It may be the offseason, but the Eagles have pulled off a rousing victory over the Dallas Cowboys: they landed RB Demarco Murray. Whether you trust in Chip Kelly, or many of his transactions over the past week have left you scratching your head, this is one move that makes sense. In the wake of the loss of LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills, the Birds needed a star in the backfield, and that is exactly what they have gotten with Murray, who reportedly inked a 5-year deal with $21 million in guaranteed money. Continue reading ‘Howdy, Cowboy: The Eagles land Demarco Murray’
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The Eagles have logged over 50 player transactions in one week. And any fan or NFL junkie who is
trying to keep up with everything is left with their heads spinning as the moves show no sign of slowing down.
On Tuesday, the Eagles completed another killer move with the signing running back Ronnie Brown to a one-year deal.
Some details on Brown provided by the Birds:
The 29-year-old Brown was the 2nd overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins and went on to gain 4,815 yards and 36 touchdowns in his first six NFL seasons, while recording 184 receptions. He ranks third on the Dolphins all-time rushing yards list behind Larry Csonka (6,737) and Ricky Williams (6,436) and is tied with Csonka for the 2nd most 100-yard rushing games in team history with 15. The 6’-0”, 230-pound back started all 16 games for the Dolphins in 2010 and rushed 200 times for 734 yards and five touchdowns, while catching 33 passes.
In 2008, Brown was elected to the Pro Bowl after rushing 214 times for 916 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns, while grabbing 33 receptions. That year, he played a vital role in the Dolphins “Wildcat” offensive packages and even completed two of three pass attempts for 41 yards and a touchdown. He was also voted by his teammates as the Ed Block Courage Award recipient as he valiantly rebounded from an torn ACL injury during the 2007 campaign. Brown logged a career-high 1,008 rushing yards in 2006 after leading the Dolphins with 907 yards rushing as a rookie in 2005.”
“Ronnie is an all-around running back with a versatile skill set. He can run the ball, catch it, and does very well in pass protection. He’ll add some good size to our backfield and he’s a good character guy. We think he’ll be a tremendous compliment to LeSean [McCoy] and the other young backs on this team that we really like.”
Brown’s 1-year, $1 million dollar contract is less than some offers that Brown reportedly received. But as has become the refrain of the many free agents wanting to join this Eagles squad, the deal wasn’t sealed by money, but by opportunity. Continue reading ‘Eagles Sign RB Ronnie Brown and Safety Jarrad Page’
Look, ma, I’m trying my hand at podcasting!
The past week has been such an active one in the National Football League overall and with the Philadelphia Eagles in particular, the prospect of writing up a summary of my thoughts of the week was simply overwhelming.
So instead, I thought I’d talk to you about what I think. Literally.
Check out the inaugural Philly Sports Muse podcast here. I talk about the new philosophy of the Philadelphia Eagles, summarize the team’s big moves, and talk about the things for the week that I didn’t love so much.
Anyone seen the Philadelphia Eagles? Because this new front office is showcasing moves entirely unlike anything we have previously witnessed from the organization.
The big, smart moves just keep on coming. Less than 24 hours after the team acquired this year’s top free agent, Nnamdi Asomugha, the team inked former Packer defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins to the team. Jenkins signed a 5-year, $25 million deal with the Birds. Last season he had a career-high 7 sacks and 29 tackles.
Room for Three?
Meanwhile, the plot thickens with regard to the 3 Pro Bowl corners currently on the Eagles squad. While it was casually mentioned previously that Asante Samuel wasn’t at training camp due to “personal reasons,” his absence now looks plain suspicious. Was he in fact asked not to come to camp, as the team had an inkling that he wouldn’t be with the squad very long? We’ll have to wait and see, but there is nothing with this team that is coincidental.
While the whereabouts and true reasons for Samuel’s absence are in question, newly acquired corner Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had his first practice and press conference as an Eagle. Though there is a lot for DRC to learn, he enjoyed his time on the field with his new teammates:
â€œDifferent terminology, but itâ€™s still football.Â Itâ€™s still covering guys and reading guys, so that part was real fun.Â It was fun to get out there and learn some of my teammates and learn some of the guys and how they act and the type of atmosphere it is out here.Â So it was a plus day for me.â€
On where he can be of value on the field, DRC is game for whatever assignment he is given.
â€œWherever I fit in, Iâ€™m going to get in.â€
As a nickel corner?
â€œThatâ€™d be alright with me, as long as I can get on the field and compete.â€
Welcome to Philly, Vince
I have been remiss in noting that the Eagles have signed former Tennessee Titan QB Vince Young to a one year deal. Young will serve as Mike Vick’s backup, and it’s a wise move for the team, as Vick’s style of play will likely require a backup to fill in for him at least a few timesÂ this season. Continue reading ‘The Big Moves Keep Coming: Eagles Sign Cullen Jenkins’