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Philadelphia Eagles and Jeremy Maclin Expect to Get a Deal Done.

February 28th, 2015 at 5:47 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

Jeremy Maclin and the Philadelphia Eagles have both expressed interest in getting a deal done that would keep Maclin in midnight green.

Maclin, who was participating in the Jefferson's Heart Health Day in the King of Prussia Mall on Saturday, spoke to a couple reporters and said, "I've always said I want to be here in Philadelphia, but I've also said it's a business. Both sides have made it known that we want each other back, so the rest is in God's hands."

It would be in the Eagles best interest to get a deal done with the Pro-Bowl receiver before he is able to sign with another team on March 10th. Maclin is coming off his best season as a pro, catching 85 passes for 1,318 yards and ten touchdowns in his first season in Chip Kelly's system. If the Eagles wait until he becomes a free agent they are running the risk of having to overpay to keep a player that wants to stay in Philadelphia.

After missing the 2013 season with a torn ACL, Maclin was in position to become an unrestricted free agent. The Eagles offered him a multi-year deal, which Maclin declined, opting for a one year deal instead. He signed that contract one year ago Saturday.

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Philadelphia Eagles Release Guard Todd Herremans.

February 26th, 2015 at 2:27 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

The Philadelphia Eagles have released guard Todd Herrmans today.

ESPN's Adam Caplan was the first to report the move.

Herremans, 32, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2005 draft by the Eagles out of Saginaw Valley State. In ten seasons with the Eagles, Herremans started games at left tackle, left guard, right guard and right tackle. Herremans also caught two touchdown passes in his career, one in 2008 and another in 2010. He, along with Trent Cole, was one of the longest tenured players on the Eagles roster.

This past season got off to a rough start for the offensive line. In the season opener two of the starting five offensive linemen went down with injuries. Herremans was the anchor of the make-shift offensive line for the first seven weeks before he tore his biceps against the Arizona Cardinals. He was placed on the I.R. after playing against the Houston Texans in week eight.

Herremans due to make $5 million in 2015. The move leaves the Eagles with $2.5 million in dead cap space. The Eagles are now $27 million under the salary cap heading into the free agency period.

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The Philadelphia Eagles Should Get Jeremy Maclin Signed Before Free Agency

February 24th, 2015 at 2:45 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

The Philadelphia Eagles have a decision to make on wide receiver Jeremy Maclin before the March 2nd franchise tag deadline: Should they try to sign Maclin to a long term deal? Should they use the franchise tag on him? Should they let him sign with a different team and look to replace him in free agency?

The Eagles should have a sense of urgency to get a deal done with Maclin before he hits the open market. He quietly became one of the best receivers in the NFL after betting on himself during the 2014 offseason, declining a long term deal with the Eagles in favor of a one year deal for $5 million. Maclin had his best season as a pro in 2014: 85 receptions for 1,318 and ten touchdowns.

Those numbers are very similar to Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, who is also an unrestricted free agent. Bryant, who is considered one of the best receivers in the NFL, caught 88 passes for 1,320 yards and 16 touchdowns. The Cowboys will most likely use the franchise tag on Bryant before the March 2nd deadline. Both sides have said that they would like to get a long term deal done, but that has yet to happen.

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Philadelphia Eagles Release Tight End James Casey

February 19th, 2015 at 7:27 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

The Philadelphia Eagles released tight end James Casey on Thursday.

This move was going to happen at some point this off-season. Casey signed with the Eagles in 2013 and was thought to be the number two tight end behind Brent Celek. Zach Ertz was drafted in the '13 draft, which pushed Casey further down the depth chart. Casey was nonexistent on the offensive side of the ball in the two years he spent in Philadelphia. In the two seasons Casey had six receptions for 90 yards and two touchdowns, both of which came during the '14 season.

The move also makes financial sense of the Eagles. Casey was set to make $4 million this upcoming season. That is just too much money to be giving a third string tight end. With Ertz locked into his rookie deal for two more years and Trey Burton, who still has three more years on his rookie contract, Casey became the odd man out.

Casey, 30, spent the first four years of his career with the Houston Texans. During the 2012 season he caught 34 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns, his most productive season in the NFL. During his six year career Casey has caught 72 passes for 842 yards and six touchdowns.

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Philadelphia Eagles Hire New Assistant Linebackers Coach

February 18th, 2015 at 1:15 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

The Philadelphia Eagles announced the hiring of Brian Smith as an assistant linebackers coach on Wednesday morning.

Smith, 35, started his coaching career at the University of Massachusetts in 2004. He spent the '04 season coaching the linebackers, and then moved to the offensive side of the ball where he coached the wide receivers for the next two years.

He joined the New York Jets coaching staff in 2006 as an offensive quality control coach. In 2011 Smith switched to the defensive side of the ball and worked as the Jets defensive quality control coach. In 2013 he was promoted to assistant defensive backs coach.

Smith will be assisting inside linebackers coach Rick Minter and outside linebackers coach Bill McGovern.

The Eagles have an interesting group of linebackers right now. Mychal Kendricks and Conner Barwin both had good seasons, Barwin was selected to the Pro Bowl after recording 14.5 sacks. DeMeco Ryans is coming off an Achilles injury that landed him on the I.R. for the second half of the season. Trent Cole is due to make $11.5 million this season and will likely be cut if he does not restructure his contract. Brandon Graham is an unrestricted free agent and will listen to offers from other teams in March.

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