May 24, 2016 |
WHILE MUCH HAS been made of the money that the Eagles are spending on the quarterback position this year, the fact of the matter is that the $22.35 million in 2016 salary-cap space that will be occupied by Sam Bradford ($12.5M), Chase Daniel ($5M) and Carson Wentz ($4.8M) is just the 11th-highest cap total for the position in the league. Given Bradford's solid play the second half of last season and Daniel's photographic knowledge of Doug Pederson's offense and Wentz's sky's-the-limit potential, you can make a decent argument that $22.35 million is a bargain.
May 7, 2016 |
Before Halapoulivaati Vaitai begins playing for the Eagles, the rookie offensive lineman will have a nickname. Howie Roseman did not even attempt saying "hal-lah-poo-lee-VAH-tee," instead calling the team's fifth-round pick "Big V. " It's a nickname that Eagles fans might need to remember. Vaitai, a 6-foot-6, 315-pound tackle from Texas Christian, is an intriguing prospect whom the Eagles will try to develop at tackle. He also was a player the Eagles considered trading up to acquire before he slipped to the No. 164 pick.
April 30, 2016 |
This was Carson Wentz's day, but the Eagles couldn't avoid the other quarterback who wasn't in the room and hasn't been at the NovaCare Complex since requesting to be traded on Monday. Nor should Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson have been allowed to avoid him after they made the unprecedented decision to move up to the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft for a quarterback when they already had an entrenched starter in place. Whether you agree with Sam Bradford's reaction to what transpired last week or not - and it says here that he has overestimated his worth - what shouldn't be argued is that the Eagles did a poor job of anticipating the aftershocks of their franchise-altering trade.
April 27, 2016 |
Offensive linemen are not, by nature, complainers. The role they chose on a football field or, more likely, the role that chose them is a sentence to a silent, grinding existence. It isn't fun, but, really, no one wants to hear it. Lane Johnson, who grew up in the little crossroads town of Groveton, Texas, and graduated Groveton High School with 34 other classmates, doesn't expect playing tackle in the NFL to be easy. When your first job back home was digging graves for $8 an hour, you don't expect very much to be easy.
April 26, 2016 |
JASON PETERS is, without question, one of the best offensive tackles of his era. There is Peters and there is Walter Jones and then there is everyone else. And everyone else includes Jonathan Ogden, Orlando Pace and Willie Roaf, who, like Jones, happen to have bronze busts in Canton. Five years after he retires and becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame, I will passionately lobby my fellow Pro Football Hall of Fame selectors to put Peters into Canton in his first year of eligibility.
April 22, 2016 |
THIS IS what the Eagles should have done: After snookering the Miami Dolphins out of the eighth pick in the draft last month, they should have sat on their hands, selected one of the three of four appealing options that figure to be on the board at No. 8 next Thursday - Ronnie Stanley? Ezekiel Elliott? Vernon Hargreaves? - and taken a well-deserved bow. Instead, they overdosed on testosterone and decided to show the rest of the NFL how smart they are. "We're going to invest in quarterbacks," executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said after the Eagles swapped a batch of draft picks, among them the No. 8 pick, their first-round selection next year and a second-round pick in 2018, to Cleveland for the second pick in the draft, which they plan to use on the Los Angeles Rams' sloppy seconds - either Division I-AA product Carson Wentz or Cal's Jared Goff.
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.
March 14, 2016 |
When the window for negotiations opened Monday, two days before the start of free agency, Brandon Brooks said he received text messages from three Eagles offensive linemen, among others, urging him to sign with their team. Center Jason Kelce was one of the first to reach out to the free- agent guard. It shouldn't have come as a surprise. Kelce stood to benefit more than anyone. Last season's struggles on the interior of the line were, in part, of his own doing. And some of his problems were attributed to having not one but two new guards playing at his side.
March 11, 2016 |
SOMEDAY, we will be privy to the pictures Howie Roseman has of Miami Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum that helped him facilitate one of the great NFL trade robberies of the salary-cap era. For now, it's enough to know that cornerback Byron Maxwell and his XXXL contract are somebody else's problem and the Eagles are picking five spots higher in the first round of next month's draft than they were three days...
March 10, 2016 |
THE MORE you listen to the Eagles talk, the more it seems as if Jason Peters might be the most important player on the team. At the very least, he's the most important player who wears normal-sized sleeves. That could change in a hurry, of course, because that's how it goes during the maddest month of the NFL schedule. We began the week wondering whether the $18 million in salary-cap space that we thought the Eagles had would be enough to address cornerback, safety, and the offensive line.