Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Signing of Jenkins meant the end for Bunkley
Quarterback Vince Young calls retooled Birds "Dream Team"
Friday, July 29, 2011
Too busy to do Weaver right
The release of Leonard Weaver, the epitome of professionalism, did not go well.
And that's the least the Eagles could have done for the man who had done so much for them.
Weaver says he first found out from a member of the media, not the organization that he had failed the physical and would be let go.
You would think that maybe Andy Reid could make time to call Weaver. Or to even say something in a statement. Reid took a chunk of time saying good stuff about quarterback Kevin Kolb, who was traded.
Here's how it feels to be snubbed from the perspective of a professional athlete via @leonardweaver:
"The kicker behind that is that the organization didn't call me and tell me. I had to find out by a reporter.
"Now I have mixed feeling about that because I gave everything I had to the organization, and I would think that they would at least call.
"And Let me know what was going on, but as I have learned over the years fans, business is business."
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Eagles have money to redo deals of Vick, DJax and maybe DRC
That would be extending the contracts of quarterback Michael Vick, wide receiver DeSean Jackson and potentially cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, assuming the deal goes through.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Justice, Allen unlikely to be cleared for first camp practice
Starters Winston Justice and Nate Allen reported to training camp Wednesday for physicals that will confirm what they already know.
Coming off knee injuries, they won't be cleared to practice Thursday.
Allen feels he's 90 to 95 percent rehabbed. Justice has issues.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Vick's conflicting endorsements cost him money
July 30 - LBs and TEs
2011 Eagles training camp schedule at Lehigh
Kolb trade hangup
The Eagles' trade of Kevin Kolb might not take place Tuesday.
Among other issues is the new contract a team acquiring Kolb would have in place to protect their investment. And in these still uncertain labor times there's no cut and dry rules for paying a guy like Kolb, who is 3-4 as a starter in this, the final year of his contract.
It still appears unlikely Kolb reports to Eagles training camp Wednesday at Lehigh University. He wasn't at the Nova Care Complex Tuesday.
A report said the Eagles were trying to get a first-round pick for Kolb. The Cardinals want Kolb for comeback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Vick not sure if DeSean Jackson could holdout
A holdout for Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson?
Quarterback Michael Vick sounded as if that was a possibility.
Jackson wants his contact redone. The Eagles assured him it would be a priority during his exit interview.
Vick has spoken to DJax. On Tuesday he made it sound like he was bracing for a holdout by his teammate.
"Hopefully he'll be here tomorrow," Vick said. "DeSean just has some things to think about, some decisions to make that only he can make. I just don't know. I'm just being realistic about the situation."
Later Vick gathered himself.
"We're rooting for him," Vick said.
"Hopefully he'll be here. And you know, I think he will."
As for his own contract, Vick said he would like to be with the Eagles long term, not just this season.
But he's not going to worry about having a deal in place by Sept. 20th, the deadline for a franchised player to redo his deal this season.
"If I'm supposed to be here, I will be here," Vick said.
Eagles sign 9 rookie free agents
The Eagles added a chunk of rookie free agents to their roster.
The list includes WR Perry Baker (6-2, 175) of Fairmount State, WR DeAndre Brown (6-6, 233) of Southern Mississippi and RB Graig Cooper (5-10, 205) of Miami (Fla.).
Additionally the Birds signed P Chas Henry (6-3, 219) of Florida, QB Jerrod Johnson (6-5, 251) of Texas A&M, LB Brandon Peguese (6-0, 230) lof Hampton, DT Cedric Thornton (6-4, 309) of Southern Arkansas, WR Terrance Turner (6-2, 220) of Indiana and TE Martell Webb (6-3, 276) of Michigan.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Eagles open training camp at Lehigh U. Wednesday; return to South Philly Aug. 17
Monday: Players executive committee, player reps approve 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). League Free Agency List to be released.
Tuesday: Players report at 10 a.m. Teams can sign drafted and undrafted rookies and make trades. Teams can negotiate but not sign own free agents and unrestricted free agents. Rosters expand to 90 players.
|Andy Reid, Mike Vick & Camp Lehigh ... perfect together|
Wednesday: Eagles and Cowboys are among the first 10 teams to report to training camp.
Thursday: Waiver wire starts. Players can be released starting at 4 p.m. Redskins among second 10 teams reporting for training camp.
Friday: Full blown unrestricted free agency starts at 6 p.m. Giants among next 10 teams reporting to training camp.
Saturday:Texans and Jets report to training camp.
Aug. 4: First calender day of 2011 if CBA is ratified by players.
Eagles finalizing training camp plans with Lehigh U.
Training camps now are scheduled to open Friday according to the NFL Network. The Eagles' first preseason game is Aug. 11. They must be out of Lehigh U. by August 17th to accommodate the university.
UPDATED: NFL Labor timeline
Tuesday: Team voluntary conditioning begins. Eagles can check in at the NovaCare Complex starting at 10 a.m. Teams begin signing drafted and undrafted rookies and free agents, including their own, and can make trades. All of it's conditional until the start of the calender year.
