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Jones, a 5-foot-11, 195-pounder, was the 2011 AFL receiver of the year with Dallas. He currently tops the AFL with 2,010 receiving yards and is third in the league with 47 touchdowns, but will sit out the remainder of the season to avoid injury.
The Soul are set to begin the playoffs the same weak that Eagles training camp begins, but Jones' coach is happy for the 30-year old, former Louisville wideout.
"There's no question that taking a person of his [caliber] is going to create a vacuum," said Soul coach Doug Plank, who played eight seasons for the Chicago Bears. "But, at the same time, you have to look at the bigger picture. If, through this season, we were able to put one or two players into the National Football League, then it's a win for the AFL."
While most of the attention regarding salary caps for teams in the NFC East has revolved around the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys, one team has quietly amassed a fair amount of cap room of their own--the Philadelphia Eagles.
Pro Football Talk recently compiled a list of cap space for each team in the NFL, and the Eagles currently rank third at 18.02 million dollars. The only teams ahead of them are the Jacksonville Jaguars (25.1 million) and the Tennessee Titans (19.97 million). The Redskins and Cowboys, who made headlines earlier in the offseason after being assessed cap penalties, sit at 6.97 and 7.18 million dollars of space, respectively. The Giants are ranked 27th with just 3.11 million dollars remaining.
Oshiomogho Atogwe became the newest member of the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday when he signed a one-year contract. On Thursday, the veteran safety had a press conference. Signing with the Eagles was a simple and speedy decision, he said.
"I wouldn't say it was a long process. The Eagles made it clear that they were interested in me, and once we kind of felt each other out for a week or two, they extended an offer to come work out for them, which I was eager and excited to do. I went there two weeks ago and worked out for them. I enjoyed meeting the coaching staff and the general manager. I was just getting a sense of the situation that I'd be growing into. I knew, having played against them last year, the type of team I was getting myself involved with. It was important for me to meet the coaches and front office so I could get to know exactly what type of organization I was joining. Once we got through the workout, they liked what they saw and I liked what I saw. It just made sense."
Atogwe said his role is to make his teammates and the team itself better. "The team explained to me what my role was. As with all players on the team, your primary role is to help everyone else be successful. I'm going to come in, work hard, and do what is asked of me and what is expected to help the Eagles be successful this season."
Atogwe played down concerns about injuries from last season.
"I just had a few knick knacks that didn't allow me to play as well as I had liked to. I'm past that now and I look forward to this next season. I feel great now and I'm at 100%, and I'm excited about going out and playing great football this next season."
He will be expected to compete for playing time immediately in the Eagles secondary even though he will have to learn the system. However, Atogwe feels that he will be a quick study of Philadelphia's defensive scheme.
To make room for the former Washington Redskin, the Eagles cut rookie long snapper Matt Camilli.
Atogwe managed only 13 games, including eight starts, with the Redskins last season, amassing 60 tackles, three interceptions and 0.5 sacks. During his seven-year career, which began with six seasons on the St. Louis Rams, the 30-year old has registered 450 tackles, 25 interceptions and 5.5 sacks.
Atogwe is expected to immediately compete for playing time with the crowded, but not elite, crop of Eagles safeties. The other Philadelphia safeties vying for playing time include Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman and Jaiquawn Jarrett.
According to a philly.com piece, Atogwe hasn't quite come to terms with Philadelphia on a deal that would put him in green and white next year.
If and when Atogwe does officially sign, he'll provide legitimate competition to a group of talented but unproven safeties. Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman are the incumbent starters, with Jaiquawn Jarrett also in the mix following a disappointing season.
The Eagles have been making overtures at other veteran safeties, so this move is no surprise. Atogwe isn't a household name, but at least he's good depth on a team that is somewhat thin in the area.
With the Washington Redskins last season, Atogwe contributed 60 tackles, three interceptions and 0.5 sacks. He started eight of the 13 games in which he appeared before being cut by the team in March.
Over a seven-year career, the first six years of which were spent with the St. Louis Rams, the 30-year old has registered 450 tackles, 25 interceptions and 5.5 sacks.
Atogwe has the talent to help Philadelphia's secondary, but as Jason Brewer of Bleeding Green Nation explains, that's only if he can stay healthy.
Atogwe, who will turn 31 next week, spent last season with the Redskins and was generally thought to have been slowed by injuries (but slowed nonethless). Given his recent injury history, this is no minor concern. He's had shoulder (2009), knee and toe (2011) issues in recent years.
But if he is healthy, he'll provide the Eagles with some much needed veteran insurance at the safety position. At his best he was a savvy, instinctive guy and a good tackler. Playing in a more limited role here could be a benefit to both him and the team.
The Philadelphia Eagles started the 2011 season as a "Dream Team" and ended it as mediocre. But they are again drumming up high expectations, and this time the majority of those expectations are coming from within.
"We just feel like we're in a position to accomplish a lot," Vick said, as transcribed by Sports Radio Interviews. "That's what we wanna do. And I think if you don't shoot for the stars, then what are you in it for? And I think if that's everybody's mind set, then you feel like you can accomplish it and start believing that you can do it. And we feel like we can do that, so we know it's gonna be tough. Nothing's gonna be easy, but I think that just makes us want to work even harder."
One year after finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs, Vick said he's never played with a group as talented as this year's Eagles.
"Yeah, and certainly a much more complete team than I've ever been on. This is the best team that I've been able to play with my entire career. We've just got talent stacked all over the place, so that's one of the main reasons why we feel like we got a good chance at it. Chances like this, teams that are built this way don't come around too often and you've gotta feel blessed that you're in a position to play with a team with so much talent. So I just wanna take advantage of it."
