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March 13, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES' front-office power shift was all Jeffrey Lurie's doing, Chip Kelly said yesterday. Oh, and trading way up for Marcus Mariota? Not gonna happen. The team's 2015 quarterback? Sam Bradford or Mark Sanchez, probably Bradford if he's healthy, from the tone of Kelly's remarks. Chip gets along just fine with Howie Roseman, he said, but the much-questioned drafting of Marcus Smith in the first round last year was Howie's fault. Anything we missed, hot-button topicwise?
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March 13, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
RUNNING BACK Ryan Mathews signed a 3-year, $11.5 million contract with the Eagles, with $5 million guaranteed, knowing full well that DeMarco Murray was lurking elsewhere in the practice facility, hammering out the details of his reported 5-year, $42 million contract, with $21 million guaranteed. When Mathews stepped to the lectern in the NovaCare auditorium, it was hard to avoid the thought that the warmup act had taken the stage. "It didn't deter me at all," Mathews said, after explaining he had some idea the Birds were pursuing Murray before he arrived to sign.
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March 13, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BYRON MAXWELL sees an environment in Philadelphia like the one he experienced in Seattle, Maxwell said yesterday. He did not seem to be referencing the wet ground or the blustery skies, as Maxwell introduced himself to a new city after signing a contract billed at 6 years and $63 million, with $25 million guaranteed. "It was just an easy match, it was just a perfect fit," Maxwell said. "A lot of the things they're doing here are similar" to Seattle. "It just meshed. " Maxwell referenced the emphasis on "daily habits," Chip Kelly's "win the day" dictum.
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March 13, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
MAYBE IT'S just my vivid imagination or maybe it's just the way he talks, but there seemed to be at least a couple of times yesterday when Sam Bradford sounded as if he was about to, well, cry. The last time came way at the end of the 14-minute news conference introducing him to his new, already-skeptical city, a news conference in which he spoke repeatedly of the two knee injuries that transformed him from Can't Miss to Huge Risk, of the doubts...
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March 13, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles agreed to terms on a deal with former Pro Bowl running back Ryan Mathews, a league source said Wednesday. The contract will be for three years and worth $11.5 million with $5 million guaranteed, according to ESPN. However, the Eagles might not be finished. Several reports continue to link the Eagles to DeMarco Murray, who led the NFL in rushing last season. Murray will travel to Philadelphia to meet with Eagles officials on Thursday, according to ESPN. The Eagles have Darren Sproles, Kenjon Barner, and Matthew Tucker under contract at running back, with a tender out to restricted free agent Chris Polk and Mathews' deal upcoming, too. Mathews, 27, was a 2010 first-round pick by the San Diego Chargers who has been productive when he has not been injured.
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March 13, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
CHIP KELLY insists he isn't the least bit bothered by the fact that his projected starting quarterback next season, Sam Bradford, who was acquired from the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday for Nick Foles and a draft-pick exchange that includes the Eagles' fourth-round pick this year and their second-round pick next year, has missed 25 of his last 32 games with a pair of torn ACLs. Says he didn't have even a teeny-weeny bit of hesitancy about swapping running back LeSean McCoy for linebacker Kiko Alonso, even though Alonso missed the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL. Couldn't care less that free-agent running back Ryan Mathews, who signed a 3-year, $11.5 million deal with the Eagles yesterday, has managed to play a full season just once in 5 years, or that free-agent cornerback Walter Thurmond, who signed a 1-year, $3.25 million deal a day earlier, has missed 44 of 80 games in his career with a laundry list of injuries to his knees, ankles, pelvis, fibula, pectoral muscle and a few other bones, ligaments and tendons that I've probably missed.
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March 13, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly broke more than two months of public silence Wednesday and committed to Sam Bradford as the Eagles' quarterback while trying to silence speculation that the team is pursuing Marcus Mariota. "Let's dispel that right now. I think that stuff is crazy," said the Eagles coach, who called Mariota the best quarterback in the draft. "We will never mortgage our future to go all the way up to get somebody like that because we have too many other holes that we are going to take care of. " He apparently does not think one of those holes is at quarterback after acquiring Bradford on Tuesday, surrendering Nick Foles, a 2016 second-round pick, and a 2015 fourth-round pick.
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March 13, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THANKS TO Twitter, by the time DeMarco Murray stepped in front of the cameras in the NovaCare auditorium last night, we knew that in Dallas, burning your No. 29 jersey in anger was a thing. "I don't take it personally," said Murray, the NFL's 2014 leading rusher, who signed a 5-year free-agent deal with the Eagles worth a reported $42 million, $21 million of it guaranteed. "I'm sure their feelings are hurt. I apologize for that. But I'm ready to move on and be a part of this organization.
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March 12, 2015
EAGLES GET Quarterback Sam Bradford A fifth-round pick in 2015 EAGLES GIVE UP Quarterback Nick Foles A fourth-round pick in 2015 A second-round pick in 2016
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March 12, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
In LeSean McCoy's first public comments since the Eagles traded him to Buffalo Bills, the Pro Bowl running back expressed a sentiment seemingly directed to both the team that traded for him and the one that traded him away. "It feels good to be appreciated," McCoy told reporters Tuesday at his introductory news conference. McCoy was dealt for inside linebacker Kiko Alonso. The trade became official on Tuesday. When asked if he felt he was appreciated in Philadelphia, McCoy said he "definitely" thinks he was "for my career.
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