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July 19, 2016 | By David Murphy, Daily News Columnist
IT HAS BEEN a long, quiet summer. During the school year, a city in the midst of a historic run of athletic ineptitude at least gives you something to watch. Coaches get fired, general managers get replaced, players explode. But at least there's some noise. In the summer, the sound the city makes is one of silence. You walk into a bar and see TNT reruns playing on the television. Only when you check the internet do you remember there is a baseball game being played. With this in mind, let's take a moment to thank any or all of the deities or karmic energies in which we believe.
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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 13, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
Mark Twain seemed to anticipate 2016 when he remarked that "a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is still getting its shoes on. " In the intervening century-plus, that travel time has been greatly reduced. Today, thanks to social media, a lie can orbit the earth before truth's alarm clock even buzzes. We got another reminder of that last week when hackers broke into the NFL's Twitter account and mischievously transmitted the following faux news: "We regret to inform our fans that our commissioner, Roger Goodell, has passed away.
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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 Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The absences of Fletcher Cox and Darren Sproles might have been conspicuous during the last two months, but their return to the Eagles this week has been anticlimactic. Cox and Sproles spoke to reporters Wednesday for the first time this offseason, and neither player gave any reasons for headaches among the higher-ups at the NovaCare Complex. Cox would not address his absence - "I'm here today. That's all that matters," he said - and wants any discussion of his contract negotiations to remain private.
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June 10, 2016 | By Les Bowen, Staff Writer
HERE ARE half a dozen things we learned about the Eagles during OTAs and minicamps, with the team breaking up Thursday until rookies, quarterbacks and select vets report for training camp at NovaCare July 25: 1 Sam Bradford is the quarterback. He's back from hiatus, he's taken charge, he's engaged, if you watched minicamp and didn't know who the three QBs were, you'd pick No. 7 as the starter. The biggest potential flash point for 2016 does not look ready to explode. Yet. 2 The rookie many observers thought might have the biggest impact this season (assuming QB Carson Wentz mostly sits)
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June 10, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
NOW THAT the Eagles have completed the shorts-and-two-hand-touch portion of their schedule and head off for some well-deserved R & R before the start of Camp Pederson in late July, I'd like to take a moment to offer some unsolicited advice to their "passionate" fans: Let it go. By "it," I mean your over-the-top anger toward quarterback Sam Bradford over his late-April trade request and two-week NovaCare boycott after the Eagles moved up to...
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June 9, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
JEFFREY LURIE came out of the NovaCare Complex about 15 minutes into the Eagles' first "official" practice of the offseason. The minicamps and training activities of the last several weeks were on a voluntary basis for veterans. So it was easy for the Eagles to dismiss the prominent absence of All-Pro defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. Monday's start of the current minicamp, however, was mandatory, and had Cox not shown up then it would have been a good indication that he was willing to go to extreme measures to have a new contract agreement.
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June 9, 2016 | By Les Bowen, STAFF WRITER
FLETCHER COX and Darren Sproles, absent from Eagles drills all spring, took the field Tuesday for the first day of the team's three-day mandatory minicamp, but there was a twist. Though Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Cox and Sproles would both be limited participants, eased back in to avoid injury, that seemed to be the case only for Cox, who did no team work at all, participating only in position drills. Sproles seemed to do everything, including returning punts. Neither Cox nor Sproles was available during the time reporters were allowed in the locker room.
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June 1, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
The Eagles begin their third week of organized team activities on Tuesday. Here are three story lines and three players to watch: Final week of voluntary workouts: When coach Doug Pederson discussed the absences of Fletcher Cox and Darren Sproles, he emphasized that the offseason program has only been voluntary to this point. The four OTAs this week mark the final voluntary portion of the spring. The Eagles will host a mandatory minicamp next week and then take a six-week break before training camp.
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