The Philadelphia Eagles have made a statement on day one of NFL free agency.
The Eagles signed CB Bradley Fletcher, S Patrick Chung, LB Jason Phillips and DL Isaac Sopoaga, according to multiple reports.
Sopoaga was a role player on the 49ers defensive line last year, recording 27 total tackles and one sack. The Eagles will pay the 31-year-old $12 million over three years with $5 million guaranteed.
Chung is a former Patriots second round pick. He made 44 total tackles and had two interceptions last season. Fletcher spent last season with the Rams, playing a physical press-man coverage according to rotoworld. The presence of Janoris Jenkins and Courtland Finnegan limited his playing time last year.
Jason Phillips was drafted in the 5th round of the 2009 draft by Baltimore Ravens. Phillips was claimed on waivers by the Carolina Panthers on September 19th, 2011.
Details of the deals given to Fletcher, Chung and Phillips were not disclosed.
UPDATE: The Eagles have officially released Asomugha.
According to Adam Schefter, the Philadelphia Eagles will release Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha today. Asomugha signed a five-year, $60 million deal in 2011 with the Eagles and was part of the revamp of the Eagles roster that has yet to pay dividends.
Asomugha made the Pro Bowl each year from 2008 to 2010 and is a four time All Pro player. Last season, he started all 16 games for the Eagles and put up 47 solo tackles as well as one interception.
First off, welcome to the best NFL week that doesn’t have a very important football game at the end of it, a game in which the lights may or may not stay on. There will be so very many signings starting tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET, most of which will happen at about 4:01 thanks to the legal tampering/negotiation period over the past three days. Teams have surely reached agreements in principle with some of the hottest commodities on the open market, but since Roger Goodell thoroughly applied the duct tape late Friday night, your friends here in the media haven’t heard about them.
Sorry about that. Blame the Rodge, but now throughout the next week we’ll go about the business of documenting the gluttony and many wasted dollars, while getting little sleep. It’ll be great.
Anywho, on with the matter at hand. That headline is only a mild exaggeration, as on the eve of free agency it’s beginning to feel like the Eagles are indeed connected to every available player. I suppose that’s what happens when a team has $29 million in cap space, and a burning desire to
repeat the summer of 2011 properly rebuild for new head coach Chip Kelly.
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According to Geoff Mosher of CSNPhilly.com, the Philadelphia Eagles are interested in boosting their wide receiving corps by adding the St. Louis Rams’ Danny Amendola.
They’re interested in pursuing Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola, a person with direct knowledge of the team’s free agency plans told CSNPhilly.com. Amendola, who has two 60-plus catch seasons in the past three years, is one of the NFL’s most productive slot wideouts, although he can also play outside and is an excellent return specialist.
If he signed with the Eagles (he was on the their practice squad in 2009), Amendola would join a stable of WRs that already includes: Pro Bowler DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant and Damaris Johnson.
During the 2012 season, Amendola missed five games with a clavicle injury, but still managed to haul in 63 catches for 666 yards and 3 touchdowns.
According to a tweet by Adam Schefter, the New York Giants have agreed to a 3-year deal with former Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins.
The reported deal is said to be worth $8 million, with $3 million in guaranteed money and a $2 million signing bonus.
In 16 games last season, the 32-year-old Jenkins had 26 tackles, 4.0 sacks and 1 forced fumble.
Hat tip to Schefter for the financial details.
With the required monetary means you can buy a lot of cool and awesome things in this life, like the original Frogger arcade game.
But a championship is not available for purchase. It’s a basic mantra we find ourselves repeating every March: winning in the offseason doesn’t necessarily lead to winning in the regular season. The Eagles have learned this over the past two seasons after they were the big spenders in August of 2011 at the beginning of an especially frenzied free agent period following the lockout. That led to those two awful words coming from Vince Young’s mouth: dream team.
Gradually with Chip Kelly aboard the dreamy team that prompted oh so many nightmares with only four wins this season is slowly being disassembled. It started with Jason Babin in late December, and now another key defensive signing that summer is gone, with Cullen Jenkins released this afternoon.
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Wow. After being spurned by Gus Bradley, the Eagles shot for the moon and found their man. Chip Kelly will replace Andy Reid in Philadelphia, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Exhale. The value placed on head coaches, be it college or pro, is insanely high. Chip Kelly told the NFL he was staying put. After being courted by a myriad of teams, teams that came to him while Oregon prepared for their bowl game in Arizona, Kelly declared he was staying in Eugene. Phil Knight was slated to offer Chip a small island, full of matte helmets and other demonstrative motifs that would sicken most after repeated exposure. The Eagles had moved on, courting Gus Bradley, the coordinator behind the Seahawks impressive defensive attack.
Chip Kelly changed his mind. Jason La Canfora reports the reason the Eagles and Kelly could not agree to a deal two weeks ago was because of power. Kelly wanted the final say on all personnel matters. Today’s hiring indicates he’s gotten that. Read the rest of this entry »