The Green Bay Packers decided to release veteran linebacker Brad Jones earlier this offseason, and it didn’t take long for him to find a new home.
Jones decided to sign a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team announced Monday.
Jones lost his job due to his lackluster play last season, and the Packers simply couldn’t depend on him to make tackles anymore. He was one of the biggest disappointments of the season for Green Bay. It will be interesting to see whether or not he can get his career back on track with the Eagles in 2015.
During the 2014 season, Jones ended up playing in 13 regular season games. He racked up just 18 tackles and a defensed pass.
Those numbers aren’t ever going to get the job done for a starting linebacker. At 32 years old, Jones still has a year or two left, but that’s about it. This deal with Philadelphia could very well be the last NFL contract that he signs in his career.
It will be intriguing to see what type of role he has with the Eagles this seas
Thus far this offseason, the Philadelphia Eagles have released tight end James Casey and offensive lineman Todd Herremans as cap casualties and could be faced with the same situation again with veteran outside linebacker Trent Cole.
The Eagles prefer not to release Cole, who has been a fan favorite among fans but he is making $11.6 million this upcoming season, which is second highest on the team. According to Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, a person close to the situation has said the two sides are working on a new contract.
If the two sides can work out a new deal that would be great as Cole has been a stalwart on the Eagles defense for many years. Cole was drafted in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL Draft and from day one has made an impact. Over his 10 year career with the birds, he has 85.5 sacks, 436 tackles and played in 155 games.
Many thought Cole’s time might be cut short when the Eagles made the switch on defense to the 3-4. Though the transition has been rough for the entire defense, Cole transition
With the NFL franchise tag deadline today at 4 p.m. EST, the Philadelphia Eagles don’t appear likely to use it on WR Jeremy Maclin.
At this point, it appears Dez Bryant & Demaryius Thomas will be the only WRs franchise tags. Not Jeremy Maclin, not Randall Cobb.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 2, 2015
Maclin would be due just a tick under $13M if franchised, but that obviously doesn’t appear to be the case.
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Rumblings of the Philadelphia Eagles trading up to grab Marcus Mariota are continuing to gain steam. Last week, PhillyVoice writer Jimmy Kempski dropped a #KempskiBomb with this tweet suggesting the Birds may trade all the way up to number one overall:
Becoming more and more convinced daily that the Eagles are trading up to #1 prior to the draft.
— Jimmy Kempski (@JimmyKempski) February 26, 2015
Then, Bleeding Green Nation’s John Barchard suggested that a deal is on the table, and Tampa Bay is currently mulling the offer:
I don’t have any doubt that Chip has a deal in place with TB right now. It’s just becoming more evident that TB doesn’t know what to do.
— John Barchard (@JohnBarchard) March 1, 2015
Either way, landing Mariota is looking more and more likely with each passing day. A trade up would likely include a package of picks, and potentially a couple of players too…
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Rumors swirling around the Philadelphia Eagles attempting to trade up for Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota have started to heat up even more in recent days.
In fact, there’s a strong chance that this is going to be one of Chip Kelly’s priorities over the course of the next few weeks. It’s such as complex deal for the Eagles considering they would have to move up to No. 1 overall to guarantee themselves Mariota. If the team rolls the dice in an attempt to get Mariota, it could backfire big time.
Barring a trade up to the first overall pick, the Eagles would be taking a chance that either the Tampa Bay Buccaneers choose to select Mariota over Jameis Winston (unlikely) or move that pick to a team that would rather have Mariota—both scenarios leaving the Eagles out in the cold.
Is this a chance Kelly and company are willing to take?
The answer to this question is equally as complex as this entire situation. Philadelphia could reach out to the Tennessee Titans for the second pick. If so, that would gu
We all know that Eagles fans covet one quarterback in this draft. However, that quarterback may not be attainable. There are plenty of rumors that the Eagles are wiling to do whatever it takes to get Marcus Mariota. We won’t know if that’s true until April 30th. Regardless, they need to have a backup plan if they cannot obtain Mariota. One potential option they may explore is UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley.
When you look at Hundley’s physical attributes, they are pretty close to Mariota. Hundley stands at 6-3 and 226 pounds (Mariota 6-4 and 222 pounds). At this year’s NFL Combine, Hundley clocked a fairly impressive 4.63 40-yard dash time (Mariota ran a 4.52). He was also a top performer in a number of other categories at the Combine.
In his final year at UCLA, Hundley threw for 3,155 yards with 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. Additionally, he ran for 644 yards and 10 touchdowns. His touchdown to interception ratio improved fairly dramatically over his three seasons with the B…
Rather than release him, as they did Todd Herremans last week, the Philadelphia Eagles would like to lessen linebacker Trent Cole’s cap hit for 2015 in a more reasonable way.
