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Eagles News: Keeping Sam Bradford won't be cheap

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 12/19/15.

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Sam Bradford And the Contract - Birds 24/7
"[His contracts are] not team-friendly, that’s for damn sure. You won’t be seeing a Colin Kaepernick-Andy Dalton deal out of Tom Condon," said Corry. "That’s not something that Tom Condon is going to do for any starting quarterback." Let's look, then, at a couple of Condon-negotiated contracts. Alex Smith and Matthew Stafford are two of his QB clients whose deals might be relevant here.  Stafford signed a three-year, $53 million extension ($17.7 avg.) with the Lions in 2013 that included a $27.5 million signing bonus and $41.5 million guaranteed. Smith, meanwhile, inked a four-year, $68 million extension ($17 million avg.) in 2014 with an $18 million signing bonus and $45 million guaranteed. Unlike the Kaepernick deal, these aren't easy to cut away from.

Eagles need a big game from their offense to beat the Cardinals - BGN
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Chip Kelly Update: Cautious Optimism - Mark Saltveit
[BLG NOTE: Mark's weekly "Chip Kelly Update" column, which used to be hosted at, is coming to BGN every Thursday starting Dec. 24. Pretty cool.]

Five matchups to watch Sunday night between the Eagles and Cardinals - PhillyVoice
The Cardinals have a very light defense. For example, their three-man front averages just 295 pounds. Linebacker Deone Bucannon was a safety in college, and weighs 211 pounds. Safety Tyrann Matthieu was a corner in college and weighs just 186. As you might expect from such a light group, they can all run. Unfortunately, the Eagles employ somewhat of a finesse run game, often opting for slow-developing outside zone plays that athletic defenses can beat by swarming to the football. If there was ever a time to run it straight ahead, it would be this week against the Cardinals' undersized defense.

Eagles Notebook: Eye on the Future - Iggles Blitz
One thing to keep in mind as we talk about the QB situation is that the Eagles do have a young player already on the practice squad – Stephen Morris. Before you think I’ve gone nuts, I’m not saying Morris will be in the conversation to be a starter next year. The Eagles have liked Morris enough to keep him around all season. That shows they have some interest in his development. He has a year in this system, which is invaluable. You’d rather him have some actual game experience, but practicing everyday and being in meetings is huge for young QBs.

Brandon Graham's mission: Get to Carson Palmer - Inquirer
Like most pass-rushers, Brandon Graham likes a quarterback who's easy to find. Tom Brady. Eli Manning. Carson Palmer. He'd rather line up across from those quarterbacks, as accomplished and skilled as they are, than he would against one who can scurry and scramble and will abandon the pocket for the sake of saving himself and extending the play. Graham is one of the Eagles' two starting outside linebackers. He's tied for the team lead in sacks with 61/2. He prefers an immobile target. "I like my chances against a Brady because if you take away that first read, they're going to have no choice but to stand there," said Graham, who had two sacks in the Eagles' victory over the Patriots earlier this month. "It's all about taking away that first read."

Despite size, Darren Sproles proving to be durable for Eagles - CSN Philly
There’s always been this sense that Chip Kelly is wary of overusing Darren Sproles. Understandable, since Sproles stands just 5-foot-6, which makes him the NFL’s shortest running back in 40 years, and weighs 180 pounds, which makes him the lightest NFL running back in 30 years. The thing is, Sproles has never shown any sign of wearing down when he does get an increased workload. On the contrary. Sproles is actually one of the NFL’s most durable running backs. Since 2005, Frank Gore is the only running back in the league to play more games than Sproles.

Smithology: Welcome To Center Sitty -
The Eagles' locker room inside the NovaCare Complex is set up as one long, rectangular room. Each side of the room, on your left and right when you walk in, is bordered by the players’ lockers from end to end, with small spaces in between certain lockers that lead to the players’ lounge, the showers or the training room. The lockers are cut into the wall to allow players their own personal space with plenty of room to keep all of their personal belongings and to sit back and relax before lunch or a meeting. It’s a simple setup that allows for a lot of open space in the middle of the room for players and the media to walk around during the availability after training sessions. But in the middle of this spacious sanctuary, lies two separate blocks of four portable, wood-finished lockers. Unlike the other "normal" lockers, these square pods of four locker stalls are right out in the open in the center of the room.

5 Things for Eagles to worry about vs. Arizona Cardinals -
Running Game: If the Eagles are going to pull off the upset they are going to have to run the ball against the Cards' fifth-ranked run defense to keep Carson Palmer and the offense off the field. Problem is the Eagles have not really run the ball well lately. They gained 128 yards against the Patriots, but averaged just 3.9 yards per carry. They ran for garbage yards (136) in the blowout loss to Tampa Bay. The average yards per carry against Miami (2.3), Detroit (2.7) and Buffalo (3.4) was not good.

Silva's Week 15 Matchups - Yahoo!
The arrow on Fitz is teetering down with Arizona's perimeter receivers healthy. Scoreless since Week 8, Fitzgerald's yardage totals have dipped in four straight weeks (130, 90, 66, 55, 41), and his Week 14 target count (6) was his lowest since October. While Fitzgerald's ceiling has clearly taken a hit, he still has five or more catches in all but one game this season. A Week 15 concern for Fitzgerald is Philly's stingy middle-of-the-field coverage. The Eagles permit the third fewest fantasy points to tight ends, and Fitzgerald runs tight end-type routes. On the Cardinals' base-offense slot snaps, expect Fitzgerald to frequently line up against Eagles FS/slot CB Malcolm Jenkins, who has Pro Football Focus' No. 1 coverage grade among 86 qualified safeties.

The NFL doesn't have a quarterback crisis - SB Nation
Just how bad are NFL quarterbacks right now? One look at some of the matchups this week, and you might think things are terrible, that there's a real shortage of quarterbacks plaguing the NFL. You would be wrong. On this week's podcast, Danny Kelly and RVB discuss the league's quarterback situation and find that it's really not as bad as it seems. Where you really get into problems is with the backups. There's just not enough NFL-level talent there; see Cassel, Matt. And too many teams have been forced to turn to their backups this year.

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