Right before the hour-long sit-down with Chip Kelly at the owners meeting this morning, with the DeSean Jackson trade talk on top of everyone’s mind, Ian Rapoport reported that Mathis wants a raise and that the Eagles, in turn, have made it known that the guard is available via trade. A league source confirmed the report. Read more »
ORLANDO, Fla. — All the DeSean Jackson hoopla has overshadowed the news that the Eagles are taking a serious look at one Mark Sanchez.
The 27-year-old was released on Friday — the same day the Jets signed Michael Vick. Rex Ryan said they were entertaining the idea of holding onto Sanchez, but decided to move on when the opportunity to land Vick arose. Thus ended a peculiar up-and-down five seasons in New York. Read more »
During his appearance on Mike & Mike, Vick was asked why the Eagles might be looking to move on from the 27-year-old receiver.
“Chip Kelly is a leader. I think you have to know Chip Kelly to understand what kind of person he is,” said Vick.”DeSean is not a bad person by any stretch, but I think certain organizations want things done a certain way. DeSean is a very productive player and everybody has a lot of respect for him but at the end of the day, Chip Kelly’s decision and what he’s going to do is his decision.” Read more »
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen says the Birds are expected to sign Sanchez, who was recently let go by the Jets. We were told that a signing is not yet imminent, mainly because there is still a medical evaluation process to go through. The 27-year-old missed the entire 2013 campaign after injuring his throwing shoulder in the preseason. He had labrum surgery back in October. The Jets designated Sanchez’s release as a “failed physical.” Read more »
The owners meetings officially get underway this morning but by Sunday the plush Ritz-Carlton, nestled next to a golf course on a picturesque plot of warm Orlando soil, was buzzing with league executives and coaches. There’s some business to attend to between now and when the meetings close on Wednesday afternoon but it’s very much a social scene — team brass rubbing with team brass over long dinners, a late-night cocktail or a quick nine. Not a bad setting if you wanted to, say, casually discuss a certain 27-year-old Pro Bowl receiver while smoking a cigar fountain-side. Read more »
According to multiple sources close to the wide receiver, the sentiment within the Jackson camp is that he will not be with the Eagles in 2014. One of his top confidants relayed that Jackson is now “pretty much convinced” that he will not return.
This is a change in perception from even just a few days ago. The 27-year-old wideout had some concern about his standing on the team following a wave of reports suggesting he could be on the outs in Philly. That concern was heightened by the fact that he had not received any assurances from Chip Kelly or the Eagles organization. Our understanding is that the team had not contacted Jackson directly as of mid-week, though they have apparently spoken with his agent, Joel Segal, in recent days.
Jackson has gone from being uncertain about his future with the Eagles to firmly believing he will be elsewhere next season. Read more »
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From @MKevinBonner: Are the Eagles planning to sign a vet backup QB or will they roll with Barkley? ?
Michael Vick is scheduled to visit with the Jets Friday. Seems like a very logical landing spot to me. If he’s off the market, the top five available quarterbacks (per Rotoworld) are Josh Freeman, Shaun Hill, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kevin Kolb (who is expected to retire) and Colt McCoy. I don’t see anyone who would be an obvious choice over Barkley, who the Eagles seem to have some confidence in. Read more »
We’ve had several requests to update the free-agent happenings across the rest of the division. And since we’re a publication of the people, we’re happy to oblige Read more »
Linebacker Mychal Kendricks isn’t buying into the narrative that DeSean Jackson is a drag on the locker room, according to NFL.com’s Marc Sessler.
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Whether DeSean Jackson is on the roster or not, chances are the Eagles will be tempted to pull the trigger on a number of quality wideouts throughout the draft.
“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 at the combine. “It’s just going to happen that way…Guys will be pushed back because of the quality and the depth of the class.”
Add NFL Films Senior Producer Greg Cosell to the long list of analysts and executives that are calling this the best receiver crop in recent memory. Out of this group, which are the best fits for Chip Kelly and the Eagles offense? We asked Cosell for his take, and he offered four names to consider.
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