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Eagles News: Agent credits Howie Roseman, not Chip Kelly, for drafting Lane Johnson

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 1/30/16.

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Lane Johnson's agent says his client was Roseman's pick, not Kelly's - Morning Call
Sarnoff is not only impressed with the way Roseman handles business, but disheartened to hear that he has never received enough credit. He mentioned the drafting of Johnson as a prime example. "I'll go on the record and say people called Lane Johnson a Chip Kelly pick," Sarnoff said. “Howie was the GM at the time. I've never understood why he didn't get credit for that. It was always `Chip, Chip, Chip.' [Roseman] was the one who was the general manager, and I always thought he should have gotten credit for Lane being drafted and being drafted [No.] 4 [overall]. "I look back at that draft, and there was an Oregon kid (Dion Jordan) that could have been jumped and they could have gotten. For whatever it is, Howie made the pick and Lane Johnson's an Eagle."

What exactly is the Eagles' new 'player personnel head' going to be 'heading?' - PhillyVoice
Whoever they end up hiring, what exactly is the Eagles' new 'personnel head' going to be "heading?" In the last week, the Eagles have locked up Zach Ertz, Brent Celek, and Lane Johnson to long-term deals. None of those deals were of the urgent variety, seeing as all three players are signed though the 2016 season. In other words, it's not as if the Eagles got a deal done, with, say, Vinny Curry, who is set to become a free agent in March, and they were working under some kind of time constraint. On Tuesday at the Senior Bowl, Roseman talked like a man who made the decision to do the deals with Ertz and Celek.

Work Ahead To Improve Offensive Line -
Things are going in the right direction for the Eagles early in this offseason. They've put together what looks to be a strong coaching staff. They've signed three players to new contracts. It's good mojo. There is heavy lifting ahead, no doubt ...

Wake-Up Call: Roseman On Eagles’ New Coaches - Birds 24/7
While in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl, Howie Roseman stopped by a SiriusXM radio show Thursday night to discuss Doug Pederson, the Eagles’ new coaching staff and Philadelphia’s front office. Roseman opined that Pederson has put together “an incredible staff,” which is now full of coordinators and head position coaches. Roseman also explained why the Eagles’ new head coach was an attractive candidate. "We're fortunate that we had the opportunity to be with Doug in Philadelphia as a player, as a coach," Roseman said. "Incredibly bright mind. Has a history of developing quarterbacks. Being around great teachers of offense. Has a great offensive mind. Really good person. Really fits in with what we're trying to build in Philadelphia."

Eagles' Brent Celek, Lane Johnson excited to play for Doug Pederson after signing extensions -
"I like Doug a lot," tight end Brent Celek, who signed a three-year deal, said Friday at the NovaCare Complex. "I think he's going to be a great leader for us." After Celek spoke highly of Pederson, offensive tackle Lane Johnson, who signed a six-year contract, gave his vote of support for his new head coach. "I liked him. We had a good conversation," Johnson said of meeting Pederson. "We didn't go too much into football. He is trying to get adjusted to things."

For Brent Celek, 'dream come true' to be an Eagle for life - CSN Philly
Nobody finishes their career with the Eagles anymore. The Eagles' good players always finish somewhere else, and it seems like it's been that way forever. The last player to spend at least eight years with the Eagles and never spend a day with another NFL team is Byron Evans, who was here from 1987 through 1994. More than two decades ago. The last offensive player with at least eight years in Philly to spend his entire career in an Eagles uniform is Mike Quick, who retired in 1990. More than a quarter of a century ago. So that really helps explain why Brent Celek was so emotional Friday afternoon. Nobody spends their whole career in Philly. And Celek has a chance to do just that.

Eagles' Jenkins savors his Pro Bowl berth - Inquirer
Malcolm Jenkins glanced around the room when the Pro Bowlers first gathered in Hawaii earlier this week. He saw Charles Woodson, Richard Sherman, Adrian Peterson and the other brightest stars in the NFL. It was validation for Jenkins, the Eagles safety who received a Pro Bowl invitation Monday night for the all-star game on Sunday. Each day this season, Jenkins walked through the corridor at the Eagles' practice facility that is adorned with pictures of the franchise's all-time Pro Bowlers. He would tap his hand against that wall as a reminder of the goal he had yet to achieve - before this week.

Eagles go old school with Lane Johnson contract - PFT
The deal may end up being a very good one for the Eagles, helping them craft a favorable cap situation well into the future. But as the cap continues to increase significantly and as the market for tackles inevitable keeps climbing, they’ll have to hope that Johnson never comes to the conclusion once he sees what other players are getting paid that he got a raw deal from the Eagles.

10 players who seized their last chance to shine at Senior Bowl - SB Nation
The final day of practices at the Senior Bowl took place on Thursday, and several players made a final push to impress NFL scouts and personnel members. With Friday's practices being just a walk through, just about every NFL person will have left Mobile, Ala. so any good that's come from the week is over.

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