After all, the man had 14.5 sacks over the last two seasons,
And Cole is apparently onboard with helping out – Elliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com reports that the two sides have been discussing a reworked contract to get Cole’s $11.6 million cap figure down. Releasing Cole would save $8.4 million against the cap.
“I want to do whatever we can to make things work,” Cole said. “Hopefully that results in me being here … I want to be here. I’ve been here ten years, going on my 11th year and want my next stop to be here with the Eagles next year. Time will tell. Things will get done and everyone will be happy.”
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin wants to remain in the only city he’s called home during a six-year career, and the team appears to want him to stay.
The only thing standing between this happening is Maclin and the Eagles coming to terms on a new contract before the start of free agency on March 10th. If a deal is not struck, and the Eagles want to retain him next year, they they will have to either place the franchise tag on him by Monday or vie with 31 others teams for his services on the free agent market.
Maclin had this to say about his desire to stay with the team after making a public appearance on Saturday (via Philly.com).
I’ve always said I want to be here in Philadelphia, but I’ve also always said I understand it’s a business. Both sides have made it known that we both want each other back, so the rest of it is in God’s hands. If it’s supposed to happen, it’ll happen. I want to be here.
Maclin signed a one-year, prove it deal last offseason after suffering a torn ACL i
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Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin remains optimistic that a deal with the Philadelphia Eagles will get done, instead of leaving in free agency on March 10.
“I’ve always said I want to be here in Philadelphia, but I’ve also always said I understand it’s a business,” Maclin said Saturday, via Philadelphia.com. “Both sides have made it known that we both want each other back, so the rest of it is in God’s hands. If it’s supposed to happen, it’ll happen. I want to be here.”
The Eagles have until Monday to use the franchise tag on Maclin, which is worth about $12.8 million.
“Everybody likes long-term security,” Maclin said. Asked how he would feel if he were tagged, Maclin said: “It’s part of the business. I’m very attuned to what’s going on, I’m very attuned to how everything works. My side and the Eagles, if we’re going to come to a head, we will.”
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The Browns just signed veteran QB Josh McCown for 3 years, $14 million, $6 million guaranteed. He’s 35 years old and was 1-10 as a starter for Tampa Bay last season.
It seems that Philadelphia front office personnel who left the Eagles a few years ago to join the Cleveland Browns have only made matters worse there.
To be fair to the individuals involved, like Joe Banner and Tom Heckert, and even on-field Eagles coaching alumni like Brad Childress and Ray Rhodes, Cleveland has been a rudderless mess of a ship ever since it sailed out of port as an expansion team in 1999—in 1996 the REAL Cleveland Browns had moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens.
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NFL unrestricted free agents – 2015 league year and free agency begins March 10 (4 PM ET)
An unrestricted free agent (a player who has completed four or more accrued seasons) may sign with any team without any compensation owed to his old team through the first scheduled day of training camp in late July.
At that point, if his old team makes a tender offer by June 1st (110% of last year’s salary), his rights will revert back to his old team. The team then has until the Tuesday after the 10th week of the season to re-sign him. If he’s not re-signed, he must sit out the season. Without a tender offer by June 1st, a player can be signed by any team at any time throughout the season.
Philadelphia Eagles UFAs (per NFL.com 2/27):
Jeremy Maclin, WR
Todd Herremans, OT
James Casey, TE
Bradley Fletcher, CB
Brandon Graham, OLB
Nate Allen, S
Mark Sanchez, QB
Brad Smith, WR
Casey Matthews, ILB
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin said that he’s in no rush to get a deal done and after gambling on himself in 2014 coming off a torn ACL and taking just a one-year deal with the team, it doesn’t make sense now to panic.
Maclin made it clear that he would like to remain with the Eagles and his wait and see attitude towards his impending free agency means he’s going to look for what the best oppportunity is for him.
“I’ve always said I want to be here in Philadelphia, but I’ve also always said I understand it’s a business,” Maclin said, via Philly.com.
“Both sides have made it known that we both want each other back, so the rest of it is in God’s hands. If it’s supposed to happen, it’ll happen. I want to be here.”
“Everybody likes long-term security,” Maclin said.
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With ten days to until free agency begins, the Eagles are running out of time to work out a deal with Jeremy Maclin before he can talk with other teams. This past Wednesday, ESPN’s Adam Caplan tweeted that a deal between the two sides seemed almost definite in November, but when Maclin changed agencies, things became less certain.
That doesn’t seem to be the case for Maclin, who tells Les Bowen of The Daily News that he wants to be here, in Philadelphia and that his agent change hasn’t been a factor.
“It’s been a long time since I changed agents, so no,” Maclin said, when asked if he thought the agent change had been a factor in his talks.
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