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Eagles News: Walter Thurmond unsure if he'll be back in Philadelphia

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Walter Thurmond wants to return to Eagles but feels it's unlikely - CSN Philly
Pressed as to whether he would be interested in returning to the Eagles next season, the impending free agent acknowledged he would. However, he also sounded very much resigned to the possibility that the organization may not have the space under the salary cap to retain him. "The decision's not up to me at the end of the day," Thurmond said. "Everyone's talking about me wanting to stay. It's not up to me. If you look at the numbers, they only have $17 million in cap space. I mean, do the numbers. It has nothing to do with me. I would love to be here, but it's just economically, it doesn't work, and I'm just being a realist with the situation. "They could probably make it work cutting some guys. [It's up to] whoever the GM is going to be, as far as how they make that situation work. But at the end of the day, it's out of my control."

Eagles players who have the most to gain/lose by Chip Kelly's firing - PhillyVoice
1) Vinny Curry: There's an argument to be made that Vinny Curry is the Eagles' best edge pass rusher, but he never got to play as many snaps as he (and the rest of the fan base) would have preferred. With a likely move away from a two-gapping 3-4 scheme, Curry should have more chances to (A) play more, and (B) attack up the field, assuming the Eagles try to bring him back.

Gase in the Lead? - Iggles Blitz
In regard to both Gase and McAdoo…both have had success with multiple QBs. We don’t know if the Eagles will have Sam Bradford, some other veteran or a rookie, but the new coach is going to need to get good QB play from someone who isn’t likely to be an elite player. There is real value in hiring a coach who has a good track record with QBs.

Wake-Up Call: Eagles Defense Divided On Future - Birds 24/7
Jenkins, who excelled in his role this season and earned a Pro Bowl alternate selection, disagreed with his teammates' de-emphasis of scheme. "I think for everybody it should matter. Not everybody fits in every scheme," Jenkins said. "I’ve played in a 4-3 and 3-4 defense. Personally, as a secondary guy, I like a 3-4. It takes away some of the run fits and allows you to focus a lot more on the pass. I’ve had some of my most productive seasons in the defense that we’re in. Whenever you get a new philosophy, it changes a little bit. You have to re-figure out where you’ll be at and what your role is."

Why would Gase have better luck with brass than Chip? - Daily News
It's hard for me to get past the fact that it was just three years ago that the same search team the Eagles are using now chased and eventually caught the biggest fish in the 2016 coaching pond, Chip Kelly. And you could find just as many people praising Kelly to the heavens. The Eagles' braintrust of Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman and Don Smolenski certainly was excited to hire him. Gase can be as smart as he wants, but continuity is a huge factor in NFL success, and the Eagles are going to be turning their entire organization inside-out again, once they hire Gase or whomever. Remember, Kelly and his pick to run personnel — Ed Marynowitz, hailed as yet another bright young man, just a year ago — are both gone, and when the 2016 draft is done, if not sooner, all the lame-duck scouts and support people will pack up and depart.

Mayor Jim Kenney Tells Story Of When He Was Snubbed By Chip Kelly - CBS Philly
New Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney is not a fan of Chip Kelly. In fact, Kenney recalled the time Kelly snubbed him at a grocery store after a 31-20 Eagles victory.

Jumping On NFL's Coaching Carousel -
The search for a new head coach is a dizzying array of rules and fast-paced decision making. And it’s made even more head spinning with an impressive array of reports, whispers and innuendos that flood the digital world every minute on who is hiring who ...

Ranking NFL coaching vacancies: What's the top job? -
The Eagles have more overall talent than their NFC East rivals in New York, but the quarterback situation is murkier. There is also an open question about how Chip Kelly's talent acquisitions will fit into a new system. Still, we were tempted to put the Eagles ahead of the Giants because the roster is stocked better at every level of offense and defense.

Calvin Johnson stirs speculation that he might want to retire - SB Nation
Like another Lions great before him, Calvin Johnson may be retiring early because of football's physical and emotional toll.

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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