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March 15, 2015
The Eagles will have five organized offseason activities camps (OTAs), starting with a rookie session May 8-10, which is a week after the NFL draft. All minicamps will take place at the team's NovaCare practice facility. The Eagles' other three OTA camps will take place May 26-28, June 1-2 and 4, June 8-11, and a mandatory camp June 16-18. Training camp begins in July.
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January 17, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Jim Phelan is retiring because he wants a real offseason. Phelan, who has coached in 1,312 games and amassed 824 wins since taking over as the head coach at Mount Saint Mary's in 1954, announced yesterday he will retire at the end of the season. The 73-year-old coach battled prostate cancer in 2000, but said his decision had nothing to with his health. "What used to be your offseason is no longer your offseason," he said at a news conference. Phelan's 824 career wins is the most among active coaches and fourth on the career list behind Dean Smith (879)
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February 28, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
CLEARWATER, Fla. – The baseball offseason has not always been kind to Laynce Nix. Even though the 31-year-old outfielder has more than six years of major-league experience, he had never received a phone call from his agent in the offseason saying, "Hey, this team would love to sign you to a big-league contract, what do you think?" A year ago, he had to wait until February before he received a minor-league offer from the Washington Nationals. Then he hit 15 home runs in 324 at-bats, marking the third time in his career that he put up double-digit home runs as a part-time player.
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September 10, 2011 | BY BOB COONEY, cooneyb@phillynews.com
SIXERS FORWARD Elton Brand spends his summers at his home in the Los Angeles area. He calls it his "vacation spot," though he rarely allows himself to kick back and chill. Brand, who will be 33 in March, knows that the end of his NBA future is like an oncoming wave at the beach - it can't be stopped. He does his best each summer to stall the inevitable - riding his bike for endless hours and miles, swimming lap after lap after lap in the pool and working on his basketball game at a local gym. He wants to squeeze as many seasons as he can out of his body, and that is why the potential of losing this season to a lockout is so bothersome.
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May 2, 1994 | by Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
There were wide receiver Victor Bailey's noticeable new muscles and center David Alexander's bulk-up to 290 pounds. Guard Lester Holmes, the first of two No. 1 draft picks in 1993, looked more chiseled at 300 pounds than the Rocky statue at the Spectrum. Nothing, however, was more visible to those at the Eagles' rain-shortened weekend minicamp than the upper body of defensive tackle Leonard Renfro. The offseason strengthening of the Eagles' other 1993 first-round pick appears to be right on schedule.
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January 1, 2012
If Andy Reid enters 2012 on the hot seat, he won't be alone. Quarterback Michael Vick will be right there with him. Vick signed a five-year contract in August, but any significant financial guarantees from the Eagles end after next season, and so far they can't be thrilled with the early results of their investment. At the end of 2012 the team will have to decide whether to pay him big money in 2013 or move on. So if Reid returns to face a make-or-break season - and it seems he will - Vick, too, will be under intense scrutiny.
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November 28, 2012 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
TEMPLE COACH Steve Addazio wants it known that offseason boot camp is officially open for business. And he's playing the role of bad cop. That's what happens when you don't make it to a bowl game, even in a year when logic suggested you probably weren't supposed to. The Owls, after being picked to finish last in their first season back in the Big East since 2004, went 4-7. They lost five of their last six. The end came Friday, at home against Syracuse....
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October 4, 2012 | BY RYAN LAWRENCE, Daily News Staff Writer
WASHINGTON - Benjamin Cooper Utley had not taken his first step as of Tuesday afternoon. But the 10-month-old son and first child of Chase and Jen Utley will most likely be on the move before the holidays. And that actually works out pretty well for his soon-to-be 34-year-old dad. "It's probably not going to hurt," Utley kidded before Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Nationals. The Phillies' season will come to an end on Wednesday afternoon, but Utley has no plans of slowing down.
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December 10, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
SAN DIEGO - A curiosity. That's the best way to categorize the Phillies' standing here at baseball's annual winter meetings. Like most offseasons, this one has its market-setters and its scrap-hunters and its retoolers. But the Phillies are a class unto themselves, which is why nobody seems to know what course they will end up charting. Never before has a team built like the Phillies attempted to deconstruct itself in one offseason. Oh, we've seen teams throw in the towel before, but never the way the Phillies are attempting to throw it, and certainly not in the environment in which it will need to be thrown.
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November 11, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
BOCA RATON, Fla. - General managers and their top lieutenants filtered into the Boca Raton Resort and Club throughout the morning and afternoon Monday, where baseball's annual GM meetings began in the evening with a group dinner for the executives. Dozens of reporters milled around the lobby where the likes of Brian Cashman of the New York Yankees, the Washington Nationals' Mike Rizzo and Jon Daniels of the Texas Rangers could be seen passing through. Among those spotted at the site was new Phillies general manager Matt Klentak, representing the team for the first time this week alongside assistant GM Scott Proefrock.