The 38-year old Maynard, a 16-year NFL veteran, played for the Cleveland Browns in 2011. He averaged 40.5 yards per punt, with a net average of 36.7 yards, and put 32 of his 81 punts inside the red zone. Despite his advanced age, Maynard's 2011 stats were very similar to his career stats.
The Eagles' 2011 punter was Chas Henry, a 23-year old who averaged 42.9 yards per punt with a 36.9-yard net average. Henry was an All-American at University of Florida, where he was recognized as the nation's top college football punter before signing with the Eagles prior to the 2011 season as an undrafted free agent.
DeSean Jackson spent much of last season frustrated with his contract situation. It's a new year, he has a new contract, and now Jackson is focused on becoming a better leader.
"Being a leader, carrying the guys with me, and stepping up and being accountable. That’s the biggest thing that this team needs," Jackson replied when asked what he's working on during the team's OTA's.
Jackson said he, Michael Vick, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy and Brent Celek all need to provide leadership for an Eagles team that started last year with high expectations but finished outside of the playoffs.
"As long as we’re able to do that and lead as leaders and everybody watches us and follows along, it doesn’t have to be any screaming and yelling or anything, but as long as we can lead by example and we’re going out there and showing the young guys what to do out there, everyone else will follow," Jackson said.
The recovery from the surgery, which was done by Dr. William Meyers at Jefferson at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, is expected to keep Clayton out at least until training camp and maybe beyond.
Clayton saw action in 14 games last season, mostly in the Eagles' nickel packages and as a key contributor on special teams. He finished the season with 31 tackles and two passes defensed.
The Eagles added rookie Mychal Kendricks in the 2012 NFL Draft, so their linebacking corpse is a bit more crowded than it was last season. With that and the injury setback, Clayton could be on the outside of the linebacker rotation looking in when training camp arrives in July.
Harris was signed by the Eagles on May 11. Harris played quarterback for the University of Miami as a three-year starter and had 75 touchdowns (70 passing) and 8,826 passing yards, marks which were both second all-time in Miami history. Despite completing 60% of his passes in college, Harris also had accuracy issues and threw 48 interceptions.
By releasing Harris, the Birds are left with four quarterbacks for the start of OTAs: Michael Vick, Mike Kafka, Trent Edwards and third-round NFL Draft pick Nick Foles. The Eagles also have one open roster spot.
Here's a reminder of the OTA and mini-camp schedule for the Eagles:
OTA: May 22-24, May 30-June 1, June 4-7
Minicamp: May 12-14 (rookies), June 12-14
Moten, 24, appeared in 12 games as a rookie during the 2011 season, notching seven tackles. He was signed by the Indianapolis Colts prior to the 2011 season as an undrafted rookie free agent after a college career at Maryland. After 10 games with the Colts, Moten was cut in November and claimed off waivers by the Seahawks.
Philadelphia also used the NFL Draft to bolster its linebacking corpse, selecting Mychal Kendricks out of California in the second round. Kendricks impressed the coaching staff during rookie training camp and will compete for a starting job.
The Eagles begin OTAs on Tuesday, with veteran minicamp arriving in mid-June.
The Philadelphia Eagles missed on one of their free agency targets Friday when safety Yeremiah Bell chose to sign with the New York Jets, according to NBC's Pro Football Talk. The Eagles had been Bell's other finalist.
Bell, a 34-year old safety, spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Miami Dolphins. In 2011 with Miami, he had 107 tackles, two sacks and one interception. His best year came in 2009, when he made the Pro Bowl after amassing 114 tackles, three interceptions and 1.5 sacks.
Jeff McLane reports that the Eagles' interest in Bell was tepid at best and was likely mostly a favor to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who just locked up a deal between the team and LeSean McCoy.
Bell was likely being brought in to be a just-in-case guy which is why the Eagles weren't very aggressive. I think, more than anything, they were "in the running" to help agent Drew Rosenhaus out. #Payback.
Though many analysts believe that safety is a trouble position for the Eagles, they did not draft a safety and have not signed anyone at the position in free agency. Coach Andy Reid recently said Nate Allen and Kurt Coleman will be the starting safeties at the beginning of offseason workouts.
Pro Football Focus assigned Bell a grade of negative 12 for the 2011 regular season, and one of the worst players on the Miami Dolphins defense. Opposing quarterbacks had a cumulative quarterback rating of 105.5 when throwing at Bell last year. He had four pass deflections, along with an interception. He was only thrown at 40 times, but allowed 26 catches for 333 yards and three touchdowns.
Bell is however consistently rated as one of the better tackling safeties in the NFL with over 100 stops in each of the last four seasons.
LeSean McCoy was all smiles as he met the media last night, the Eagles Pro Bowl RB had just put pen to paper on a brand new 5-year extension that will pay him $45 million and keep him in green through the 2017 season. For the kid from Harrisburg, its the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
"I love this team, and I'm kind of a hometown kid from Harrisburg which is like an hour and a half away." McCoy said.
"The biggest thing is that my whole life, I've always thought about being a professional football player and working hard to this point where I sign a major contract to be with a great organization. It's a blessing."
McCoy is the fourth former Eagles draft pick to get a new, big money extension from the team this offseason (Trent Cole, Todd Herremans & DeSean Jackson being the others). Head coach Andy Reid that its important for the team to lock up players like McCoy.
"We have good, young players here who enjoy playing for the city of Philadelphia. If you're going to be accepted into this city, there's a certain attitude that you need to bring. We felt like we had a great nucleus of guys, LeSean being one of that group. He does it all, so this isn't a one-dimensional running back. This is a running back that can not only carry the football for you but can catch the football as well as the wide receivers and he can block and loves playing the game. That brings great energy to this football team."