Wednesday: First 10 teams open training camp. Players report to team headquarters and begin voting on recertifying as a union.
Thursday: Waiver wire starts, players can be released starting at 4 p.m. Ten more teams report for training camp.
Friday: Free agency and trades can be consummated starting at 6 p.m.
Saturday: Last two teams report for training camp.
Unrestricted free agency starts Tuesday
The executive committee has recommended the reps OK the deal. If the players approve it unrestricted free agency begins Tuesday, not Friday, according to the source.
Approval also would accelerate the timeline for players and teams to go back to work. Players begin reporting Tuesday. The players have to reconstitute as a union for the league calender year to start and formally begin training camps.
Teams could sign their draft picks and undrafted rookies today and unrestricted free agents to conditional contracts Tuesday.
Players could begin reporting to team headquarters Tuesday.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
UPDATED: Vick wants Favre; Sterger undecided
Initially Eagles starting quarterback Mike Vick, on his verified Twitter account wrote Sunday, "I would be honored to have Brett Farve as a backup...amazing Learning how to toy with defenses the way he did."
|Jenn Sterger (@jennifersterger) hasn't weighed in on possible return of Favre.|
That obviously got the attention of the Eagles, who were enjoying a fairly quiet Sunday.
Privately the Eagles aren't interested in Favre. The same with Jenn Sterger, who Farve reportedly had a texting scandal with during his stint with the Jets.
The tweet was conspicuously missing from Vick's Twitter timeline later in the day.
But don't rule Favre totally out if something awful happened to Vick. Favre, 41, knows enough up the West Coast Offense to run it without an offseason. The only real question is whether his throwing arm and shoulder are up to another year in the NFL.
All of that said the Eagles would be much better served locking up a slightly younger veteran when they almost certainly trade backup quarterback Kevin Kolb. Free agency begins this weekend if the players recertify as a union and vote to approve the settlement NFL owners agreed upon. A majority vote is necessary to approve what would be the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Hopefully it's a Favre-fetched rumor
Brett Favre has a good relationship with Eagles head coach Andy Reid.
Favre's aversion to NFL offseasons and penchant for delaying his decision to play another year of football has been lost in the labor dispute.
Brett Favre, approaching 42 years old, backing up Eagles whaleback Michael Vick this season?
Howard Eskin said on NBC10 Saturday evening the Eagles could sign Favre, assuming the trade Kevin Kolb.
In terms of knowing the offense and not needing an offseason to step in and win games, it makes sense.
But the first time Vick struggles, guess what? And the second, third and fourth times.
God forbid Vick is sidelined by injury. Here we go again with musical chairs. That quarterback routine works just well enough to reach the playoffs.
The locker room definitely would be livelier with the addition of Favre. But that might not be such a good thing. Ask the Jets.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
Free agency, training camp could begin next Saturday
Several reports indicate NFL players have reached agreement with the NFL to use club headquarters to vote on reconstituting as a union this Wednesday.
Once the union is whole, a majority vote approving the settlement offered by the owners would set off a chain of events.
Rookie draft picks and undrafted rookies could be able to sign conditional contracts.
Training camps and unrestricted free agency could begin next Saturday followed by the preseason in two weeks.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Eagles' Laws says players aren't bad guys for calling timeout to study global settlement
After a workout at the Power Train Institute in Cherry Hill, N.J., Laws said there are some things he likes about the proposed deal - and a lot of items he and his teammates need to understand before approving it.
"It's just so much posturing and so much politics right now," Laws sai. "I think what the NFL did yesterday, people aren't taking it too well. It felt like kind of a power play by them. wasn't there. I don't know what's gling on for sure. But obviously a power play is going on right now."
Laws feels the positive energy heading toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement wasn't helped by the owners' insistence that the players would agree to the new pact.
"It seemed like they were working together pretty well," Laws said. "Then when they kind of put that out there and made it seem like if the players don't sign it the players are the bad guys, I think that was kind of a calculated move by them just to make us look bad."
Thursday, July 21, 2011
NFL owners vote for global settlement; players want to err on side of caution
|Big Red is still a few days from 'injuries'|
The owners voted 31-0 in Atlanta to ratify their resolution.
Several players expressed caution Thursday about diving head-first into an agreement without getting more comfortable with a 600-plus page agreement they are just beginning to try to understand.
While NFL owners were set to vote this afternoon in Atlanta - and by all accounts they will approve their end of the settlement - players could use a couple of days to absorb the proposed settlement that ultimately will shape football for at least the next 10 years.
That would push back a settlement leading to a new collective bargaining agreement as may of the owners, including Jeffrey Lurie of the Eagles, will attend the funeral this weekend of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Mornhinweg's son chooses JoePa, Nittany Lions
Skyler Mornhinweg, the son of Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and product of St. Joseph's Prep, committed to Penn State Tuesday. But it wasn't is first choice.
Mornhinweg (6-3, 218) was headed to Stanford until Cardinal head coach Jim Harbaugh exited to take the head coaching job of the San Francisco 49ers.
Mornhinweg was ranked among the top 50 quarterback prospects by Scout.com.