March 7, 2014 |
ON THE SURFACE, it seems like a marriage made in free-agency heaven. The Eagles, as you may have heard, need a ball-hawking cover safety. And as luck would have it, Jairus Byrd, one of the league's very best ball-hawking cover safeties, is expected to be available on Tuesday when the 2014 free-agent signing period commences. Byrd, 27, wants ridiculous money. He's reportedly looking for a deal that will pay him in excess of $9 million a year. But the Eagles have more than enough salary-cap room - $24.1 million - to accommodate him. Chip Kelly also knows the guy pretty well.
March 5, 2014 |
THE CAUTIOUS route the Eagles were expected to steer through free agency might have gotten jolted off course yesterday. It was easier for general manager Howie Roseman to talk about not overpaying and looking for midlevel value back when it seemed the top two safeties on the market, Buffalo's Jairus Byrd and Cleveland's T.J. Ward, would either be tagged or signed by their current teams. That was the buzz when the NFL convened for the scouting combine a few weeks back, and it seemed the most likely outcome almost right up to the point when it failed to happen, with the deadline for franchise and transition tagging passing at 4 p.m. yesterday.
February 22, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - The Eagles remain haunted by their 2011 free-agent spending spree, when they handed out big contracts with little return. They took a more tempered approach the last two seasons. Even when pursuing free agents to help rebuild the roster last winter, the Eagles did not hand out burdensome contracts. General manager Howie Roseman, however, said the team is still willing to spend big money as it did with Nnamdi Asomugha and Jevon Kearse if the player's talent, age, position, scheme fit, and makeup all match what the team desires.
January 31, 2014 |
HOLLIS THOMAS played defensive tackle for the Eagles at 300 pounds, so sticks and stones wouldn't put a dent in him. Words? Spitballs off a battleship! So, go ahead and call him a sore loser. Tell him he's up to his eyeballs in sour grapes when he yelps about Super Bowl XXXIX, Patriots 24, Eagles 21. "Sore loser?" Thomas barks angrily. "We got cheated! It's not sour grapes. We got cheated!" Ten years later, time wounds all heels, and Thomas can't hide his disdain for Bill Belichick, the grumpy coach of the Patriots.
January 29, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie may retire from football if the Denver Broncos win Sunday's Super Bowl. In Philadelphia, Eagles fans are joking, "Didn't he retire two years ago?" But the former Eagles cornerback wasn't kidding about calling it quits even though he's coming off arguably the best season of his career, is still only 27 years old and will likely have multiple suitors when he hits free agency in March. "Coming out of college I gave myself a five-year goal," Rodgers-Cromartie said Monday.
January 29, 2014
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Funny how things work out for some people. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie gave the Eagles two of the worst years of his career. We're talking hold-your-nose bad. He played so poorly that the team didn't even make an attempt to re-sign him after a 4-12 crash-and-burn season in 2012. Just told him good-bye and good-riddance and don't let the door hit you in the butt on your way out. But 6-2 corners with 4.4 speed don't grow on trees. DRC found a team desperate enough for coverage help to ignore what they saw on tape the last 2 years and offer him a 1-year, $5 million contract.
November 16, 2013 |
The Eagles play the Washington Redskins on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles are 5-5; the Redskins, 3-6. You'd think that would be a good thing, having a home game against a lesser opponent. Yeah, you'd think that. There's just one problem: The Eagles have lost their last 10 games at the Linc. That's a lot. That's four short of the NFL record. For a sense of proportion, of just how long a 10-game home losing streak in the NFL is in comparison to other sports, imagine the Phillies losing 101 straight games at Citizens Bank Park.
August 23, 2013 |
HOLLIS THOMAS says the Phillies and Eagles had something in common besides a concrete-hard field when they shared the Vet: porn. The former Eagles defensive tackle, who is now with 94WIP, told the station's "Morning Show" that the teams shared a big, blue chest full of pornography. "[The Phillies] did have an awesome . . . we used to share like the shower and restroom area at the Vet, and they had an awesome collection of porn," Thomas said. "They did, it was just like a bunch of books in there.
August 7, 2013 |
EVERYBODY makes mistakes. But 2 years ago, the Eagles' decision-making troika of Andy Reid, Howie Roseman and Joe Banner made enough of them over a 3-month span to merit Guinness Book of World Records consideration. That April, they swung and missed with their first three draft picks - guard Danny Watkins, safety Jaiquawn Jarrett and cornerback Curtis Marsh. Watkins, who was benched after six games last year, has been a bust. Jarrett was canned after one season. And Marsh has been on the field for a total of 75 defensive snaps in 2 years.
August 1, 2013 |
CHIP KELLY says his depth chart is written in sand, which doesn't mean he takes notes on an Etch A Sketch. It's his clever way of saying that there is precious little permanence on his roster this early in a training camp in which he has posted a "Help Wanted" sign on every job but pastry chef in the NovaCare cafeteria. At the moment, with the Sept. 9 season opener against the Redskins still 5 1/2 weeks away, it's safe to say no more than nine or 10 of the Eagles' 22 starting jobs are completely locked up. Running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver DeSean Jackson can breathe easy.