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Posted on: August 10, 2011 7:10 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2011 7:59 pm

Steve Smith signs 1-year deal with Eagles

SmithPosted by Josh Katzowitz

All along, WR Steve Smith wanted to land a new contract with the Giants. He said so in July 2010 when, after catching a franchise-record 107 passes, he said he should be given a raise on his $550,000 salary. He thought so last March, claiming that the Giants had told him they’d take care of him.

Evidently, the Giants had a different idea about Smith’s value. And probably when he'd be healthy again.

And so, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane was the first to report that the Eagles surprisingly have signed Smith to a one-year deal, giving the so-called Dream Team yet another talented piece. The Newark Star Ledger's Mike Garafolo reports that the contract is a one-year, $4 million deal (with $2 million guaranteed).

On his Facebook page, Smith wrote that Philadelphia showed him plenty of love (the bold below is mine):

"I will always cherish my time in NY and the super bowl victory.. This was obviously not an easy decision for me or something i ever expected but unfortunately the business aspect proved that the eagles wanted me to be part of their organization MUCH more than the Giants did.. A special thanks to my WR buddies, coach Gilbride, all of u amazing fans on here, and the entire giants organization for drafting me.. Time for a new beginning..."

He also told reporters on a conference call Wednesday that he thought he was "close" to returning to action.

Steve Smith's Eagles signing
The problem with Smith throughout his four-year career is that he’s been injury prone, particularly last season when he played only nine games after suffering a pectoral injury and then a knee injury that required the dreaded microfracture surgery.

The Giants were cautious to re-sign Smith because of that knee injury and the surgery and because Smith won't be available to start the season on the field.

Instead, Smith will get a chance to revitalize his career with Philadelphia, which has been having holdout issues with DeSean Jackson and illness issues with Jeremy Maclin (though McLane's source said the move had nothing to do with Maclin's health).

Said coach Andy Reid in a statement released by the team: "He's a Pro Bowl quality receiver that we will work into our offense as soon as he is ready to go."

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Posted on: August 3, 2011 7:36 pm

A sick Jeremy Maclin still not practicing

J. Maclin hasn't practiced yet because of an unknown illness (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In April, we told you that Eagles WR Jeremy Maclin – a member of the so-called Dream Team in Philadelphia – had lost about 15 pounds after dealing with a “mono-like illness” but then had recovered to gain back about half of that weight.

Said Maclin at the time: “It was off and on. I went for a week where I felt good, and then all of a sudden the feeling would be back.”

Which leads us to Wednesday’s report in the Philadelphia Inquirer which states that Maclin hasn’t yet practiced this training camp* because he’s dealing with an unspecified illness.

*As is evident in the picture to the right as Maclin talks to Jason Avant; it’s evident because Maclin is not wearing shoulder pads.

"He's not done with his tests so the doctors are still looking at a few things," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "He's up here, he's in good spirits, he looks good. He's able to do some conditioning things. ... From what he's gone through it looks like he's in good shape."

The paper also writes that Maclin is noticeably thinner than he was earlier this offseason when he participated in player-led workouts -- he’s listed, by the way, at 198 pounds. Maclin won’t speak to reporters until he begins practice.

That, according to the paper, might not be very soon.

If you’ll recall, Maclin missed some time last training camp due to a knee injury and then a shoulder problem, which prompted our own Andy Benoit to write, “One criticism of Maclin as a rookie was that he lacked toughness and was hesitant to take on contact.” Though we don’t know what the illness is and how much it’s impacting his ability to practice, Maclin’s inability to stay healthy won’t help that kind of reputation.

That’s probably an unfair indictment on Maclin, but that doesn’t mean it’s untrue.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 2:54 pm
Edited on: July 28, 2011 5:42 pm

Kevin Kolb traded to Cardinals with $63M deal

Posted by Will Brinson

Since the lockout ended, we've waited with baited breath to find out when Kevin Kolb would get traded from the Eagles (presumably to the Cardinals). It's a "done deal," a league source told CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman, who notes that Arizona will give up exactly what we noted earlier -- Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a high draft pick, believed to be a second-rounder.

Additionally, according to 97.5 The Fan's Adam Caplan who first reported the deal, the Cardinals have reached an agreement on a contract extension with Kolb that will pay him $63 million, including a whopping $20 million in guaranteed money.

