Eagles Extend Kolb
By Kevin K
Sources say that the Eagles and Kevin Kolb have agreed on a one-year contract extension with roughly $12.26 million guaranteed.
This coming after the trade of Donovan McNabb.
Scout.com writer Adam Caplan says, "On Thursday afternoon, the team emphasized that point even more by extending the former University of Houston star's contract. However, without a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the players and owners, and due to the complexities of the "30 percent rule", Kolb's contract was extended for just one season, but the deal includes roughly $12.26 million in guaranteed money, a league source told Scout.com.
The 30 percent rule restricts base salary growth for more than 30 percent from year to year for renegotiated contracts completed during an uncapped year. Option and roster bonuses are prohibited within the 30 percent rule, so it's very difficult to renegotiate deals with years left. The remaining option to get Kolb's contract up to speed with the rest of the top starters in the NFL was to give him a large signing bonus. Signing bonuses are excluded from the 30 percent rule. The guaranteed money in the extension, as expected, comes in the form of a $10.7 million signing bonus. The team also gave him the maximum raises allowable within the 30 percent rule for 2010 and 2011 for his base salaries. The two years of the base salaries are also guaranteed."
Kevin Kolb was the least paid starting QB in the NFL before this signing, now Kolb is technically will be paid more on an average per year basis than Tom Brady ($12.132 million) and---McNabb ($12.1 million)
I think it's safe to purchase your Kolb jerseys now.
By Kevin K
The 75th Annual NFL Draft has come and gone. The Eagles made some surprising moves, but all in all they went to boost their defense.
Out of thirteen draft picks, nine of them were defense, eight were in the Senior Bowl, three were defensive ends, two were linebackers, and two were safeties.
A surprising move was the Eagles moving up to pick thirteen and drafting a defensive end, Brandon Graham, a move that most Eagles fans were surprised about knowing that Safety Earl Thomas was still available. Another reason why it was surprising is because Graham himself said that he expected to be picked in the twenties, not thirteenth.
The Eagles decided to go Safety on Day Two in the second round, a pick that will forever be called "The Donovan Pick" the Eagles went Safety Nate Allen, with Taylor Mays still on the board. No fans, however, went crazy over this pick. Why? Because Nate Allen is a more complete safety and works better in this defense.
The Eagles then decided to trade their 55th Overall pick to, the Cowboys? Then to the Packers, finally falling them into the third round, where they traded, again this time with the Browns. Finally the Eagles drafted DE Daniel Te'o-Neshiem with pick 86.
The Eagles assured us they were heavy on defense within the first two days.
On the third and final day with rounds four through seven ahead of us, the Eagles kept up with their defense, but threw in offensive needs as well.
With four picks in the fourth round, the Eagles, surprisingly, used ALL of them. Drafting CB Trevard Lindley, and then LB Keenan Clayton. The Eagles then decide to go offense, selecting QB Mike Kafka and TE Clay Harbor.
Mike Kafka was a smart move by the Eagles. He is a clone of Kevin Kolb and with Michael Vick's contract expiring will be a solid backup for Kolb in the next few years. Kafka has a big arm and a quick release, and was Ron Jaworski's sleeper at QB.
Clay Harbor brings a third TE to the mix, with Brent Celek and Cornelius Ingram. Ingram has had injury problems and is a huge question mark, Harbor will fill the void needed at Tight End.
Eagles then go DE again with Ricky Sapp, a great grab by them. After him was former 2006 Phillies draft pick WR Riley Cooper who has some height on him and can catch the ball.
With the final two rounds to go, the Eagles selected RB Charles Scott in the sixth. The Eagles then had three seventh round picks where they selected LB Jamar Chaney, DT Jeff Owens, and S Kurt Coleman.
Overall Grade: B
The Eagles went with their needs and did a great job with a few steals in the draft. I like to look at the fourth and fifth round to see where this team is headed, and I think a lot of those players will help out this Eagles team, on both the offensive and defensive side.
