Evan Mathis On the Trade Block

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Last offseason, when Evan Mathis was looking to restructure his contract, the Eagles gave him permission to seek a trade.

A year later, it looks like the Birds’ starting left guard could be on his way out soon.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Eagles are working to trade Mathis. And Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports says a handful of teams are interested in acquiring his services. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: What To Believe With Chip

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Chip Kelly made a surprise appearance in the NovaCare auditorium Wednesday afternoon to address the media for the first time since the day after the season ended.

We recapped much of what he said yesterday, but there are a few points that require reading between the lines. Let’s go Q&A style this morning.

Can we finally put the Marcus Mariota rumors to bed now?

I know this will enrage some (and please others), but I really don’t think so. When asked about Mariota, Kelly said the Eagles would not mortgage the future to move up for any prospect, pointing out the limitations such a move puts on filling other roster holes. Read more »

DeMeco Ryans Coming Back, Says Kelly

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Amid all the big-picture topics Chip Kelly discussed on Wednesday, there was a smaller roster note that is worth mentioning.

Asked if DeMeco Ryans will be returning, Kelly said point blank that he would be.

“I like having really good football players,” he said. “So you have no idea. Mychal [Kendricks] missed some games last year, DeMeco missed games last year. Kiko [Alonso] has missed games. We’re trying to accumulate as many good football players as we can is what we’re trying to do.” Read more »

Kelly: Front-Office Shakeup Was Lurie’s Call

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Chip Kelly nonchalantly strolled up to the podium in the NovaCare auditorium Wednesday afternoon for an impromptu press conference that lasted just under 24 minutes.

Brandon Graham was originally scheduled to take the mic, but instead Kelly made a surprise appearance and answered questions about the Eagles’ front-office shakeup, his roster decisions and the Sam Bradford trade.

The offseason got off to an explosive start in January when Jeffrey Lurie announced that Kelly would have final say on personnel decisions, while Howie Roseman would move back to the cap/contract side.

Asked about the shakeup, Kelly maintained a straight face and said that he had nothing to do with the decision, pinning the move instead on Lurie. Read more »

Making Sense Of the Foles-Bradford Deal

Sam Bradford. Rick Osentoski/USA Today

Sam Bradford. Rick Osentoski/USA Today

Chip Kelly had just completed his first draft as an NFL head coach, and he stood behind the podium at the NovaCare Complex explaining some of the Eagles’ selections.

He seemed excited about Lane Johnson and the other picks the team had made. He was another step closer to getting the new guys on the practice field during OTAs and mini-camps.

While discussing the picks, Kelly was asked about the importance of measurables in identifying players for his scheme.

“If you constantly take the overachiever at every position, you’re going to be too small,” Kelly said. “If you take the short defensive tackle backed up by the short middle linebacker backed up by the short safety, then all of a sudden your team’s going to get run over.”

The explanation made perfect sense and was refreshing to many. Others in the league have put it more succinctly: Don’t get into trouble by trying to build a team of exceptions.

On Tuesday, Kelly pulled a stunner and sent Nick Foles to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for Sam Bradford. All offseason, it seemed Kelly had a plan. There had to be some reason why he traded LeSean McCoy, didn’t overpay for Jeremy Maclin and brought Mark Sanchez back. Read more »

Eagles Expected To Sign RB Mathews

Ryan Mathews. Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY

Ryan Mathews. Robert Hanashiro / USA TODAY

The Eagles will have RB Ryan Mathews in for a visit and are expected to sign him, according to Mike Garafolo of FoxSports.com.

Mathews (6-0, 220) spent his first five seasons with the Chargers, totaling 4,061 yards on 923 attempts (4.4 YPC). He has 146 career receptions, although only nine of those came in 2014. Last season, Mathews carried 74 times for 330 yards in six games. He missed 10 games because of an ankle injury. Read more »

Eagles Sign CB Walter Thurmond

Walter Thurmond. Mark J. Rebilas / USA TODAY

Walter Thurmond. Mark J. Rebilas / USA TODAY

The Eagles have added a cornerback and another ex-Oregon player to the mix.

The team announced it has signed former Giants and Seahawks cornerback Walter Thurmond to a one-year deal. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the move. Read more »

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