Report: Eagles Sign Austin To One-Year Deal

Miles Austin. Photo courtesy of USA Today

Miles Austin. Photo courtesy of USA Today

The Eagles have signed wide receiver Miles Austin to a one-year deal worth $2.3 million, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Austin turns 31 in June. He appeared in 12 games with the Cleveland Browns last season and finished with 47 catches for 568 yards and two touchdowns. He was placed on injured reserve in December because of a kidney injury.

Prior to joining the Browns in 2014, Austin spent the previous seven seasons as a member of the Cowboys’ receiving corps. His best campaign came in 2009 when he racked up 81 catches for 1,320 yards and 11 scores. Hamstring injuries kept him out of the lineup for parts of the 2011 and ’13 seasons. He was released by Dallas in March of ’14 in a cost-cutting move.
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Three-And-Out: Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

It looks like Chip Kelly has finally taken a moment to allow us all to catch our breath and reflect on the moves of the past couple weeks.

We’ll do this three-and-out style, going move-by-move and offering a thumbs up or a thumbs down with explanations. We’ll do three of the moves today and three more in the next installment. Read more »

Open Thread: Free Agency Updates

Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today

Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today

Note: We have started a new thread for Sunday’s buzz.

The legal tampering period is underway. Clubs are permitted to enter into contract negotiations with the representatives of players who will become free agents on March 10. Deals cannot become official until 4 p.m. Tuesday, but there will be plenty of leaks between now and then.

The Eagles are expected to be active. They have needs at the corner, safety and outside linebacker positions, and could bring in a veteran running back after dealing LeSean McCoy to Buffalo this week. There’s also the issue  of their own free agents. They have been unable to strike a deal with Jeremy Maclin and now must compete with other teams as they try to negotiate a contract extension. They have decisions to make with players like Mark Sanchez and Brandon Graham as well.

Lots to keep track of. This is the place to keep up with it all. We’ll continue to update this post with all the latest rumors and news. Read more »

Tonight: Birds 24/7 On 97.5 The Fanatic

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

A quick programming note…

Tim and Sheil will co-host a special Birds 24/7 show on 97.5 The Fanatic Thursday night from 6 to 7 p.m. They’ll talk about the Eagles’ new power structure, offseason priorities and more.

If you’re not in the Philadelphia area, click here to listen live online.

Report: Marynowitz Emerges As ‘Serious Candidate’

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Chip Kelly‘s search for a a new personnel executive is underway.

Ed Marynowitz has emerged as a “serious candidate”, according to Pro Football Talk. Marynowitz is currently the Eagles’ assistant director of player personnel.

Prior to joining the Eagles in 2012, he worked as the director of player personnel for the University of Alabama, playing a key role in the program’s recruiting efforts. He was a scouting assistant for the Dolphins before that, working alongside Bill Parcells and Jeff Ireland.

The Media, Pa. native played quarterback for LaSalle University.

Marynowitz is considered one of the up-and-comers in the organization.

“Chip will not be doing this himself, obviously,” said Jeffrey Lurie, upon handing full personnel authority over to Kelly. “He has been charged with recruiting and hiring a new personnel executive that will report directly to him and together we will move forward with this new, highly-integrated approach.”

Birds 24/7 Is Looking For an Intern

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Birds 24/7 is seeking an intern for the spring semester.

The candidate will help Sheil and Tim update the site, work on special projects and assist with social media. Motivated interns may have opportunities to produce original content, but this is not a writing internship.

The ideal candidate will be extremely detail-oriented and have experience in online journalism. Deep knowledge of the Eagles and the NFL is a must. Knowledge of SEO, web headline writing, Photoshop, WordPress and other content management systems, and professional use of social media is a plus, but not required.

The internship is unpaid. Candidates must be local to the Philadelphia area and currently enrolled full time in an undergraduate program, and are required to receive academic credit for the internship.

Please note that we require interns to put in a minimum of three days a week at our Center City office.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to internship coordinator Tim Haas at thaas@phillymag.com, along with Sheil Kapadia (skapadia@phillymag.com) and Tim McManus (tmcmanus@phillymag.com).

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