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Philly Mag reports the Eagles are "open to moving" OLB/DE Brandon Graham.

They probably want to trade Graham at this point. He's clearly not a fit in the 3-4 defense as an undersized pass rusher at 6-foot-2. The 13th overall pick in the 2010 draft is entering the final year of his deal and has 11.5 career sacks. He's already reportedly been dangled in talks for Dion Jordan. If the Eagles can't trade Graham, they may very well just cut him.
Apr 11 - 9:23 AM

NFL suspended Eagles ILB Jake Knott four games for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.

Undrafted in 2013 out of Iowa State, Knott played 25 snaps on defense as a rookie, and made three tackles on special teams. He'll be eligible to play in Week 5. Knott was not considered a candidate to push for a starting job.
Apr 4 - 3:57 PM

The Philadelphia Inquirer expects LG Evan Mathis to remain with the Eagles for this season.

Beat writer Jeff McLane thinks "that was much ado about nothing." Mathis wanted a raise and the Eagles responded by suggesting a trade, but there have been no whispers of anyone wanted to surrender a third-round pick for a 32-year-old. Given the public relations hit the Eagles are taking from fans on DeSean Jackson right now, it's hard to see them letting their All-Pro guard walk.
Apr 2 - 8:52 AM

Eagles signed OT Andrew Gardner.

A 2009 sixth-rounder, Gardner appeared in three games for the Texans last season. Gardner has made only eight appearances in five years. He's a camp body.
Mar 31 - 4:13 PM

Riley Cooper is expected to deal with significantly more attention from defenses this season.

Cooper had something of a perfect storm come his way on the field last season, as Jeremy Maclin's ACL tear and DeSean Jackson's speed afforded him both playing time and man coverage with no safety over the top. He cashed in with a 47-835-8 line and a $25 million contract. But without Jackson drawing attention, Darren Sproles' arrival, an expanded role for Zach Ertz and a likely rookie at the wideout spot, Cooper is going to find the sledding tougher.
Mar 31 - 10:58 AM

The Miami Herald considers the Dolphins a potential fit for Evan Mathis.

The Eagles have placed Mathis on the trade block after the All-Pro guard asked for a raise prior to the Combine. The Dolphins are a logical "connect the dots" kind of candidate because they have a desperate need at guard and former Eagles assistant Bill Lazor is now the offensive coordinator in Miami. The Herald is uncertain of the Dolphins' level of interest in Mathis, who will turn 33 in November.
Mar 31 - 9:01 AM

Eagles WR/KR Brad Smith has agreed to a restructured contract.

Smith was owed $1.3 million this season, but the new deal lowers his base salary by $395,000. He's now due just $450,000 in guaranteed money. Smith, 30, will compete for a role on special teams and as a reserve wideout.
Mar 29 - 4:24 PM

Philly.com's Jimmy Kempski guesses Zach Ertz will catch 50 passes for 750 yards and eight touchdowns in his second season.

This is obviously just a shot-in-the-dark guess, but it's worth examining as a starting point. Despite playing only 41 percent of Philly's 2013 snaps, Ertz registered a 36-469-4 mark. Kempski's 15 yards per reception are a little lofty. Still, it seems reasonable at surface level, and with a major snap-rate increase for 2014. Ertz will take part in "replacing" DeSean Jackson.
Mar 29 - 12:15 PM

Mark Sanchez (shoulder) said at his introductory press conference Friday said that he'll absolutely be ready for OTAs.

Yes, the Eagles gave their backup quarterback an introductory press conference. Sanchez underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder partway through last season after rehab wasn't doing the job. Nick Foles will run the first-team offense, while Sanchez, Matt Barkley, and G.J. Kinne work with the backups.
Mar 28 - 11:29 AM

FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo reports Mark Sanchez's one-year deal with the Eagles is worth a "max" of $4 million.

Per Garafolo, the base value is worth "roughly half of that." It's very much a "prove it" deal for the longtime Jets starter, though he might not get a chance to prove anything if Nick Foles stays healthy. If Sanchez sits on the bench all season, his Gang Green stats aren't going to earn him any starting looks. Sanchez's deal is largely commensurate with "Checkdown" Charlie Whitehurst's. The "Sanchize" has fallen a long way.
Mar 27 - 11:18 PM

Eagles agreed to terms with QB Mark Sanchez, formerly of the Jets.

Although competition-minded coach Chip Kelly may not formally announce Sanchez as his No. 2 quarterback over Matt Barkley, that's what he'll be. Sanchez's signing is further proof that Kelly's offense doesn't require a fleet-footed quarterback, despite much presumption to the contrary. Sanchez is not a statue in the pocket, but isn't exactly a running threat. Sanchez offers loads of experience as a backup, but is the owner of a 71.7 career QB rating, and 55.1 completion percentage. Still only 27, Sanchez will likely attempt to parlay his stint with Kelly into a camp battle to start elsewhere in 2015.
Mar 27 - 1:17 PM

Mark Sanchez has reportedly passed his physical and will sign with the Eagles.

Sanchez arrived in Philadelphia Wednesday night. Team doctors have taken a look at his surgically-repaired right (throwing) shoulder and given it the green light, so we'd expect an official announcement shortly. Sanchez gives the Eagles an upgrade on Matt Barkley, who will now battle G.J. Kinne for third-string duties.
Mar 27 - 12:16 PM

Free agent Mark Sanchez is currently in Philadelphia, and will take a physical with the Eagles on Thursday.

Eagles doctors will check Sanchez's surgically repaired throwing shoulder as they look to sign him to back up Nick Foles. Philly has been considered the "favorite" to land Sanchez since late last week. The New York Daily News expects the Eagles to sign Sanchez on the spot if he clears this medical hula hoop.
Mar 26 - 10:09 PM

According to CBS' Jason La Canfora, the Eagles are seeking a third-round pick for LG Evan Mathis.

Prior to the Combine, Mathis' reps went to the Eagles and asked for a new contract. The organization instead suggested they explore the trade market. Mathis has been among the game's best guards for three straight years, but isn't a scheme fit everywhere due to his size and will turn 33 in November. If the Eagles do end up finding a trade partner, they'd likely plug in Allen Barbre at left guard.
Mar 26 - 11:20 AM

The Eagles have placed LG Evan Mathis on the trade block.

The story has been reported by both NFL Network and the Philly Inquirer. Both outlets report Mathis wants a raise on his scheduled $5 million salary. Mathis was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2013 and has been one of the best guards in football the past three seasons. Mathis saw LT Jason Peters and C Jason Kelce get extensions earlier this offseason, and apparently felt snubbed when his contract wasn't addressed. Mathis is entering his age-33 season.
Mar 26 - 6:56 AM


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