Here are three leftovers on the Jeremy Maclin deal:
1. DeSean Jackson led the Eagles in targets last year with 126. Riley Cooper was second with 84 and Jason Avant third (76). LeSean McCoy had 65; Zach Ertz 56; and Brent Celek 50.
Among that group, the only player who likely won’t be back is Avant. Meanwhile, the Eagles are adding Jeremy Maclin back to the mix and potentially more, depending on what they do in the draft and free agency. So a question worth asking is: Will there be enough targets to go around? Read more »
Jeremy Maclin watched from the sideline as the Eagles’ offense set record after record in Year 1 under Chip Kelly.
He saw DeSean Jackson and Riley Cooper have career years and envisioned himself playing a role down the line once his knee healed up.
“I’m excited to get a chance to play in Chip’s offense,” Maclin said Friday at the NovaCare Complex. “I’m excited to be able to help this team get to the next level. I think this is a place where I can showcase my skills and I’m comfortable around all my teammates, guys who have been here. I think this was just the right spot for me.” Read more »
A year after jumping one spot ahead of the Eagles to draft Dion Jordan, the Miami Dolphins are now looking to trade the outside linebacker, according to a report. Read more »
Jason Kelce was asked Thursday afternoon why he opted for a seven-year deal instead of something shorter.
“Why seven years? I don’t really know,” Kelce said. “They told me what the numbers were, and I was like, ‘That sounds pretty good to me.’ I think the longer for me the better because I really, truly don’t want to play for any other organization. I’m happy with this city, this team, these coaches. I’m really excited to be here and I have been since Day One.” Read more »
Update: The Eagles announced Friday afternoon that Jeremy Maclin is in the fold on a one-year deal.
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 »
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 »
Jeremy Maclin wants to bet on himself. But apparently, the Eagles want a longer-term commitment.
That is according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, who reports that Maclin is looking for a one-year deal from the team, but Howie Roseman and company would prefer a multi-year arrangement. Read more »
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 »
Going into the combine, some mock drafts had the Eagles taking a cornerback with the No. 22 pick in the first round.
The two most popular names attached to the Birds were Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert and Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard. But after the defensive backs went through on-field testing Tuesday, it’s possible neither guy will be around when the Eagles pick.
Gilbert, specifically, put forth an impressive performance. The 6-foot, 202-pound corner ran a 4.37, the fastest time for any defensive player at the combine. Gilbert is the favorite to be the first cornerback off the board and will more than likely be gone by the time the Eagles pick.
Meanwhile, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock thought the 40 was big for Dennard (5-11, 199). The Michigan State standout ended up running a 4.51. Read more »
Opinions on Johnny Manziel’s pro prospects are all over the map. And one analyst who apparently is not a big fan is Ron Jaworski. Read more »