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Eagles News: Andy Reid says Terrell Owens belongs in Hall of Fame

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Domo: T.O. has Andy Reid's vote for Hall of Fame - Daily News
This is the first year of HOF eligibility for Favre and Owens. Favre is a first-ballot lock. Owens should be. He is second in career receiving yards (15,934), third in receiving touchdowns (153) and sixth in receptions (1,078). "As far as talent and production goes, T.O. is absolutely a Hall of Famer," Reid said earlier this week in a telephone interview from Hawaii, where he is coaching in the Pro Bowl. Reid coached Owens for just two seasons with the Eagles. One was blissful, the other a horror show. Owens was a big reason they made it to the Super Bowl in the 2004 season. And he was a big reason they self-destructed a year later. "There was that one off-the-field issue with him, but everything else, he was a pleasure to coach," Reid said. "The son of a gun would do anything you asked him to do and he’d do it a hundred miles an hour, which not every player will do."

Eight Eagles players who could be trade bait - PhillyVoice
It would cost the Eagles more to cut Marcus Smith than keep him in 2016, but they would essentially break even if they were to trade him. Sometimes you'll see NFL teams trade one bust for another like the Chiefs and 49ers did when they swapped former first-round wide receivers Jonathan Baldwin and A.J. Jenkins for each other. Another example is when the Cowboys traded former first-round bust LB Bobby Carpenter to the Rams for another bust in OT Alex Barron. If the Eagles have no use for Smith in their 4-3, it may make sense for them to deal him to another city for some other reclamation project, where both players could get a second chance. Would Browns CB Justin Gilbert, Jets CB Dee Milliner, or Bills QB EJ Manuel do anything for anyone?

Eagles farcical personnel head search over, but end will hold Roseman accountable - Inquirer
Roseman has talent. He’s adept with the salary cap and contract negotiations. He’s very good at gaining leverage in trades. His record as an evaluator is spotty, however. Most general managers would have been fired after six seasons without a playoff victory. Never in the history of the league – at least as far back as anyone can remember – has someone in Roseman’s role regained power after being demoted by the same team. Lurie has shown loyalty and patience before with Andy Reid. But the former Eagles coach had reached a certain level after so much winning. What has Roseman proven so far?

Curry’s Turn - Iggles Blitz
It will be interesting to see how the Eagles use Curry. Will he start at LDE? No matter how he, Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham are used, there will be more of a natural rotation because of the 4-3. All 3 guys played DE in certain sets under Davis, but Graham and Barwin were LBs in the base 3-4. That made the rotation a bit more complicated. This is another good move by the Eagles. It is critical to find DL that can get to the QB or at least affect him with pressure. Just think about the Giants. Their DL struggled to get pressure and the team only had 23 sacks for the year. The 4-3 is predicated on having rushers that can penetrate and pressure. Curry has played well in a limited role the past few years, but he now has a chance to shine.

Wake-Up Call: Why the Eagles Are Being Aggressive - Birds 24/7
You wonder if Fletcher Cox would have been locked up months ago if not for the short-lived Chip Kelly power grab. Howie Roseman comes from the Joe Banner school of financial management that teaches to sign your core players early. The logic is sound: the money arrow is always pointing up in the NFL. The more dollars that come in, the higher the cap. As the cap grows, so too does the cost of the individual deals. If you have identified someone that you want to keep around long-term, it’s best to strike as soon as possible while leverage is still on your side and before the price spikes.

Salary cap not a huge concern for Eagles - CSN Philly
$21 million guaranteed for Zach Ertz. $35 million guaranteed for Lane Johnson. $60 to $70 million guaranteed rumored to be coming to Fletcher Cox. Heck, should the Eagles re-sign Sam Bradford, that alone will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million per year. There might be more extensions before everything is said and done. How can the Eagles afford all of this and manage to field a complete team? It's not as much of a problem as you might think. The NFL salary cap is a fluid situation. The number is constantly on the rise. Many players don't finish their contracts, essentially creating new money every offseason. And besides, when an organization has an expert cap navigator, as the Eagles do in Howie Roseman, there's a certain level of trust in the process.

Greg Lewis Is Ready For WR Challenge -
The steps he's taken to reach this point are orderly: Non-drafted rookie makes the NFL, plays eight seasons, yearns to cross the street into coaching and becomes a coaching intern for his former head coach. Greg Lewis has climbed the coaching ladder step by meticulous step ...

Introducing the Super Bowl Franchise Rankings | Sports On Earth
26. Philadelphia Eagles. (Super Bowl record: 0-2. Last appearance: 2005. Last win: Never.) The Eagles have lost twice in the Super Bowl. But the closest they came to winning was the Donovan McNabb throw-up game, which is not actually very close at all.

Getting Down to Business - The MMQB
I see Harrison as one of the precise route-runners of his day, a man extremely hard for defenders to jam, as good a receiver in and out of cuts as there was, superb hands, an excellent partner for the precise Peyton Manning. One minus for him is his championship game and Super Bowl performances (three games: 12 catches, zero touchdowns), but the big pluses are his NFL-record 143-catch season in 2002 and his consistent productivity. Owens, obviously, was irrepressible as a player, a physical force at 225 pounds, with nine seasons of over 1,000 yards. He never led the league in receptions or receiving yards, but he retired second all-time in yards and third in touchdowns among receivers, and he’s not close to being passed in either category. He’s going to get into the Hall. The question is: Will it be this year, and will it be at Harrison’s expense?

Lady Gaga will perform national anthem at the 2016 Super Bowl - SB Nation
The recent Golden Globe winner gets the honor of singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the Super Bowl.

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