DETROIT - SEPTEMBER 19: Joselio Hanson #21 and Nate Allen #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles celebrates after stoping the Detroit Lions on a fourth down play late in the game at Ford Field on September 19 2010 in Detroit Michigan. The Eagles defeated the Lions 35-32. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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Eagles Add 1 Year To Trent Edwards' Contract, Darryl Tapp Takes Pay Cut

The Philadelphia Eagles have reportedly added a year onto the contract of backup quarterback Trent Edwards, a source told's Reuben Frank. Edwards, who beat out Mike Kafka for the Eagles' No. 3 job during the preseason, will earn the league minimum for a six-year veteran in 2013, a figure that slots in at $715,000.

Edwards, who signed a one-year deal worth $754,960 on Feb. 24, 2012, will serve as Philly's emergency quarterback, in line to play only if starting quarterback Michael Vick and rookie backup Nick Foles get injured.

Meanwhile, Frank also learned that defensive lineman Darryl Tapp's restructured contract is worth $1.75 million less than the original deal:

The Eagles approached Tapp on Saturday, final cut day, and told him they could only keep him on the roster if he agreed to reduce his 2012 base salary, an unwieldy $2.575 million, down to the NFL minimum. Tapp, a reserve defensive end, agreed.

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Jason Babin Returns To Practice For Eagles

After spending the preseason rehabbing from a calf injury, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jason Babin finally practiced on Monday. The news didn't come as a surprise as Babin was expected to be back to practice sometime this week.

When practice was over, Babin told reporters that he's "98.9 percent", which means he could play in Sunday's season opener at the Cleveland Browns (1 p.m. ET on FOX). Last season, the 6'3, 267-pound lineman totaled 45 tackles including 18 sacks, which was the third-highest total in all of the NFL.

Also returning Monday was defensive back Colt Anderson, who was on the Eagles' physically unable to preform list on roster cut down day. Anderson said its still "up in the air" if he will play Sunday or not, but the fact that he practiced is encouraging.

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Philadelphia Eagles Relying On Young Talent

The Eagles made some interesting moves on cutdown day. One theme was relying on young talent as backups at some key positions. Is this wise for a Super Bowl team?


Mike Kafka Released, Eagles Go With Trent Edwards As No. 3 QB

The Philadelphia Eagles will be keeping Trent Edwards as their third-string quarterback for the 2012 season. The fifth-year player out of Stanford had been battling Mike Kafka for the final roster spot at QB.

"There was great competition at the quarterback position," said Eagles coach Andy Reid. "That's what football and training camp is all about. In the end, we had to make the difficult decision to let Mike Kafka go. Mike is a class act, a student of the game and a great person and I think he'll have no problem finding a job in the National Football League very soon."

Edwards has been impressive during the preseason, posting a QB rating of 100.5. He has completed 68% of his passes for 489 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. For his career, Edwards has logged 33 starts with the Bills and Jaguars.

"I'm proud of the way Trent Edwards conducted himself since the early days of the offseason workouts," said Reid. "He had to fight for everything he earned this summer. He improved each and every day and made the most of every opportunity."

Kafka, who was released by the team on Friday, has not played since the Eagles' opening preseason game. He is in his third NFL season, spending the previous two in Philadelphia. Kafka appeared in four games last season, completing 11 of 16 passes but also tossing two interceptions.

Final NFL roster cuts are to made by 9 p.m. ET on Friday.

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Eagles Chairman Jeffrey Lurie Says 8-8 Won't Bring Andy Reid Back

Philadelphia Eagles Chairman Jeffrey Lurie said Andy Reid would not be back for 2013 if the team finishes with an 8-8 record again this season, according to

After saying that he doesn’t "have a level or anything like that" to determine whether Reid returns in 2013 for his final year, Lurie was asked if another 8-8 season could save Reid’s job. "No, it would not," he said.

Lurie expanded, adding that last season's 8-8 result was far below expectations:

"Listen, you’ve just got to make the best decisions you can after the season," he said. "But as I said, 8-8 was unacceptable."

Reid's contract goes through 2013, but the Eagles' front office will re-evaluate whether or not to bring him back for the final year after the conclusion of the 2012 season.

