Three Eagles Numbers That Matter

NFL: Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders

Here are three free agency-related Eagles numbers that matter.

18 – The number of missed tackles last year for Panthers safety Mike Mitchell, according to Pro Football Focus. That was tied for most among safeties.

As we’ve mentioned in this space, the Eagles are one of the teams that has looked into signing Mitchell. But it seems like many of you would be against the move based solely on the missed tackles number. And that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. Read more »

Kelly’s Influence Felt Behind the Scenes

NFL: NFC Wildcard Playoff-New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

In the days leading up to the scouting combine, the NFL sent out a media schedule detailing when coaches and general managers would hold press conferences at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

In the release, nine coaches were missing: Chip Kelly, Bill Belichick, Joe Philbin, Mike Tomlin, John Harbaugh, Mike McCoy, Jason Garrett, Sean Payton and Pete Carroll.

Among that group, seven ended up eventually deciding to chat at one point or another (even if it was only to the team’s Web site or a single media outlet). The exceptions? Tomlin and Kelly.

Last offseason, Kelly was available at the Senior Bowl, the combine and any time the Eagles made significant personnel moves (re-signings, free agents, etc.). This year, we haven’t heard from him since the day after the season ended.

Instead, he has taken more of a behind-the-scenes approach. But Kelly’s fingerprints were on every move the team made last week. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Foles Factor

NFL: Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles

It’s safe to assume last week was a good one for Nick Foles.

The Eagles’ starting QB saw the front office lock up four of the guys who make his job easier: left tackle Jason Peters, center Jason Kelce and wide receivers Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper.

Of that group, Cooper specifically offered a big thank you to the guy who threw him the ball in 2013.

“A lot,” Cooper said, when asked how much Foles’ presence factored into his decision. “I mean, I wouldn’t be put in this situation I’m in now if it wasn’t for Nick. He came in and what a tremendous player and a tremendous guy. He believes in me. He likes throwing me the ball. He’s a great player, and without him I wouldn’t be here to be honest with you. We definitely have good chemistry, and that weighed in a lot into the decision.” Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: How Would WR Pieces Fit?

NFL: Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles

Update: The Eagles announced Friday afternoon that Jeremy Maclin is in the fold on a one-year deal.

From earlier:

The Eagles’ wide receiver situation got a little bit clearer Thursday morning when the team announced it had signed Riley Cooper to a new deal.

But there are still a couple chips left to fall. The Eagles are looking to get something done with Jeremy Maclin, and at this point it would be an upset if Jason Avant were to return.

As we wait to see what’s next, it’s worth exploring how the pieces might fit. Read more »

Riley Cooper: ‘I’m Proud Of Myself’

NFL: NFC Wildcard Playoff-New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles

The backdrop behind Riley Cooper had changed from where he stood on July 31.

On that day, he was outside the NovaCare Complex with a brick wall behind him and microphones shoved aggressively in his face. His future with the franchise that drafted him seemed very much in question. Hours before he spoke, a video had surfaced of Cooper using a racial slur at a Kenny Chesney concert. Now it was time to face the music and answer question after question about the incident, his status with the team, his relationship with his peers and more.

Thursday afternoon, however, carried a different feel. Some seven months later, Cooper stood in the hallway at the NovaCare Complex in a grey hoodie, black shorts and black sneakers. The reporters were now asking about his career year in 2013 and his promising future in Chip Kelly’s offense. Read more »

Cooper And the Value Question

Riley Cooper

Riley Cooper. Photo | Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The question when it comes to Riley Cooper and the receiver position at large is about resource allocation.

DeSean Jackson is slated to make $10 million this season. The other receivers currently on the roster are eating up close to $7 million worth of salary (though a big chunk of that can be shed if they release or restructure Jason Avant). The front office is working on signing Jeremy Maclin. They have invested significantly in the tight end position and will likely be using a good deal of “12 personnel,” which means one less receiver on the field. And as we know, the draft is stacked with quality wideouts.

There is good money already tied up in the position, only so many snaps to go around and a wealth of young, inexpensive options to be had come May 8. Given all these factors, and the glaring needs in other areas of the roster, why give Cooper a five-year, $25 million contract with $10 million guaranteed?

Howie Roseman explained it this way: Read more »

Eagles Ink Kelce, Cooper To Long-Term Deals

Eagles Center Jason Kelce enters practice

The Eagles continued to lock up their own players to long-term extensions today, signing center Jason Kelce and wide receiver Riley Cooper to seven-year and five-year deals, respectively.

Cooper’s deal is worth $25 million over five years, a league source tells Tim McManus. He’s under contract with the Eagles through 2018. Details on how much guaranteed money is included have not yet been made available. Read more »

Cooper Reportedly Agrees To Terms; Maclin In Works

NFL: NFC Wildcard Playoff-New Orleans Saints at Philadelphia Eagles
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 »

Report: Eagles, Cooper Close To Deal

Eagles WR Riley Cooper scores touchdown against Chargers
The Eagles and wide receiver Riley Cooper are reportedly closing in on a new deal.

According to Jeff McLane, talks have heated up between the Eagles and Cooper’s representatives and an agreement could be struck over the next few days. The report adds that the Eagles are expected to sign Jeremy Maclin as well, most likely to a one-year prove-it deal.

Cooper posted career highs in catches (47), yards (835) and touchdowns (8) under Chip Kelly while averaging 17.8 yards per catch. He contributed as a blocker in the run game as well, which is a must in Kelly’s system. Read more »

Sorting Through the Receiver Situation

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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 »

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