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Eagles ILB Kiko Alonso (ACL) is on track to participate in OTAs.

Alonso blew out his knee while working out on his own last offseason. The Eagles seem confident in his health, as they pinpointed him as a target in the LeSean McCoy trade. If Alonso and Mychal Kendricks are both right, they'll form a speedy and exciting inside linebacking duo for Chip Kelly. DeMeco Ryans (Achilles' tendon tear) is also in the mix.
Mar 26 - 9:24 AM

Chip Kelly said he wants to get Darren Sproles on the field more this season.

Sproles was among the most effective running backs in the league last season, averaging 5.77 yards per carry, 9.67 yards per reception and scoring six touchdowns. But he was given just 6.4 touches per game, making him a poor week-to-week fantasy option. No matter what Kelly says, it's hard to see that number rising now that the Eagles have made serious investments in DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews.
Mar 26 - 9:18 AM

Allen Barbre will be the Eagles' starting right guard this season.

The Eagles dumped veteran mainstay Todd Herremans in part because they are very high on Barbre, who was given a contract extension a year ago. So he joins an offensive line that was dominant in 2013 but regressed under the weight of injuries and poor play in 2014. Barbre is not a downgrade from Herremans.
Mar 26 - 9:09 AM

Chip Kelly didn't rule out the possibility of Jordan Matthews getting some work outside this season.

As a rookie last year, Matthews ran a league-high 92.4 percent of his routes from the slot. "We just wanted him to play one position and learn one position," Kelly said. Matthews excelled at that spot (67-872-8), but his already high ceiling would be raised if he got some chances on the outside. Right now, the Eagles' top-two players out there are woeful Riley Cooper and unproven Josh Huff.
Mar 26 - 9:03 AM

Owner Jeffery Lurie said the Eagles evaluated Sam Bradford in 2010 as the "best young quarterback we'd seen...probably since Peyton Manning coming out of college."

Bradford was an absolute monster at Oklahoma, winning the Heisman trophy as a sophomore in 2008 and finishing his college career with an 88:16 TD-to-INT ratio. He was also strong for the Rams in 2010, taking home Rookie of the Year honors under Pat Shurmur -- now the Eagles offensive coordinator. Injuries have since sabotaged Bradford's career, allowing the Eagles to trade for a gamble on upside in their quest to find a franchise quarterback. If we believe Chip Kelly and Lurie, the plan is Bradford and not a pursuit of Marcus Mariota in the draft.
Mar 26 - 8:24 AM

Eagles coach Chip Kelly believes Zach Ertz is capable of making a "big jump" in 2015.

"I still think there's a big jump that can happen between year two and three," were Kelly's exact words. Ertz was one of the league's more hyped players last season, but was "limited" to a 58/702/3 receiving line as he played just 50.3 percent of the Eagles' offensive snaps. "Limited" because Ertz's line was still extremely solid for a second-year tight end. Kelly has already suggested Ertz could be in for more targets this season. His arrow continues to point up in an offense low on pass-catching talent.
Mar 25 - 5:04 PM

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said the Eagles made the LeSean McCoy trade because coach Chip Kelly wanted a one-cut running back.

"[McCoy] wasn’t the style of runner that Chip prefers," said Lurie. "To maximize his power spread offense, he’s always admired the one-cut runners. You’ve gotta let a coach try to bring in the players that fit best what he’s all about to maximize what he’s trying to accomplish." McCoy is an ad-lib runner who dances a little too much trying to turn every run into a big play. DeMarco Murray is the opposite as a premier downhill, one-cut back. He should be a tremendous fit in Kelly's offense as long as he can stay healthy.
Mar 25 - 9:36 AM

ESPN's Sal Paolantonio confirms the Browns offered the Rams a first-round pick for Sam Bradford.