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Philadelphia Eagles 53 Man Roster Projection: Who's In, Who's Out?

With NFL rosters due to be cut down to 75 in just 4 days and the deadline to get to 53 just 8 days away, the race for Eagles roster spots is in the home stretch. 15 guys will lose their jobs after the next preseason game and another 22 will be gone after the final game against the Jets. If a guy hasn't locked down a roster spot yet, his time is running dangerously short.

Kevin Noonan of CBS Sports did his full 53 man roster projection for the Eagles and I thought it would be interesting to take a look at an outsider's perspective on the major roster battles.

RB -- In: (3) LeSean McCoy, Dion Lewis, Bryce Brown. Out: Chris Polk. Analysis: Polk has impressed the coaches with his toughness and they may decide to keep him on the 53-man roster, since he would probably be signed off the practice squad by another team. Hard to see Eagles keeping four RBs and suddenly Dion Lewis isn't the lock he was just a week or two ago.

I agree with this one. The Eagles aren't going to keep 4 backs and while they certainly like Chris Polk, I can't say as though he's been so good that he'll displace either Brown or Lewis. That said, I do think Noonan has a point here that Lewis could be the odd man out if Polk earns a job. I am skeptical though, about Noonan's thought that Polk would be signed to another teams' 53 man roster.

Related: Tommy Lawlor Updates Key Position Battles

There are also a few interesting battles lower down the depth chart at WR.

WR -- In (6): Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper, Damaris Johnson, Marvin McNutt: Out: Chad Hall, McKay Jacobson, Mardy Gilyard, Brian Hernandez, Jamel Hamler, Tiger Jones, Elvis Akpa. Analysis: Damaris Johnson wasn't drafted, but he makes the team because of his return ability. But several talented young WRs will get caught up in a numbers game. At the least, players like Gilyard, Hamler and Akpa could end up on somebody's practice squad. And one of them could make roster because Riley Cooper has been sidelined almost all of camp with a broken collarbone and that could end up costing him a job.

I've been less convinced by Damaris Johnson the more I've seen of him. After a great camp, he's dropped a couple passes in the preseason and also muffed a punt. He was able to get the ball back, but it wasn't a good sign. He did have a nice return and a 70 yard TD catch against the Steelers though. I just think he has more work to do to get a sure roster spot. Mardy Gilyard is challenging him and Marvin McNutt right now.

Related: Philadelphia Eagles 2012 53 Man Roster Projection

Defensive line is the deepest position on the team and its very likely that the Eagles will need to let go at least one player they really like.

DL -- In (9): Trent Cole, Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins, Fletcher Cox, Derek Landri, Antonio Dixon, Brandon Graham,Vinny Curry, Phillip Hunt. Out: Darryl Tapp, Frank Trotter, Monte Taylor, Cedric Thornton, Ollie Ogbu, Xavier Brown. Analysis: This is the deepest and most talented area on the team and some good players aren't going to make it, including Tapp. It appears Patterson won't be ready for opener and will start season on PUP list, which should open the door for Hunt, who has played as well or better than any d-lineman in camp.

For one, I can't see the Eagles cutting Cedric Thornton to keep Antonio Dixon at this point. Thornton has had a great camp and a strong preseason and has played himself onto this roster in my eyes. Dixon is more likely on the bubble between the two. Tapp will be a tough cut as he's also had a good preseason, but so has everyone else. He could be trade bait, but he also has versatility and can play both inside and outside. That could save him a spot over an extra WR/CB/LB.

None of Noonan's other projections are much of a surprise. He has the Eagles keeping the much maligned Jaiquwan Jarrett, which I actually agree with simply as a numbers issue. I think they'll keep 4 safeties and he'd probably make it by default. Where he could be in trouble is in the days after final cuts and around the first week of the season. There's a chance a decent veteran safety gets cut that the Eagles could jump on.


Michael Vick Injury: Eagles QB Will Play In Season Opener, Says Andy Reid

Andy Reid confirmed today that Eagles QB Michael Vick will not play again during the preseason, but will be ready to go by the time the season opener rolls around in less than three weeks.

