April 13, 2013
Inquirer Eagles writer Jeff McLane finished in a tie for fourth place in the Associated Press Sports Editors' breaking news category, it was announced Thursday. Staff writer Mike Jensen received honorable mention in the explanatory category in the over-175,000 circulation division, which included national websites. Both had previously been named top 10 nationally. McLane broke the news that then-Eagles president Joe Banner was leaving the team, and Jensen wrote an article about the Philly tradition of sneaking into big sporting and other events.
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.
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.
April 22, 2010
The NFL draft begins tomorrow in New York. The Eagles have made several trades and stockpiled a good amount of picks (though they just swapped a fifth-rounder for Lions linebacker Ernie Sims). Help out Joe Banner, Andy Reid and Howie Roseman: what position should the Birds address first when the event begins in New York tonight? I'd start with a D-tackle who can make an immediate impact and get pressure up the middle to help collapse the pocket. Good pressure can mask problems in the secondary, although clearly the Eagles need a kick-butt safety and another corner.
July 14, 1996 |
The Eagles are bringing a little bit of Jeffrey Lurie's Hollywood to training camp. Beginning Thursday, one day after Eagles training camp opens at Lehigh University, the Birds will unveil their "NFL Experience. " The concept is similar to baseball's FanFest, which played to packed crowds at the Convention Center last week. "This is going to be like going to an amusement park," said Len Komoroski, the Eagles' new vice president for sales and marketing. "Except you can bring the whole family and not even pay for it. " Among the attractions: A mini-NFL Combine, where youngsters can go through a scaled-down version of physical and medical testing done at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.