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May 4, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chip Kelly said that the Eagles have yet to receive trade offers for Evan Mathis, even though the all-pro guard has been on the market the last two offseasons. Mathis wants his contract restructured. The Eagles have declined to renegotiate, but they have allowed his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, to shop for a new team and a new deal. "That's through his agent and him," Kelly said Saturday. "They've asked if he could renegotiate a contract and see what he could get, and we've obliged him with that, but we've never had an offer.
NEWS
May 4, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Frank Olivo, the Santa Claus who got pelted with snowballs at the Eagles game that winter day in 1968, died Thursday, April 30, at Kindred Hospital Philadelphia-Havertown. Mr. Olivo, 66, of Glenolden, had battled heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments for 25 years, and had been seriously ill since mid-January. A South Philadelphia native, Mr. Olivo, known as "Frankie," was a barber, worked for years in the casino industry in Atlantic City, sold cars, and was in the mortgage business.
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May 4, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Regardless of how you felt about Andy Reid as a coach and talent evaluator, the former Eagles coach used to say two things that were undeniably true: Every year is different and We'll see . Big Red is long gone, but those truths have never been more evident than during Chip Kelly's first offseason as the Eagles' chief executive of final decisions. No offseason in Eagles history has ever been more different than the one Kelly has orchestrated. Few men would be bold enough to pull the pin on a grenade that obliterated 36 percent of his opening-day starters, including his quarterback, his leading receiver, and a three-time Pro Bowl running back.
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May 4, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Todd Herremans was released by the Eagles in February, he went on local radio and said that Chip Kelly valued the quarterback position and the line the most on offense. "Other than that I think that he feels like . . . the system will take care of it," Herremans said. But since that statement Kelly has done virtually nothing to address an offensive line that is aging and lacking in depth. Despite the obvious need, the Eagles didn't select a single lineman in the NFL draft for the second year in a row. Two weeks ago, when he was asked to name the deepest positions in the draft, Eagles vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz said the offensive line first, followed by wide receiver and defensive back.
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May 4, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles needed to wait four hours to make a pick Saturday. They traded their fourth-round pick to the Detroit Lions for a 2016 third-round pick, a move that coach Chip Kelly called a short-term sacrifice for a long-term gain. The Eagles already entered the day without a fifth-round pick, so they needed to wait until the sixth and seventh rounds to complete their draft. They added defensive backs JaCorey Shepherd (Kansas) and Randall Evans (Kansas State) in the sixth round, and defensive lineman Brian Mihalik (Boston College)
SPORTS
May 4, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the most anticipated drafts in Eagles history finished Saturday without much pageantry. The Eagles made six picks over three days, none of whom were named Marcus Mariota. They added five players to the defense, including three to their rebuilt secondary. The "Do the deal!" pleas were likely not for the two unceremonious, sensible swaps that actually matriculated - one to move up in the second round, and one to acquire a future pick. The first draft in which Chip Kelly had final say did not come with the craziness that some might have expected, but instead with further evidence of how he wants to build the roster.
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May 4, 2015 | BY LE BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ERIC ROWE said his final NFL predraft visit was to Philadelphia, and, by time he headed home, he was sold. "After my visit, I was like, 'I want to go here so bad.' But it's not like college, where I get to pick," Rowe said on a conference call last night, after the Eagles traded up from 52nd overall in the second round to 47th in order to select Rowe, a 6-0 1/2, 205-pound cornerback and safety from Utah. What Rowe said about feeling as if he fit in with the Eagles' culture, about liking what he heard from the team's coaches, sounded remarkably similar to what first-round pick Nelson Agholor had said earlier in the day. This is Chip Kelly's draft.
NEWS
May 3, 2015 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Nicole O'Donnell has heard her father's stories. The ones about Jim O'Donnell's days playing in the Phillies farm system, and his history in Upper Darby. She remembers him telling her about his long streak without committing a passed ball. Following in his footsteps as a catcher, O'Donnell has learned a lot from those conversations. For the first 12 games of the season, the sophomore had not let a single passed ball by her. In a 7-1 win over Cardinal O'Hara on Friday afternoon, however, O'Donnell let a first-inning pitch from Meghan Wimmer go through her legs.
SPORTS
May 3, 2015 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Nelson Agholor has high and rather unusual expectations for his rookie season with the Eagles. They do not include any bold predictions about what kind of numbers the wide receiver expects to put up. For him, it's all about the learning and the labor. The rest, he figures, will take care of itself. "The number one thing I want to do is be in the right position," the first-round draft pick from Southern California said Friday after arriving at the NovaCare Complex. "I want to study the playbook.
SPORTS
May 3, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It had been 13 years since the Eagles drafted a cornerback as high as they did when Eric Rowe was chosen in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night. And in the time since they chose Lito Sheppard in the 2002 first round, the league has changed significantly. Sheppard was generously listed at 5-foot-10, 194 pounds. Rowe is 6-1, 205 pounds. Sheppard, a two-time Pro Bowler, was a successful pick for then-coach Andy Reid, but he probably wouldn't be considered a first-round prospect in today's NFL, and certainly not by Chip Kelly.
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