April 7, 2016 |
ONCE AGAIN, NFL free agency did not live up to what Stefen Wisniewski had in mind. Once again, he settled for a one-year deal with a team that needed a starting offensive lineman, hoping this might be the chance that could lead to long-term security, somewhere. Wisniewski, 27, is the leading contender to start at left guard for the Eagles after signing a contract that a source close to the situation said is worth slightly more than the $2.5 million he made on a similar deal last year in Jacksonville.
April 7, 2016 |
Stefen Wisniewski entered free agency expecting to find a long-term deal. When the market wasn't what he hoped, Wisniewski instead looked for a one-year deal that would give him the best opportunity to play. That's why he's now an Eagle. Wisniewski, 27, has been a starter in all five of his NFL seasons. He began as a left guard before playing center the last four years. The Eagles could have a starting spot available at left guard. "I've always been a starter," Wisniewski said.
April 6, 2016 |
The Eagles signed offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski to a one-year deal on Monday. The addition upgrades the team's offensive line and might even provide a starter at left guard. Matt Tobin also signed his restricted free-agent tender on Monday, bringing him back onto the roster for the start of the team's offseason program. Wisniewski, 27, was a second-round pick in 2011 out of Penn State who has started all 77 games in a five-year career with the Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars.
April 6, 2016
AFTER MONDAY'S signing of offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski to a one-year contract, the Eagles can go into the draft unburdened - they don't necessarily have to come up with an immediate starter at any position. That doesn't mean there aren't positions where a star-level rookie could dramatically improve the talent level and start ahead of a veteran. But as the offseason workout program began Monday, giving new coach Doug Pederson his first chance to gather his entire squad, there were no obvious, gaping holes, no positions where the Eagles couldn't say they had at least an average NFL starter.
April 5, 2016 |
Doug Pederson spent the last month thinking about what he would say on Monday. Pederson became the Eagles' head coach on Jan. 18, but he was not allowed to meet with his full team until the offseason workout program begins on April 4. When Pederson spoke to the players on the roster during the last two months, the encounters were informal, and they were not allowed to discuss Pederson's scheme or how a player would be used. On Monday, Pederson will have his first chance to stand in front of the 69 players under contract and make his first formal impression as head coach.
April 4, 2016 |
JORDAN MATTHEWS might be the only wide receiver on the Eagles' roster who doesn't come into 2016 looking to redeem or prove himself. (Yes, Matthews can still get better, but among these guys, he's Randy Moss.) This could be a good vibe, if it translates to an exceptionally hungry, motivated wideout corps, filled with talented players finally figuring out how to put it all together. Or it could turn out that the Eagles are collecting a bunch of underachievers who likely will continue to disappoint.
April 3, 2016 |
As a free agent, Rueben Randle didn't earn much security, but he won't be lacking confidence during his first season with the Eagles. The 24-year-old wide receiver, who spent his first four NFL seasons with the rival New York Giants, signed a one-year contract with the Eagles last week. The deal is worth $1.025 million, with $500,000 guaranteed. With incentives, it could be worth more than $3 million. Randle held a news conference on Friday at the NovaCare Complex and did not hesitate when asked if he thinks he will be a starter at a position that could use an upgrade.
March 28, 2016 |
One pitch into his junior season, Shane Kubrak suspected something was wrong. One inning into his junior season, Kubrak knew for sure. "I had been sore all before the season, but I thought it was something normal," Kubrak said. "I tried to go opening day and, I knew I couldn't do it. " In one sense, that injury scare with his throwing shoulder is ancient history to Kubrak, a senior at Paul VI High School. The left-handed pitcher, a Wake Forest recruit, is fully healthy and determined to lead an inexperienced Paul VI team in its first season under new coach Brett Young.
March 26, 2016 |
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Former Eagles and Alabama football player Kevin Turner, 46, died after battling Lou Gehrig's disease. Turner's father released a statement on Facebook on Thursday announcing the death of the former NFL and Crimson Tide fullback, which was also posted to the Kevin Turner Foundation's website. "We lost a special person today in Kevin Turner," Eagles chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. "He was extremely courageous and inspiring throughout his life.
March 25, 2016 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Doug Pederson wasn't around the Eagles last season, but when the new coach was asked Wednesday about next month's NFL draft, the first position he mentioned was one many fans would target. "I think you still have to address offensive line. You can never have enough o-linemen," Pederson said at the NFC coaches' breakfast, on the final day of the NFL meetings. He went on to also mention safety and pass rush help. What sort of o-linemen does Pederson have in mind?