Summer of Kolb

That is a LOT of cheddar for a guy who, as Freeman notes, hasn't proven anything. Of course, it's also less than the $30 million that Kolb's camp was reportedly demanding from the Cardinals in order to finalize the deal.

Then again, was there ever really a chance that he Cardinals wouldn't cave to Kolb's demands for a large extension? As we've written throughout the week, this was a game of chicken that was destined to end poorly for the Cardinals purely in terms of what they'd have to give up to land the quarterback.

There's obviously a shot that this deal does work for Arizona, if Kolb comes in and helps them reclaim the NFC West title. Or, if he's simply good enough to allow them to retain superstar wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who hasn't been happy with Arizona's quarterback situation since Kurt Warner retired.

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Posted on: July 28, 2011 12:22 am

Report: Kolb camp wants $30M guaranteed extension

Posted by Will Brinson

Over and over again this offseason, I've said that no one's seen a bigger boost in their value than Kevin Kolb. That at this point all that value is squarely concentrated in terms of leverage against the Arizona Cardinals is neither here nor there.

But maybe Kolb's getting a little ahead of himself. See, according to a report from Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter, Kolb's camp is demanding an extension when he's dealt that features $30 million in guaranteed money.

No, really.

Kolb obviously wants to be traded -- he's intimated as much before and he might not show up to Philly's training camp on Wednesday -- but he doesn't just want to get traded, apparently.

He also wants to get paid. And paid like he's one of the best players in the NFL.

Oh, and he wants the team that's about to give up a player like Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie as well a high draft pick in order to acquire him to do the paying. I mean, obviously he wants Arizona to cough up the cash, but it seems like Kolb's camp might be overstepping their bounds a bit on this issue.

Is Kolb worth the value discussed -- DRC plus a high draft pick -- in the potential deal? Maybe. We honestly don't know, and won't until (if?) we see him on the field for the Cardinals.

And, regardless of how much scouting they've done on Kolb, neither will they. Which is what makes a demand like $30 million guaranteed pretty ridiculous.

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Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:12 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2011 10:33 pm

Report: Kolb won't report to Eagles training camp

Posted by Will Brinson

The Eagles already have one potential star who could hold out from training camp on their hands in DeSean Jackson and according to a report on Wednesday, they might have another: backup quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Though Kolb might not be a "star" per se, he is heavily involved in all the trade talk circulating around the NFL, particularly with the rumor that he's headed to the Cardinals in exchange for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and some draft-pick compensation.

But Philly and Arizona haven't been able to reach a deal as of yet, and so Kolb remains an Eagle for now. However, according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kolb won't be showing up to Philadelphia's camp at Lehigh University when it begins on Thursday.

McLane also adds that "other teams are interested" in Kolb, but correctly points out that there "aren't many viable candidates remaining." That's because there aren't -- as I've noted before, the Cardinals seem to be playing a dangerous game of chicken with the Eagles, hoping that market fluctuations would allow them to get the 26-year-old at a discount.

But with most of the other potential quarterbacks that Arizona could chase ending up with other teams, it's going to be tough for the Cards to convince the Eagles they actually do have other options.

There's is an argument that Kolb's decision to hold out would actually help Arizona, because Philadelphia might be more inclined to get a potential headache off their hands.

Although given the Eagles track record with pawning off quarterbacks at the right time, don't expect them to panic too much.

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Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:29 am

Vick on Plax: 'You can never have enough weapons'

Posted by Ryan Wilson

A week after Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson announced in a radio interview that he would love to play alongside Plaxico Burress, quarterback Michael Vick has said pretty much the same thing.

Appearing on The Michael Kay Show with fill-in host Stephen A. Smith, Vick said that he would want Burress on his team even though he has playmakers in Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek.

“I mean you can never have enough weapons, I think," Vick told Smith, according to Sports Radio Interviews. "Obviously we’ll find a way to use them as well as the other 31 teams in this league who will be vouching to get him. I’m saying I wouldn’t say no. I wasn’t opposed to it. I would definitely open an invite if it was there and just see what happens. DeSean is a great player. He’s a future Hall of Famer. Jeremy is a future Hall of Famer. Brent as well, but we want to maximize our talent and I’m sure we’ll find a way to use him. We have great, great, leaders. I also think he would be good for the young guys. We’ll see what happens. It may happen. It may not.”

That's a lot of pass-catching Hall of Famers on one team. Either way, the attraction between the Eagles and Burress appears to be mutual. According to ESPN.com's Ashley Fox, who covered the Eagles previously for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philly is "going to go after Burress, and go after him hard."

