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April 14, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The public relations tour of Temple president Neil D. Theobald, which has been a train wreck in the last four months as the school clumsily dismantled some of its core varsity sports programs, took another wide turn last week when Theobald essentially accused the Eagles of extortion during lease negotiations between the school and its football stadium landlord. "They clearly believe we do not have a viable option," Theobald told the Chronicle for Higher Education on Wednesday, when he dropped a story that claimed the Eagles are demanding a doubling of the current rent and what amounts to a $12 million signing bonus for a lease extension that would take effect in 2018.
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March 30, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeSean Jackson didn't change; the Eagles did when Chip Kelly became head coach. The Eagles knew about Jackson's alleged gang connections, his problems with authority, and his locker-room dramas long before Friday, when they released the wide receiver. They knew what they were getting when they drafted him in 2008. So for the team to imply that his off-the-field behavior or an NJ.com report that detailed his alleged connection to reputed members of the Los Angeles-based Crips gang had anything to do with the wide receiver's release would be disingenuous.
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July 19, 1996 | For The Inquirer / BILL CAIN
Enjoying the NFL Experience, Kerri Kappler, 8, of Levittown, kicks a ball at the Eagles' training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. The interactive football event offers nine activities to try.
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April 11, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles will face the Bears, Patriots, Steelers, and New York Jets in the coming preseason, the NFL announced Wednesday. Dates and times will be determined at a later date, but the preseason finale at Lincoln Financial Field against the Jets will be held on Aug. 28 - the final day for all NFL preseason games. The meeting will mark the return of former Eagle Michael Vick, who signed with the Jets last month. Whether Vick plays will be depend on whether he wins the starting quarterback job over Geno Smith.
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March 14, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
JUST AS FANS started to get good and worked up about the Eagles' inactivity in the early hours of free agency, the team dropped a load of signings on the reeling Twitterverse. Five new Eagles joined the roster, though they weren't the splashy, top-of-the-market guys some fans always seem to want, in the face of solid evidence that trying to build a winner that way doesn't work. The signings reflected what general manager Howie Roseman and new coach Chip Kelly said in the weeks leading up to the opening of the market: The Eagles need players, as they transition from the Andy Reid era to new systems.
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August 12, 2007 | By Ashley Fox, Inquirer Staff Writer
1 Steve Van Buren. The best ever. How do you judge? How do you cross eras and compare? Just what is universal, what is the tipping point, what is the criteria for such an honor as being named the best ever for a franchise that has existed for more than seven decades? Championships. When it comes down to it, the game of football is about winning championships, and no one was more instrumental in bringing not one, but two championships to the city of Philadelphia than Steve Van Buren.
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March 21, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE BIGGEST indicator that the Eagles are willing to trade DeSean Jackson remains the fact that the team hasn't responded to reports, or talked to Jackson about 2 weeks-plus of trade speculation, even after reading and hearing that Jackson is bothered by what he's hearing. For a while there yesterday, it seemed this all might go away. On 94WIP, former Eagle Ike Reese said he had been told that Eagles coach Chip Kelly had called Jackson and told the team's top receiver not to listen to the media speculation.
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April 6, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeSean Jackson said that Chip Kelly told him of his release from the Eagles via a phone call, but that the coach didn't offer a specific reason other than to say that it was decision that was best for the team and the Pro Bowl wide receiver. "When he called me it was basically, like, 'We're moving forward. I think it's best for the team. I think it's best for yourself,' " Jackson said during an interview Friday conducted by and aired on ESPN. "At the same time, I was sitting there waiting for a reason why. " Jackson said that Kelly repeated that the Eagles were "moving forward" when he asked for a specific reason, and that the coach added: "We're going to go let you negotiate with 31 other teams.
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March 7, 2013 | Jenice Armstron, Daily News Columnist
PRETTY WOMEN in high-heeled, rhinestone-trimmed sneakers girl-tossing a pink football to each other. That's what I halfway expected to see the night I went to watch Philly's lingerie football team do some off-season conditioning. Boy, did I have it wrong. If they started out in makeup, they'd sweated it off by the time I got there. In fact, there was nothing the least bit glamorous about the Philadelphia Passion players I saw at 7 Deuce Sports, in Medford, N.J., last week. The women, whose team is part of the recently renamed Legends Football League , were hitting it hard, to the point that a few were hobbling.
