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December 31, 2014 | Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE FINAL GUN had hardly sounded before the tweets began. Jeremy Maclin was campaigning to come back. Trent Cole was begging to stay. Maclin, the Eagles' best receiver since they took him in the first round in 2009, can hit the open market and cash in on a career season. Cole, ranked second on the team's all-time sack list, is due more than $35 million over the next three seasons. Maclin sounds willing to forgo free agency and, possibly, take a little less Treasury green to stay in Eagles green.
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December 31, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said Monday he would like both LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin to return in 2015 but conceded that there could be tough decisions ahead. "We are going to have a long, full process for this whole thing," Kelly said of roster evaluations. "But do I want LeSean back? Yeah. Do I want Jeremy back? Yeah. Is that the reality? I don't know. . . . What if someone gives us 17 first-round draft picks for LeSean? . . . We'll look at everything. " The two high-profile players face uncertain futures with the team.
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December 25, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Marcus Smith has a plan for his first offseason as an NFL linebacker, which is more than can be said about his first regular season as an NFL linebacker. He wants to get bigger, stronger, harder. He weighs 260 pounds now, but "I don't look it," he said. "I want to be able to look it, be faster and more explosive than I was coming into it. " Smith sat at his locker for a while Tuesday, talking about his rookie year with the Eagles. It would be kind to say he has not made much of an impact.
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December 20, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
It would make little sense for Brandon Graham to sign a contract with the Eagles before testing free agency. The team recently reached out to Graham's agent to open negotiations, which may be the Cinderella story of the year considering how close the former defensive end-turned-linebacker thought he came to getting released or traded before the season. "It feels good, because at the end of the day I wasn't supposed to be here," Graham said this week. "I'm just happy I changed the opinion of a lot of people.
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December 19, 2014
Trent Cole out for Redskins game | Eagles Notes, D4
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December 19, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BRANDON GRAHAM said yesterday he hopes talks toward a deal to keep him with the Eagles are productive, Graham confirming a CSNPhilly.com report that the team has spoken with Graham's agents about a contract to replace the 2010 rookie pact that will expire in the spring. This seemed serendipitous, given that Graham now officially is scheduled for his first start since 2012, in the wake of Trent Cole's left-hand surgery yesterday, in which a plate was inserted to heal a break. Cole is out for the Saturday game at Washington, though defensive coordinator Bill Davis has said he thinks Cole can play in the season finale at the Giants.
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December 19, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Trent Cole underwent surgery on his fractured left hand and will miss the game Saturday against the Washington Redskins, coach Chip Kelly said Wednesday. Cole had a plate inserted into his hand. His status for the Dec. 28 regular-season finale against the New York Giants remains undetermined. Brandon Graham will start in Cole's place at outside linebacker. Graham, a former first-round pick, has been a reserve for Cole and Connor Barwin throughout the season. Graham has 34 tackles and has matched a career high with 51/2 sacks this season while playing 39 percent of the defensive snaps.
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December 18, 2014
May 8: Eagles make Marcus Smith a surprise first-round selection with the No. 26 overall pick in the draft. April 21-June 19: Smith is introduced to outside linebacker during the Eagles' offseason program. Aug. 8: Smith plays his first preseason game against the Chicago Bears and records two tackles. He finished the preseason with eight tackles and no sacks. Sept. 7: Smith is active for the Eagles' opener against Jacksonville. He does not play. Sept. 15: Smith is inactive for a game against Indianapolis.
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December 18, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
BRANDON GRAHAM might start this week, and no one has been cut or fired. Graham's last stint as a starter came in 2012, when Andy Reid cut Jason Babin and then fired defensive line coach Jim Washburn, freeing Graham from the bench. Graham, the team's 2010 first-round draft choice, then managed four sacks in six starts. But the following offseason brought Bill Davis and a 3-4 defense. With Connor Barwin signed to play one outside linebacker position, Graham got stuck behind Trent Cole, who currently sits second on the franchise's all-time sack list behind Reggie White.
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December 18, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than seven months after the Eagles invested a first-round pick in Marcus Smith, the team still does not know what position he will play in the future. "I'm not positive right now," defensive coordinator Bill Davis said Tuesday. "I would say outside [linebacker] first, but I still think the jury's out on him. " A defensive end at Louisville, Smith was drafted as an outside linebacker, where he played during training camp and the preseason. The Eagles moved Smith to inside linebacker after Mychal Kendricks was injured in Week 2. They kept him there throughout the season before he returned to the outside on Tuesday because of Trent Cole's broken hand.
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