Player News - Eagles

Date: Team: Pos:

Eagles signed G/T Dallas Thomas to a reserve/future contract.

Thomas was a 2013 third-round pick by the Dolphins. He started 26 games for Miami, making appearances at both guard spots and right tackle, before being cut back in October and spending the rest of the season on the street. Thomas is still just 27 but has yet to prove he belongs in the NFL.
Jan 18 - 3:29 PM

Philly Voice's Jimmy Kempski considers Ryan Mathews a candidate to be released or asked to take a pay cut.

Mathews is entering the final year of his contract, and his $4 million base salary is currently ninth-highest among all running backs. In no way is Mathews a top-10 back in this league, and he's coming off a serious neck injury suffered in Week 16. Cutting Mathews would clear $4 million in cap space.
Jan 18 - 3:08 PM

Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice reports the Eagles "are considering moving on" from C Jason Kelce.

It would be a surprising move which ultimately would not save the cap-strapped Eagles very much money. Philly would gain $3.8 million against the cap by releasing or trading Kelce, and that number would grow to $5 million if he is designated a post-June 1 cut. Neither total seems like enough to move on from one of the better centers in the game, even if he is coming off a down year. Kelce just turned 29 in November.
Jan 17 - 9:24 AM

Carson Wentz said he'll consider bringing in a coach to work on his mechanics this offseason.

"It's definitely in consideration," said Wentz. "Again, I don't have a lot of answers for my offseason yet because I haven't had a ton of time to think about it, but I could see that happening." Wentz showed promise in his first year as the Eagles' signal-caller but fell into some bad habits. Ex-NFL backup Ryan Lindley mentored Wentz leading up to the draft, and Wentz could also seek help from noted QB guru Tom House. Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan are among the many big-name quarterbacks who have worked under House's tutelage.
Source: philly.com
Jan 15 - 11:17 AM

Nelson Agholor is focused on improving his mental approach in 2017.

Agholor had well-documented confidence issues in 2016, reportedly seeing a sports psychologist and getting a Week 12 benching to clear his head. "It’s something that I should have just allowed to flow," Agholor said of his campaign. "I think too many times in the season, when I was in those moments, I was trying to be the controller of things. And I’m not. ... I’m just a player, and this is a reaction game." Agholor has shown very little in two NFL seasons. Despite what seems to be the right focus, it's unlikely the light flips on in 2017.
Jan 12 - 1:58 PM

Eagles signed OL Josh LeRibeus to a reserve/future contract.

LeRibeus spent this season out of the league after getting waived from Washington at final cuts. He was an 11-game starter in 2015. LeRibeus can play all three interior line spots and gives the Eagles offseason depth.
Jan 11 - 6:30 PM

Eagles EVP Howie Roseman said the team "certainly" wants LT Jason Peters to return next season.

"He has really ingrained himself as a leader of this football team," Roseman said. "Anyone who watched us play saw the impact he has on the game. We certainly want to have him back." While Peters, who will turn 35 later this month, is still a top-flight left tackle, money will be the primary sticking point in his return. Peters is owed a $9.95-million salary and will cost $11.2 million against the cap next year. While his play this season justifies that salary, the Eagles are already paying RT Lane Johnson like a left tackle, and they could use the cap space. Still, it sounds like Peters is in Philly's plans moving forward.
Jan 10 - 10:02 AM

Eagles RT Lane Johnson has filed suit against the NFL and NFLPA in an effort to vacate the 10-game suspension he served this season.

Johnson obviously cannot go back and retroactively play in the games he missed, but he could recoup the 10 game checks he lost as well as the guarantees which voided because of the suspension. Johnson alleges the positive PED result came from an improper "reasonable cause" test, the arbitrator who presided over the appeal, James Carter, had a conflict of interest, and the league committed "fraud" by providing false information about testing protocols to the arbitrator among many other things. If Johnson is serious about the suit, this could drag on for a long time.
Jan 7 - 11:08 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Eagles have denied the Jets' request to interview QBs coach John DeFilippo for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

That's the Eagles' right, but it's still poor form. Despite the ability to block such job hopping, teams usually grant position coaches the ability to seek coordinating work. DeFilippo did an excellent job with the 2015 Browns. He'll be a coordinator again sooner or later.
Jan 5 - 1:21 PM

ESPN's Adam Caplan reports the Jets have requested permission to interview Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

DeFilippo spent one year coordinating the Browns' offense in 2015, a year which saw Josh McCown put up a 93.3 quarterback rating while throwing 12 touchdowns to just four interceptions in eight starts. DeFilippo also earned praise for his handling of Derek Carr his rookie season. This would be a good hire for the Jets, but the Eagles are not required to grant permission.
Jan 5 - 9:19 AM

Eagles signed WR Rasheed Bailey to a reserve/futures contract.

Bailey was signed by the Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2015 but was cut at the end of training camp. Since then he's made stops in Jacksonville, San Diego and even the CFL. The Eagles have one of the thinnest receiver groups in football.
Jan 4 - 5:34 PM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the Jets are interested in Eagles QBs coach John DeFilippo for their offensive coordinator vacancy.

A sprightly 38 by coaching standards, DeFilippo had a well-regarded year as Derek Carr's QBs coach in 2014 before overseeing a number of career years for the otherwise dispiriting 2015 Cleveland Browns. He would be an excellent hire for Gang Green, but the Eagles don't have to grant permission to interview.
Jan 3 - 1:48 PM

The Buffalo News reports the Bills are expected to interview Eagles OC Frank Reich for their head-coaching vacancy.

Reich had a nondescript year overseeing the Eagles' offense, but previously had success with the Chargers. He still seems like an extremely unlikely candidate to get a head-coaching job.
Jan 2 - 4:16 PM

Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Daily News reports Doug Pederson will be back with the Eagles in 2017.

Berman reports EVP Howie Roseman and vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas will return as well. It was never likely the Eagles would move on from Pederson after one season, especially with a promising rookie under center. The Eagles need to add some more offensive talent and corner help this offseason, but they are not that far away from competing for a playoff spot.
Jan 2 - 10:08 AM

Trey Burton hauled in 5-of-6 targets for 39 yards Week 17 against the Cowboys.

Burton was held to five yards total in Weeks 14 and 15, but he was surprisingly involved down the stretch, seeing at least six targets in four of his final five games. It is unlikely Burton becomes a viable fantasy starter with Zach Ertz ahead of him on the depth chart, but he certainly showed enough for the Eagles to bring him back on a RFA tender next season.
Jan 1 - 5:01 PM


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