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January 21, 2003
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April 14, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The public relations tour of Temple president Neil D. Theobald, which has been a train wreck in the last four months as the school clumsily dismantled some of its core varsity sports programs, took another wide turn last week when Theobald essentially accused the Eagles of extortion during lease negotiations between the school and its football stadium landlord. "They clearly believe we do not have a viable option," Theobald told the Chronicle for Higher Education on Wednesday, when he dropped a story that claimed the Eagles are demanding a doubling of the current rent and what amounts to a $12 million signing bonus for a lease extension that would take effect in 2018.
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April 14, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even before they released DeSean Jackson, it was clear the Eagles were likely to select a wide receiver in the draft in May. Now it is a necessity, although the Eagles won't have to stray from their promise to select the best available player. That's because - as general manager Howie Roseman said in February at the NFL combine - every round will have a receiver the team covets. The Jackson jettison just made it more probable the Eagles will expend an early-round selection on the position.
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April 12, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
An unwillingness to pay a higher rent, coupled with a $12 million cash payment up front for the use of Lincoln Financial Field for home football games, has once again sparked conversations about a possible new stadium for Temple University. "That would certainly be one of the alternatives we'd look at," Temple president Neil Theobald said Thursday. Signed before the start of the 2003 season, Temple's lease with the Eagles does not expire until after the 2017 season. Theobald said that he has been negotiating with the Eagles for more than a year and that they have not given a reason for the increase, which he said would more than double what Temple is paying.
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April 11, 2014
THE 2014 Eagles will play two preseason games before fans get to see them at Lincoln Financial Field. The NFL announced preseason schedules yesterday, minus dates and times. The Eagles will kick off 2014 in Chicago, then play at New England. That game is expected to be accompanied by joint Patriots-Eagles practices, as was the case last season, only those were at NovaCare and these will be in Massachusetts. The third week of the preseason, the Eagles host the Steelers before continuing the tradition like no other, a preseason finale against the Jets contested largely by guys who aren't going to make either roster.
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April 11, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles will face the Bears, Patriots, Steelers, and New York Jets in the coming preseason, the NFL announced Wednesday. Dates and times will be determined at a later date, but the preseason finale at Lincoln Financial Field against the Jets will be held on Aug. 28 - the final day for all NFL preseason games. The meeting will mark the return of former Eagle Michael Vick, who signed with the Jets last month. Whether Vick plays will be depend on whether he wins the starting quarterback job over Geno Smith.
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April 10, 2014 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Staff Writer
THE THOUGHT at the time was that the Eagles did not want to be in a position where they had to draft a safety early. They had drafted for need, disastrously, near the end of Andy Reid's regime, and they did not want to do it again. That was general manager Howie Roseman's thinking when he spoke in late February at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis: "You don't want to force a position and you don't want to not take a position just because of what you have at the moment. You have to take the best player.
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April 6, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeSean Jackson said that Chip Kelly told him of his release from the Eagles via a phone call, but that the coach didn't offer a specific reason other than to say that it was decision that was best for the team and the Pro Bowl wide receiver. "When he called me it was basically, like, 'We're moving forward. I think it's best for the team. I think it's best for yourself,' " Jackson said during an interview Friday conducted by and aired on ESPN. "At the same time, I was sitting there waiting for a reason why. " Jackson said that Kelly repeated that the Eagles were "moving forward" when he asked for a specific reason, and that the coach added: "We're going to go let you negotiate with 31 other teams.
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April 6, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles announced that linebacker Jake Knott has been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. Knott, who is entering his second season, is eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games. "Several weeks ago, I was shocked to learn that I tested positive for a stimulant that is banned by the NFL," Knott said in a statement released by the Eagles. "I have never knowingly ingested a banned substance, but like most players, I take nutritional supplements.
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April 6, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
GOSH, HE sure didn't look like a gang member, with the vest and the tie and the glasses and all . . . ESPN presented an interview yesterday evening, in which a professorially attired DeSean Jackson spoke with Stephen A. Smith. Eventually, it was more like DeSean Jackson trying to get a word in edgewise with Stephen A. Smith. Even for fans angry about Jackson's release by the Eagles and subsequent signing by the Redskins, Smith's extraordinarily pro-Jackson approach probably seemed over the top. He devoted several minutes to a flamboyant oration aimed at getting Jackson to say the Eagles planted the NJ.com story that alleged Jackson had "gang ties.
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April 5, 2014
The Eagles announced their offseason workout schedule on Thursday. The voluntary nine-week program will be conducted at the NovaCare Complex. First day: April 21. Organized team activities: May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12. Mandatory minicamp: June 17-19.
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