Vick left Monday Night’s game against the Patriots after two series following a vicious hit directly to his midsection. However, x-rays and a later MRI revealed no broken bones or cartilage damage. In fact, Reid said that if this was the regular season, Vick would be playing this week.

As for the hit itself, Reid said this wasn’t example of Vick being reckless or making poor decisions.

"He was trying to make somebody miss, and he wheeled backwards about 15 yards," explained Reid. " He had an available receiver down the field, and he was trying to make a play. To tell him that he can’t make that throw, you’re not going to tell him that. You just want everyone to do their job so that that doesn’t happen back there. It was when he spun around that he got caught with that."

As for how his QB can stay healthy this season?

"He’s got to play. There is a fine line here because he has to continue to play the game. It’s a violent sport where you’re going to get injuries. If you’re out there worried about that part of it, you’re not going to perform to the best of your ability. Then, you have to catch a break here or there. You have to catch a break in a positive way where you’re not absorbing the big hits."

While Vick’s health won’t be an issue heading into the opener, he won’t have had much preseason action. Vick has played just 12 snaps and thrown 7 passes.

Starting in his place will be rookie Nick Foles, who has turned in a pair of superlative performances in his first two preseason games and currently leads the NFL in QB rating. Reid says that in his extended time Monday night, they didn’t pare down the playbook for him at all.

"Well, the one thing we did was we gave him that opportunity this game. We didn’t cut anything back. He had the full load of plays there and it was a good experience for him from this standpoint: that he’s been a starter at the college level, a very successful starter, and then to learn to be a relief pitcher, that’s a learned experience there that you have. So, to get him that experience where you’re not taking any reps, he didn’t take one rep with the ones and really zero reps against the New England Patriots [in practice]. We gave the ones all those reps. But that will be very similar to what he faces during the season in a backup position. You get called on, you’ve got to be ready to step in and fire and drive the team down the field and make plays and do the things that he did a pretty good job of the other night."

The Eagles will face the Browns this Friday.


Eagles Injury Update: Jason Babin, Mike Kafka Out For Patriots Game

Eagles head coach Andy Reid announced on Saturday that four players have already been ruled out for Monday night's preseason game against the Patriots. Mike Kafka, Riley Cooper, Jason Babin, and Casey Matthews will not be active for Philadelphia's second preseason game, via @EaglesInsider.

Kafka was not expected to play after injuring his hand last week. It provides another opening for rookie Nick Foles to take control of the back-up quarterback position behind Michael Vick. Foles was impressive in the Eagles first preseason game, throwing two long touchdown passes against the Steelers second and third-team secondary.

Babin has been hobbled by a calf injury since the start of camp, while Cooper broke his collarbone in the first week of practice.

Andy Reid said that overall, he's just looking for sharpness from his team.

"You want to sharpen yourself up from the last game is what you want to do," said Reid. "We understand we're still in the preseason, but you want to play good football and we have an opportunity to play a good football team. So, I think if you talk to both coaches, we'd probably tell you the same thing; that we want to play better than we did last week and improve and, at the same time, get the young guys in and that second group in for the latter part of the game."

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Updating Some Philadelphia Eagles Roster Battles

The Eagles have finished OTAs, mini-camps and even training camp. One preseason game is in the books. We know a lot about this team, but there are still unsettled positions. What jobs are still open?


Garrett Reid's Death: More Reaction From Eagles Players

On a humid Sunday afternoon in Bethlehem, PA, the last thing on anybody's mind at Philadelphia Eagles training camp was football.

Instead, it was on the unfortunate and tragic passing of Andy Reid's son, Garrett, who passed away from causes yet to be determined at the age of 29.

Nnamdi Asomugha expressed just part of the sadness this team is feeling while their head coach mourns the loss of his son.

"Garrett is a part of our football family, our extended family, our immediate family, so it's a very tough time for us," Asomugha said.

Wide receiver Jason Avant echoed Asomugha's sentiments.

"Garrett was a happy-go-lucky person, and we know that he's in a better place, and we love coach Reid," Avant mused.

On a much less important note, Reid has stated to the organization he plans to be back coaching this week, in preparations for the Eagles first preseason game.