McCoy's extension was completely painless, unlike the process to get DeSean Jackson re-signed. He was publicly unhappy about his deal, seemed to let it affect his play and had to be franchised this offseason before he finally got a deal done. McCoy was asked whether he learned anything from what DeSean went through?
"Me and DeSean are great friends, and everybody handles things differently," McCoy explained. "I don't really want to get involved with other guys contract situations or problems. We never really got into it about that, and me as a person and just the way I was raised, I try and do things the right way. I thought that the team knew that I wanted a new deal. I go out every week and work hard in practice and in the games playing my heart out. I didn't want to act the fool and do the wrong thing because I wasn't raised like that. I want to do the right things by showing up and being a team guy, all the things that I really am. It wasn't like I had to act like I was this different person, I was just being myself."
At 23 years old, LeSean McCoy already holds the Eagles single season franchise records for rushing TDs and total TDs. He was 4th in the league in rushing and led in the NFL in first downs and TDs. If he stays healthy, there's really no telling how much better he can get.
The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms with running back LeSean McCoy on a five-year extension that will keep him an Eagle through 2017. McCoy's deal is worth $45 million, $20.765 million of which is guaranteed money. The Eagles and McCoy will be holding a press conference at 7:30 p.m.
After the deal was announced, McCoy tweeted about it
Thank u lord for everything because nothing would b possible without u... To the whole eagles management THANK YOU !!!!— Lesean McCoy (@CutonDime25) May 17, 2012
Eagles head coach Andy Reid said about the signing:
"We are excited to continue this offseason of taking care of our own players," said head coach Andy Reid. "LeSean is one of the most electrifying running backs in the National Football League. He can do it all - run, catch, block and score touchdowns from anywhere on the field. He's worked extremely hard to turn himself into a Pro Bowl running back and he is well deserving of this contract extension. I give a lot of credit to Howie Roseman and Drew Rosenhaus for hammering out this deal."
McCoy, a 2011 Pro Bowler, set Eagles franchise records last season with 20 total touchdowns (and 17 rushing touchdowns). In 15 games in 2011, McCoy rushed for 1,309 yards (4th in the NFL) and caught 48 passes for 315 yards.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer asked an anonymous Eagles coach which Eagle could be on the verge of his first Pro Bowl appearance, and the coach did not hesitate before saying Maclin's name.
It's going to be difficult for the Eagles wide receiver to rack up Megatron-like numbers. For one, he isn't as good as Calvin Johnson, and, two, the Eagles have more offensive weapons than the Lions. But Maclin has had the look this offseason of a player that is ready to take that next step. (He also has a little extra motivation in that he's entering the fourth year of a five year contract.) Last season would have been the "next step" year if he hadn't had the cancer scare that wiped out most of his offseason.
Maclin registered 63 catches for 859 yards and five touchdowns last season despite missing three games, but should be even better this year if he can stay away from injury.
Peters was trying to maneuver in his kitchen when the 4-wheel alternative to a set of crutches or a wheelchair broke and caused Peters to fall face first onto the floor and re-injure his Achilles tendon.
Peters initially had surgery to repair the tendon back in April after the injury occurred while he was working out in Texas in March. As Peters needed a second surgery, his recovery time should be pushed back at least three weeks. Peters plans on suing the makers of the device.
The Eagles have signed a veteran tackle, Demetress Bell, since the first injury to Peters occurred.
Chaney underwent surgery in January to repair a herniated disk he suffered during Philadelphia's regular season finale. The 25-year old is an important part of Philadelphia's defense, registering 92 tackles, three interceptions and one sack during the 2011 season.
With Chaney out for a while longer, rookie linebacker Mychal Kendricks might take a step closer to securing a starting spot. The second-round pick had 98 tackles and three sacks for the California Golden Bears last year as a senior. The biggest knock on Kendricks is his size (he's just 5-11), but he has impressed during the team's rookie mini camp.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced the signing of three of their 2012 NFL Draft picks on Friday. As with some of their early draft signings, Brandon Boykin, Brandon Washington and Bryce Brown were signed to four-year deals.
Brandon Boykin, a cornerback from the University of Georgia, was taken in the fourth round. Brandon Washington, a guard from the University of Miami, was selected in the sixth round. Bryce Brown, a running back from Kansas State University, was picked in the seventh round.
Boykin was effective as a cornerback, especially at stopping the run, as well as being a dangerous return man for the Bulldogs. Washington didn't miss a start as a junior and senior at tackle and guard for the Hurricanes. Brown was a highly-recruited running back out of high school who played for Tennessee for one season before transferring to Kansas State where his brother played. His 2011 season was ended the opening game with an ankle injury.
Harris started for four years at the University of Miami, but went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft. He threw 70 touchdowns compared to 48 touchdowns and poses a dual-threat in the backfield, but was seen by many Miami fans as a symbol of what had gone wrong with the program. He was inconsistent and failed to lead Miami back to national prominence.
With Michael Vick the returning starter and Trent Edwards joining Mike Kafka on the team's depth chart behind the explosive lefty, Harris likely does not stand much of a chance to earn playing time at any time in the 2012 NFL season, assuming he makes the team.
Young is set to sign a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills on Friday, as first reported by Adam Schefter, reportedly worth $2 million with another $1 million in bonuses depending on how much playing time he earns.
The Bills spent big money last season to sign starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a long-term extension, so Young again projects to be a backup. Playing as the Eagles' primary backup to Michael Vick in 2011, Young experienced his fair share of struggles. He appeared in just six games, starting three, and finished the season with 866 yards, four touchdowns and nine interceptions.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Thursday which jersey numbers the team's rookies and newcomers will wear during the upcoming 2012 NFL season.
