yards and eight scores while averaging 17.8 yards per catch.
The Eagles are looking to bring Jeremy Maclin back as well. The two sides are working on an agreement, according to a league source, though there was no deal as of Wednesday night. Read more »
Asked how much he dealt with Chip Kelly during the Jason Peters contract negotiations, agent Vincent Taylor responded, ”Man, not at all.”
Kelly told reporters at the beginning of the offseason that he would not be delving into the contract side of things, and it appears he is staying true to his word. The lines were a little more gray under Andy Reid, who had final say over personnel decisions and by the end of his tenure was sitting in on some of the negotiations.
That’s not to say that Kelly wasn’t influential in the decision to lock up the All-Pro. He has been a big fan of the big man from the start.
“Coach is a very up-front guy,” said Howie Roseman with a smile, “so the first time he saw him move, it was an expletive-filled energy. It’s not very often that you see a 325-330 pound guy move like that and play with that kind of power. This is a unique football player.” Read more »
Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week. Read more »
At this time last year, there weren’t many positive things to say about Mike Mitchell’s NFL career.
Drafted earlier than many projected (second round, 47th overall) by the Raiders back in 2009, the Ohio product managed to start just nine games in four seasons. He signed with the Panthers on a one-year, $1 million deal, and after a solid 2013 campaign, Mitchell could be an attractive option for teams needing safety help this offseason. Read more »
Howie Roseman said last week that there will probably be a wide receiver the Eagles like every time they’re on the clock in May’s draft.
On Sunday, the deep class of pass-catchers took the field for workouts. Here are three items worth noting, with an Eagles slant. Read more »
INDIANAPOLIS — Hopes for a Jairus Byrd-Eagles union are fading fast.
It is questionable whether the Eagles would pony up the necessary coin to land the top safety on the market. It could be that Byrd never makes it onto the market in the first place. Read more »
A few notes to pass along after wandering around the combine for a couple days:
“The Eagles won’t spend.”
That was a quote from the representative of a free-agent defensive player, whose client will likely command somewhere between mid-level and high-end money. Asked for his reasoning, he said that was the general understanding out there about the team’s approach to free agency. Read more »
INDIANAPOLIS – The quality of this wide receiver class is impacting the Eagles thinking. There’s no denying that.
Analysts and general managers alike are raving about the talent in this draft, and receiver is the first position they cite to illustrate their point. If you’re in need of a wideout, chances are you’ll be able to find one come May.
“I think we’re going to be sitting there in every round and there’s going to be a receiver we like,”said Howie Roseman. “It’s just going to happen that way…Guys will be pushed back because of the quality and the depth of the class.”
The question is: how much will that factor into their stance when it comes to free agents Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin? Read more »
INDIANAPOLIS — Hopes are high that the Eagles will finally find the solution to their safety problems this offseason. But it is certainly possible — perhaps even likely — that they’ll fall short of those aspirations. It may be another year of survival at the safety spot.
Howie Roseman painted that as a possible scenario when speaking with a handful of reporters at the combine Thursday afternoon. Read more »
In the past week or so, we’ve profiled a couple of the bigger-name free agents at safety: Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward.
But if Howie Roseman is telling the truth when he says the Eagles will target more mid-tier guys, it’s worth exploring who those options might be.
And one name Birds 24/7 readers have asked about is Miami Dolphins safety Chris Clemons. So we’ll start with him and cycle through some more names in the days ahead. Read more »