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March 27, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ORLANDO, Fla. - Free-agent quarterback Mark Sanchez, who seems to be headed to the Eagles if their doctors OK his surgically repaired throwing shoulder, is not at the NFL meetings. But reporters saw Sanchez' jersey yesterday - being worn by New York Jets coach Rex Ryan's wife, as depicted on the tattoo adorning Ryan's arm. "It was my tattoo, and it's still my tattoo," Ryan said at the AFC coaches' media breakfast. Then he seemed to reconsider. "I may alter it, who knows? I'm going to put 75 on it to honor Winston Hill [the left tackle from the Jets' Super Bowl III title team]
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March 27, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ORLANDO, Fla. - Chip Kelly is scheduled to talk to reporters this morning at the NFC coaches' media breakfast. That, we're sure about. If the Eagles' coach, like general manager Howie Roseman on Monday, refuses to discuss DeSean Jackson, the Ritz-Carlton Orlando Grande Lakes probably should hide the butter knives from frustrated Philadelphia-area scribes. When Kelly trudges past the row of chafing dishes to his league-mandated hour with the media, fewer than 36 hours will have passed since Jackson tweeted about a conversation with the coach, one that apparently left Jackson feeling he will remain an Eagle this season.
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March 27, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - With Michael Vick's tenure in Philadelphia concluded, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie could not hide his pride when describing Vick's five years in Philadelphia and the risk the organization took in 2009. "It was a leap of faith," Lurie said Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings. "We hoped that Michael would be the person he professed he really was and wanted to be, and would be that way in the community. He hit all markers at a 100 percent level. " Lurie reflected on the "second chance" the Eagles gave Vick after he served 19 months in prison on a dogfighting conviction and how it paid off though Vick's influence in the locker room.
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March 27, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - In the latest twist of "As DeSean Jackson Turns," the wide receiver called a few teammates Tuesday to tell them he was staying with the Eagles a day after he spoke with coach Chip Kelly, a source close to the situation said. Earlier in the morning, Jackson posted the following on Instagram: "Good to talk to Big Chip today . . . Say or hear what ya want . . . The picture speaks for itself. " The post was accompanied by a picture of a laughing Kelly running toward Jackson with a padded club during practice last season.
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March 26, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - The Eagles are interested in signing former New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez, according to a league source, but their medical staff needs to evaluate him before they can reach a deal. Sanchez missed last season with a torn labrum (cartilage) in his right shoulder suffered on Aug. 24, making a medical evaluation an important prerequisite before signing him. If healthy, Sanchez would fill the team's need for a veteran backup after Michael Vick signed with the Jets last week.
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March 26, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ORLANDO, Fla. - One of the questions arising from the departure of Michael Vick is about what the Eagles are going to do at the quarterback position, behind Nick Foles. Given Chip Kelly's oft-stated enthusiasm for 2013 rookie Matt Barkley, will the Birds just move Barkley up a spot and draft a QB, making the whole group extremely inexperienced? Or will a veteran come in and either compete with or usurp Barkley? We moved closer to an answer yesterday, when ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that the Eagles were the favorites to sign Mark Sanchez, the 27-year-old the Jets jettisoned when they signed Vick.
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March 26, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
ORLANDO - With the exception of the re-signings of Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper, the trade acquisition of Darren Sproles and the 'til-death-do-us-part contract extension given to Jason Kelce, it's safe to say Eagles fans largely have been underwhelmed by the organization's moves in the first 2 weeks of free agency. They passed on a three-time Pro Bowl safety with 22 career interceptions (Jairus Byrd) for a more affordable one with zero Pro Bowls and six interceptions (Malcolm Jenkins)
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March 26, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ORLANDO, Fla. - Some of the thinking behind the Eagles' apparent decision to shed star wideout DeSean Jackson could be gleaned from the things Howie Roseman did talk about yesterday, after he declined to talk about Jackson. The general manager talked effusively about new acquisition Darren Sproles, spoke confidently about Jeremy Maclin's ACL recovery. He touted the wide receivers in the upcoming NFL draft as the richest position group, and noted how top-rated receivers tend to fall in the first round.
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March 26, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - Howie Roseman spoke about the Eagles for 33 minutes Monday without substantively answering any questions about DeSean Jackson's future. That served as evidence of the team's nebulous relationship with its Pro Bowl receiver and a reminder that there are other, significant issues on the general manager's radar this offseason. Jackson's future is the dominant topic surrounding the team during the league meetings this week, although Roseman was mum on Jackson and avoided discussing the team's plans.
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March 26, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - If there was any remaining doubt that the Eagles were at least looking to shop DeSean Jackson, it was erased Monday when Howie Roseman did not refute reports of the wide receiver's eventual ouster. The Eagles had issued one "no comment" after another to reports last week that teams were contacting the Eagles and finally to an Inquirer report that they were full-bore trying to trade Jackson. But Roseman's relative silence at the NFL owners meetings Monday spoke volumes.
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