You can view the entire roster complete with jersey numbers, or @EaglesInsider tweeted some of the notable numbers:
Of Note: Cox (91), Kendricks (95), Curry (75), Foles (9), Boykin (22), Kelly (67), McNutt (83), Washington (78), Brown (34), Polk (32).
The Eagles agreed to terms with three more of their draft picks on Wednesday, meaning they now have four of their nine draft selections under contract.
Mychal Kendricks, Vinny Curry, Dennis Kelly and Marvin McNutt all agreed to four-year deals. Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who the Eagles drafted at No. 12 after trading up to acquire him, still has yet to sign a contract.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced that they had agreed to terms with three more of their 2012 NFL Draft picks on Wednesday: Vinny Curry, Dennis Kelly and Marvin McNutt. All three will be signed four-year deals, just as second-round linebacker pick Mychal Kendricks was on Tuesday.
Curry, a defensive end out of Marshall and a "lifelong Eagles fan," was taken in the second round. Offensive tackle Dennis Kelly was selected in the fifth-round from Purdue while McNutt was a sixth-round wide receiver pick out of Iowa.
The Eagles have now signed four of their nine NFL Draft selections. The most prominent of Philadelphia's selections, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox (1st Round, 12th overall), has not yet been signed. The Eagles' rookie camp will begin on Saturday.
The Eagles picked Kendricks in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Cal (46th overall). Kendricks (5-11, 240) is the first of the Eagles' draft picks to sign with the team. For Cal last season, Kendricks had 106 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions. The quick linebacker and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year is expected to be fighting for a spot on the strong side.
Kendricks is the fourth linebacker selection in the second round by the Eagles during Andy Reid's tenure as head coach. Barry Gardner (1999), Quinton Caver (2001) and Matt McCoy (2005) were the other second round linebacker picks by Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced dates for spring minicamps and organized team activities on Wednesday.
Rookies will get things started off with a three-day minicamp that run from May 12 through May 14. The entire team will hold its minicamp on June 12-14.
The team will hold several sessions of organized team activities, per the rules laid out in the 2011 collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association.
The date for the Eagles' OTAs are as follows:
May 22-24, May 30-June 1, and June 4-7
Philadelphia has a singular mission this season to erase the memories of a dream team gone bad in 2011. Andy Reid's team finished the season with an 8-8 record. An improved second half of the season salvaged a3-5 start through the first eight games.
In SB Nation's 2012 Offseason NFL Power Rankings, Joel Thorman has the Philadelphia Eagles ranked 13th.
Thorman puts the Eagles third in the NFC East behind the New York Giants (third) and Dallas Cowboys (ninth). However, he does say that if Michael Vick can actually stay upright, Philadelphia has a good shot to win the division.
It's tough to blame people for being skeptical when it comes to the Eagles right now. They appear to have had an excellent draft and good free agency period, but after the disaster of 2011 it needs to be proven on the field.
No team in recent memory came in with more hype than Philly last year only to watch the season evaporate into thin air.
However, all signs are pointing up for a team that is relatively young and loaded with top-notch talent. With all the additions to this group, the Eagles are without question a team to watch very closely going forward.
The Eagles would be trading the 31-year-old corner for a late round draft pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. This move would make a lot of sense for a team already set with Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the outside for years to come.
Trading Samuel would open up some cap space for the team to make some other moves all while adding a selection for Andy Reid to play with.
The ex-Patriot has been a good player for the most part during his time in Philadelphia but he's also far from expendable at this point in his career.
Samuel has been very much a feast or famine type, accumulating 23 interceptions in his four years wearing green.
The NFL released its 2012 schedule yesterday evening and now that we've had a chance to digest it... what do make of who the Eagles will be playing next year? First, here is the full Eagles schedule if you haven't seen it. So familiarize yourself with it and then let's move to some reactions.
- The Eagles will be on prime time no less than 5 times next season. Twice on both Sunday and Monday night football as well once on Thursday night football. They'll also be a part of two nationally televised late Sunday games, week 3 against Arizona & week 9 against Dallas. There's also that week 17 game against the Giants that could be ripe to be flexed to prime time if it has major playoff implications.
- As we know in the NFL (and Eagles fans especially after last season) you never really know how a team will perform relative to expectations. However, pretty much all we've got to go on at the moment is how teams performed in 2011. So the Eagles, like the rest of the NFC East, have a tough schedule based on last year's results. They'll play 7 2011 playoff teams next year.
- The Eagles will play 6 of those 2011 payoff teams in the first 9 weeks of the season.
- The schedule-makers kind of screwed the Eagles last year having them travel all the way across the country to Seattle for a Thursday night game on 4 days rest. It was a tough spot and the Eagles got pounded. This year they will play on Thursday night again, but it will be at home against the Bengals.
- There is also only one back to back set of games for the Eagles. Bettors will tell you that the second leg of back to back games is where a team will often struggle. Compare the Eagles with a team like Dallas, who has three back to back road games this season.
- This is not to say the schedule guys were kind to the Eagles. In fact, they put them a notable disadvantage with a quirk of the schedule that you may not have realized. Smart bettors will also tell you that another spot where they like to bet against teams is when they face someone coming off their bye. The Eagles will find themselves in this scenario four times this season! The Lions, Steelers, Redskins & Falcons will all have two weeks of rest before playing the Birds this year. That said, against the Falcons, the Eagles will also be coming off their bye, where Andy Reid is 13-0.
The key thing about most of the points I've made here is that this all applies regardless of how good any of these teams are. We can guess, but we really don't know who will be good next season. In fact, you can be sure that one of these teams everyone picks to make the postseason won't next year (that was us last year). But what we do know is that looking at years of data, that playing back to back road games is tough and playing teams after a bye is a tough. The Eagles got a break with the former, but will have a rough go with the latter.
