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March 11, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Once again, Chip Kelly is setting speed records. Free agency does not officially open until Tuesday at 4 p.m., but already the Eagles coach, general manager and king of everything has reshaped his roster with more additions and subtractions than any other team in the NFL. Legal tampering to Kelly is like lollipops for 3-year-old kids. His phone must operate exactly like his offensive linemen. Once he hangs up with one agent or general manager, he has to be back on the line within five seconds.
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March 11, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles pulled off a minor miracle in securing Brandon Graham and bringing the linebacker back into the fold, but they lost a potential free agent acquisition Monday when running back Frank Gore backed out of an agreement, an NFL source said. Graham had all but signed with the New York Giants, but the Eagles swooped in, sweetened the offer and the free agent decided to return to Philadelphia instead. The 26-year old signed a four-year contract worth $26 million with $14 million guaranteed and will be penciled in as the starting outside linebacker opposite Connor Barwin.
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March 11, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
EAGLES FANS got two surprises yesterday. Only one of them was pleasant. Brandon Graham, the once-scorned 2010 first-round pass rusher who emerged as a useful, productive 3-4 linebacker in coordinator Bill Davis' scheme, was thought to be eager to move elsewhere - someplace that ran a 4-3 setup, and where nobody would ever again bring up the name "Earl Thomas. " Graham also was rumored to be looking for something like $8 million a year. But the Eagles eventually confirmed yesterday's report by Phillymag.com's Tim McManus that Graham would return to the Birds.
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March 11, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
JEREMY MACLIN came back from a career-threatening ACL injury to have the best season of his career, catching 85 passes for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns. Now he's gone, headed for a reunion in Kansas City with the man who drafted him, Andy Reid, and Eagles fans want to know how in the hell this happened; how in the hell a supposedly smart guy like Chip Kelly could do something so insane like letting Maclin walk. It wasn't personal, and it certainly wasn't racial, as ESPN's Stephen A. Smith suggested yesterday, conveniently focusing on the color of Riley Cooper's skin and ignoring the color of the two wide receivers Kelly selected in the second and third rounds of the draft last year, Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff.
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March 10, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
LeSean McCoy has millions of reasons to be happy about being traded to the Buffalo Bills. It wouldn't be fair to say that the former Eagles running back's contentment rests solely on money, but the new contract the Bills gave McCoy should make it easier for him to head to Buffalo. In fact, that's what McCoy did Sunday after The Inquirer reported he and the Bills agreed upon a five-year contract that will be signed when last week's trade with the Eagles is finalized on Tuesday when the new league year opens.
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March 10, 2015 | By Zach Berman and Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Eagles are expected to lose top wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and are keeping quarterback Mark Sanchez, two moves that could signal major changes to Chip Kelly's offense. A deal is in place for Maclin to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs, a league source confirmed. The signing would reunite Maclin with former Eagles coach Andy Reid, who drafted the wide receiver in Philadelphia. The Chiefs still need to clear salary-cap space, according to ESPN, which first reported the news. Sanchez is returning to the Eagles on a two-year contract that is worth $9 million and possibly $16 million if he hits certain incentives, a league source confirmed.
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March 10, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
TURNS OUT, having Chip Kelly in charge of personnel is a lot like having Chip Kelly in charge of your offense, only there are no pauses for the officiating crew to get set for the snap. The Eagles blazed through the first 36 hours or so of the NFL's "legal tampering" period before the start of free agency tomorrow afternoon at 4 with a definite sense of purpose. The biggest move was the agreement with Seattle corner Byron Maxwell, first reported by Houston radio host Jayson Braddock, for what ESPN said was $63 million over 6 years, with a $25 million guarantee.
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March 10, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles sat out of the pass rusher shopping spree last offseason, waiting until the first round of the draft to address the position with Marcus Smith. They knew that one year later, Trent Cole would be older and more expensive, and Brandon Graham would become a free agent. The Eagles are now at the one-year-later mark. They released Cole and have not re-signed Graham. The depth chart at right outside linebacker thinned, although Smith's unproductive rookie season leaves the Eagles searching for more help at the position.
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March 10, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly may be letting one veteran Eagles player go after another, but he does have a contingency plan in place and he has already gone about enacting it. The Eagles have contracts in place with free agents Byron Maxwell and Frank Gore that would become final when the new league year opens Tuesday at 4 p.m., several NFL sources told The Inquirer on Sunday. Kelly's headfirst dive into free agency is also expected to net the Eagles many other players as the coach goes about replacing running back LeSean McCoy, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, linebacker Trent Cole, guard Todd Herremans and cornerback Cary Williams - all of whom have been cast away so far this offseason.
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March 10, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
JEREMY MACLIN, the last major offensive weapon left over from the Andy Reid Eagles regime, will join his former coach in Kansas City when free agency starts tomorrow at 4 p.m., ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported last night. The news was unexpected, given that there hadn't been much buzz about Maclin previously during the NFL's "legal tampering" period leading up to free agency, and the few reports that had surfaced spoke of Maclin and the Eagles continuing to try to reach agreement.
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