August 20, 2003
THE EAGLES wanted $15 million up front from Temple before they would allow the football team to play in the stadium. Temple is a school that is just developing its football program in the modern era. It is a mainstay for the impoverished student with a large number of scholarships and a liberal student loan program. I would not have become a lawyer if it was not for Temple's reasonable cost 40 years ago. Now the Eagles want to ransom Temple University to allow it to play football in the new stadium.
July 26, 2011
THE EAGLES RELEASED A LETTER TO FANS yesterday afternoon from owner Jeffrey Lurie and team president Joe Banner. Here is the text of the letter: Finally! We can all get back to thinking football, talking football - and playing football. We're eager to welcome our players back to the NovaCare Complex, and excited to get the Eagles out on the field in front of the NFL's most passionate fans. From here on out, it's all about competing and winning. Like Andy Reid says, now everyone can get back to doing what they love to do. Coaches can coach.
April 16, 2005 |
Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens released a statement last night saying that he was done talking to the media about a possible contract extension. Owens is looking to renegotiate the seven-year agreement worth more than $46 million that he signed last March. "Again I find my words being misinterpreted by the media," Owens said in the statement. "Therefore, at this time, I have decided to refrain from discussing the recent series of events surrounding my contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.
August 1, 2011
BETHLEHEM - An Eagles official last night said a Channel 6 report about DeSean Jackson reporting to camp within the next day or 2 was "news to us. " Jackson wants a new contract to replace his rookie deal, which expires after this season. Theoretically, the Eagles could be fining him $30,000 a day, starting last Thursday; the team hasn't said whether Jackson is being fined. Team president Joe Banner, asked recently about new deals for Jackson and Michael Vick, wouldn't discuss those issues specifically, but said the team had cap room remaining to do things.
March 13, 2011
Hours after the NFL locked out its players, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and team president Joe Banner issued a letter to Eagles fans. Here it is in its entirety: "In light of the events that occurred yesterday, we wanted to take this opportunity to update you on the status of the collective bargaining agreement and how it affects the Philadelphia Eagles. As we are sure you are aware, the contract between the league and the labor union representing the players has expired, the union decertified, and we have entered into a lockout.
January 1, 2013 |
It was expected that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie would use general manager Howie Roseman's input when determining the new coach, but another key person in the process is team president Don Smolenski. Although Smolenski does not have a direct role in football operations, he directs the organization's business and strategic efforts and will have an influential voice in the process. "I bring in an understanding of the culture, I bring an understanding of the dynamic of the organization and how there are no barriers between the football operations and the business operations," Smolenski said.
July 19, 2010 |
Fresh out of Fordham Law School a mere 10 years ago, Howie Roseman showed up at Veterans Stadium ready for the first day of his Eagles internship. He felt as high as a first-round draft choice. "I come in, I'm wearing a shirt and tie - I'm in the National Football League," Roseman said. Roseman reported to Joe Banner, the Eagles' president, who had hired him to concentrate on salary cap issues. Right away, Roseman had a question for his new boss: "Where do I sit?" Banner told Roseman the truth.
April 22, 2012 |
In the early morning hours before the start of the second day of the 2005 NFL draft, Joe Banner awoke to a crash . . . crash . . . crash. By the time Banner reached the hallway, the pounding had stopped. His 10-year-old son, Jason, was sprawled on the bathroom tile. "I found him in the bathroom, on the floor and totally incoherent," Banner said. Jason was having a seizure and had been stumbling into walls. His father thought it might be a stroke. The Banner family rushed to the emergency room at Children's Hospital.
July 22, 2005 |
Terrell Owens made some of his strongest statements to date about his contract situation with the Eagles, saying "it's not going to be a good situation" if he has to go to training camp under the conditions of his current contract. "I want something to be rectified and we can just move on," Owens said on a Comcast sports network in his hometown of Atlanta. Asked about comments made by team president Joe Banner that indicated Owens and hi agent, Drew Rosenhaus, are a problem for the Eagles, Owen said the team should trade him if that's the way it feels.
June 5, 1996 |
The Eagles are among a pack of teams making exploratory contact with the agent for 26-year-old wide receiver Mike Pritchard, who became a salary-cap victim after a disappointing second season with the Denver Broncos. "He's a guy we have interest in talking to and having him come to town for a visit," said Joe Banner, the Eagles' vice president for administration. "He's missed a lot of games  the last two years, but he's someone we'd like to talk to and have in for a physical.