By Kevin K
The Eagles grabbed a lot of draft pciks in the middle rounds last night by continuing to draft down.
The Eagles have four picks in the 4th round, I doubt they will use all of them, but here is the needs they need to address in the Middle rounds:
Cornerback, Linebacker, Quarterback, Half Back, Guard, Defensive Tackle, Center
Do not be surprised if the Eagles also grab another WR and TE
Look at QB Josh Skelton to be drafted by the Eagles somewhere in the 4th round
Second Round Hopefuls
By Kevin K
Since the end of the first round the question was what the Eagles will do in the second round. With two picks in the round, the Eagles can come away with two key players for their team. They have pick 37 (5th overall in the 2nd Round from the Redskins for McNabb) and pick 55.
With these picks there have been questions of where they will go, especially after the decided to pass up on Safety Earl Thomas and draft DE Brandon Graham.
Here are positions the Eagles will be looking at in this round: Offensive Tackle, Corner Back, Safety, and Running Back.
The names that we think the Eagles will be looking at include: OT Roger Saffold, OT Charles Brown, S Nate Allen, S Taylor Mays, RB Dexter McCluster, RB Toby Gerhart, CB Chris Cook.
I expect the Eagles to go secondary with their first pick, but the name Dexter McCluster continues to pop up in talks. Both Adam Caplan and Sal Palentonio are reporting that the Eagles are very interested in Dexter McCluster
Eagles Draft Brandon Graham from Michigan
By Kevin K
Eagles traded two 3rd Round picks and a 4th round pick to move up to number 13 in the draft to draft, not Earl Thomas but DE Brandon Graham (6 ft 1 inches, 270 lbs).
He recorded 29.5 career sacks and 56 career TFLs for Michigan. In 2008, he led the Big Ten in TFLs (20 in 11 games). In 2009, he posted 26 TFLs and 10.5 sacks in 12 games. He was a First-team 2009 All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media.
He was named to several First-team and Second-team 2009 All America lists by various publications. Brandon Graham was also named MVP of the 2010 Senior Bowl.
In many peoples opinions Graham was not the best DE in the draft, being behind both Jason Pierre-Paul (Giants) and Derrick Morgan (Titans).
Jason Pierre Paul is 6 ft 5 inches, and 270 lbs. Derrick Morgan is 6 ft 4inches and 272 lbs.
It looks as if Safety Taylor Mays may fall to the Eagles in the 2nd Round at number 37.
We will keep you updated
It is evident that this is not how the draft is going to go. Teams will trade up, teams will trade down and it will be a crazy day. But if the draft stayed the same because trades were not allowed, this is what I think would happen Thursday…
2010 NFL Mock Draft
1. St. Louis Rams- Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
2. Detroit Lions- Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
4. Washington Redskins- Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
5. Kansas City Chiefs- Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
6. Seattle Seahawks- Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
7. Cleveland Browns- Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
8. Oakland Raiders- Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
9. Buffalo Bills- C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
10. Jacksonville Jaguars- Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
11. Denver Broncos- Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
12. Miami Dolphins- Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
13. San Francisco 49ers- Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
14. Seattle Seahawks- Earl Thomas, S, Texas
15. New York Giants- Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
16. Tennessee Titans- Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
17. San Francisco 49ers- Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
18. Pittsburgh Steelers- Bruce Campbell, T, Maryland
19. Atlanta Falcons- Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas
20. Houston Texans- Taylor Mays, S, USC
21. Cincinnati Bengals- Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
22. New England Patriots- Jerry Hughes, LB, Texas Christian
23. Green Bay Packers- Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
24. Philadelphia Eagles- Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
