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Cowboys Want Running Game Opponents Must Respect

Sep 2, 2015 12:55 PM

Jerry Jones believes the strength of the Dallas Cowboys' offensive line will allow Joseph Randle and Darren McFadden to be productive at running back.

The goal is to have a running game opponents must respect.

"Even if we're in that game, even if they've done a good job of taking it away from us a little bit, even if we're having to throw more, the word is respect," Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. "If we can get defenses to compromise what they do their best to have to work on something that we can do because we have a running game, then we've accomplished something going into the game."

The Cowboys are replacing DeMarco Murray this season, who left in free agency to join the Philadelphia Eagles.

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DeMarco Murray Doesn't Expect To Rotate Series With Ryan Mathews

Aug 27, 2015 12:26 PM

DeMarco Murray doesn't expect to alternate series with Ryan Mathews in the Philadelphia Eagles' backfield.

"Murray gets all the headlines and attention, but I'm even more intrigued to see what the role is for Mathews and Sproles," NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah told us in June. "... I kind of worry about those secondary runners when you get a carry here, a carry there. But the Eagles with their tempo, (Mathews is) going to get a full series and he's going to get a chance to get into a rhythm."

Chip Kelly's uptempo offense lends itself to alternating drives to keep fresh legs on the field.

"I don't think it will be alternating series," Murray said, per Corey Seidman of CSN Philly. "But (Mathews) is a quality back, great guy, works extremely hard. I'm sure he'll get his fair share of touches. But I don't know how the rotation will be yet, we haven't touched on it."

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Mychal Kendricks, Eagles Agree Upon Four-Year, $29M Extension

Aug 24, 2015 7:45 PM

Mychal Kendricks and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed upon a four-year extension worth $29 million.

The deal contains $16 million in guaranteed money for Kendricks.

Kendricks was a second round pick at middle linebacker out of California in 2012.

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Barkley, Tebow Impress While Sanchez Struggles

Aug 16, 2015 5:53 PM

Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow each played well in the Philadelphia Eagles' first preseason game while Mark Sanchez struggled.

Barkley went 12-for-20 for 192 yards and one interception, while Sanchez was just 2-for-7 and 52 yards with one touchdown in his two series.

Tebow went 6-for-12 for 69 yards to go with a seven-yard touchdown run.

Sam Bradford didn't play and is supposed to appear in Week 2 of the preseason.

"I like how Timmy threw it,” Chip Kelly said, noting the work the passer did with pitching coach Tom House during his time away from the NFL. "That's the big concern with everybody coming in: 'Has he really changed?' And I think his sequencing is better. He got his feet underneath him. And when the guys ran the right routes and he had an opportunity to throw the football, I thought he threw the ball really well."

Several executives and coaches around the NFL believe Kelly would prefer to keep Tebow on his roster for gadget plays, fourth down situations and two-point conversions.

Jason La Canfora/CBS Sports

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Chip Kelly: Eagles' Moves Were About Money, Not Culture

Jul 30, 2015 9:53 PM

Chip Kelly admitted most of the Philadelphia Eagles' moves this offseason were about changing the team's salary structure and not the culture.

“Almost all the maneuvers we made with people going out were because of contracts,” Kelly said, via CSNPhilly.com. “People making too much money in our opinion of what the evaluation for what the pay for play is. Every guy we released, we offered in a trade to everybody in the league, and no one took the trade. Why? Because the contract is too high. [They] all sign somewhere else after they get released for less money than they were getting paid because you’re not going to trade for that.”

DeSean Jackson and Evan Mathis were productive players for the Eagles but were overpaid, which is why Jackson took less money with Washington and Mathis remains unsigned.

“They had one common denominator — they were all very expensive,” Kelly said. “I think that’s just the nature of contracts in this league. A lot of them are back-end loaded. Then decisions have to be made. So guys are making $10, $11 million a year, you have to make a decision on them.”

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Sam Bradford Wants To Wait Until Offseason For New Contract

Jul 21, 2015 11:49 AM

Sam Bradford will bet on himself as he enters the final season of his contract.

Bradford will earn $12.985 million this season.

Bradford is coming off back-to-back torn ACLs and the Philadelphia Eagles would also like to see him perform in Chip Kelly's system.

Bradford has already played out a six-year, $78 million contract signed under the old collective bargaining agreement. 

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Exec: Chip Kelly Is The One Guy Who Can Make Bradford Successful

Jul 6, 2015 1:01 PM

Sam Bradford has had a relatively disappointing NFL career with injuries and generally underperforming. 

"I understand they gave up on (Nick) Foles," an NFL executive said. "But I don't know why they're building up Bradford so much. I'm still confused about that whole deal. You can only talk about him being the first pick of the draft (in 2010) for so long. What has he done since then?"

The executive believes Chip Kelly can turn Bradford into an effective NFL quarterback.

"If Bradford had gone anywhere else you wouldn't even be talking about him," he said. "He's been hurt the past two years and even when he was healthy, he was just average. But he's with Chip Kelly, so there's hope I guess. Chip Kelly is the one guy who can make Bradford a success."