Following the NFL's release of the 2012 schedule as a whole at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, we've put together the 2012 Sunday Night Football schedule for you.
The Eagles will be play twice on NBC's Sunday Night Football, hosting the New York Giants in Week 4 before visiting the Dallas Cowboys in Week 13. You don't need to know much about football to figure out how intriguing both matchups are. The New York Giants are defending a Super Bowl title and the Cowboys are, well, the Cowboys.
Here's the complete 2012 Sunday Night Football Schedule on NBC:
Week 4: New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles
Week 7: Philadelphia Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
Week 8: New Orleans Saints vs. Denver Broncos
Week 10: Houston Texans vs. Chicago Bears
Week 11: Baltimore Ravens vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 12: New England Patriots vs. New York Jets (Thanksgiving)
Week 12: Green Bay Packers vs. New York Giants
Week 13: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Dallas Cowboys
Week 14: Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers
Week 15: San Francisco 49ers vs. New England Patriots
Week 16: San Diego Chargers vs. New York Jets
The NFL released the 2012 schedule at 7 p.m. on Tuesday on NFL Network and NFL.com. We've blocked out just the Monday Night Football games to give you the schedule for those games.
The Philadelphia Eagles will play twice on Monday night this season, and both matchups have the potential to be very entertaining. In Week 9 they will head south to play a New Orleans Saints squad that has had an interesting offseason, to say the least. In Week 12 Philadelphia hosts the Carolina Panthers, in what should be fun matchup between electric quarterbacks Michael Vick and Cam Newton.
Here's the full Monday Night Football schedule (all games on ESPN):
Week 6: Broncos vs. Chargers
Week 7: Lions vs. Bears
Week 9: Eagles vs. Saints
Week 11: Bears vs. 49ers
Week 12: Panthers vs. Eagles
Week 14: Texans vs. Patriots
Week 15: Jets vs. Titans
Week 16: Falcons vs. Lions (Saturday)
The NFL released the 2012 NFL schedule on NFL Network and NFL.com at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.
Every NFL team will get a chance to play on Thursday nights this season at some point. The Eagles will have to wait till the last edition of it in Week 15 when they play the Bengals.
Here's the complete Thursday Night Football Schedule:
The Philadelphia Eagles released their 2012 NFL Schedule on Tuesday night after it was revealed by NFL Network and NFL.com at 7 p.m.
Here's what the Birds' 2012 schedule looks like:
|Sunday, Sept. 9||at Cleveland||1 pm (FOX)|
|Sunday, Sept. 16||vs. Baltimore||1 pm (CBS)|
|Sunday, Sept. 23||at Arizona||4:05 pm (FOX)|
|Sunday, Sept. 30||vs. New York Giants||8:20 pm (NBC)*|
|Sunday, Oct. 7||at Pittsburgh||1 pm (FOX)|
|Sunday, Oct. 14||vs. Detroit||1 pm (FOX)|
|Sunday, Oct. 21||BYE WEEK|
|Sunday, Oct. 28||vs. Atlanta||1 pm (FOX)|
|Monday, Nov. 5||at New Orleans||8:30 pm (ESPN)*|
|Sunday, Nov. 11||vs. Dallas||4:15 pm (FOX)*|
|Sunday, Nov. 18||at Washington||1 pm (FOX)|
|Monday, Nov. 26||vs. Carolina||8:30 pm (ESPN)*|
|Sunday, Dec. 2||at Dallas||8:20 pm (NBC)*|
|Sunday, Dec. 9||at Tampa Bay||1 pm (FOX)|
|Thursday, Dec. 13||vs. Cincinnati||8:20 pm (NFL Network)*|
|Sunday, Dec. 23||vs. Washington||1 pm (FOX)|
|Sunday, Dec. 30||at New York Giants||1 pm (FOX)|
The Eagles only have one really long road trip when they fly out to play the Cardinals in Week 3. The Birds will also have five nationally televised games this season.
Philadelphia Eagles fans waiting for the release of the 2012-13 schedule Tuesday, will need to be patient no more Tuesday as the NFL will reveal the 256-game slate starting at 7 p.m. ET on NFL Network. NFL Network and NFL.com will be the first source to have the team-by-team breakdown, while ESPN will have a three-hour SportsCenter, also starting at 7 p.m., that will breakdown the 17-week schedule of games.
Already known is the first game of the season, which will be played Wednesday, Sept. 5, against the defending Super Bowl Champions the New York Giants and NFC East Division rival the Dallas Cowboys. This contest will allow Eagles fans to get a nice, early-season look at their division rivals.
Also a new look for the '12-13 schedule will be primetime games for every 32 NFL franchises, which will feature Thursday night contests on NFL Network beginning on Week 2 and run through the remainder of the regular season.
For a look at the Eagles opponents for this upcoming season, click here.
The opponents for next season have been known since January but what isn't known is the order that they will be played in. Where the bye weeks fall, for instance, for both Philadelphia and their opponents could play a big role in the outcome of their 2012 season.
The Eagles, of course, have to play their foes in the NFC East division both home and away. Here are there other opponents:
What will also be learned tomorrow is the TV schedule and times for these games.
More: On Bell signing
This is a huge move for Philadelphia after Jason Peters went down last week with a potentially season-ending achillies tendon injury. Peters is arguably the best left tackle in the game and while Bell certainly isn't that, he provides stability until Peters can return.
"Demetress was one of the top free agent offensive linemen available this year and we are happy to be able to add him to our squad," said Andy Reid. "We had a chance to meet him over the weekend and study him extensively on tape and we came away quite impressed with what we saw and heard. He's a great athlete."
