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Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 1/27/2015.

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Eagles offseason positional previews: Special teams - PhillyVoice
The harder sell would be to Harris, who returned every punt for the Cowboys in 2014, and all but three kicks. Would he accept a role in which he had to occasionally share returning responsibilities? Perhaps, if he thought he might get more opportunities in the regular offense. As evidenced by his excellent return numbers, Harris can make things happen in open space, which makes him an intriguing option in Chip Kelly's spread offense as a guy you can get the ball to and let him get yards after the catch. He's also considered a good blocker, which we all know is the most valuable attribute ever for a wide receiver.

Are the Eagles Close? - Iggles Blitz
Some of the fans who comment here, on Twitter or who hit me up via email think the Eagles are a descending team, not that far from coming apart. Jason Kelce thinks the Eagles are close to being a great team. I agree with Jason. 2014 was a disappointing season, but I think some people have trouble putting that in perspective. The O-line was a mess all year. The starting QB only played 8 games. The team led the league in turnovers. And yet that team went 10-6 and just missed going to the playoffs.

Afternoon Notes: On Maxwell and the GM Search - Birds 24/7
Cornerback Byron Maxwell is high up on many Eagles fans’ wish lists. But will he be available when free agency opens on March 10? By the sounds of it, Seahawks general manager John Schneider will make a push to keep him in Seattle. "That quite frankly is one of our first priorities is to talk to Maxie," Schneider told the Seattle Times. "Now I think he like a lot of our other unrestricted guys, I think he is going to be highly sought after and he should be. But we would at least like to have the opportunity to retain him."

Will Nick Foles rumor pit Chip Kelly against Howie Roseman? - CSN Philly
The Royal Rumble was in town this weekend. The WWE version. The Eagles’ version remains in place, and the potential for mayhem lingers. Where’s Jim Ross when you need him? It’s still unclear who would win a no-holds-barred beef between Chip Kelly and Howie Roseman. Kelly has final say over personnel, but Roseman is (ostensibly) in charge of contracts and the cap. What happens, as we recently wondered, if Kelly wants a player -- or wants to unload him -- but Roseman disagrees and argues that particular plan would be fiscally foolish? Who has ultimate authority if Kelly decides he wants to re-sign Nick Foles -– or, alternately, banish him to some remote NFL outpost like St. Louis?

Let’s all calm down about Riley Cooper’s role with Eagles - The 700 Level
Not to be the bearer of bad news, but Riley Cooper will almost certainly be back for another season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015. Why, you might ask? Because it would cost the team more to release the wide receiver than it will having him on the roster for one more year. Cooper signed a five-year contract extension worth $22.5 million with the Eagles last offseason. The way the deal is structured, the five-year NFL veteran has a salary-cap hit of $4.8 million in ’15. However, if the organization truly wanted to move on, it would result in $6.2 million in dead money against the cap. Cooper isn’t very good—but he’s not so detrimental that the Birds should eat that cap space.

The Big Question: Improving The Defense -
That's why I find Dave's mention of Boykin interesting. The "will he or won't he" question about Bill Davis moving Boykin outside has become tiresome, but if it's ever going to happen, now is the time. Sure, Boykin was not quite as outstanding in 2014 as he was in 2013, but I imagine he deserves a shot on the outside this offseason. And while his 5-foot-9 frame is a negative, it's worth noting that Cory Undlin helped Chris Harris, all of 5-foot-10, be a successful starter for the Broncos over the last two seasons.

New Eagles assistant draws high praise - Inquirer
"He's a good guy, gets along well with his players," Ward said of Undlin. "I feel he's really good at diagnosing and breaking down the film. He does a good job with third down, and what they'll do with these downs and distances. He's a pretty good X's and O's guy." Undlin's unit produced 16 interceptions this season. The Eagles had only 11 from their defensive backs. Undlin also must help a unit that allowed an NFL-high 18 passing plays of 40 or more yards. The Broncos allowed only four of those plays, the fewest in the NFL.

Goodell Berates NFL Employees for Being Overpaid - GQ
The more we all learn about Roger Goodell, the less there is to like!

How Landon Cohen went from parking cars to making Super Bowl roster in less than a month - Yahoo!
It's crazy because Cohen has actually managed to juggle both pursuits. Unsure if he'd get another NFL shot after signing and getting cut by the Philadelphia Eagles in less than one day in 2012, Cohen started his own business. Sitting out the entire 2012 regular season, he launched an events-based car-parking service in his hometown of Spartanburg with Jeffrey and another childhood friend, Terence Dawkins.

Adam Vinatieri says no kicker will be happy if Pro Bowl rules are applied - SB Nation
One of those young bucks is Cody Parkey of the Philadelphia Eagles, who represented Team Carter and managed to successfully convert both of his PAT tries. Still, the 24-year-old rookie who nailed 54 of 54 extra points in 2014 and 32 of 36 field goal attempts wasn't happy with the change either. "I’m hoping this doesn’t happen because I like things the way they are," Parkey said. "But I’m going to roll with the punches so whatever the NFL decides to do, I’m going to do my best to master it."

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