June 29, 2016
In the agenda, the Daily News will examine a major issue of the day in Philadelphia sports. We will frame the question and look at it from multiple angles, bringing you opinions from a sports staff unmatched in its experience. The Agenda will run occasionally, only in the Daily News. Bob Cooney Free agency is mostly a bidding war. Players are looking to collect a big pay day, sometimes shunning thoughts of how they will fit, where the organization is going and other factors. That's what many here in Philly want to think, but it's not totally true.
March 9, 2016 |
Asked last month what role, if any, he had in signing Byron Maxwell and DeMarco Murray, Howie Roseman avoided piling on Chip Kelly and steered his answer toward the future. If only Kelly was so kind when asked about Marcus Smith last March. "I think the best thing we can do is just move forward this year," the Eagles vice president of football operations said at the NFL scouting combine, "and talk about what's going on this offseason. " But in about five hours on Monday - the first day that teams could officially negotiate trades and free-agent acquisitions - Roseman's actions spoke clearly.
March 8, 2016 |
HOWIE ROSEMAN laughed last week, when asked how comfortable he is with the salary-cap room the Eagles have available to spend in free agency. It was not a long, loose, "We're in the money"-type laugh. It was more of a short, tight, "Do you know what that bleeping Chip Kelly did to my lovely salary cap?"-type laugh. "Have any of you guys seen what the rest of the league has?" Roseman asked his questioners. According to Spotrac.com, the Eagles enter Monday's "legal tampering" period, two days before the 4 p.m. Wednesday official start of free agency, with $17,460,770 in cap room.
March 4, 2016 |
WHEN THE conversation turns to Sam Bradford, the topic of Winningness is never far behind. Everybody seems to agree that he grades out well on the physical tools spectrum. Size, arm strength, accuracy - he displayed all of them throughout his 14-start Eagles debut last season. Bradford might not be elite in any category, but he isn't a glaring liability in any of them (except, perhaps, for health). Certainly, he is better equipped for success in 2016-17 than any of the others who might have been available to the Eagles, a conclusion reached by three different football men independent of each other, two of them head coaches, one of them a general manager whose arch nemesis traded away the QB he drafted in order to land Bradford from the Rams last offseason.
February 26, 2016 |
INDIANAPOLIS - A tumultuous year in which Howie Roseman was removed from football operations in favor of Chip Kelly only to be reinstated after Kelly was fired illustrated that the two men had many differences. But as much as they seemingly had polar opposite personalities and football backgrounds, Roseman and Kelly differed on how to manage the Eagles roster and salary cap. It could be said that Kelly's free spending ways ultimately did him in, and as a result made Roseman even more attractive to owner Jeffrey Lurie.
February 24, 2016 |
Malcolm Jenkins is known as someone who likes to take charge, so it should come as no surprise that the Eagles safety's new five-year deal was negotiated at his urging. After completing the second year of a three-year contract, Jenkins told his agent he wanted to remain in Philadelphia beyond 2016. "If the feeling is mutual," Jenkins said, "I'd love to get something long-term. " The feeling was mutual. Jenkins, 28, agreed to a five-year deal on Monday that could keep him in Philadelphia through 2020.
December 18, 2015 |
ULTIMATELY, IT'S up to the Eagles whether Sam Bradford plays here next season, the outcome Chip Kelly indicated he expects. They can franchise their quarterback for 2016, at $20 million or so, if it comes to that. They'd surely prefer that it not come to that, since a longer-term contract could be amortized against the salary cap. If they don't want to pay $20 million, they can let him become a free agent and start over, in Kelly's fourth year. Talks toward a longer deal for Bradford didn't go anywhere in the preseason, and Wednesday, in Bradford's first media availability since Kelly spoke on Monday about wanting him here going forward, Bradford didn't profess any burning desire to stay.
October 12, 2015 |
ON THE HEELS of what many called a highly successful offseason, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall made it clear in his actions the last few weeks that, despite making plenty of transactions since taking over last May, he's taking the long approach. As if going outside the box and hiring coach Dave Hakstol from a college program instead of going after proven NHL coaches wasn't proof enough, the swiftness with which he exercised his option of sending top prospects Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny and Travis Sanheim back to juniors early on in training camp proved that approach.
September 11, 2015 |
HOW MANY other NFL coaches or general managers would have been willing to do what Chip Kelly did in March? How many other coaches or general managers would've had the cojones to trade a 26-year-old, Pro Bowl quarterback only two seasons removed from a 27-touchdown, two-interception season for a guy who was coming off back-to-back ACL tears in his left knee? Zero, that's how many. But Kelly wasn't interested in what other NFL people would or wouldn't do. After missing the playoffs despite a second straight 10-win season, he thought he needed a franchise quarterback to help the Eagles go to the next level.
August 27, 2015 |
Mychal Kendricks' long-term future with the Eagles was just a thought until about two weeks ago, when negotiations started on a contract extension for the inside linebacker. Just months earlier, it had appeared Kendricks could be the odd man out with the Eagles. Monday night, he inked a four-year extension worth $29 million, with $16.4 million guaranteed. Kendricks, 24, signed the deal before entering a contract year with a salary cap that will rise next offseason. "Business 101, risk-reward," Kendricks said.