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Eagles News: Jeffrey Lurie donated money to Hillary Clinton's campaign

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 3/16/16.

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Here Are the Candidates to Whom Your Local Sports Team Owners Are Donating - Crossing Broad
Jeffrey Lurie gave $2,700 to Hillary Clinton, and has given a ton of money over the years to the Gridiron PAC (the lobbying arm of the NFL). OF COURSE the Cowboys gave to Christie. You can have your own fun searching contribution records here. For example, I learned that Bill Giles once donated to Jim Bunning’s campaign, Spencer Hawes gave to Romney Victory, Inc., and Andy Reid gave to Jon Runyan’s campaign. Also Howie donated to Kasich.

Pick 8, Vol. 1 – RBs Are People Too - Iggles Blitz
I can’t promise you that Elliott won’t be a bust. He could tear his ACL next week or get his contract and be ruined by finally having money in his pocket. The draft is an inexact science. I can tell you that if the Eagles took Elliott 8th overall, I think it would be a good pick based on what I’ve seen of him. I see an outstanding player with special potential. He reminds me a bit of LaDainian Tomlinson. LT was probably a bit more fluid, while Elliott is a bit more powerful.

Drafting Ezekiel Elliot at eighth overall would be a bad use of resources - PhillyVoice
When the Eagles traded up from 13 to 8 on the first day of the new league year a week ago, it opened up a whole new list of possibilities in terms of who could be available to them in the draft. One of those possibilities is Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott. To begin, let's be very clear -- Elliott is really, really good. This is in no way a slight against Elliott, rather, it's a about the value of drafting the position he plays at the eighth overall pick.

The Eagles either paid Chase Daniel to start -- or grossly overpaid him to be backup -
Chances are the Eagles really do want Sam Bradford to start in Week 1. They are certainly telling anyone who will listen that they do. But make no mistake about it -- the Eagles didn't pay Chase Daniel like a backup quarterback.  They paid him like a starter.  When the Eagles gave Daniel a three-year, $21 million deal -- that can be worth up to $36 million -- earlier this month, to say they made him the highest paid backup quarterback in the NFL would be an understatement.

Eagles Wake-Up Call: The Top Ten Prospects - Birds 24/7
To get an idea of who could be in the Eagles' top tier of players, we created a consensus top 10 by averaging out the rankings of five draft resources: ESPN's Scouts Inc., CBS Sports,'s Daniel Jeremiah, Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke and Rotoworld's Josh Norris. Roseman also reiterated the Eagles' strategy of selecting the best player available instead of drafting for need, so here's how those rankings could shake out, with some background on each player.

RB Question: How To Fill Void? -
The model had usually been consistent for the Eagles: draft a running back, develop him and help him prosper. Last offseason’s departure from an approach dating back to 1997 was so abrupt, and startling, and a year later the plan has changed again, leading to the question: Who is carrying the football for the Eagles in 2016? ...

Signs still pointing to a Walter Thurmond retirement - PFT
Last week, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reported that Thurmond was considering walking away at age 28, after four years with the Seahawks, one with the Giants, and one with the Eagles. Thurmond, according to the source, has opportunities to return, earning in the range of $4 million. But for now Thurmond is closer to calling it quits than coming back for a seventh season. Converted to safety last year by the Eagles after playing cornerback his first five seasons, Thurmond was selected by the Seahawks in the fourth round of the 2010 draft.

Buyer Beware: Ronnie Stanley isn't worth a top 10 pick - BFTB
Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley is being lauded as this years safe top 10 pick. Some say if he would've came out last year he would've been a top 10 pick as well. There are times when I feel like we see a player ranked highly, or have lofty expectations of him coming in, and just ignore the signs during the season because we've already made up our mind on a player. I'm seeing a lot of that this year. In Mel Kiper's most recent mock draft he drafted Stanley to the Chargers at 3 overall. I don't think taking an offensive lineman in the top 10 is a wise investment in general but in this case, I don't think Stanley is worth the 33rd pick, let alone the 3rd pick.

How this year's Eagles offseason is different from last - CSN Philly
Concerns over yet another roster overhaul for the Eagles are certainly valid. After all, one of the issues voiced about Kelly's plan last season was the plethora of new faces and how it would take time for the pieces to come together, a criticism that proved accurate. Now in undoing many of Kelly's mistakes, it seems vice president of player personnel Howie Roseman might be going down a similar road as the fired head coach. Except there's at least one key difference between what the Eagles are doing under Roseman compared to the many changes and departures under Kelly. Roseman has largely replaced or let go of non-essential and role players, as opposed to stars and starters.

Skins’ Proposed Stadium Has Moat, Is F****** Stupid - Deadspin
Continuing with the timeless tradition of NFL teams extolling the virtues of a futuristic, unworkable stadium plan that your city does not want or need, here is the Worst Franchise On Earth unveiling their proposed new stadium, which has clearly been rastafied by at least 10 percent.

Laquon Treadwell can knock the hell out of you, but can he be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL? - SB Nation
The Ole Miss product is a big, physical receiver and one of the best NFL Draft prospects at that position. However, retired NFL defensive end Stephen White sees a few areas for improvement.

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