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Eagles News: Howie Roseman is clearly back in charge

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Howie Roseman has look of man calling the shots for Eagles - CSN Philly
Even if you didn’t know Howie Roseman was running the show, it’s become pretty obvious Howie Roseman is running the show. This week, as the Eagles’ brass descended upon Mobile, Alabama for the annual Senior Bowl, the team made two moves. First, was the brand new and pricey contract for Zach Ertz. Then came the cap-cutting extension of fellow tight end Brent Celek. Those deals have Roseman’s fingerprints all over them.

Howie Roseman Talks Bradford, Wentz - Birds 24/7
Howie Roseman is back in the personnel saddle after a year of exile, and there is plenty of work to be done. He called it "exciting" to return to the scene and once again be around the people that he’s developed relationships with over the years. Asked if he feels like he’s playing catch-up, Roseman noted that he never stopped watching tape on prospects and said he has trust in the scouting staff. The executive vice president of football operations had the notebook out, pen behind the ear and eyes focused on the North squad as they opened preparations for the Senior Bowl at Ladd Peebles Stadium Tuesday afternoon. The headliner on that team is North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, who seemed to impress on Day 1.

Eagles notes: Vinny Curry the top immediate free agent priority - PhillyVoice
Connor Barwin was a perfect fit as a "Jack" linebacker in the Eagles' previous 3-4 defense. He is an imperfect fit in a 4-3 defense. Is he a DE? Is he a SAM linebacker? Do you try to use him creatively in some kind of hybrid role? Barwin is a very athletic player, and I believe that he can still be a quality starter in a 4-3 scheme. However, if the Eagles can work out a deal with Curry, they will have two capable starters in place at DE in Curry and Brandon Graham. If there's another team that is willing to give up something worthwhile for Barwin, trading him would be a savings of $6.15 million on the Eagles' cap.

The Paper Guarantees of a Contract Extension - OverTheCap
The Eagles were in the news again today, this time signing tight end Brent Celek to a two year contract extension worth $8 million, $6 million of which is guarateed. Opinions on the contract signing are varied. Some think its a good idea to keep Celek while other think the Eagles should have let him walk next year when his original contract expired. The latter opinion is often argued in part because of the $6 million guarantee number that on it’s face seems pretty high for a player signing a cotract worth $4 million a year. But the reality is if the Eagles were going to keep Celek this season not only is it a no brainer to do the contract, but they got a bargain by extending him. The big sounding guarantee is more or less a trick that smart teams are able to use to protect themselves in the future by taking on almost no risk while signing a player for additional years.

Can Zach Ertz Thrive Under Philadelphia's New Coaching Staff? - numberFire
While not overwhelmingly impressive, the trend shows increased fantasy production from Ertz each year in the league. His final 2015 line of 75 catches, 853 yards, and 2 touchdowns certainly does not blow us away either. But when you consider that Ertz caught almost 47 percent of his balls in the last four weeks of the year and gained almost 53 percent of his yards in that same span, we see a young player who is certainly trending in the right direction. His NEP marks also show improvement from year one to year two, followed by a pretty big per-target dip in year three.

Eagles like Bradford, but won't tip hand - Daily News
More kind words for Sam Bradford Tuesday, from new Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich, in his first remarks to reporters since taking the position last week, and again from team vice president Howie Roseman. No clear picture of exactly how much the Eagles feel they need Bradford, who can be an unrestricted free agent in March. That isn't unusual, when there is a contract to be negotiated. Maybe the Eagles would make it clear by their words or actions if they had no interest in retaining Bradford. But if you do have interest, it's stupid to jack up the price by saying "we must have Sam Bradford." To say that, you'd have to be 100 percent ready to apply the franchise tag, and with a new coaching staff still evaluating last season's film, it's clear the Eagles aren't there yet on the tag, which can't be applied until Feb. 22 anyway.

Senior Bowl Talk - Iggles Blitz
Only one QB here could be worth pick 13 and that is Carson Wentz from ND State. He is a good athlete. He has terrific size. I want to see how he does going up against top flight competition. I’m also curious to see how he does throwing the ball downfield. He has a good arm. I didn’t see much of a vertical game from him this year. The other QB I’ve become fascinated by is Kevin Hogan. He’s awkward, at times reminding me of Philip Rivers. But he has some athletic ability and played the last 4 years (seemed more like 10) in a pro style offense. He understands throwing the ball to the TE or the FB, as well as WRs. I think he might be a good fit in what I expect Pederson’s offense to be.

Picking the best team ever for all 32 NFL franchises - ESPN
The 1960 Eagles went 10-2 and defeated Vince Lombardi and the Packers for the NFL title, the franchise's last championship. It was a team that had two Hall of Famers at quarterback, Norm Van Brocklin and Sonny Jurgensen. Hall of Famer Tommy McDonald was catching passes, and the great Chuck Bednarik was still playing both ways. In the Super Bowl era, the 2004 Eagles, who went 13-3 and lost in the Super Bowl, get the nod. But the 1960 team is still the standard.

Signings, Senior Bowl On Eagles' Agenda -
MOBILE, Ala. – In the context of the offseason that is, the Eagles have a lot going on. They’ve solidified their tight end position for the foreseeable future, finalizing deals with Zach Ertz and Brent Celek. They’re continuing to investigate ways to keep their core together. And they’ve convened at the Senior Bowl to scout potential draft picks with an eye on April’s NFL Draft ...

2016 Senior Bowl preview: Carson Wentz and a whole lot more - SB Nation
An FCS quarterback is the star attraction at this week's all-star game, but he's far from the only player to watch during a week of practices.

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