Bell spent the first three seasons of his career in Buffalo on a much-maligned offensive line. Once Peters comes back, Bell will become great depth and/or competition for Todd Herremans on the right side.
This also frees up the draft for Andy Reid and the Eagles. Many people around the league were speculating whether or not Philly would have to take a tackle early.
Now with that problem solved, the Eagles can take a player who will fit in better long-term.
The Eagles did not immediately release a timetable for Peters' recovery after the surgery, which was performed by Dr. Steve Raikin of the Rothman Institute at Jefferson Hospital. Similar injuries are known to come with a 9-12 month recovery process, which could potentially, albeit unlikely, leave open the possibility of a Peters return late in the 2012 season.
More likely seems that Peters will miss the entire 2012 season. The 30-year old has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last five seasons and the All-Pro team in four of the five, including when he was named First Team All-Pro for the first time in 2011.
The Eagles organization was rocked today by the news that All Pro left tackle Jason Peters ruptured his achillies tendon while training and will likely be lost for the entire 2012 season. The team quickly wrapped up a one year deal with LT King Dunlap, who started twice for them last year, but is also quickly moving on other fronts for a possible replacement for Peters.
Sources has confirmed that the team will host former Bills LT Demetrius Bell for a free agent visit. The 27 year old Bell has started 30 games over the last three seasons for Buffalo. Like Peters himself, the Bell was a 7th round pick of the Bills.
He’s massive at 6-5, 307 pounds and just so happens to be the son of NBA hall of famer Karl Malone.
Bell had a visit with the Pittsburgh Steelers today, a meeting that CSN’s Ruben Frank says could “very likely” end with him signing there.
Andy Reid said earlier today that he and GM Howie Roseman would be looking at a number of places to ensure that the hole left by Peters is filled.
“Howie and I will sort out the roster situation for the offensive line,” said Reid. “We are glad to have King [Dunlap] back as a part of our offensive line and we will continue to scan the free agent market, also knowing the draft is less than a month away.”
"As we announced earlier, Jason Peters has sustained a ruptured Achilles tendon," Reid said according to a press release from the team. "He had been working out in his hometown in Texas when this occurred. He alerted [head athletic trainer] Rick [Burkholder] and they quickly put together a plan of attack for his evaluation, surgery and subsequent rehabilitation.
"We all know how much Jason loves to play the game and how much he was looking forward to the start of the 2012 season. Jason is one of the best, if not the best, offensive tackle in the NFL. We don’t know when he will return to the field and we will not speculate on a timeline. We are just going to let the surgical process and the rehabilitation process play itself out.
"Howie and I will sort out the roster situation for the offensive line. We are glad to have King [Dunlap] back as a part of our offensive line and we will continue to scan the free agent market, also knowing the draft is less than a month away."
Peters is expected to miss between 9-12 months as a result of the injury, a harsh blow to the Eagles offensive line which will now almost certainly go through the entire 2012 season without its anchor. The 6-foot-4, 340-pound Peters has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last five seasons and was named All-Pro in four of those five (with 2009 being the one year since 2007 he wasn't named All-Pro).
The Eagles agreed to terms earlier Friday with offensive lineman King Dunlap, likely because Peters' injury opened a void in the lineup.
Dunlap was a seventh round pick of the Eagles in 2008 – the 230th overall selection. He appeared in eight games for the Eagles last season, with two starts – one against the Bills in week five, and against the Arizona Cardinals in week 10. He allowed no sacks or hits, and only two quarterback pressures in 147 snaps.
In 2010, Dunlap started five games. He was also an injury sub in a game against the Niners – a game in which Pro Football Focus graded him as a -4.9 on their scale.
After weeks of speculation we finally have some action. The Eagles placed the franchise tag on receiver DeSean Jackson on Thursday. What should we make of this? Is it a good thing?
It was a hot topic of conversation whether or not DeSean Jackson would be upset with a franchise tag designation. It turns out he's more than fine with it.
Jackson spoke with Tim McManus shortly after being franchised, and told him he's very happy with the situation. Jackson of course wants a long term deal to provide security.
The Eagles and Jackson have been discussing contracts since last summer, when Jackson voiced his displeasure with the contract he was playing on. The ex-Golden Bear had said earlier this offseason that he wouldn't have any issues with being tagged, but many still wanted to see it before they believed it.
Now that Jackson is in the fold, he and the Philadelphia front office can get down to business and try to iron out a multi-year deal. With the Eagles ready to win now, it seems obvious that both sides would stand to gain from that type of agreement.
With Jackson (somewhat) taken care of, the Eagles can turn their attention elsewhere once free agency starts on March 13th.
The Eagles announced today that they’ve decided to place the franchise tag on free agent WR to be DeSean Jackson. Eagles GM Howie Roseman says that he believe that this is the first step toward getting Jackson signed to a new long term deal.
“We want DeSean to be an Eagle for the long haul and this is a step in the right direction to accomplish that,” said Roseman. “DeSean is a talented player and a proven playmaker in this league and we look forward to him continuing his career in Philadelphia. It’s our understanding that he has the same desire. We will continue our efforts on getting a long-term deal done with him.”
If he were to sign the tag and play this year under, Jackson would earn at least $9.4 million. The franchise tag could certainly push each side toward getting a new long term deal done. Jackson would certainly prefer more long term security and the Eagles would be happy to get that $9 mil cap hit lower.