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July 24, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
In retrospect, the most revealing moment of Bryan Colangelo's brief time as the 76ers' general manager came late on the night of the NBA draft, when he did so much to present himself as the well-meaning fellow you'd want sitting next to you at the poker table. After selecting Ben Simmons with the No. 1 overall pick, the Sixers had tried and tried to acquire another pick in the top 10, a transparent overture to draft a guard. They failed, in part because everyone around the league had a good idea of which players Colangelo was willing to trade, and he reminded the world of his goals again that night.
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June 15, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
YOU COULD almost hear the briefcase clicking shut Monday evening. That's when Howie Roseman finished a four-month negotiation with Fletcher Cox, perhaps already the best defensive tackle in Eagles history and probably the best athlete in the city, depending on how you regard Claude Giroux. According to ESPN, Cox, 25, agreed to a six-year, $103 million contract extension, $63 million of it guaranteed in various manners. It might turn out to be the most guaranteed money a non-quarterback has ever made, but NFL contracts are specious documents full of misdirection and hidden intent.
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June 11, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The final day of offseason workouts is anticipated by NFL players - it's akin to the last day of school before summer vacation. The Eagles' offseason program stretched two weeks longer than normal this year because they have a new head coach, and it included the introduction of Doug Pederson's schemes and philosophies. On Thursday, Pederson sent his players off for six weeks; they will reconvene for training camp in late July. The Eagles had an abbreviated one-hour practice, and players who have spent 10 weeks training packed up for their last encounter with down time until 2017.
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June 10, 2016 | By Jeff McLane, STAFF WRITER
Doug Pederson was never in a position to skip offseason workouts or attempt to force a trade or hold out for a new contract, but it's likely he wanted to at one time or another, and, at the least, shared locker rooms with players that were able to take those stances without repercussions. Would he have preferred for Sam Bradford, Fletcher Cox and Darren Sproles to attend all of his first offseason as Eagles coach? Is Riley Cooper looking for a job outside the fast food industry? But Pederson never said as much publicly, never questioned their desires, and never instigated a showdown even though the Eagles had leverage in each circumstance.
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April 29, 2016 | By Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER
Flyers general manager Ron Hextall wants to retain Steve Mason and Michal Neuvirth, but he hasn't closed the door on trading one of the goalies if the right deal comes along. "I don't believe that's a strength that you want to weaken," Hextall said Wednesday at the team's Voorhees practice facility. "The old saying, 'Wayne Gretzky got traded, right, so?' I'm not going to sit here and say, 'No, I wouldn't trade anybody on our team,' because the reality of it is, if the deal was right it's my job to strengthen our team and the organization.
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April 15, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Staff Writer
IF THIS HAD been a prison sentence, Sixers coach Brett Brown was given three years of hard labor. The third one, completed with the 72nd loss of the season on Wednesday, nearly broke him. Trying to find a point guard to effectively lead his team for the first third of the season wasn't a real option with the players he was given. He was given no veterans with on-court value who could help him develop the multitude of NBA infants. His star rookie got into off-the-court problems in three instances that involved police.
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April 8, 2016 | By Matt Breen, STAFF WRITER
Rhys Hoskins asked the Phillies after last season if they would be able to find a team for him to play for in the offseason. There are winter leagues throughout Latin America where U.S. baseball players go to stay busy between seasons. Hoskins wanted to keep his rhythm after a scorching season with two of the Phillies' single-A affiliates. The first baseman told the Phillies that he was willing to go anywhere. And they took him up on it. Hoskins was sent to Sydney, Australia, a world away from Lakewood, N.J., and Clearwater, Fla. The experience was awesome, Hoskins said.
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April 5, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Doug Pederson spent the last month thinking about what he would say on Monday. Pederson became the Eagles' head coach on Jan. 18, but he was not allowed to meet with his full team until the offseason workout program begins on April 4. When Pederson spoke to the players on the roster during the last two months, the encounters were informal, and they were not allowed to discuss Pederson's scheme or how a player would be used. On Monday, Pederson will have his first chance to stand in front of the 69 players under contract and make his first formal impression as head coach.
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January 6, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
IT PROBABLY is a bit simple to describe the current state of the Eagles by noting that the only constant in the NFL is change - except, it is that simple. Perhaps it was fitting that Monday was the coldest day of the Eagles' season. The Birds vacated their lockers at the NovaCare Complex for the last time in the 2015 campaign and walked into the dark void of uncertainty created by the firing of head coach and football guru Chip Kelly. What is next is anybody's guess. But if you listen to some of the players, they won't sit on pins and needles following the search for Kelly's replacement the way Eagles fans and the media will.
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December 18, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
IT WAS A THURSDAY, which meant it was time for us to crowd around DeMarco Murray's locker and listen to him address a story that should probably already be dead. As usual, the Eagles' running back did not say anything noteworthy, and, by "as usual," I mean that Murray has never said anything of remote consequence regarding his diminished role with the team that less than nine months ago decided that he was worth an elite-level free-agent contract. I suppose this whole saga goes to show how easily we allow ourselves to get played in this business.
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