What They’re Saying About the Eagles

Photo courtesy of USA Today

Photo courtesy of USA Today

We are one day away from the official start of free agency, but Chip Kelly and company were busy this weekend, reportedly agreeing to deals with CB Byron Maxwell and RB Frank Gore.

Here is how the national media are reacting to the Eagles’ moves.

Peter King offers his thoughts on the Maxwell signing:

Cornerback Byron Maxwell agreed to a six-year, $63 million deal (a $10.5 million average). I get it, and free agency is good for the players, so good for Maxwell. But in paying Maxwell—the 45th-rated cornerback in the league last season by Pro Football Focusso much, the team and fans will expect him to be a shutdown corner, which he most decidedly is not. He’s a physical, tall, competitive corner, but not a great one. The Eagles will end up being disappointed, the same way Dallas was disappointed in Brandon Carr. I recall the words of the late Giants GM George YoungNo player ever plays better because you pay him more money. Unfortunately, Philadelphia will be an unforgiving market if/when Maxwell gets beat a few times.

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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Thoughts On A Busy Offseason

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Today’s question comes from David via Twitter:

David’s tweet came right after the Byron Maxwell and Frank Gore signings and before Jeremy Maclin left for Kansas City and Mark Sanchez re-upped, so we’ll have to round back and see if his mood shifted at all as the day went on.

Here’s what the Eagles have done so far: Read more »

Where Maclin’s Departure Leaves the Eagles

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

It was a little more than a year ago when Jeremy Maclin addressed reporters at the NovaCare Complex after having signed a one-year deal with the Eagles.

Maclin was coming off ACL surgery, but opted not to test the market. He decided to play out 2015 in hopes of landing a long-term deal down the road with the team that drafted him.

After an 85-catch, 1,318-yard, 10-TD season, Maclin put himself in a great position. He maintained all along that his No. 1 goal was to remain with the Eagles. And the team said often that it wanted Maclin back.

But when organizations let their own players reach the negotiating period of free agency, they run the risk of losing them. And that’s what apparently happened Sunday night with Chris Mortensen’s report that Maclin is headed to Kansas City to reunite with Andy Reid.

So where does the move leave the Eagles? Read more »

Tag Deadline: The Latest On Maclin

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

The Eagles have until 4 p.m. today to place the franchise tag on Jeremy Maclin.

If they opt not to use the tag, they’ll have four-plus days to work out a deal before other teams join the bidding. The “legal tampering” period begins March 7, when clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with the representatives of players who will become free agents on March 10.

Applying the tag would keep Maclin off the market, allowing the Eagles more time to work on a long-term deal with him exclusively. The downside is that they would owe him $12.8 million this season if they cannot come to terms. That would eat significantly into their cap space.

My sense is that the near $13 million figure will dissuade the Eagles from applying the tag. If that proves true, they’ll be operating from here on in without a safety net. Read more »

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