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Mark Sanchez 'Absolutely' Expects To Compete For Starting Job

May 7, 2015 11:41 AM

Mark Sanchez expects to have a real chance to compete for the starting quarterback job of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Sam Bradford has been the presumptive starter if he's healthy.

“Really just talking with Coach Kelly and knowing I’m coming with the opportunity to compete for the starting job,” Sanchez said, via CSN Philly. “That was important to me. There were some other opportunities out there, but I didn’t want to switch systems again. On a one-year deal, it’s different for maybe a defensive player then for an offensive player, especially a quarterback. You’ve got to learn a whole new language again. I started to feel real comfortable and I felt like to be honest, personally, there’s some unfinished business we left out there. I know I can play a little bit better than that. I know we can get this team in the playoffs. I think we have the talent to do that.”

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McCoy: Chip Got Rid Of All The Good Players, Especially Black Ones

May 6, 2015 11:17 AM

LeSean McCoy was asked to elaborate on comments he made in April that Chip Kelly doesn't "like or respect stars."

McCoy was surprisingly traded to the Buffalo Bills.

"The relationship was never really great," said McCoy. "I feel like I always respected him as a coach. I think that's the way he runs his team. He wants the full control. You see how fast he got rid of all the good players. Especially all the good black players. He got rid of them the fastest. That's the truth. There's a reason. ... It's hard to explain with him. But there's a reason he got rid of all the black players -- the good ones -- like that."

McCoy was asked how common his opinion is among other players.

"Oh, man. People have heard it. I mean ... Stephen A. Smith has talked about it. Other players have talked about it. But that's one of the things where you don't even care no more. I'm on a new team, ready to play. So it's nothing to do with Chip. I have no hatred toward him, nothing to say negative about him. When he got [to Philadelphia], I didn't know what to expect. When he let DeSean go last year, I was like: "C'mon. DeSean Jackson?" So it is what it is."

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Chip Kelly: I'll Be Gone If Eagles In Position To Draft Top QB

May 6, 2015 10:30 AM

While the Philadelphia Eagles tried to move up to select Marcus Mariota, there was an uncomfortable truth told by Chip Kelly in regards to the franchise's ability to draft a top quarterback.

Instead of Mariota, the Eagles enter 2015 with Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez.

"New England, Pittsburgh, Green Bay -- (Tom] Brady, (Ben) Roethlisberger, (Aaron) Rodgers. It all starts with the quarterback," Kelly said, via CSN Philly. "And then you have to build the roster around that. And we're trying to, and we think Sam's got potential, we think Mark (Sanchez has) potential.

"We've got to build it around it, but when you look at all the winning organizations ... if you want to play with the odds as we want to play, it's got to be with a quarterback situation and then the only way you're going to get a quarterback is you got to be really not very good so you finish in the top 1-2 in the draft. If we're not very good and we finish with the top 1-2 in the draft, I don't think I'm going to be here, so we better find another way to find a quarterback. And that's what we did with Sam."

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Kelly: Tim Tebow Not Just A 'Camp Arm'

May 3, 2015 8:33 PM

Chip Kelly said that Mark Sanchez's assessment of the Philadelphia Eagles' decision to trade Tim Tebow is inaccurate.

Sanchez had said that Tebow was essentially a "camp arm."

"No, I think everybody here that we bring to our organization is here to compete for a job," Kelly said. "That's what Timmy is going to do. He's an unbelievable competitor. ... If we were just going to have guys throw drills, we'd take (Mike) Mayock in the offseason and bring him down here and let him throw to them."

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Chip Kelly On Trading Up: It Was A Really Steep Price

Apr 30, 2015 11:25 PM

Chip Kelly has denied reports that the Philadelphia Eagles had been trying to trade up for Marcus Mariota in the days leading up to the draft.

The Eagles were reportedly offering picks, along with defensive end Fletcher Cox, quarterback Sam Bradford, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, guard Evan Mathis and cornerback Brandon Boykin.

“I didn’t think it was going to happen, and it didn’t happen,” Kelly said, via Reuben Frank of CSN Philly. “It was a really steep price.”

The Eagles instead stayed at No. 20 and picked Nelson Agholor.

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Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Eagles, Bears Making Hardest Push For No. 2 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 7:18 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears are the two teams making the strongest push to trade up to the No. 2 spot in the draft.

The Tennessee Titans own the second overall pick and are pushing for a significant package to part with the pick.

Both the Eagles and Bears are targeting Marcus Mariota.

Jay Cutler played collegiately in Nashville for Vanderbilt and could be included in the deal, though Bob Holtzman reports the Titans are not interested in Cutler. The Bears would only have $4 million in dead money from Cutler's $16.5 million 2015 cap hit if he was traded to the Titans.

Philadelphia has offered two first rounders, a third rounder, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Boykin, Mychal Kendricks and more to move up, according to Ian Rapoport.

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Eagles Could Bypass Titans At No. 2 With Buccaneers' Trade

Apr 30, 2015 5:43 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles are in pursuit of Marcus Mariota and have been zeroed in on moving up to No. 2 with the Tennessee Titans, but they could instead try to business with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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. The move also allows them to bypass the risk that comes with selecting Winston.

