January 23, 1991 |
Matt Cavanaugh strolled out virtually unnoticed among his bigger and more famous teammates into the crush of cameras and tape recorders here yesterday, and in the midst of the larger Super Bowl XXV hype, he savored a personal triumph. "What a turnaround!" he remarked with a wide, unshaven grin. About five months ago, the four-year Eagles backup quarterback was out of a job and seriously facing the prospect of ending his 13-year career. Former Eagles coach Buddy Ryan released him a week before the 1990 regular season began.
May 24, 1988 |
The Eagles today will announce the signing of backup quarterback Matt Cavanaugh, which means they will have at least one experienced quarterback signed by training camp. Eagles owner Norman Braman said on a Miami radio show that an agreement had been reached, and it was confirmed last night by Cavanaugh's agent, Jim Solano. "There will be an announcement (today) that the Eagles have signed Matt Cavanaugh," Solano said. "We've agreed to terms, but we just haven't signed the deal yet. " No figures were available, but sources said Cavanaugh will sign a three- year deal with a base salary well above $300,000.
December 11, 1996 |
Matt Cavanaugh, the San Francisco 49ers' quarterbacks coach, has withdrawn his name from consideration as Pitt's head coach, a Pittsburgh television station reported. Cavanaugh, who met with Pitt officials for the second time Monday, withdrew his name late last night, according to KDKA-TV. Citing unnamed sources, the station said Cavanaugh, a former Eagle, might have had second thoughts about his prospects of becoming the 49ers' offensive coordinator. Marc Trestman, the 49ers' offensive coordinator, is supposedly not happy with former coach Bill Walsh's intervention and is weighing other job opportunities.
March 6, 1991 |
The Eagles signed a backup quarterback yesterday, but it would be hard to call him new. The team announced that Don McPherson, who spent 1988 and 1989 on the Eagles' bench, had agreed to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. McPherson, 26, served as backup to Randall Cunningham and Matt Cavanaugh in his previous stint with the Eagles. In two seasons, he was activated for only three games. After Buddy Ryan, then the Eagles' head coach, brought in Jim McMahon last July, McPherson requested a trade and was sent to the Houston Oilers.
March 31, 1987 |
The Eagles signed Scott Stankavage, a former star at Central Bucks East High, to a free-agent contract yesterday. Stankavage, a 24-year-old quarterback, spent parts of the last three years with the Denver Broncos. He was last released for a third time after the first game of last season. The 6-foot, 1-inch, 194-pounder has played in only one NFL regular-season game. In 1984, against Chicago, he completed 4 of 18 passes for 58 yards and was intercepted once. Stankavage stayed with the Broncos for 10 games in 1984 before being released.
November 28, 1988 |
The Eagles held onto a share of first place in the NFC East yesterday with their fourth straight victory, a 31-21 triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals at Veterans Stadium. Ron Johnson caught two passes for touchdowns, and Chris Carter and Keith Byars added TDs to pace the Eagles to yet another comeback victory. The Eagles, who have won seven of their last nine games, boosted their record to 8-5 and dropped the Cardinals, now 7-6, out of a three-way tie for the division lead.
April 30, 1986 |
Marc Wilson or Matt Cavanaugh. Matt Cavanaugh or Marc Wilson. "We wanted either one of 'em," said Eagles coach Buddy Ryan. "We didn't care which one we got. We've been talking for three months to the Raiders and San Francisco, trying to play them off against each other to get the best deal we could for the Philadelphia Eagles. " In the end, the best deal was with the 49ers, who traded Cavanaugh to the Eagles yesterday morning for the Birds' third-round pick in yesterday's draft and their No. 2 next year.
May 22, 1990 |
Eagles coach Buddy Ryan made a surprise anouncement on his weekly WCAU radio show yesterday: The team has made a contract offer to veteran quarterback Jim McMahon. Ryan, who said McMahon would be used as a backup to starter Randall Cunningham, was not available for further comment last night. But Eagles spokesman Ron Howard confirmed the offer to McMahon, who was released by the San Diego Chargers last month. "Buddy has long admired him as a player," Howard said. "He knows how to win. " Ryan was defensive coordinator in Chicago when McMahon led the Bears to a 46-10 victory over the New England Patriots in the 1986 Super Bowl.
February 27, 1987 |
Eagles owner Norman Braman said yesterday that the decision whether or not to retain veteran quarterback Ron Jaworski for the 1987 season will be based on Jaworski's football ability, and not on the issue of guaranteeing Jaworski's $600,000 salary. According to sources, the Eagles are faced with a March 1 deadline in the Jaworski matter. By that date, the club either must inform Jaworski that it intends to guarantee his contract for this season, or make Jaworski a free agent. If that were to happen, Jaworski would be paid an unspecified sum by the Eagles, and the club would waive any rights to compensation if Jaworski were able to make a new deal with another team.
December 12, 1996 |
Angered over losing his starting job, Arizona quarterback Boomer Esiason skipped practice yesterday and told coach Vince Tobin he wanted to be released. Tobin said the team would not consider that possibility. Esiason, 35, has started eight games this year. He was dejected after being told Tuesday that he was being demoted to No. 2 for the second time this season. He was 0-3 to start the year but came back with the third-best three-game performance in NFL history, starting Nov. 10 with a 37-34 overtime win against Washington and ending with the Nov. 24 victory over the Eagles.