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Michael Vick Reacts To The Death Of Garrett Reid

Andy Reid has been defined as a father and a coach. Perhaps nowhere has that line been more blurred than with Michael Vick. Reid, whose sons have struggled with drugs and the law, saw a little bit of them in him and took a chance on Vick when he was released from prison. Since then, Vick has repeatedly said that he has viewed Reid as a father figure and credits him for helping to turn around his life.

So on the day that Reid lost his son Garrett, it was poignant to hear Vick speak after practice.

“This is a very difficult situation for us all to deal with,” said Vick. “Thoughts and prayers and condolences go out to Coach Reid, Tammy and their entire family. Coach [Reid] has always been a great supporter of us, as a team, as an organization. He’s been a rock for us and a big teddy bear for us so we’re going to lean on him and we’re going to be there for him and we’re going to stay strong for him until he comes back and can lead us on. So our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. It’s very difficult but we’ll find the strength and a way to get through it. We’ve just go to lean on the High Power.”

Reid’s former QB, Donovan McNabb, also released a heartfelt statement.

“I was both shocked and saddened when I heard the news this morning of Garrett’s passing. During my time [in Philadelphia], both Garrett and Britt spent a lot of time around the football team and I know how much Andy loves them. I spent a lot of time with Andy and his family; we had a great friendship … we still do. My heart goes out to Andy, Tammy and the rest of the Reid family. I cannot imagine what they are feeling right now. God be with them.”

Services for Garrett Reid will be help at the Jesus Christ Church of Latter day Saints in Broomall. That family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Laurel House in Norristown.


Garrett Reid's Death: Eagles Owner Expects Andy Reid To Coach First Preseason Game

Just hours after learning about the death of Garrett Reid, the son of their head coach, Philadelphia Eagles took to the practice field Sunday at Lehigh University. The training camp session began without Andy Reid, but with assistant coaches Marty Mornhinweg and Juan Castillo running the show and owner Jeffery Lurie addressing the media.

"Today is one of life's tough days. I think I'll just tell you a little bit of my conversations with Andy and my conversations with the team. Andy is, he's a rock solid man. I think what makes him a great coach is his combination of compassion, feeling and strength. Today, he exhibited it all. It's unimaginable the pain. We've all suffered; most of us have suffered tragedy in our lives. Losing a son is unimaginable, losing a child is unimaginable, the pain. Yet, he is rock solid."

Lurie mentioned that Reid is expected to miss a few days of practice but should be back before the Eagles' first preseason game, Thursday, Aug. 9, against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers.

I think it's what makes him so dedicated. He loves his players. He loves his coaches. He feels so bad that he's even interfering with their success today, tomorrow. He knows they are in good hands with our coaches, but actually in this moment of terrible pain he's actually reaching out to all of us. You know that rock-solid guy who takes the bullets after games and all of that, but as I said to the players, 'You have to accept the grief and the tears and at the same time gather the strength and the desire to be excellent. Not just in football, but in life.

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Garrett Reid Dies: Suicide, Foul Play Ruled Out As Cause Of Death -- Report

The death of Garrett Reid, the eldest son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, is under investigation, and slowly more information about the tragedy is being leaked. The latest update is from Eagles beat writer Jeff McLane, who has been told by Lehigh University police that foul play and suicide have been ruled out for cause of death.

McLane also tweeted Reid was found by an Eagles official, who called 911. The official was not Andy Reid.

Meanwhile, support for the Reid family is pouring in from everywhere. One of the more heartfelt statements came from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell:

"We are deeply saddened by the news about Garrett Reid. Our thoughts and prayers are with Andy, Tammy and their family. We will support them and the Eagles in any way we can through this difficult time."

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Philadelphia Eagles Will Hold Afternoon Practice In Wake Of Garrett Reid's Death

With heavy hearts the Eagles will take the practice field this afternoon at Lehigh, just hours after head coach Andy Reid's son was found dead in the school's dorms.

"From a football perspective, I can tell you that Andy has asked that we go forward with training camp," said GM Howie Roseman earlier.

