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Friday
May012015

Eagles' Chip Kelly Denies Making Blocksbuster Trade Offer for Marcus Mariota

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It was no secret that Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was more than interested in reuniting with former Oregon and now Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, but he denies making a massive trade offer in order draft him.

The Titans were reportedly seeking a king's ransom for the second overall pick, and the Eagles were unwilling to pay it.

"It’s like driving into a nice neighborhood and looking at a house and saying, ‘That’s really nice,’ and then they tell you the price and you turn around and drive away. We didn’t walk in the front door. We didn’t take a look around," Kelly clarified Thursday night.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported that the Ealges offered the Titans with two first-round picks, a third-round pick, defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, and quarterback Sam Bradford.

“That’s false. We never had any conversations about players," said Kelly. "[The talks] didn’t get very far. The starting price for what it was wasn’t where we were gonna go."

Kelly coached Mariota while the two were both at Oregon.


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Tuesday
Apr072015

Bills' LeSean McCoy Takes Another Shot at Chip Kelly

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy just can't seem to put his previous team behind him. The former rushing champion believes he was traded by the Philadelphia Eagles because Eagles head coach Chip Kelly doesn't like stars.

McCoy is time leading rusher in Eagles franchise history, and his trade to Buffalo sent shockwaves through the league and the fanbase.

"I don't think he likes or respects the stars. I'm being honest," McCoy told the Philadelphia Inquirer of his former coach. "I think he likes the fact that it's 'Chip Kelly and the Eagles.'"

Despite two prolific seasons playing for Kelly, the team shipped McCoy to Buffalo and signed former Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray to replace him for similar money. One reason suggested for the move was the Kelly may have felt that Murray was a better fit for his offense.

"There's nothing wrong with that," McCoy told the Inquirer. "Chip felt like I wasn't a fit for his offense. But why not say that?"

McCoy said in a previous interview that the Murray signing was a "panic move."

Since his rookie year in 2009, McCoy has the third-most rushing yards and fourth-most rushing touchdowns in the NFL.


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Tuesday
Mar312015

Eagles Sign Miles Austin to One-Year Deal

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(PHILADELPHIA, Pa.) -- The Philadelphia Eagles have signed wide receiver Miles Austin to a one-year deal, according to NFL Network.

The deal is worth $2.3 million, with an opportunity to earn $700,000 in incentives, according to Ian Rappaport of NFL Network.

Austin, 30, played 12 games last season for the Cleveland Browns, where he caught 47 passes for 568 yards and two touchdowns. 

Injuries have hampered the receiver over the past four seasons as he has missed 15 games due to various ailments.

The move is a bit of a homecoming for Austin, who is a native of New Jersey and alumnus of Monmouth University.

If Austin makes the final roster, he is expected to serve as the backup to Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, and Riley Cooper.


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Saturday
Mar212015

Pro Football Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik Dies at 89

NFL(NEW YORK) -- Pro Football Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik died on Saturday, the Philadelphia Eagles said.  He was 89.

Bednarik was a two-time NFL champion and passed away at an assisted living facility in Richland, Pennsylvania, following a brief illness, the Eagles said in a statement.

Bednarik was one of the first tough hard hitting linebackers that played until the game was over.

"The positions I played, every play, I was making contact, not like that ... Deion Sanders," Bednarik once said. "He couldn't tackle my wife. He's back there dancing out there instead of hitting."

Bednarik also was an All-NFL center in 1950 and spent his entire 14-year career with Philadelphia.

"I have had the opportunity to spend time with Chuck Bednarik, who is truly one of the most unique players that this game has ever seen," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said in a statement released by the team. "The foundation of this organization and this league is built on the backs of past greats, with Chuck at the forefront.

"The way he played the game with an endless passion and tenacity helped establish the standard of excellence that this organization stands for; one that we strive to achieve each and every day," Kelly continued.

Bednarik famously knocked out Giants running back Frank Gifford in 1960 with a concussion that kept Gifford out until 1962.


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Thursday
Mar122015

ESPN: RB Mathews Agrees to Deal with Eagles

Donald Miralle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Running back Ryan Mathews has agreed to a three-year, $11.5 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

According to Schefter, the 27-year-old Mathews will receive $5 million guaranteed.

Mathews helps take the place of running back LeSean McCoy, who the Eagles officially traded to the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday.

Mathews, who the San Diego Chargers selected with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, has played a full 16 game regular season only once during his five years in the league.

During his five seasons with the Chargers, Mathews has rushed for 4,061 yards, averaging 4.4 yards per carry, and 23 touchdowns. He's also caught 146 balls, for 1,110 yards and a touchdown.

