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Fletcher Cox wants to finish his career in Philly - PhillyVoice
Cox is every bit as good as those players above, and then some, with perhaps the exception of Watt. The Eagles, however, have not yet contacted Cox about a contract extension. "Whenever they call us, they'll call (my agent), and I'm pretty sure my agent will call me," said Cox. "But so far we haven't been doing any talks. No matter what next year, I'm due the eight million, and whatever happens I'm pretty sure I'll be here, and I want to finish my career here."

Coaching Update - Iggles Blitz
Vinny Curry isn’t meant to start in the 3-4. He’s undersized for a DE and isn’t a natural OLB. But you have to remember that teams play almost half (or more) of the game in their Nickel or Dime packages. Curry is a great fit in those looks. He can play DE, DT, NT or be used as a stand-up rusher. The key to this report would be to know what kind of offer the Eagles made to him. 4-3 teams will want him as a starter. They could offer pretty good money for his services. If the Eagles offer him big money, that could be a sign the team wants the new staff to play the 4-3. You aren’t going to pay a role player big money.

Locker Room Round-Up: Johnson On Peters’ Remarks - Birds 24/7
Johnson will train more for left tackle this offseason, he said, so he's better prepared this time around should he get called on to play there either for a spot start or a more permanent basis in 2016. "I mean I really don't care [where I play]. If I got to play next to [Peters], if he did slide down to guard, that would be great. But you're talking about a guy that's a Hall-of-Famer, eight-time Pro Bowler, so it's hard for a guy to, you know, admit stuff," he said. "But I think he's done great this year. He's had to deal with injuries and not used to [not] being up to full speed and that stuff. But I think this offseason he'll get healthy and if he's playing left, that will be great but if we're playing next to each other, that may be even better. So we'll see."

NFL free agents 2016: Eagles' Cedric Thornton excited to test market - NJ.com
"I've never been in this position before," Thornton said. "My value is unknown. I want to see what I'm worth. Playing in a city that demands perfection is definitely lovely. I love Philadelphia and the organization.  "But, for me to say 'are they going to keep me?' That''s an unknown. That's not for me to speculate about. I put the film out there and I feel like there are 31 other teams that have seen it. We'll see. "If Philadelphia wants to keep me here, if they want me to be here, then I'll be here."

Can current Eagles fit into a new defense? - Inquirer
Three years ago, the Eagles made a radical change to their defense. They shifted from a 4-3, "wide-nine" defensive front to a 3-4. The next coaching change could bring a similar philosophical shift. The new coach will determine the defensive scheme, but it's something the players must think about entering the offseason. Many of the players on the Eagles defense were brought in by Chip Kelly's staff to play in this scheme. "I think for everybody, it should matter," safety Malcolm Jenkins said. "Not everybody fits in every scheme. . . . Whenever you get a new philosophy, it changes a little bit. You have to refigure out where you're going to be, what your role is. So, it'll be interesting to see how that plays out."

Ertz Finishes Season On Historic Streak - PE.com
Zach Ertz’s third season in the NFL got off to a rockier start than he and most fans expected. After a standout sophomore season in 2014 in which his receiving yardage jumped up over the 700-yard mark for the first time, his 2015 campaign started with a core muscle injury that kept him off the field for the Eagles’ entire preseason schedule. To Ertz’s credit, he worked hard to get back into game-shape for the regular season, but his production clearly took a hit because of the injury, as the dynamic tight end totaled just 104 yards in the Eagles’ first four games. But after finally getting healthy and back to feeling like the Ertz of years past, he turned his season around in a huge way, tallying 450 yards over the final four games of the regular season, capped off by a career-best 152 yards in Sunday’s 35-30 win over the Giants. Ertz joined Jimmy Graham as the only tight ends who have 450 or more yards in a four-game span since 2013.

Desirability Index: The most and least attractive open head coaching jobs - SI.com
Former GM Howie Roseman, exiled to an administrative role after Kelly’s coup, will work with team owner Jeff Lurie to bring a new coaching staff to Philly. In the building, Roseman will be the most powerful man, with senior director of player personnel Tom Donohoe as his second-in-command. As long as Roseman allows the collaborative approach Lurie endorses, it should be a pretty good starting point for Kelly’s replacement.

2016 NFL mock draft: A new QB for the Browns - SB Nation
This could be tricky since starter Jason Peters seems to be angry already about Philadelphia potentially moving him from left tackle. It's doubly tricky with Lane Johnson potentially moving from right to left tackle. But in Decker the Eagles would have a proficient pass blocker who has experience on both sides.

NFL head coach candidates ready for hire after Black Monday | The MMQB with Peter King
Several NFL coaches will be fired after Week 17, and the search for their replacements will begin immediately. From Hue Jackson and Teryl Austin to Matt Patricia and Sean McDermott, here are 10 candidates ready to go

Adam Gase, Bears offensive coordinator, for head coaching jobs | The MMQB with Peter King
He has succeeded with Tebow, Manning and Cutler. Why one of the sharpest young offensive minds in football will top head-coaching wish lists this winter.

Eagles and NRG are working together to give away tickets, prize packs, and more
Check this out, Eagles fans! And stay tuned to BGN for more info on contests involving free tickets.

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