Archive for July, 2010:
Notes for the start of day two of training camp:
- Nate Allen finally signed his deal late yesterday and will be at practice shortly. It’s a four year-deal.
- The injured big guys — Abiamiri, Jackson, and Herremans — all worked out together with the training staff yesterday. Andy said that Jackson is progressing ahead of schedule. It would still be foolish to think he’ll be ready for the start of the season.
- Brandon Graham isn’t likely to be signed any time soon. First round picks are taking longer than usual this year, and he and his agent aren’t about to upset the natural order of things and possibly leaving dollars on the table. It’s a waiting game.
Players are on the field at Lehigh today. Football is back! A few early notes:
- Todd Herremans has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. There’s simply no way to feel good about this, despite coach Reid claiming he’s just being safe with the important lineman.
- Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick are both out early on the practice field.
- Nate Allen remains unsigned despite the organization claiming a deal is very close for several days.
- Full contact practices will likely not start for several days.
7/26 ~10:30pm update: No deal yet. At this point it seems unlikely Allen is making it to the Birds first practice tomorrow. Yes, you can consider that a poor reverse jinx attempt.
Jeff McLane says both sides want this done by 5 pm today so Allen can be on time for camp. We’ll keep you posted.
Eagles rookies and select veterans will be reporting to camp today. The Eagles have signed all their draft picks with the notable exceptions of Nate Allen and Brandon Graham, of course. Allen’s deal should be coming within the next few days. Graham’s contract negotiating could easily stretch into the first week or two of August.
Stay tuned as we keep you updated on all important (and probably a bunch of unimportant) camp happenings.
Looks like things could be progressing.
Team source tells me Eaglesand safety Nate Allen have had “positive dialogue” on a contract.
That according to Geoff Mosher. Expect Allen to be signed within the next several days, as most of the 2nd round picks make it into camp.
Brandon Graham, on the other hand…
That seems like what he’s saying on his Twitter account.
LA is still same ol LA… Ppl out shootn at the club.. Craazy 2 females and a dude got shot.. Pray for them.. Thankn god for keeping me safe
Not going to try and argue that Jackson needs to take better care of himself or be more responsible, we have no idea where he was or what the circumstances were. Being in the NFL doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life like other young, single guys. Let’s just hope Jackson and other guys in the league know when to spot trouble and how to get out quickly.
The Birds open training camp in eight days, but their two most important rookies are still unsigned.
This is not surprising for Brandon Graham — first-round picks are inking their contracts later this year than previous years, which means many if not most of those players will be missing time.
But Nate Allen still remains unsigned, and there is apparently very little in the way of action on that front.
This is not good news for a team that appears ready to rely heavily on Allen to contribute in the secondary.
Former Gator Riley Cooper signed a four-year deal with the Eagles yesterday. The Eagles can now focus their efforts on their top two picks, Nate Allen and Brandon Graham.
The timing on those two, especially Graham, depends on how quickly other players around them begin signing. Once the dominoes start falling, things come together quickly.
With little else to distract Eagles writers from him, Michael Vick is left to endure daily stories about his status with the team — which at this point seems to be somewhere on the wrong side of double secret probation.
He’s been ordered to remain in the state of Pennsylvania, which has forced him to cancel previous commitments. It seems he didn’t handle that as politely as he should have, and the parties suffering are now voicing their scorn in public.
The Eagles remain quiet, but they certainly can’t be happy about the daily drumbeat of negative stories. Training camp can’t get here soon enough.
There is absolutely no one corroborating Howard Eskin’s Twitter statements, which look more like an attention grab than anything else. Always a professional, that guy.
In totally unrelated, almost certainly not going to affect the Eagles but still interesting news… Bobby Taylor is apparently going to try to make an NFL roster this year. He’s been out of the league six years. Good luck man.