The Buccaneers want an extra first round pick already and could receive extra picks in subsequent years.

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Eagles Continuing Attempts To Trade For Marcus Mariota

Apr 29, 2015 10:23 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles remain interested in trading up for Marcus Mariota, reportedly "doing all they can" to acquire him.

The Eagles would presumably need to get an agreement with the Tennessee Titans done to draft Mariota at No. 2.

Philadelphia has Sam Bradford, the 20th overall pick this year, their pick in 2016 and presumably additional picks to parlay for Mariota.

The Cleveland Browns have interest in Bradford and could help facilitate a trade.

Chip Kelly views Mariota as a sure thing in his system, but it is unclear how much the Eagles will be prepared to give up for him.

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Sanchez: Tim Tebow Signed As Camp Arm

Apr 25, 2015 2:02 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles have told Mark Sanchez that Tim Tebow was signed to be a camp arm and that he probably won't make the regular season roster.

"He's obviously a great guy, he works hard. And we needed another guy to throw while Sam's [Bradford] still recovering," Sanchez said Friday. "So that's the reason [for the signing], at least as explained to me. We're excited about the upcoming year and I think we have a great group."

The day before Sanchez's remarks, Eagles' new vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz explained why the team signed Tebow.

"We worked him out and we saw improvement from the last time we saw him, had exposure to him live when we played New England when they practice here," Marynowitz said. "When we worked him out, we saw a great deal of improvement with him. ...

"We've got 68 players that are on our roster right now," he continued. "Tim is one of 68 so he'll have an opportunity to compete for a roster spot here. ... His role will be determined by his performance. We're excited that he's a member of the organization, and we're looking forward to him competing."

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Sam Bradford Believes Eagles Could Trade Him At Draft

Apr 24, 2015 2:00 PM

Sam Bradford believes there's a chance he could be traded at the NFL Draft.

The Philadelphia Eagles acquired Bradford this offseason from the St. Louis Rams, but the team remains connected to a deal for Marcus Mariota.

"Bradford doesn't know where he's going to be," said Jason Cole of Bleacher Report. "Yes, he believes the Eagles are going to keep him at this point in time, trust them, but only so far because the [2015 NFL Draft] has not played out. So he believes there is still a possibility that he could be traded somewhere else. And if that's the case, he wants to wait to see whether that's a team he ultimately wants to stay with long-term."

Bradford and the Eagles have yet to discuss an extension.

One trade scenario that has been floated around the league is a three-team deal in which Bradford goes to the Cleveland Browns for the 19th overall pick and then flip that selection, along with No. 20, Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks to the Tennessee Titans for the second pick.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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LeSean McCoy Believes Chip Kelly Doesn't Like Or Respect Stars
LeSean McCoy said he has no animosity toward Chip Kelly and that he intends to call his former coach soon.

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Jordan Matthews Doesn't Think Eagles Need Classic No. 1 Receiver
Chip Kelly said last week that he can envision Jordan Matthews playing "a lot of different spots."

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Murray Asked Romo To Take Pay Cut
Tony Romo was asked by DeMarco Murray if he was willing to take a pay cut for him to re-sign with the Cowboys.

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DeMeco Ryans Signs Two-Year Extension With Eagles
DeMeco Ryans can make up to $10.5 million in extension and the deal includes $6.25 million in guaranteed money.

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Sam Bradford's College QB Coach Encouraged Him To Continue Career
Sam Bradford had torn his ACL twice in less than a year.


Miles Austin To Sign With Eagles
Miles Austin played in 12 games last season with the Browns, catching 47 balls for 568 yards and two touchdowns.

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Chip Kelly Had Odell Beckham Jr. Rated No. 1 On 2014 Draft Board
Odell Beckham Jr. was the third receiver selected, going to the Giants at No. 12 overall behind Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans.

Christopher Dabe/Times-Picayune

LeSean McCoy Trade Took Only 30 Minutes
The Bills were shocked to learn the Eagles were interested in trading away LeSean McCoy.

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Eagles Likely To Sign Tim Tebow If Matt Barkley Traded
Matt Barkley hasn't played well in limited action, but he was at one point a top prospect at quarterback.

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Browns Offered First Round Pick For Sam Bradford
The Browns aren't counting on Johnny Manziel being a factor this season.

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Tim Tebow Working Out For Eagles
Tim Tebow was last an NFL quarterback in the 2013 preseason.

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Ryan Mathews Signs Three-Year Deal With Eagles
Ryan Mathews will share a backfield with DeMarco Murray and presumably Darren Sproles.

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Eagles Working On Trade Of Evan Mathis
Evan Mathis has been the best guard in the NFL since 2011, according to Pro Football Focus.

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DeMarco Murray To Sign Five-Year, $42M Deal With Eagles
DeMarco Murray's deal will include $21 million in guaranteed money.

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DeMarco Murray Expects To Sign With Eagles
DeMarco Murray would consider a final, last-minute offer from the Cowboys.

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