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The Philadelphia Eagles Agree to Contract with Miles Austin

March 30th, 2015 at 10:04 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a contract with free agent wide receiver Miles Austin, according to multiple reports. It is a one-year deal with a base salary of $2.3 million with an additional $750 thousand in incentives.

Austin, who will turn 31 in July, has been in the league for nine seasons, the majority of them being with the Dallas Cowboys. During his career Austin has recorded 348 receptions for 5,049 yards and 36 touchdowns. His most productive season came in 2009 when he was a member of the Cowboys. He hauled in 81 receptions for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns. He had a slight drop off the following year, but was still selected to the Pro-Bowl in 2010.

He has had injury problems since then, most of them dealing with a hamstring injury. Once Dez Bryant emerged as a top receiver for the Cowboys, Austin became a cap casualty and ended up signing with the Cleveland Browns for the 2014 season.

Austin started his one season off with the Browns missing the first four games of the season with a kidney injury. He ended the season with 47 receptions for 568 yards and two touchdowns.

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Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Sam Bradford Almost Retired After Second ACL Tear.

March 30th, 2015 at 5:40 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

After Sam Bradford tore his ACL in August for the second time in nine months it left him wondering if his career in the NFL was over. The former Heisman winning quarterback has not played in a regular season NFL game since week seven of the 2013 season, and with his high price tag and inability to stay healthy, it could have been a real possibility that he could get cut.

Bradford's quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma, Josh Heupel, called him a few days later to see how he was doing after a second devastating knee injury in less than a year, according to Philadelphia Inquire's Mike Slelski. Bradford explained that he thought about quitting football because he was unsure if he would ever be able to stay healthy.

Luckily for Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles, Heupel convinced Bradford to stick it out and to continue to rehab and get back on the field.

Bradford spoke to St. Louis Rams insider Myles Simmons in December and said,

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The Philadelphia Eagles Will Meet with Miles Austin This Week

March 30th, 2015 at 1:59 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

The Philadelphia Eagles will meet with free agent wide receiver Miles Austin this week, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Austin, 30, was a member of the Cleveland Browns during the 2014 season, recording 47 receptions for 568 yards and two touchdowns. He spent the previous eight years as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. His best year came in 2009 when he caught 81 passes for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Austin, like several of the Eagles' offseason acquisitions, has had a problem with staying healthy for a full season. Austin has had reoccurring hamstring issues since the 2011 season, and missed the first four games with the Browns last season with a kidney injury.

Chip Kelly was recently asked about the Eagles' use of sports science and how that may attract injury prone free agents, "We hope so; that's part of what we do here. But if a guy breaks a leg, a guy breaks his leg. I don't know anyone from a sports science standpoint that can heal a broken bone very quickly."

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Philadelphia Eagles Linebacker DeMeco Ryans Will Be Ready for Training Camp.

March 27th, 2015 at 7:06 PM
By Eric Craig Herder

Chip Kelly told the media that there will be competition at cornerback and safety once the Philadelphia Eagles. However, he did not discuss one important competition that will be going on this summer: Inside Linebacker.

DeMeco Ryans, who will turn 31 in July, was the unquestioned leader of the Eagles defense last season before tearing his Achilles tendon for the second time since 2010. Ryans recently spoke with NJ.com's Mark Eckel and said, "I'll be ready to go when training camp starts, no doubt. That will be like the end of July I'll definitely be ready by then. I'll be out there at the start of camp."

When Ryans is ready to return to practice, whenever that may be, he could have a tough time trying to make the team. When the Eagles traded LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills, they received a promising young linebacker in Kiko Alonso. Alonso was a rookie in 2013 and finished the season third in the NFL in tackles. He missed the 2014 season with a torn ACL. However, it would not look very good for the Eagles to trade the franchise's all time leading rusher for a linebacker to stand of the sidelines all season.

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The Philadelphia Eagles May Release Evan Mathis.

March 24th, 2015 at 8:59 AM
By Eric Craig Herder

The Philadelphia Eagles are actively shopping guard Evan Mathis at the owners meeting that is taking place in Arizona, according to several reports. If the Eagles fail to get a deal done with another team they may release him. Mathis has been rumored to be on the trade block since the start of free agency and judging by the moves Chip Kelly has made, anything could happen.

CSNPhilly's Geoff Mosher was told by an anonymous source that the Eagles are shopping Mathis to save money, or to start building the team around a younger core of players.

Mathis' cap number for the upcoming season is $6.5 million and increases to $7 million for the 2016 season. Getting rid of Mathis could free up $4.5 million for the Eagles for the 2015 season.

Mathis, 33, signed with the Eagles in 2011 after spending the previous six years with the Carolina Panthers, Cincinnati Bengals, and the Miami Dolphins. Pro Football Focus rated Mathis as the best guard in the NFL from 2011-2013. During the 2014 season he was rated as the number two guard in the league, even after missing time with a sports hernia injury.

If the Eagles do decide to move on from Mathis, it will mean the team will need to fill both guard spots on the starting offensive line. At this point in time there are not many options in free agency that would be an upgrade from either Mathis or Todd Herremans, so the Eagles will most likely look to the draft to fill one, or both, of those holes.
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