Archive for June, 2009:
The Eagles second round pick agreed to a 4-year deal, believed to be worth around $4 million. The Eagles have now signed all of their draft picks but one — WR Jeremy Maclin.
It’s June and we’re all dying for Eagles news. But we’re still weeks away from anyone reporting to Lehigh.
So for all of us still lurking around here on a daily basis, let’s get some discussion going. We’ll start it off this way:
Last season, the Eagles were one of four teams who did not appoint permanent captains. Please correct us if we’re wrong, but Andy Reid said his “captains” would be appointed on a weekly basis.
Perhaps that tradition continues this year, but for our discussion let’s assume the big fella changes his mind. Who should get the big “C” on his jersey on the defensive side? With Dawkins gone, there’s no easy choice.
Personally, we’d select Trent Cole. No one works harder than him. He’s a guy who came into the league and had to bust his tail to ever see the field. He’s a veteran who is always on the field.
But there are other choices. Stewart Bradley is an obvious one. His position is a natural choice to be leader of the defense. Asante Samuel may have taken himself out of the running by choosing not to show up for some OTA’s. Sheldon Brown — well, that could be messy.
Who would you pick? And please, feel free to elaborate in the comments.
Andy Reid’s agent, Bob LaMonte says that he sees it as likely that Andy Reid and the Eagles will work out a contract extension this summer.
“It’s been a fabulous relationship, ongoing with the Eagles, and I’d expect it to continue.”
The 2009 season is the final year of Reid’s current deal. There has been much speculation that with Reid’s family troubles he could leave the Eagles when his contractis over.
Jeremy Maclin has agreed to a six-year deal with the Eagles worth $23 million, if a blog that covers the Mizzou athletics is to be believed.
It would be a significant event for the Eagles, who don’t want any distractions heading into training camp and a season in which they have very real Super Bowl aspirations.
And although he never gave any signal he was considering it, getting Maclin under contract ensures there will be no hold-outs and he’ll be able to concentrate completely on learning to play in the NFL.
Eagles assistant secondary coach Otis Smith is no longer with the team, an Eagles spokesman confirmed Wednesday.
No further information was offered.
The obvious question is whether Smith quit or was fired — and how Brian Stewart’s new role with the team affected this decision.
The Eagles have announced that they’ve agreed to a new contract with Donovan McNabb.
The final two years of his deal are restructured so that McNabb receives $5.3 million in additional compensation. This seems to be a good deal for both parties — McNabb gets the guaranteed money and commitment he was hoping for, and the Eagles presumably get a deal that they were able to maximize salary cap benefit.
CSN’s Derrick Gunn (he’s been breaking lots of Eagles’ news lately) reports the organization and McNabb are close to a restructuring of the final two years of his current Eagles contract.
No details on dollars — but it appears clear that there will be no extension. This looks like the type of situation where the Eagles get to save money in the future by restructuring a deal so a lot of money goes into the 2009 cap figure (which still has lots of room).
According to Matt Mosley, LeSean McCoy may be running the Wildcat offense for the Eagles this season.
Mosley reports that McCoy has been practicing his throws in “private workouts”.
DeSean Jackson was the man receiving the snap out of the Wildcat last season for the Eagles — which they attempted seven times. Jackson made one throw, which was intercepted.
According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, the Eagles will be working out former Kentucky DE Jeremy Jarmon.
Jarmon is listed at 6′3″ and 277 pounds. He has been ruled ineligible for his senior season by the NCAA for testing positive for a banned substance.
The supplemental draft is on July 16.
Burkholder “comfortable that he will be ready for the start of the regular season”.
Westbrook had bone fragments removed from his ankle area. He will be wearing a non-weight-bearing cast for the next two weeks, at which point he’ll be reevaluated.