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Eagles News: Philadelphia turned down a future first round pick in order to draft Fletcher Cox

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 6/21/16.

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The trade the Eagles made - and didn't make - in 2012 - Inquirer
"When he got to 12 and we were ready to make the pick, we had agreed on the trade, and then we got a call from another team offering us to move back for a future 1," Roseman said last week. So the Eagles took a minute to consider the offer.Whenever a team can pick up an additional first-round pick, it’s worth consideration. But the Eagles were fond of Cox, who former defensive line coach Jim Washburn said was "made" to play in the scheme the Eagles used. The team called in the Cox pick, afraid to pass up the defensive lineman for the prospect of more valuable picks. "If he was [what the Eagles thought], how would we get that guy again?" Roseman said. "And all around the room, everyone agreed that to get a 6-4, 310-pound guy, 35-inch arms, powerful, athletic, great character, we'd have to pick in the Top-5 -- 21 years old. For us, even if that future one was a 12 or 13 or 14, we thought it was a unique opportunity that we were able to get that kind of guy, so we just kind of made the pick."

When did each of the 51 cities with a major sports franchise last win a title? - PhillyVoice
By my count, there are 51 cities in the United States and Canada with at least one franchise in the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, or MLB. Last night, when the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Championship, they broke a 52-year drought in which the city of Cleveland did not have a title in the four major American sports leagues. Now that they finally have something to celebrate, let's take an updated look at the last time each of those 51 cities brought home the glory:

Wisniewski: Quarterback Drama Has ‘Blown Over’ - Birds 24/7
Stefen Wisniewski joined SiriusXM NFL radio yesterday to discuss the Eagles’ quarterback situation and how his teammates feel about Doug Pederson compared to Chip Kelly, and he said the tension Sam Bradford created by demanding a trade has since dissipated. "I think it’s definitely blown over from the viewpoint of the other players — I think from the coaches as well," the offensive lineman said. "(Bradford) seems to be the No. 1 quarterback. Now, is that set in stone? I don’t know for sure, but it certainly seems to be that way right now. And he’s looked good through OTAs and minicamps."

2016 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: Philadelphia Eagles team outlook - CBS Sports
In the final four games of last season, Ertz had 35 catches for 450 yards and a touchdown. If you project that over 16 games, he would have finished with 140 catches for 1,800 yards and four touchdowns. Now, the only thing realistic about that stat line are the touchdowns, because there's no way Ertz will come close to the catches and yards. But he does have the chance to post huge numbers this season. His final stats in 2015 were 75 catches for 853 yards and two touchdowns, with the catches and yards career-high marks, and he was the No. 10 tight end in standard leagues. The reception total was sixth-best among tight ends, and the yards were No. 7. We hope he scores more than four touchdowns, and the Eagles are counting on him after he was signed to a five-year contract extension worth $42.5 million, including $20 million guaranteed. Every tight end ahead of Ertz last season scored at least five touchdowns, and if he did that he would have finished No. 7 in Fantasy points. That's a safe range for him this season. He's worth drafting with a mid-round pick in all formats.

Full Circle - Iggles Blitz
Cole was next on the list. If we’re going strictly on talent, Cole shouldn’t be this high. Hugh was more talented. Cole got ranked that high for a couple of reasons. First, he played 10 years and I do think longevity counts when doing these rankings. Cole started 145 games for the Eagles and was a rock for the DL. Every week you knew #58 would be the RDE and would play as if his life depended on it. He had 85.5 sacks in his Eagles career, second only to Reggie in team history. I also went with Cole that high because he was a terrific run defender. He was tough when run plays came at him and relentless in chasing the ball when plays went away from him. Hugh was a good run defender in his own right, but Cole was outstanding.

Which championship-hungry team can be NFL's Cleveland Cavaliers? - Yahoo
The 55-year drought has been tough enough, but now the Eagles are in this weird limbo where they feel talented enough to contend now in a diluted NFC East but pretty darned far from the next championship. Hey, maybe the team is right about Carson Wentz or Sam Bradford (or Chase Daniel) and one of them will be good enough to get them there in the next few years. Just don’t book your tickets quite yet. This streak could reach 60 before they are ready to end the darned thing.

How can Eagles finally win a Super Bowl? -
At the end of the day, unless the Eagles' defense turns into the 2016 Denver Broncos, this team isn't going anywhere until they find a quarterback. The team is hoping that can be Wentz, and he certainly seems to have the skills to be the answer. If he is, the Eagles will have a legitimate shot at finally winning a Lombardi Trophy.

Free Agency To Deliver Instant Impact -
The names weren't the ones that garnered the major headlines or dominated the water-cooler conversations in March and April, but the Eagles expect to get some major punch from the Free Agent Class of 2016 ...

Rex Ryan is already winning vacation - SB Nation
In other minicamp news, the Buccaneers defense is getting "less terrible," and is Cam Newton trying to play wide receiver?

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