In the past two weeks, the Philadelphia Eagles have overhauled their roster in a manner never before seen.
The recent hiring and firing decisions by Eagles coach Chip Kelly have had a lot of people scratching their heads and ranting and raving. But Cherry Hill resident and longtime Inquirer contributor Stephen A. Smith thinks he might just have figured out what’s motivating Kelly’s questionable decisions: racism. Read more »
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 Focus—so 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 Young: No 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.
Today’s question comes from David via Twitter:
— David Harris Jr (@DhjHarris43) March 8, 2015
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 »
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 »
The three-day negotiating period for free agents starts today at noon. We’ll have you covered once the rumors start flying.
But until then, here are some links to whet your appetite. Read more »
Here’s the weekly roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles. Read more »
Todd Herremans‘ candid, wide-ranging interview with 97.5 The Fanatic shifted to the topic of LeSean McCoy.
The former Eagles guard was asked if he thought McCoy would be back in Philly this season.
“For how much money?” Herremans replied. “For his contract? Hooof. I hope so for his sake. (Laughs). I don’t know.”
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The franchise tag deadline came and went today at 4 p.m. Below is a look at what the various moves (and non-moves) might mean for the Eagles. Read more »
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 »