May 19, 2016
J UST ABOUT every word Sam Bradford said rang true, until we got to the very last question of Bradford's 13-minute session with reporters Tuesday at NovaCare. "No," Bradford said, when asked if he had any regrets about the way he and agent Tom Condon handled the Eagles' move to trade up to second overall in the draft and select quarterback Carson Wentz. Bradford and Condon requested a trade, and chose to make that request public, presumably to pressure the Eagles into moving Bradford to Denver, where Condon has said he thought there was considerable interest.
May 18, 2016 |
A 28-year-old Ukrainian hacker pleaded guilty Monday to taking part in a long-running international scheme in which yet-to-be published financial news releases were stolen and the information used in illegal trading that generated an alleged $30 million in profits. The scheme - in which a Glen Mills man, Vitaly Korchevsky, 50, also has been charged - involved trading ahead of about 800 corporate news releases, hours or even days before the releases went public. The traders allegedly paid the hackers a percentage of the illegal profits and used foreign shell companies to share in them, as well, according to federal prosecutors.
May 17, 2016 |
The next time you grab a Bounty paper towel, Charmin or Scott bathroom tissue, Pampers or Luvs diaper, it just might have come from wood pulp shipped through the Tioga Marine Terminal in Port Richmond. Fibria Celulose, the world's largest producer of eucalyptus pulp, sends 360,000 tons of pulp a year from Brazil into Tioga on the Delaware River, an operation that supports the jobs of 160 stevedores and terminal workers. And now other wood-pulp companies are looking to come, too. The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, a state agency that owns the terminal, says it will need to retrofit a second warehouse to accommodate the expected influx.
May 11, 2016 |
MIAMI - Derek Dietrich lowered his shoulder into Carlos Ruiz, and the Phillies catcher's mask went flying as two bodies smashed Saturday night. Ruiz thudded to the ground with the ball secured in his mitt. The Phillies dugout erupted as a stoic Ruiz shuffled toward them. He could still take a hit. "They were excited about Chooch," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "He's a tough guy. " Ruiz has provided the Phillies so much in 18 years, ever since he signed in Panama for $8,000 and earned $31 million in the majors.
May 8, 2016 |
If the goal was to inspire young people to become union carpenters, it was working. "I'd like to build skyscrapers," said Darell Young, 18, a junior at Strawberry Mansion High School, who came with a busload of classmates to the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters' show-and-tell on steroids at the union's training center in Northeast Philadelphia. Young and his friends walked through 96,000 square feet of carpentry shops. They watched the union's top apprentices competing as they finish a four-year program of classroom training and hands-on experience.
May 5, 2016 |
ON A COUPLE of different occasions this offseason, Howie Roseman has said that a looming spike in demand for quarterbacks factored into the Eagles' conversations as they decided whether to pay the price the Browns were asking in exchange for the No. 2 pick, which the Eagles needed to draft the quarterback they desired. The line of argument goes something like this: In addition to the usual uncertainty that a handful of teams face at quarterback, a slew of longtime fixtures at the position are in the stage of their careers where any season could be their last.
May 3, 2016 |
LET'S CONSIDER, "What if?" As in, "What if the Eagles stood pat for the 2016 draft? What if they never made the two big trades and simply drafted 13th?" And, so: A retro mock draft. It's impossible to completely put the horse back in the barn. The team's salary structure was altered the day it began delousing itself of the Chip Kelly era, trading Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso, DeMarco Murray and Mark Sanchez for picks. Its needs changed, too, some of which were filled before the draft; Sanchez and Maxwell, for instance.
May 2, 2016 |
The Eagles, through their long and somewhat tortured history, have been familiar with strange situations at the quarterback position. It is that spot on the football depth chart where otherwise reliable decision-makers - including coaches, team executives, and the players themselves - come up with some head-scratching stuff, and never more than when a team is about to switch from one savior to the next. Just recently, the handoff from Michael Vick to Nick Foles was messy; as was the one from Donovan McNabb to Kevin Kolb; and, reaching further back, who else but Buddy Ryan could have used three quarterbacks in the same series (Ron Jaworski, Randall Cunningham, and Matt Cavanaugh in 1986)
April 29, 2016 |
CHICAGO - Over the course of his 12 NFL seasons, Kurt Warner found himself replaced as a starting quarterback, at various times, by Marc Bulger, Eli Manning, Josh McCown and Matt Leinart, with the Rams, Giants and Cardinals, respectively. Yet Warner never asked to be traded. "They're paying me $18 million to be here. When I signed that contract, I believed it was to be the starting quarterback, but now, I'm going to have to earn the right to be the starting quarterback," Warner said, when asked how he would react in Sam Bradford's situation.
April 27, 2016 |
This would seem to be exactly the sort of thing the Eagles were trying to avoid when Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson met with Sam Bradford before last Wednesday's minicamp practice, to deliver in three-part harmony the news that they had traded up to second overall in the draft to get a quarterback, and to reassure Bradford that he was their 2016 starter. Welp. Maybe a follow-up meeting or two would have been in order, because by Monday morning, agent Tom Condon was calling Roseman with news of Bradford wanting to be traded.