Fox adds that "Vick had the time and space to regain his abilities in a relatively low-pressure environment, and because of Philadelphia's depth at receiver, Burress would too. The Eagles have a decent option in the slot in Jason Avant. To them, Burress simply would be a luxury."

The Vick-Burress comparison has been made before as a reason why Philly might be interested. But other than the fact that both men have been incarcerated in recent years, they're completely different players. Vick got out of prison when he was 29, and signed with the Eagles as a backup. Although Vick was predictably rusty at first, he still possessed the athleticism that made him one of the league's most dynamic players.

Burress, on the other hand, is 34 and even in his prime was never known for his speed or route-running ability. There's no reason to think he stumbled upon either while serving time. And while expectations for Vick were decidedly low when he arrived in Philly, the thinking with Burress seems to be that he can ease back into his old job and at some point during the season develop into the missing piece to the Eagles' Super Bowl puzzle.

Sounds like a stretch.

Which is pretty much what the Inquirer's Jeff McLane wrote on July 5. "When reports surfaced that the Eagles were first in line for Burress, the information was not leaked from their camp, team sources indicated. The Eagles remain neutral. They're nowhere near as interested as they were in Vick, post-incarceration, but they're not going to broadcast it. Reid is fond of Burress and doesn't want to hinder his return to the NFL. Now if the 6-foot-5 receiver would fall into his lap for a meager price, then Burress' signing could be something worth presenting to owner Jeffrey Lurie."

One way or the other, we'll know how the Eagles feel about Burress once free agency begins -- fingers crossed -- sometime in the coming weeks.

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Posted on: June 20, 2011 2:20 pm

Hot Routes 6.20.11: Owners gear up for meetings

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • NFL.com has a preview of the owner’s meetings that begin Tuesday in Chicago. Still plenty of obstacles to get a deal done.
  • Did you know the late Clarence Clemons, sax man for the E Street Band who died last week, once had NFL aspirations? Only a bad car accident when he was a senior in college wrecked those dreams.
  • Outgoing Jacksonville mayor John Peyton played a big role in keeping the Jaguars on the right track these past couple years when things did not look good for the franchise.

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Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:05 pm

Freddie Mitchell to Kolb: Beware of Reid

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

For a guy who never caught more than 35 passes in a season during his four-year career, former Eagles WR Freddie Mitchell remains outspoken six years into his retirement. Whether he remains relevant is another matter entirely.

Either way, Mitchell had an interesting reaction to the story that Philadelphia coach Andy Reid indicated to backup QB Kevin Kolb that he would do whatever was best for Kolb heading into next season (perhaps not coincidentally, Reid is on record as saying the Eagles could be interested in trading Kolb).

The following is what Mitchell told WIP radio in Philadelphia, via sportsradiointerviews.com:

“Believe that if you want Kevin. Believe that if you want. Andy Reid … I love him to death. He’s like my father and whatever else, but I’m going to keep it real. Andy is going to do what is best for the Philadelphia Eagles. I tried when I was going on after we lost the Super Bowl [XXXIX] …I went in there and I did not want to go to the media, and I said, ‘Hey Coach Reid, I had problems with Donovan McNabb. You know I can’t eat off of 12 catches a year. I need more catches. I’m doing all the things with the blocking and whatever else to make it happen. I need more catches. Donovan will not throw me the ball.’ Andy Reid was like, ‘Okay Fred, well just don’t tell nobody. You don’t have to come to this next mini-camp. We’re going to try to…I know a couple of teams and we’re going to try to trade you.’

“At the end of the day what he tried to do was he tried to put a price tag on me that nobody was even going to touch. When they found out that they wasn’t going to touch me, he released me, and then the blackball began with all kinds of dirt saying I was a cancer to the team. I talk too much and everything else. It’s funny because you never heard a teammate complain about me. You never heard that or whatever else, but he put the cancer [comment] on. Kevin Kolb, do not think them guys or anybody in the NFL is your friend. The only friend that you have is your agent and, if you’re a left or right-handed quarterback, is your arm. That’s it. Them guys at the end of the day they are going to go and save their job, save their butt, and go out and do what’s best for the Philadelphia Eagles. You need to do what you need to do.”

Ah yes, but that’s life, isn’t it? And though we probably didn’t need a 32-year-old former wide receiver to tell us that, it's nice to know that Mitchell is still around.

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