July 11, 2016 |
This week, on the ground floor of Philadelphia's original Ritz-Carlton, where patricians once frequented that hotel's lavish Empire Dining Room and Ritz Bar, customers lined up at Wawa's deli counter. The transformation of the posh Broad and Walnut hotel, from high-society hangout to Hoagiefest's home, suggests just how much Center City and its dining options have changed. Wawa's occupancy of what was a grand hotel lobby also has helped to further obscure the significant sports history that took place in that building, 20 or so floors above the provolone and pickles.
May 29, 2016 |
John Spagnola, the Philadelphia Eagles' star tight end and players' union rep in the 1980s, has built a post-NFL career as paid advisor to public-employer and union pension plans in Pennsylvania, which has more publicly funded retirement plans than anywhere. He is a managing director at Philadelphia-based PFM, a municipal finance consultant, with 530 employees nationwide, which ranks among the largest pension advisors firms. Clients include 82 Pennsylvania towns and agencies (West Chester and Upper Moreland, among others)
April 28, 2016 |
Oh, the drama, the intrigue, the excitement. Will Sam stay? Will Sam go? Is Sam afraid to compete for his job? Is it really possible Howie is going to be perceived as the tough guy who stared down a quarterback and agent? Carson or Jared? Enjoy it, folks. This is as good as 2016 is going to get for your Philadelphia Eagles. I do not know exactly how this soap opera is going to play out beyond the likelihood that the Eagles are going to use the No. 2 overall selection Thursday to take Carson Wentz after the Los Angeles Rams make Jared Goff the first overall pick.
March 12, 2016 |
Doug Pederson squashed any notion that there would be a quarterback controversy in Philadelphia - or even an open competition - by declaring Sam Bradford the Eagles' starting quarterback and Chase Daniel as the No. 2 quarterback. Multiple reports surfaced after the Eagles signed Daniel to a three-year, $21 million contract that he would have a chance to compete for the starting job. Pederson wanted to make clear that Bradford is his quarterback, in case that wasn't known when the Eagles signed Bradford to a two-year, $36 million contract with $22 million guaranteed on March 1. "Talking about the quarterback situation going forward, Sam Bradford is the No. 1, Chase Daniel is the No. 2, and we're working on the No. 3," Pederson said Thursday.
March 11, 2016 |
ASSISTED BY a stroke of good fortune in lodging accommodations at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis last month, Howie Roseman worked on parallel tracks to begin his overhaul of the Eagles. One track involved the trades that eventually exiled Byron Maxwell, DeMarco Murray and Kiko Alonso, created cap room to make moves in free agency, and achieved Roseman's goal of getting the Eagles into the top 10 of the upcoming draft. The other track was targeting and laying the groundwork to sign key pending free agents, for whom the cap space would be needed.
March 9, 2016 |
One year after the Eagles acquired DeMarco Murray, Byron Maxwell, and Kiko Alonso as part of a high-profile offseason overhaul, the team agreed to trade them all on the same day. Murray will be dealt to the Tennessee Titans, his agency confirmed. Maxwell and Alonso will be sent to the Miami Dolphins for draft picks, according to league sources. The specific return on either trade was not known. The deals were reached on Monday, but they will not be made official until the new league year begins on Wednesday.
March 5, 2016 |
DeMarco Murray has not voiced any frustration to Sam Bradford - and he has not voiced anything to coach Doug Pederson, because the two have not yet spoken. An NFL Network report last week said Murray is unhappy and still has an affinity for Dallas. Murray is entering the second year of a five-year, $40 million contract. He counts $8 million against the salary cap in 2016, but the team would absorb a $13 million salary cap hit if it releases him. "I don't know," Pederson said when asked if Murray is happy.
February 5, 2016 |
IN THE WAKE of Chip Kelly's dictatorship, Eagles chief Howie Roseman is painting a picture of collaborative cohesion. Roseman hired Kelly in 2013, but after the 2014 season Kelly demanded control over player personnel and forced Roseman from the role. Kelly was fired in December and Roseman reascended. He has since overseen the hiring of coach Doug Pederson and his staff and reconstructed the front office. Roseman might be in charge, but he wants everyone to know that he is not ignoring input.
January 28, 2016 |
MOBILE, Ala. - Before he was so rudely interrupted a year ago, Howie Roseman was trying to build an atmosphere in which players drafted by the Eagles would stay with the Eagles, would feel valued by the organization, and would build valuable continuity for the team. Roseman, back in charge of Eagles personnel after a yearlong hiatus at the insistence of former coach Chip Kelly, is moving to re-establish that initiative this week with new deals for the team's top two tight ends, Zach Ertz (five years, $42.5 million, on Monday)
January 28, 2016 |
MOBILE, Ala. - Brent Celek might get to retire an Eagle. But judging from his consistency and durability during his first nine seasons, the tight end may outlast the three-year contract he agreed to on Tuesday. Celek had two years added to his existing deal and will be signed through the 2018 season. The total worth of the contract is $13 million, with $6 million guaranteed. Celek was slated to earn $5 million in the final year of his previous contract. While the exact details are not known, the new contract is expected to lower Celek's salary-cap number for 2016.