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Chip Kelly Has Seen Improvement From Tim Tebow

Jun 24, 2015 11:46 AM

Chip Kelly has been encouraged by the development of Tim Tebow since signing this offseason with the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I have seen an improvement from Tim since the day we got him in terms of his knowledge of what we're doing, understanding where everybody is," Kelly said, via the Delaware County Times. "There's a whole process, and for him what we have done is different than what he's done anywhere else.

"So in terms of learning our terminology and how we do things, I think each week you've seen an incremental bump in him, so we're excited to see where that takes him and it'll be a good competition as we get into August."

Sam Bradford is the presumptive start for the Eagles with Mark Sanchez as the backup.

When Tebow first arrived in Philadelphia, per the Allentown Morning Call, he "looked like a high school player." After two months in Kelly's offense, though, "he's improved steadily to the point where he's a legitimate threat to win the No. 3 job from Matt Barkley."

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Eagles, Sam Bradford Discuss Extension

Jun 18, 2015 1:13 PM

Sam Bradford and the Philadelphia Eagles have discussed an extension, but not progress has been made between the two sides.

With Bradford coming off a second ACL injury, the Eagles would likely want an incentive-laden deal they could get out from if the quarterback doesn't perform or gets injured again.

The Eagles could use the franchise tag on Bradford next offseason if he plays well.

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Eagles Release Evan Mathis

Jun 11, 2015 4:39 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles have released Evan Mathis.

Mathis had skipped the Eagles' offseason workouts in a contract dispute.

Mathis made two Pro Bowls since signing a five-year, $25 million contract with the Eagles in 2012.

ESPN

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Cary Williams: Chip Kelly's Conditioning System Didn't Work
Cary Williams didn't care for the system of Chip Kelly during his time playing for him with the Eagles.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Eagles Encouraged By Walter Thurmond's Work At Safety
Walter Thurmond is a veteran nickel corner the Eagles signed as a free agent.

Les Bowen/Philadelphia Daily News

Sam Bradford Didn't Suffer Any Cartilage Tears In Either ACL Injury
Sam Bradford has consistently declined to offer a timeframe for when he will be 100 percent.

Les Bowen/Philadelphia Daily News

Byron Maxwell Guarantees Eagles Will Reach Super Bowl
Vince Young made headlines in 2011 when he looked around Eagles training camp and proclaimed his new squad "the dream team."

Phil Sheridan/ESPN

Sam Bradford Sitting Out Drills At Eagles' OTAs
First-team reps have gone to Mark Sanchez, which isn't surprising considering that Sam Bradford is still recovering from his ACL injury.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Mark Sanchez 'Absolutely' Expects To Compete For Starting Job
Mark Sanchez will compete with Sam Bradford for the Eagles' starting quarterback job.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

McCoy: Chip Got Rid Of All The Good Players, Especially Black Ones
LeSean McCoy was asked to elaborate on comments he made in April that Chip Kelly doesn't "like or respect stars."

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Chip Kelly: I'll Be Gone If Eagles In Position To Draft Top QB
Instead of Marcus Mariota, the Eagles enter 2015 with Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Kelly: Tim Tebow Not Just A 'Camp Arm'
Mark Sanchez had said that Tim Tebow was essentially a "camp arm."

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Chip Kelly On Trading Up: It Was A Really Steep Price
Chip Kelly has denied reports that the Eagles had been trying to trade up for Marcus Mariota in the days leading up to the draft.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Eagles, Bears Making Hardest Push For No. 2 Pick
Both the Eagles and Bears are targeting Marcus Mariota if they acquire the second overall pick.

Paul Kuharsky/ESPN

Eagles Could Bypass Titans At No. 2 With Buccaneers' Trade
The Buccaneers are planning on taking Jameis Winston, but receiving multiple pieces for the first overall pick would allow Lovie Smith and Jason Licht to quickly rebuild an entire team.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Eagles Continuing Attempts To Trade For Marcus Mariota
The Eagles remain interested in trading up for Marcus Mariota, reportedly "doing all they can" to acquire him.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Sanchez: Tim Tebow Signed As Camp Arm
Tim Tebow is a longshot to make the Eagles' regular season roster.

Ryan Wilson/CBS Sports

Sam Bradford Believes Eagles Could Trade Him At Draft
The Eagles acquired Sam Bradford this offseason from the St. Louis Rams, but the team remains connected to a deal for Marcus Mariota.

Eliot Shorr-Parks/Star-Ledger

Eagles, Sam Bradford Haven't Begun Extension Talks
Sam Bradford was traded to the Eagles earlier in the offseason and enters 2015 as their presumptive starter.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

NFL Nearly Scheduled Eagles As Patriots' Kickoff Opponent
The Eagles have been one of the NFL's most fascinating teams in the offseason.

Judy Battista/NFL.com

Tim Tebow Agrees To Sign With Eagles
The Eagles already have Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez on their roster at quarterback.

Jay Glazer/Fox Sports

Eagles Initially Sought Draft Picks From Bills For LeSean McCoy
The Eagles initially sought draft picks from the Bills in exchange for LeSean McCoy and not Kiki Alonso.

Jenny Vrenas/Sports Illustrated

Sam Bradford Has No Interest In Extension If Traded To Browns
Sam Bradford is in the final year of his rookie contract and will earn $12.9 million this season.

Mark Eckel/Trenton Times

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