Eagles place franchise tag on WR DeSean Jackson.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 1, 2012
This move should not come as a surprise. There was some speculation about whether the team would slap the franchise tag on Jackson and still trade him. However, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said on Thursday:
#Eagles GM Howie Roseman says "We want DeSean to be an Eagle for the long haul and this is a step in the right direction to accomplish that"— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) March 1, 2012
Jackson, a two-time Pro Bowl wide out, has played his entire career with the Eagles since being drafted in 2008. Jackson has made 229 career receptions for 4,085 yards and 21 touchdowns for Philadelphia. Jackson has also rushed for three touchdowns and scored four touchdowns on punt returns.
With free agency approaching and rumors rampant, here are some random musings about the Philadelphia Eagles and what could be next for the team.
The agent for Asante Samuel, Alonzo Shavers, told the Philadelphia Inquirer's Les Bowen on Friday that no trade involving his client is imminent and he believes the Eagles can afford Samuel's $9.4 million price tag in 2012.
Shavers added that he was not comfortable talking about any discussions he has had with Eagles management.
As Jonathan Tamari cautions, it's natural for no trade to be imminent at this juncture since teams are not yet allowed to trade players. It's entirely possible that a trade surfaces to deal Samuel elsewhere as the offseason progresses and the NFL Draft approaches.
The Eagles' secondary was viewed as a strong asset prior to last season, but the team's stable of star cornerbacks struggled at times to share the same field, with Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie filling a new role as the nickle cornerback.
Samuel trade speculation has swirled since the Eagles acquired Rodgers-Cromartie last summer.
Edwards (6-4, 230) played in 37 games from 2007-10, making 32 starts with Buffalo and one with Jacksonville after being waived by the Bills in September of 2010. The Los Gatos, CA native has completed 60.5% of his passes (561-of-927) for 6,019 yards and 26 touchdowns over his career. Edwards was signed by the Oakland Raiders prior to training camp in 2011 but did not make their regular season roster. He set career-highs in 2008 with a 65.5% completion rate (245-of-374) for 2,699 yards and 11 scores in 14 starts for the Bills. The former Stanford signal caller was drafted in the third round (92nd overall selection) by Buffalo in 2007, and his nine starts that year were the most by a rookie quarterback that season.
Edwards will likely compete with Mike Kafka for the backup quarterback position during the upcoming season.
General manager Howie Roseman indicated on Thursday at the NFL Combine that the Philadelphia Eagles could be close to signing free agent Trent Edwards, according to multiple reports from Roseman's press conference.
Roseman hinted about a possible Edwards acquisition, then noted that "it's fair" to interpret his comments as meaning that Edwards could soon be relocating to Philadelphia.
Edwards was drafted in 2007 by the Buffalo Bills and quickly became the starting quarterback, but his career never blossomed the way management wished and he was waived during September of 2010. He was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars and finished the 2010 season there, but sat out the 2011 campaign after being released during final roster cuts by the Oakland Raiders.
Due to questions about Michael Vick's durability, backup quarterback is an especially important position for the Eagles. Vince Young manned that role in 2011, getting three starts due to Vick injuries. But Young threw just four touchdowns compared to nine interceptions for the season and the team went 1-2 during his starts.
If Edwards does in fact sign with the Eagles, he will likely compete with Mike Kafka for primary backup quarterback responsibilities. Kafka is entering his third season and complete 11 of 16 passes in 2011 as Philadelphia's third-string quarterback.
DeSean Jackson remains a key figure in the Eagles offseason plans. Let's take a look at the situation as the team heads to the Scouting Combine, where they will most certainly meet with agent Drew Rosenhaus to discuss Jackson's future.
The Philadelphia Eagles and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins agreed Tuesday on a new restructured contract that will give the Eagles a bit more salary cap flexibility. According to Nick Fierro of The Morning Call, Jenkins was due a $5 million roster bonus in March, and the new deal could help the Eagles make another splash in the free-agent mark this year.
"We are very excited about having Cullen back on our football team," general manager Howie Roseman said. "Cullen made an immediate impact for us this year on and off the field. We look forward to a great future together with him in an Eagles uniform."
Last offseason, Jenkins signed with the Eagles after spending the previous seven years with the Green Bay Packers. In his first year with Philadelphia, Jenkins tallied 5.5 sacks and a total of 61 tackles.
Philadelphia Eagles GM Howie Roseman spoke with the media today and the #1 topic was the future of free agent to be DeSean Jackson. While Roseman didn't directly speak to Jackson's contract situation, he certainly sounded like a guy that wanted WR back.
"We feel very fortunate to have him on our team," said Roseman. "He's a player that we drafted, we've grown (with), and we think he's got a great future ahead."
"We feel fortunate to have a player of DeSean Jackson’s magnitude on our football team and I think the future is bright for DeSean Jackson."
"You want to always keep your really good players under contract. That's the way it's always been," . "It's been draft and lets extend them and re-sign them. It just doesn't always happen that that's how it works."
Roseman said that their focus this year was to "draft and re-sign our own."
Chaney says he didn't need the surgery but went through with it for prohibitive reasons.
"I didn't have to have (the surgery)," Chaney assured Eagles fans when he joined PhiladelphiaEagles.com in the studio. "It was just something I wanted to have to prevent it from happening again. They fused my neck. It's coming along pretty good now. By the end of this month, maybe next month, I should be back to myself 100 percent. I feel pretty good now, working out, squatting, bench pressing, doing the normal stuff I would be doing in the offseason.
"I think I made the right decision to have the surgery because as long as we have this off time, it's worth it. As long as I was going to be back for when we come back for workouts and right before we go to minicamps and OTAs and all that, I wanted to participate in all of that. They told me the timetable would be mid-March so I went ahead and did it." (via Philadelphia Eagles)
Chaney had 92 tackles (67 solo), one sack and three interceptions last season. Because of last season's work stoppage, this offseason will be the first full one for Chaney, who was drafted in 2010 out of Mississippi State.
