Eagles Wake-Up Call: Free Agency (Officially) Begins

Andre Johnson. Troy Taormina/USA TODAY

Andre Johnson. Troy Taormina/USA TODAY

Given the flurry of activity the past three days, in many ways it feels like we’re already in the middle of the free agency period.

But as the Eagles were reminded when Frank Gore changed course, the start of the new league year doesn’t officially start until today at 4 p.m. That’s when the LeSean McCoy trade and the Byron Maxwell signing can be finalized.

The Eagles have already filled some holes. Brandon Graham is coming back to start at LOLB. And the Mark Sanchez signing makes it unnecessary for them to add another QB.

Barring something totally unforeseen, Maxwell gives them a starting cornerback. And Kiko Alonso fills a need at inside linebacker.

But there’s still quite a bit of work to be done. Read more »

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 »

Welcome to Salary Cap City

salary cap city

Welcome to Salary Cap City, the sports town where we don’t win a heck of a lot, but by gosh, we have an awful lot of money stored up for future use.

The Eagles joined the party (started by the Sixers and Sudden Sam Hinkie) this week when they dropped a series of bombs on their fan base. Boom went Cary Williams and his $8 million salary. Bang went Trent Cole and his $11 million paycheck. And then the carnage culminated with the elimination of LeSean McCoy and his $12 salary cap hit in a trade to Buffalo that brought the Birds linebacker Kiko Alonso. Read more »

Westbrook Reacts To McCoy Trade

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Brian Westbrook said his initial reaction was surprise when he found out that LeSean McCoy had been dealt to Buffalo, but then, after going over some of the conversations he had and whispers he heard within the NFL’s inner-circle, he concluded that it really wasn’t much of a surprise at all.

Westbrook — a longtime mentor of McCoy — arrived at the same thought that Todd Herremans floated just a few days before: when it comes to skill position players, Chip Kelly believes the system will take care of it.

“I think Chip Kelly, the way he views things – especially on the offensive side of the ball – is that he can almost plug-and-play. He can plug-and-play anybody, and as long as his offense is doing what he wants it to do, it will work,” said Westbrook in a phone conversation with Birds 24/7.
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Eagles Wake-Up Call: Who Is Kiko Alonso?

Kiko Alonso. Melina Vastola / USA Today

Kiko Alonso. Melina Vastola / USA Today

During the 2013 season, Chip Kelly was asked about his former Oregon linebacker, Kiko Alonso.

“I take extra pride that I had an opportunity to coach Kiko,” Kelly said. “He’s awesome. I think everything that people are seeing in Buffalo is what I’ve known about him all along is that [he’s an] extremely dedicated, driven person both academically and athletically. He was a great student too. Over a 3.0 student.

“He made a couple missteps early in his career and really changed. I think he understood the opportunities that he has in front of him and everything that is happening to him now. I don’t know if it surprises other people, it doesn’t surprise me. Kiko is a special player. When you watch him on film, it’s Kiko see ball, Kiko tackle ball. We saw that at Oregon a lot. I think people in Buffalo are seeing that right now.” Read more »

Reaction To the McCoy-Alonso Trade

Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

I texted with a member of LeSean McCoy‘s inner circle. His thoughts?

“(Expletive) BS!”

With that, let’s take a look at how people around the league are reacting to the deal that is expected to send McCoy to Buffalo for former Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso. Read more »

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