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From despair to hope for Philadelphia Eagles’ defense?

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The Philadelphia Eagles’ woeful secondary was the biggest concern for the team heading in to free agency. With the release of Nnamdi Asomugha and the signing of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie by the Denver Broncos, the team’s starting corners of the past two seasons disappeared into the sunset in just a matter of days.

It soon became apparent that some of the biggest defensive backs available in free agency, like Darelle Revis and Dashon Goldson, would not be heading to town, and concerns began to increase. How were GM Howie Roseman and head coach Chip Kelly ever going to address the dire needs on the team’s defense? We’re trying to trust you, Chip, what is it that you have up your sleeve?

Tuesday brought five solid signings but with no “wow” factor. But that’s okay—we had enough of that in the shortened offseason of 2011, didn’t we? But then the Eagles went silent on Wednesday while the anticipation grew. Okay guys—what’s the plan here?

Then came Thursday and with it, sighs of relief. Philadelphia added three players—all to defense, and two of those to the secondary, bringing safety Kenny Phillips, cornerback Cary Williams and linebacker Connor Barwin to the City of Brotherly Love. All are players who didn’t break the bank but should add immediate improvements to the team’s defense. Continue reading ‘From despair to hope for Philadelphia Eagles’ defense?’

Philadelphia Eagles focus on defense and special teams in free agency

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It wasn’t a full-on frenzy for the Philadelphia Eagles in the first day of free agency, but they certainly made a splash by signing five players. CB Bradley Fletcher and LB Jason Phillips signed 2-year deals with the team, while TE James Casey, S Patrick Chung  and DL Isaac Sopoaga struck 3-year deals.

The fact that four of the five deals made were with the defensive players reflects Philadelphia’s strongest overall need. And with the release of Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie allowed to walk into free agency, replacing the severely depleted Eagles secondary is chief among the priorities for this team. Continue reading ‘Philadelphia Eagles focus on defense and special teams in free agency’

It’s official: Nnamdi Asomugha cut by the Philadelphia Eagles

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The symbol of the failed Philadelphia Eagles free agent signing frenzy of 2011 has finally been released by the team after two tremendously disappointing seasons.

A statement released by GM Howie Roseman is a follows:

“Coach Kelly and I each had a chance to speak with Nnamdi earlier and he took the news with a lot of class. We expected nothing less than that from him. He has been a true pro on and off the field for this organization and our community and we wish him all the best as he continues his NFL career. We spoke to his representatives at the Combine about his future status with the team and wanted to take time to analyze and make a decision. In the end, Coach and I both felt we needed to move in a different direction at the cornerback position for 2013 and beyond.”

Along with the firing, Asomugha took with him the $4 million dollars still owed to him by the team per his contract. The Pro Bowl corner will now test how much his disappointing performance with Philadelphia has impacted his value on the free market.

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Jon Dorenbos and Colt Anderson return to Philadelphia Eagles special teams in 2013

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As the Philadelphia Eagles prepare to make moves in free agency when it begins on Tuesday at 4 pm, on Monday they took time to secure two returning faces from special teams for 2013. The team signed long snapper Jon Dorenbos to a 4-year deal and safety and special teams ace Colt Anderson signed a one-year long deal with the team.

Dorenbos was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent and Anderson would have become a restricted free agent. Continue reading ‘Jon Dorenbos and Colt Anderson return to Philadelphia Eagles special teams in 2013’

Morning Muse: Chip Kelly, we (still) hardly know you

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We’re into March and still have as much idea about Chip Kelly’s plans for the Philadelphia Eagles’ offense as we did in January. Anyone have any clue as to where this is all headed? Marcus Hayes contends that the answer is simple: nope. – philly.com

In related news, the following article is included for the blistering headline: “Unlike the Eagles, Phillies make moves that matter.” OUCH. Patience already seems to be wearing a bit thin.- Inquirer

An upgrade at the safety position is long overdue for the Birds. A report says that their eyes may be set on Arizona’s Rashad Johnson for some help. – Bleeding Green Nation

Might Coach Kelly make moves for a tight end in free agency? – PhiladelphiaEagles.com

Will Chip Kelly give preferential treatment to Oregon players in the draft? No, he says.  He will use his prior knowledge to provide an in-depth insight into who will fit with the Eagles and who will not. – ProFootball Talk

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