Randy Moss held his 35th birthday celebration on Ustream and used the occasion to announce that he plans to make a comeback to the NFL next season.
DeSean Jackson will likely be back in Philly on a one-year deal.
Andy Reid broke his media silence on Tuesday.
The Philadelphia Eagles are set to hire former Dolphins interim head coach Todd Bowles as their new secondary coach
The Philadelphia Eagles continued to fill the holes in their front office on Friday, promoting Anthony Patch and hiring Rick Mueller from outside the organization.
Patch, 33, was promoted to director of college scouting after spending 10 years in the scouting department and a short stint as former Eagles director of player personnel Ryan Grigson's assistant.
"We are very pleased to promote Anthony and add Rick to our scouting staff," said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. "Anthony has been one of our top talent evaluators during his tenure as a college scout, has great relationships throughout football and is an extremely hard worker. Rick brings a wealth of NFL experience while giving us a new and fresh set of eyes to evaluate incoming talent. They will both play a role in helping us prepare for this offseason of free agency and the draft."
Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg interviewed with Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie Friday for the team's head coaching vacancy, reports NFL.com's Jason La Canfora.
According to multiple reports, Mornhinweg left the interview without an offer, though that does not necessarily mean he is eliminated from contention. The Raiders have already interviewed other candidates, including Miami Dolphins interim coach Todd Bowles and Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen, and are said to be interested in speaking to more.
Rumors circulated that Mornhinweg could be the top choice to replace Jim Caldwell as the Indianapolis Colts head coach, but the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Colts have not yet asked permission to speak to Mornhinweg. The Colts have already met with Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and are reportedly set to interview more candidates.
Mornhinweg has spent the past nine seasons with the Eagles, eight of them as the team's offensive coordinator/assistant head coach.
The Philadelphia Eagles have yet to name anybody their new defensive coordinator, and the decision might want to come soon because one of their targets, former Eagles defensive assistant coach and St. Louis Rams head coach, Steve Spagnuolo, could be headed to the New Orleans Saints.
According to a Tweet by ESPN's NFL insider Adam Schefter, Spagnuolo is now a target for the Saints, who not only were knocked out of the playoffs Saturday but also lost their defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, who's reportedly joining forces with long-time friend and new St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher next season.
Schefter also said that Mike Nolan, Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator, is a possible target for the Saints.
Other teams are interested in Steve Spagnuolo and nothing is official yet, but the Philadelphia Eagles are rumored to be adding Spagnuolo to their staff at some point in the near future.
Is he the answer?
CSN Philly's Ray Didinger and Derrick Gunn discussed the possibility of hiring Spagnuolo.
"I think Steve Spagnuolo's a terrific coach. It makes sense because he's been here, it makes sense because he studied under Jim Johnson and knows that philosophy," said Didinger. "But you're going to have to do things differently. That defensive line worked fine. You got pressure on the quarterback, you led the NFL in sacks. That's all well and good. But you're going to have to change your linebacker scheme, change your defensive secondary scheme. You're going to have to play the back seven in a way that compliments the front four.
"It's going to take a creative defensive coordinator to do that. I think Steve Spagnuolo's that kind of guy. You can't be more creative than what he was in that postseason run with the Giants a couple years ago. He found a way to stop the offense that everyone thought was unstoppable."
Ryan Grigson, who has served as a long time scout for the Philadelphia Eagles, has been hired as the general manager of the Indianapolis Colts. His old boss, current GM Howie Roseman, released a statement praising Grigson’s record with the team and wishing him well in his new job.
“Although we will miss Ryan personally and professionally we could not be happier for him," said Roseman. "He has been a great advisor to me and somebody I have leaned on to bounce ideas off of many times over my career. He leaves no stone left unturned in his efforts to find good players and we were lucky to have him here in Philadelphia. In addition to his skills as a talent evaluator, we can’t say enough about Ryan as a person. He is one of the best family men I have come across in the NFL and we wish he, Cynthia and his children all the best.”
The Philadelphia Eagles might be on the hunt for a new director of player personnel soon, as Ryan Girgson is now the new target of the Indianapolis Colts for their General Manager opening. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Grigrson is Colts' owner Jim Irsay's No. 1 option to fulfill Indy's GM opening, which became vacant when Bill Polin was let go a week ago.
"Grigson, 39, has served as a talent evaluator in the NFL since 1999 when he began his career as a scout for the St. Louis Rams. He has been a member of the Eagles front office since joining the team in 2004, and has served as the team’s director of player personnel since 2010.
The former offensive lineman will enter the Colts franchise with two major tasks at hand. Figure out the future of the team’s longtime franchise quarterback, Peyton Manning, and make the decision on who to select with the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft."
According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN the Philadelphia Eagles have informed secondary coach Johnny Lynn that he will not be returning for the 2012-13 NFL season.
Eagles announce secondary coach Johnny Lynn has been let go
This move could be the Eagles positioning themselves for the return of former defensive coach Steve Spagnuolo. Spagnuolo coached with the Eagles from 1999 to 2006, won a Super Bowl with the Giants in 2007 as their defensive coordinator, and was most recently fired by the Rams as a head coach.
The Eagles defense wasn't as bad as people made them out to be last season. They ranked 10th in the league in total points allowed and eighth in the league in average number of yards allowed per game.
There has been a lot of speculation about Steve Spagnuolo re-joining the Eagles staff. Would he be a good hire? Let's take a look at his background and just what kind of a coach he is.
Steve Spagnuolo is open to returning to the Eagles to coach.
St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo is expected to be fired at the end of the season, and the San Diego Union-Tribute reports that it is "all but certain" he will join head coach Andy Reid's staff as a defensive coordinator.
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