Paolantonio got the word directly from Rams GM Les Snead. Per Snead, the Bills were also interested. With multiple confirmations of the Browns offering the Rams a first-rounder, it stands to reason they were the mystery team that offered the Eagles a first-round pick just one day after they acquired Bradford. Although the Browns are unlikely to find an upgrade on Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel at this point, they'll certainly keep looking.
Mar 24 - 7:01 PM

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, teams could be "reluctant to give up anything" for LG Evan Mathis because the Eagles may eventually release him.

Much like the DeSean Jackson situation of a year ago, teams aren't going to give up much for a player that's going to be cut. Regardless, Mathis' agent Drew Rosenhaus is at the NFL Meetings this week trying to facilitate a deal. It remains surprising the run-first Eagles have neglected their offensive line this offseason, first cutting Todd Herremans and now pushing Mathis (who graded out as the second-best guard in the league in Pro Football Focus' 2014 rankings) to the curb. The Eagles should be focusing on their line more than ever with injury-prone Sam Bradford under center.
Mar 24 - 10:00 AM

A source told the Philadelphia Inquirer the Raiders offered DeMarco Murray significantly more guaranteed money than the Eagles.

Murray gave the Eagles a discount so he could play in Chip Kelly's scheme, stick it to the Cowboys twice a year and avoid the annual train wreck that is the Raiders. He probably did Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie a favor. The Raiders should be building through youth, with exciting running back Latavius Murray a major part of that.
Mar 24 - 9:56 AM

The Philadelphia Inquirer suggests the Eagles went through with the Ryan Mathews signing because they didn't want to renege on a handshake deal.

The Mathews signing at three years, $11M with $5M guaranteed was a bit confusing after the Eagles had already landed DeMarco Murray on a $40M deal with $18M guaranteed. Publicly, the narrative is that Chip Kelly sold them on the idea of a three-headed rushing attack that also includes Darren Sproles. But the theory here is that the Eagles didn't want to pull a Frank Gore, backing out of a deal that was already in place.
Mar 24 - 9:45 AM

Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell said the Eagles' offer to DeMarco Murray exceeded Jacksonville's final offer by more than $2 million per year.

The Jags were interested in Murray, but only at their price. Caldwell believes they made the reigning rushing champ the best offer before the Eagles surprisingly swooped in with a $40 million contract that includes $21 million guaranteed. Heading into the draft, Jacksonville's running back depth chart reads Denard Robinson, Toby Gerhart, Storm Johnson, Bernard Pierce.
Mar 24 - 8:25 AM

CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher reports the Eagles may release LG Evan Mathis if they can't trade him.

PFF's No. 1 guard in 2013 and No. 2 guard last season, we're not sure why the Eagles are so inclined to get rid of Mathis. The Eagles are between $7-8 million under the cap, so they're not desperate for money. Shedding the 33-year-old would save $4.5 million. At 6'5/298, Mathis is an athletic guard and would ideally land in another zone-blocking scheme. Mathis could probably be had for a fifth-round pick. The Rams and Dolphins were linked to him earlier this month.
Source: CSN Philly
Mar 23 - 8:46 PM

USA Today's Jim Corbett reports the agent for Eagles LG Evan Mathis is "looking for a team fit" for Mathis at the NFL owners' meetings.

Corbett confirms Mathis is on the trade block, and it sounds like the Eagles gave his agent -- Drew Rosenhaus -- permission to find a suitor. The Eagles appear to be resigned to moving on from Mathis despite his strong 2014 season. Mathis is going on age 34, but Philadelphia should be able to find a taker.
Mar 23 - 3:50 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer suggests Jordan Matthews' numbers could "jump" in 2015.

Free agency couldn't have gone much better for Matthews' fantasy stock. Chiefs coach Andy Reid stole Jeremy Maclin away and the Eagles did not replace him, leaving Matthews as the no-doubt top target for new quarterback Sam Bradford. The Eagles will almost certainly spend a priority draft pick at wideout, but Matthews has WR1 upside despite working out of the slot.
Mar 23 - 10:18 AM

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