Wake-Up Call: What Players Think Of Chip’s Moves

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

A bunch of Todd Herremans’ former teammates joined him Thursday night at Vie for his foundation’s third annual Hoops For Help fundraiser.

Herremans signed with the Colts after the Eagles released him, but he said he plans on eventually settling down in Philadelphia and will continue to be active in the community here.

Joining him were several former Eagles who now have new homes, like Trent ColeJeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy. Current Eagles Jason KelceConnor Barwin and Beau Allen were also in attendance, along with offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur.

Earlier this week in Phoenix, Chip Kelly and Jeffrey Lurie did their best to explain the team’s offseason moves. But what do the players – both current and former – think? And do they believe Chip knows what he’s doing?

We asked them. Here’s what they had to say. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Thoughts On A Busy Offseason

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Today’s question comes from David via Twitter:

David’s tweet came right after the Byron Maxwell and Frank Gore signings and before Jeremy Maclin left for Kansas City and Mark Sanchez re-upped, so we’ll have to round back and see if his mood shifted at all as the day went on.

Here’s what the Eagles have done so far: Read more »

Notes: Polk To Receive Low Tender

Jeffrey G. Pittenger - USA Today

Jeffrey G. Pittenger – USA Today

Busy morning. Let’s get to the latest:

The Eagles will give restricted free agent Chris Polk a low tender, per NJ.com, which would put his salary at approximately $1.5 million for 2015. Teams that want to snatch a low tendered free agent away from their current employer must give up a draft pick equal to where that player was drafted. Polk, though, was an undrafted free agent, so no compensation in this case is required.

The Eagles could have ensured that he’d remain with the team by offering a higher tender, but that would have cost more money. This tells us that they are interested in having Polk back but at their price, and are probably willing to let him walk if another team comes in and sweetens the pot. They do have the right of first refusal should they want to match an incoming offer.
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Worilds Linked To Eagles Once Again

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Photo courtesy of USA Today

The Eagles were showing interest in Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds this time last year, but Pittsburgh kept him off the market by applying the transition tag.

This time around, Worilds is almost certainly going to make it to free agency, and the Eagles reportedly remain interested. According to NBC’s Dianna Marie Russini, they are expected to go after Worilds as soon as free agency opens. The “legal tampering” period begins on March 7, and deals can become official at 4 p.m. on March 10. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Talent Better Suited For a 4-3?

NFL: New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

Today’s question comes from Silvio on the Birds 24/7 Facebook page:

Two of our best young defenders (Vinny Curry and Brandon Graham) are better fits for a 4-3 scheme, and we are underusing them and risking losing them. Also, Trent Cole and probably Fletcher Cox are more suitable to a 4-3, while only Connor Barwin is a true 3-4 player. If the target is maximizing your talent, does it make any sense keeping this odd front?

Thanks for the question, Silvio. I actually think the job the coaching staff has done with the front seven in the past two years has been the biggest success story on defense. Read more »

What They’re Saying About The Eagles

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Photo Credit: Kevin Jairaj – USA Today

The dead period of the NFL calendar is almost over with the NFL Combine slated to begin on Wednesday. As free agency and the draft inch closer, here’s what the national media are saying about the Eagles.

Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com identifies Jeremy Maclin as the Eagles top priority this offseason:

Letting DeSean Jackson walk a year ago will probably haunt Chip Kelly for a while. So now Jeremy Maclin has him over a barrel a year after the Eagles were able to re-sign him on the cheap while coming off an ACL injury. With the quarterback position unstable — or at least unproven — this team needs to keep skill players who fit and Maclin is the obvious starting point. If I can find a trade partner for Trent Cole, I’m doing it, and I am releasing Riley Cooper before his salary becomes guaranteed next month.

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Eagles Offseason Outlook: OLB

Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today

Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today

Throughout the next two weeks, we’ll take a position-by-position look at where the Eagles stand going into the offseason. We have covered the quarterbacks, wide receiversrunning backs, tight ends, offensive line and defensive line so far. Now it’s onto the outside linebackers.

STATE OF THE ROSTER

There are all kinds of question marks at this spot going into the offseason. The biggest one concerns Brandon Graham, who is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

The second concerns Trent Cole, who is due a base salary of $10 million and carries a cap hit of $11.625 million for 2015.

That means two of the three outside linebackers who were in the rotation last year (Connor Barwin being the third) face uncertain futures. Marcus Smith II, meanwhile, couldn’t get on the field as a rookie and was shuffled back and forth between outside linebacker and inside linebacker. The coaches hope he’ll show progress in Year 2, but that’s certainly not something they can count on. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: More Pass-Rush Help?

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Photo Credit: Jeff Fusco

Today’s question comes from reader Andy, via e-mail:

How do you feel about the current state and future of the LB corps? They have two free agents in Brandon Graham and friend of the commenters Casey Matthews. Can they keep Trent Cole at his present price? Will Marcus Smith II ever see the field? Is ‘Meco done-o? The only non-question it seems is Mychal Kyndricks. Is that too many questions for one Wake-Up Call?

If I’m being perfectly honest here, Andy, yes, that’s way too many questions. We’ve got a whole offseason to get through here and need to spread the wealth!

So let’s split it up the topics you mentioned. We wrote about DeMeco Ryans yesterday. And we’re currently rolling out offseason outlook pieces for each position. So today, let’s talk about the outside linebackers and the pass-rush. Read more »

Cole Says He’s Willing To Rework Deal

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles seem to have a willing dance partner in Trent Cole.

The 10-year veteran appears comfortable with the idea of moving on if that’s the way things break, but his preference is to finish his career in Philadelphia.

Is he willing to rework his deal so he can come back for another season?

“Yes,” he responded. “I want to do whatever I can to make things work. Hopefully it results in me being here.”

The 32-year old’s base salary jumps from $5 million to $10 million next season and he’s slated to make just shy of $35 million over the final three years of his deal. There’s basically no shot he ends up collecting all that coin. Cole and the Eagles will likely have to find some middle ground to keep the relationship going. Read more »

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