25. Baltimore Ravens- Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
26. Arizona Cardinals- Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
27. Dallas Cowboys- Daryl Washington, LB, Texas Christian
28. San Diego Chargers- Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
29. New York Jets- Nate Allen, S, South Florida
30. Minnesota Vikings- Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
31. Indianapolis Colts- Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
32. New Orleans Saints- Charles Brown, OT, USC
Eagles 2010-2011 Schedule
Week 1 Sep 12: Packers @ Eagles 4:15
Week 2 Sep 19 Eagles @ Lions 1:00
Week 3 Sep 26 Eagles @ Jaguars 4:05
Week 4 Oct 03 Redskins @ Eagles 4:15
Week 5 Oct 10 Eagles @ 49ers 8:20*
Week 6 Oct 17 Falcons @ Eagles 1:00
Week 7 Oct 24 Eagles @ Titans 1:00
Week 8 Bye
Week 9 Nov 7 Colts @ Eagles 4:15
Week 10 Nov 15 Eagles @ Redskins 8:30**
Week 11 Nov 21 Giants @ Eagles 8:20*
Week 12 Nov 28 Eagles @ Bears 1:00
Week 13 Dec 02 Texans @ Eagles 8:20 ***
Week 14 Dec 12 Eagles @ Cowboys 8:30*
Week 15 Dec 19 Eagles @ Giants 1:00
Week 16 Dec 26 Vikings @ Eagles 1:00
Week 17 Jan 02 Cowboys @ Eagles 1:00
* denotes Sunday Night Football
** denotes Monday Night Football
*** denotes Thursday Night Football
According to the Daily NewsMcNabb reportedly returns in Week 4
With the release of the NFL
schedule less than two hours away, a number of leaks are starting to come out around the league.
The one of most interest to Eagles
fans comes from Dan Hellie, a sports anchor for NBC 4 in Washington.
According to Hellie, Donovan McNabb
will return to Philadelphia
in Week 4 against the Eagles at the Linc. Oddly, the game is not slated for prime time.
That would compute to Sunday, Oct. 3, the same day of the Phillies' regular-season finale in Atlanta
The Eagles will be in Washington in Week 10, with the game on Monday Night Football.
An Eagles spokesman had no comment on the Eagles-Redskins report. "Our lips are sealed until 7 p.m. [when the NFL releases the schedule]," the spokesman said.
More to come ...
Eagles Get a LB
By Kevin K
In a 3-team trade the Eagles acquire LB Ernie Sims.The Lions get TE Tont Scheffler, the Broncos get an undisclosed draft pick.
The Broncos get the Eagles 5th Round Pick (#137 from Cleveland).
In 2006 Sims was the #9 overall pick for the Lions, he is 25
According to Adam Caplan, "Lions didn't think Sims fit anymore; undersized, gets nicked up; but initital league reax is that he fits Eagles well"
A great move for the Eagles, Ernie Sims is a great for the Eagles defense, all of a sudden this defense gets better.
By Kevin K
The 75th NFL draft is right around the corner, and the big question in Philadelphia is what the Eagles are going to do at the draft. Will they trade up, trade down? I will only give you their needs today, Eddie will give you a mock draft for them.
The Eagles have big needs on both the offensive and defensive side of the football.
On the offensive side of the football the Eagles biggest need is offensive line. Now there is only two spots on the line that need to be looked at, Center and Guard. Jamaal Jackson is coming off of a torn ACL and Nick Cole cannot carry the load at that position. The Eagles have to look at this position whether it is in the draft or via trade. The also have to look at a Guard. Stacy Andrews and Max Jean Gilles are still question marks on the offensive line. The Eagles may draft a Guard in the third round.
One the defensive side of the football the Eagles have multiple spots they have to look at. Their big need is secondary. The Eagles need to look at the Corner and Safety positions to try to build up after the trade of Sheldon Brown and Release of Brian Dawkins. The Eagles also have to look at a defensive end to spell Trent Cole. They have shown interest in the off-season already at this position by acquiring Daryl Tapp, a former second round draft pick. The BIG question is can Tapp put the pressure on the QB that the Eagles need.Another position the Eagles must look at in the draft is Linebacker. Stewart Bradley went down during training camp last season and the Eagles never really recovered. They even decided to bring back Jeremiah Trotter and trade for Will Witherspoon, both players were released by the Eagles this off-season.
Let's see what the Eagles do. Sal Pal said that "this draft is controlled by the Philadelphia Eagles".