Friday, April 4, 2014

NFL to suspend Eagles Knott

The Eagles announced that linebacker Jake Knott will be suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2014 season for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. 
Knott a good day for Eagles linebacker.

“We’re very disappointed to learn of his suspension," the Eagles said in a statement. "We have spoken to Jake and he is fully aware of the mistake he made and owned it. The key for him, however, is to learn from that mistake and move forward with his preparation for the 2014 season.”

Knott  is eligible to participate in offseason and preseason practices and games. If, that is, he sticks around. The Eagles likely will fortify the linebacker position the draft. Knott also issued a statement through the Eagles.

“Several weeks ago, I was shocked to learn that I tested positive for a stimulant that is banned by the NFL," Knott's statement said. "I have never knowingly ingested a banned substance but like most players, I take nutritional supplements. Unfortunately, I now know that supplements are not regulated and thus may contain things that are not listed on the label. The NFL policy is very strict, so I have chosen to take immediate responsibility ... I sincerely apologize to my teammates, coaches, my family and fans for the impact of my mistake on the team.”

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Report: Mathis joins Jackson on trade block


The NFL Network reported that Eagles guard Evan Mathis, coming off an All-Pro season has been asked to restructure his contract. Mathis is due $5.15 million this season.
Evan Mathis.

Mathis is 14th on the pay scale among guards entering the 2014 season. Teammate Todd Herremans, the Eagles' right guard, is 10th at $6 million according to Spotrac.com.

At the coaches breakfast in Orlando Tuesday Eagles head coach Chip Kelly gave no definitive answer about Mathis.

Kelly did address the DeSean Jackson situation although he didn't confirm the wide receiver is on the trade block. To wit:

@BobGlauber Chip Kelly on DJax trade rumors: "I like DeSean but we're always going to do what's in the best interests of the organization."

Kelly said he spoke with Jackson and that "the offense isn't predicated around one guy.


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Monday, March 24, 2014

Eagles checking out Sanchez

The third Eagles quarterback could be a physical away from joining the roster.

The Eagles are checking Mark Sanchez per an NFL source,  meaning the fifth overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft must prove his throwing shoulder is OK and agree to a contract. Reports are the Eagles will sign Sanchez.

The process is unlikely to be finalized tonight.
Mark Sanchez.

Sanchez (6-2, 225)  was released by the Jets after they signed Michael Vick, formerly of the Eagles.

Sanchez was 33-29 in a starting role with the Jets, throwing 68 touchdown passes and 69 interceptions. He lost the job to rookie Geno Smith after tearing a labrum in his shoulder late in a preseason game against the Giants last August.

Nick Foles is the Eagles starter, Matt Barkley the backup. Barkley followed Sanchez at USC.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Vick showed 'tremendous class'

The Eagles furnished a statement in the wake of Michael Vick signing a one-year contract with the Jets Saturday.

“I want to personally wish Michael Vick and his family all the best as he heads into the next phase of his career in New York," majority owner Jeffrey Lurie said. "I really enjoyed getting to know him over the last five years. He always represented our team with a tremendous amount of class.

"Michael was a great teammate, a great leader and we’re thankful for everything he provided to our organization and to our community.”

DJack, left with Jolly.
Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson might join Vick, who will be reunited with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, formerly of the Birds.

The Jets, Panthers and Raiders all are interested in trading for Jackson according to multiple reports.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

DJax posturing for trade

The Eagles are listening to offers for leading wide receiver DeSean Jackson according to Derek Gunn of CSN Philly.

Rewind to January and it was Jackson, immediately after the 2013 season, who wanted the Eagles to accommodate him  with a contract restructuring.

Jackson said he and his agent had a good plan. It sure looks like we're learning about one of the components.

Any trade for Jackson won't be complete without a contract assurance on his end.

No team wants an unhappy Jackson. The Eagles went through that in 2011.

The Eagles have had to be concerned about Jackson  becoming an off the field distraction.

The latest example we know of is the reported burglary oh his Philly place.

Not long after Jackson said he wanted a new contract, he was away on vacation when his mother reported his house was burglarized. An estimated $300,000 in cash and jewellery was stolen.

Jackson, who documented the trip on social media offered a $50,000 reward the arrest and conviction of the burglars.

How would you like to be the police sorting that out?

The Eagles put walk-away prices on players. Right now it looks like
they're figuring out what it is for Jackson, who isn't the only guy capable of  stretching a defense.


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Monday, March 17, 2014

Martelli's grandson: 'I'm Phil Martelli'

Allow me to stray from football for awhile to tell you a little about Phillip Martelli.

Not that, Martelli. His grandchild.
Martelli's grandchild Phillip with PopPop and MeeMaw.

The four-year old is a chip off the old block of his father as you can see in this Bleachereport.com video. You've got to see it to believe it.

At the Selection Sunday gathering in Brooklyn Phillip introduced himself to guests in attendance as "I'm Phil Martelli." To which his PopPop said, "No you aren't now tell them who you are."

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Skins credited with 4 of top 10 FA busts

NFL.com listed its choices for the 10 worst NFL free agent signees of all time.
Eagles had interest in Stubblefield.

Almost all were old school free agent signings. A lot has changed since then starting with the collective bargaining agreement and the way the salary cap was administered.

Four of the signings were by the Washington Redskins.

At any rate for the list click here.

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