Roseman On the Importance Of Picking Eighth

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Back in 2014, you’ll recall, the Eagles went into the draft having identified six players that they were interested in snaring. When the last of those — safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix — was plucked by the Packers one pick before they went on the clock, they moved back from 22 and ended up selecting Marcus Smith 26th overall.

Both in circumstance and outcome, things did not play out as they had hoped.

By securing the No. 8 overall pick in this April’s draft, Howie Roseman has ensured that they won’t suffer a similar fate this time around — at least as it applies to the process. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Free Agency Primer

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

With the legal tampering period — the negotiating time for prospective unrestricted free agents — set to start at noon today, the Eagles aren’t exactly in position to make a big splash in free agency.

Howie Roseman even joked about it with reporters on Thursday when he was asked if he feels good about the team’s cap space.

“Have any of you guys seen what the rest of the league has?” Roseman replied. “You always want more, but we’ll deal with what the reality is that we have and we’ll make the best of it and we’ll do whatever we can to try and help improve the team throughout the rest of the offseason.” Read more »

Why Roseman Backed Bradford

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Howie Roseman noted that he really didn’t have the same type of relationship with Sam Bradford that he enjoyed with the other quarterbacks that have come through this organization of late.

He was in a different role last year, obviously, detached from the personnel side and in some ways, the personal side as a result. He said the two started to get to know each other better the last week of the season after Chip Kelly was fired and the power structure shifted inside the building. They have remained in contact over the weeks since. Roseman would reach out when the Eagles signed players, and called Bradford when his two-year, $36 million deal was completed on Tuesday.

“His excitement and his energy and being able to call him when the deal was done and hearing the genuine excitement in his voice…I really wish he would have told me three days ago that he only wanted to be back here — that probably would have helped me a little bit,” Roseman joked, “but it was clear from our perspective that the intentions were right.”

Bradford was hoping that was the case on the Eagles’ end as well. Right after the season came to a close, he was told by Roseman that the team had interest in bringing him back. “I was hoping those were credible and that they were honest in those conversations,” said Bradford. As evidenced by the fresh new contract, they were. More specifically, Roseman was.

It’s a noteworthy dynamic to this whole thing — that Roseman chose to back a quarterback that is so closely associated with Kelly and the power grab he made at Roseman’s expense (at least temporarily). In a quieter moment following Bradford’s press conference, the executive vice president of football operations explained why he chose to do so to Birds 24/7. Read more »

Sam Bradford: Pederson’s QB Experience ‘Huge’

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Sam Bradford. (Jeff Fusco)

As the dust settled after the Eagles’ dramatic firing of Chip Kelly in late December, one of the biggest question marks to arise, other than the quest for the team’s next head coach, was how the move would affect the team’s ability to retain Sam Bradford.

“I mean, yeah. I still enjoy the guys on this team, I enjoy the city, I’ve enjoyed my time here. Obviously, I think a lot of it depends on who they hire as a head coach now and what type of offensive system he wants to run,” Bradford said at the time.

Thursday afternoon, addressing the media for the first time since his two-year, $36 million deal was announced Tuesday, Bradford said the Eagles’ decision to bring Doug Pederson aboard as their head coach played a big role in his willingness and desire to remain in Philadelphia. Read more »

Bradford Notes: Pederson Plays Key Role

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson. (USA Today Sports)

Doug Pederson played a significant role in selling Sam Bradford on the idea of re-signing with the Eagles, according to multiple people familiar with the situation.

“Pederson was able to get (Bradford) to believe that Philadelphia was a place for him to thrive,” one source said.  Another added that Pederson’s efforts “absolutely helped” get Bradford back under contract. Read more »

Eagles Sign Sam Bradford To Two-Year Deal

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

UPDATE NO. 2:

Andrew Brandt tweeted out a few contract details.

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Report: Daniel Jeremiah Interviewed For Personnel Job

Jeffrey Lurie. (Jeff Fusco)

Jeffrey Lurie. (Jeff Fusco)

According to Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice, the Eagles interviewed NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah for their head of player perosnnel job.

According to Kempski, a spokesperson for the Eagles “confirmed that the interview took place, but said that the Eagles did not make a formal offer.” Read more »

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