Report: Eagles, Cooper Close To Deal

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The Eagles and wide receiver Riley Cooper are reportedly closing in on a new deal.

According to Jeff McLane, talks have heated up between the Eagles and Cooper’s representatives and an agreement could be struck over the next few days. The report adds that the Eagles are expected to sign Jeremy Maclin as well, most likely to a one-year prove-it deal.

Cooper posted career highs in catches (47), yards (835) and touchdowns (8) under Chip Kelly while averaging 17.8 yards per catch. He contributed as a blocker in the run game as well, which is a must in Kelly’s system. Read more »

Notes On the Peters Signing

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Asked how much he dealt with Chip Kelly during the Jason Peters contract negotiations, agent Vincent Taylor responded, ”Man, not at all.”

Kelly told reporters at the beginning of the offseason that he would not be delving into the contract side of things, and it appears he is staying true to his word. The lines were a little more gray under Andy Reid, who had final say over personnel decisions and by the end of his tenure was sitting in on some of the negotiations.

That’s not to say that Kelly wasn’t influential in the decision to lock up the All-Pro. He has been a big fan of the big man from the start.

“Coach is a very up-front guy,” said Howie Roseman with a smile, “so the first time he saw him move, it was an expletive-filled energy. It’s not very often that you see a 325-330 pound guy move like that and play with that kind of power. This is a unique football player.” Read more »

Eagles, Peters Agree To Five-Year Deal

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Oakland Raiders
The Eagles and Jason Peters have come to terms on a new five-year deal that runs through 2018. The contract is worth a reported $51.3 million with $19.55 guaranteed.

According to a league source, the guaranteed money will run into the third year of the deal, with a “small portion” of the 2016 money being  guaranteed.

The All-Pro left tackle was in the final year of deal he signed with the Eagles after being acquired from the Bills back in 2009, which was scheduled to pay him a base salary of $9.65 million. That figure will stay the same under the terms of the new deal, per a CSN Philly report. The Eagles will get about $2 million in cap relief this year as a result of the deal, according to Adam Caplan.

The two sides had been having light talks but really began to dig their heels in over the last two weeks, we’re told.

“There aren’t many people cut from the same cloth as Jason Peters,” said Chip Kelly. “To be able to bounce back from two Achilles injuries and return to an All-Pro level speaks not only to his incredible athleticism, but proves just how hard he works at his game. Having him at left tackle provides a lot of comfort to our quarterback and to our entire offense. He’s a guy that many players look up to in our locker room.”
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Wake-Up Call: Notes On Barr, OLB Prospects

Linebackers took center stage along with defensive linemen at the combine Monday. Some notes to pass along:

– Could the Eagles be within striking distance of UCLA’s Anthony Barr on draft day? Mike Mayock, for one, doesn’t believe Barr is a top-10 player.

UCLA’s Anthony Barr is Mayock’s No. 3 linebacker, but Mayock doesn’t think Barr is a top-10 pick. While Barr is a good pass rusher, Mayock said that “when he doesn’t win with speed,” he has issues. Mayock also said Barr is best against the run as a chaser: “He’s not real strong at the point of attack.”

Some pundits disagree. Mel Kiper, as an example, has Barr going sixth overall.

The 6-4, 255-pounder out of UCLA recorded 23.5 sacks and 41.5 tackles for a loss over the last two seasons while playing outside linebacker. This after starting his college career on the offensive side of the ball as a running back and wide receiver. He estimated that he dropped into coverage about 30 percent of the time last season, and said he fared pretty well. Rushing the passer, though, is his primary objective. Read more »

Draft Profile: Missouri DE Kony Ealy

Moments before the media made a mad rush towards the podium to listen to Michael Sam speak, Missouri teammate Kony Ealy took to the same mic and addressed a much more modest gathering of reporters.

“I mean, I’m fine,” said Ealy of the spotlight shining elsewhere. “The whole decision with Mike Sam, he’s got his own thing going, I got my own thing going.”

Sam has garnered most of the media attention for obvious reasons, but it’s Ealy — who played right defensive end opposite Sam at Mizzou — that is largely considered the better pro prospect. Read more »

Jairus Byrd Staying Put?

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Buffalo Bills
INDIANAPOLIS — Hopes for a Jairus Byrd-Eagles union are fading fast.

It is questionable whether the Eagles would pony up the necessary coin to land the top safety on the market. It could be that Byrd never makes it onto the market in the first place. Read more »

Combine Notes: The Buzz Around Indy

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A few notes to pass along after wandering around the combine for a couple days:

“The Eagles won’t spend.”

That was a quote from the representative of a free-agent defensive player, whose client will likely command somewhere between mid-level and high-end money. Asked for his reasoning, he said that was the general understanding out there about the team’s approach to free agency. Read more »

Sorting Through the Receiver Situation

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
INDIANAPOLIS – The quality of this wide receiver class is impacting the Eagles thinking. There’s no denying that.

Analysts and general managers alike are raving about the talent in this draft, and receiver is the first position they cite to illustrate their point. If you’re in need of a wideout, chances are you’ll be able to find one come May.

“I think we’re going to be sitting there in every round and there’s going to be a receiver we  like,”said Howie Roseman. “It’s just going to happen that way…Guys will be pushed back because of the quality and the depth of the class.”

The question is: how much will that factor into their stance when it comes to free agents Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin? Read more »

Wake-Up Call: Lyerla Wants To Land In Philly

INDIANAPOLIS — You could hardly see Colt Lyerla through the thicket of reporters and cameras.  He was seated at a round table inside the media room at Lucas Oil Stadium Thursday, surrounded by a large contingent of media that were firing off one probing question after the next. Once through the throng there he was, face flush,  hands clasped tightly together in between his knees, revisiting a past that he is trying to escape.

“Probably the night I spent in jail,” responded Lyerla, when asked about the moment he realized his football career might be over. “That was huge for me, and like I said, it gave me time to self-reflect and realize that’s a place I never want to be again.” Read more »

Roseman: ‘Stop-Gap’ Possible At Safety

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INDIANAPOLIS — Hopes are high that the Eagles will finally find the solution to their safety problems this offseason. But it is certainly possible — perhaps even likely — that they’ll fall short of those aspirations. It may be another year of survival at the safety spot.

Howie Roseman painted that as a possible scenario when speaking with a handful of reporters at the combine Thursday afternoon. Read more »

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