Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week. Read more »
We start today off with a roundup of the latest league-wide news that affects the Eagles.
In a somewhat surprising move, Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds has already signed his transition tag offer. That means other teams can no longer attempt to lure him away.
With Brian Orakpo franchised, Worilds figured to be a hot commodity. And according to Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com, the Eagles would have had interest: Read more »
The Eagles have released veteran wide receiver Jason Avant, the team announced.
“In the year I spent with Jason, he was unbelievable in terms of his work ethic and his selfless nature,” said Chip Kelly in a statement. “He was a great teammate. We know he will have a chance to sign with another team and by releasing him now, he will have a full offseason to make the necessary adjustments. I had a chance to speak with him today and he handled himself like the true professional he is.” Read more »
In the next week, Jairus Byrd will be asked for his opinion on hypothetically playing for a number of different teams around the NFL.
That process started today when the soon-to-be free agent safety joined SportsCenter for a few minutes. Anchor Hannah Storm asked Byrd about the possibility of joining the Eagles (the previous question was about the Browns). Read more »
Louis Riddick spent five years with the Eagles, including three as the team’s director of pro personnel.
He now works as an analyst for ESPN, but has been keeping a close eye on his former employer and likes what he’s seeing.
When it comes to adding new pieces, NFL personnel people often fear the unknown.
The condition usually stems from past mistakes: wasting money on a player who didn’t fit, reaching on a draft pick who failed to pan out, etc.
The draft requires the most challenging projections. But free agency, in theory, should be easier. Coaches and GMs can watch as much tape as they want of the players going up against pro-level competition; they can talk to guys who have coached or played alongside the free agent; and they should be able to get a decent idea of how they’re spending their money.
But, as Howie Roseman often points out, it’s still an arranged marriage. Until the player and team are living under the same roof and get to know each other up close and personal, there is a degree of uncertainty.
That’s one of the reasons the organization has been sending out signals for weeks indicating it’s not going to make a big splash in free agency. In some ways, Roseman sounds a bit gun-shy after what happened in the summer of 2011. Read more »
As recently as a couple days ago, it appeared the top two potential free-agent safeties would never get a chance to test the market.
But things have changed.
The Bills and Browns opted not to tag safeties Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward, respectively. Both players can continue to work on negotiating long-term deals with their teams. But neither will be hand-cuffed. In other words, if they want to test the market, they will be allowed to do so. Read more »
The Eagles announced today that they’ve signed Cedric Thornton to a one-year contract.
Thornton was an exclusive rights free agent, meaning he was under team control. If the Eagles wanted him back, his options were to either take the deal or not play at all. In other words, he was not allowed to negotiate with other teams on the open market.
Next year, Thornton will be a restricted free agent, meaning the Eagles will be in great position to retain him once again. Read more »
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 »
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 »