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’

Chip Kelly

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


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, along with Sheil Kapadia ( and Tim McManus (

Three And Out: Eagles-Giants Predictions

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA Today

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA Today

Player I’ll Be Watching

Kapadia: Trent Cole

The long-time Eagle had some fun with reporters this week, saying he was unlikely to play vs. the Giants. But practice reports showed he was a full participant, and it looks like Cole will give it a go after undergoing hand surgery and missing last week’s game.

The 32-year-old has been one of the most productive Eagles draft picks in recent memory. The team selected him in the fifth round in 2005, and he’s started 144 games. Cole has never missed more than two games in a season and has totaled 85.5 sacks. Read more »

Three And Out: Eagles-Washington Predictions

NFL: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

Player I’ll Be Watching

Kapadia: Brandon Graham

T-Mac did a good job earlier this week of detailing Graham’s contract situation. The bottom line as I see it: The Eagles want him back, but Graham wants to find a role that fits and get paid what he thinks he’s worth, which is completely understandable.

A first-round pick in 2010, Graham is playing the best football of his career. He made the switch from 4-3 DE to 3-4 OLB and has come into his own this season. Graham has 5.5 sacks, 14 hurries, 13.5 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles. He is able to do all the things the coaches have asked of him: rush the passer, set the edge and drop into coverage. Additionally, Graham has become a valuable contributor on special teams. Read more »

Three And Out: Eagles-Titans Predictions

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Photo by: Jeff Fusco

Player I’ll be watching

Kapadia: Jason Kelce

The Eagles’ starting center returned from injury against the Texans, and it looked like the offense was on track to regain its identity as a run-first unit that used tempo to wear down opponents. LeSean McCoy ran for 117 yards in that game and averaged 4.9 YPC.

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