Andy Reid is entering his 13th season as the Eagles coach and his son has been around the team for that entire time. So not only do the Eagles players feel for their coach here, but they've also lost someone they knew personally and that many considered a friend. In the end, there's no wrong answer here. No one would have questioned a decision to cancel practice, but at the same time you can see how it may be cathartic to get back to work.

The Eagles will open their preseason this Thursday at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers. In Reid's absence offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will oversee the team. There is no timetable yet for Reid's return.

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Garrett Reid's Death: Eagles, Police, Coroner Release Statements

Earlier Sunday morning, Garrett Reid, the eldest son of Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid, was found dead in his bed on the campus of Lehigh University. The news was broken by Eagles' General Manager Howie Roseman, who held a news conference to address the absence of Andy Reid at the Eagles' early-morning walkthrough.

"I have some heartbreaking news to share with you all. It is with great sadness, the oldest son of Coach Reid, was found dead this morning in his room here in training camp. It’s a tough morning for all of us in the Eagles family. Garrett grew up with this team, which makes this news even harder for us to process. Our hearts go out to Andy, Tammy, Britt, Spencer, Crosby and Drew Ann.

"Coach has spent the morning informing his family. We ask sincerely that you respect the family’s privacy during this time. The team has been informed of this news, as has Jeffrey [Lurie] and Christina. The chief will speak to you in a minute about what is known about this event. From a football perspective, I can tell you Andy has asked that we go forward with training camp. …On a personal note, we’ve been with Andy for a long time. He’s always been strong for us, we’re going to be strong for him right now. As a father and a friend, we’re all hurting." has also posted the statements by Lehigh University police chief, Ed Schupp, and Northhampton County Coroner, Zachary Lysek:

ED SCHUPP, LEHIGH UNIVERSITY POLICE CHIEF: "This morning, at approximately at 7:20 a.m., I received a 911 call about an unresponsive male at Sayre Park dormitories. On arrival, attempts were made to revive the individual were unsuccessful. Garrett Reid was deceased on the officer’s arrival. No suspicious activity."

ZACHARY LYSEK, NORTHAMPTON COUNTY CORONER: "What I can tell you is this morning we were contacted by the Lehigh campus police department and requested to respond for the discovery of a deceased male. We are conducting an investigation with the cooperation of the Lehigh campus police department and I personally pronounced Mr. Reid deceased at the scene. The investigation will be ongoing."

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Garrett Reid Found Dead At Eagles Camp

The Philadelphia Eagles were expected to hold training camp as usual Sunday at Lehigh University, however, tragic news involving head coach Andy Reid's eldest son, Garrett, wwho was found dead in his campus bed earlier in the morning, set a heartbreaking tone. The news, which was confirmed by Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, forced Andy Reid, the Eagles head coach, to miss practice.

Before practice, players and other coaches were seen dropping to a knee in prayer. Eagles' safety Kurt Coleman tweeted this:

According to CBS' Jason La Canfora's Twitter feed, police say the death of Reid, who has a well documented history with drugs, is under investigation by police.

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Reviewing The First Week Of Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp

The Eagles have been practicing up at Lehigh for a week. What are the noteworthy happenings so far? Who looks good? Who doesn't? Let's take a look.


2012 Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp Preview

The last of the veterans report to Lehigh today for the start of Eagles training camp. And with that, the 2012 season is officially underway. Here's my preview.


NFL Free Agency Rumors: Eagles Targeting Jeremy Shockey, Visanthe Shiancoe?

The Philadelphia Eagles are interested in upgrading the tight end position before training camp, a source has told the Eagles blog Birds 24/7. The rumor was reported by Pro Football Talk on Tuesday. According to the 24/7 blog, two players Philly is interested in are former New York Giant Jeremy Shockey, as well as former Minnesota Viking Visanthe Shiancoe.

On Monday, Comcast SportsNet's Reuben Frank tweeted the Eagles will bring in Shockey, a four-time Pro Bowler, in for a physical at some point. Meanwhile, Shiancoe is expected to take a physical with Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Last season with the Carolina Panthers, Shockey, 31, caught 37 passes and four touchdowns.

Currently, the Eagles have Brent Celek and Brett Brackett as tight ends. However, Celek had hip surgery during the offseason and Brackett is just a rookie.

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