Knee and ankle injuries hampered Mathews last season. He played in eight games, rushing for 330 yards and three touchdowns.


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Sunday
Mar082015

ESPN: Eagles to Sign Gore and Maxwell

Scott Boehmn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Free-agent running back Frank Gore told people he will sign with the Philadelphia Eagles, according to ESPN Insiders Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan.  

The decision made by Gore will end a 10-year run with the San Francisco 49ers, where he eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards in eight years, and leaves as the 49ers' all-time leading rusher.

The Eagles are also considered the front-runner to add free-agent cornerback Byron Maxwell, however the Seahawks are making a late push to bring Maxwell back to Seattle according to sources.

After trading LeSean McCoy earlier in the week, the Eagles are looking to spend available money on top free agents.


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Tuesday
Feb102015

Report: Helfrich Signs New Contract with Oregon

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(EUGENE,Or.) -- The Oregon Ducks and head football coach Mark Helfrich have agreed to a new five-year $17.5 million contract, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

The head coach of the runner up for the National Championship will almost double his salary from $1.8 million per year to $3.5 million per year. He can also earn incentives for winning a National title as well as reaching GPA thresholds for his players.

Helfrich is 24-4 in two seasons as the Ducks head coach after taking over for Chip Kelly, who took the head job with the Philadelphia Eagles. With his new contract, Helfrich will make roughly the same amount that Kelly made in his final years as the Ducks head coach.

Under Helfrich's leadership, the university saw Marcus Mariota flourish, throwing for 4,454 yards and 42 touchdowns, as well as earning the school’s first Heisman Trophy.

Helfrich, 41, began his coaching career at Oregon under Mike Bellotti as a graduate assistant. He then served as quarterbacks coach for Boise State (1998-2000) and Arizona State (2001-2005) until becoming offensive coordinator at Colorado through 2009, where he then took the same position with Oregon under Kelly.


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Saturday
Jan032015

Eagles Name Chip Kelly Head of Player Personnel

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Philadelphia Eagles assigned head coach Chip Kelly as the new person to oversee player personnel on Friday.

Kelly takes over for Tom Cable, who was let go on Wednesday and Howie Roseman has been promoted from general manager to executive vice president of football operations.

"I have a very good relationship with Chip that continues to grow stronger and stronger. When we spoke, he was thoughtful, thorough and professional," Eagles owner Jeff Lurie said on Friday.  "There were no demands, no threats -- quite the contrary, he was passionate, engaged and articulated a dynamic and clear vision on how this fully integrated approach will work. We look forward to seeing it come to life over time."

Kelly will also be in charge of replacing Cable, who was the vice president of player personnel.

"You have heard me say many times that I want strong leaders who feel free to express their opinions," Lurie said. "And that is what happened here. Chip will now lead this process going forward with the continued full support of Howie, Don and myself.

"Chip will not be doing this work by himself, obviously," Lurie continued.  "He has been charged with recruiting and hiring a new personnel executive that will report directly to him and together we will move forward with this new, highly integrated approach."

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Tuesday
Nov112014

Sanchez, Sproles Lead Eagles Past Panthers

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Mark Sanchez made his first start with the Eagles (7-2) and lead his team to a 45-21 victory over the Panthers (3-6-1) on Monday night.

Sanchez threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns, and the Eagles defense did the rest of the work.

Philadelphia sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton nine times and forced five turnovers with three picks in the rout.  

Darren Sproles capped off a terrific first quarter with a 65-yard punt return to give the Eagles a 17-7 lead.

"Just an outstanding performance by all three phases," Sanchez said.

Newton and the Panthers have now lost four in a row.

"We've got to do things better," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "I have to coach better, coaches have to coach better, we have to practice better and then go out and play better. And we're going to do it together as a team."


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Sunday
Nov022014

Sanchez Leads Eagles In Relief of Injured Foles

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(HOUSTON, TX) -- Philadelphia Eagles starting quarterback Nick Foles injured his non-throwing shoulder in the first quarter against the Houston Texans.

Mark Sanchez took over and led the Eagles to a high-flying 31-21 victory over the Texans.

Sanchez entered the game and immediately led the Eagles on a scoring drive.  On his first play he connected with Jeremy Maclin for a 52-yard gain.  A few plays later he found rookie Jordan Matthews for his first touchdown pass since December 2012.

The former first-round pick of the New York Jets finished the day 15-22 for 202 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Aiding the effort was the Eagles defense, as they harassed Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, sacking him four times and intecepting him once.

The Eagles are now 6-2 with an upcoming matchup against the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football.


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