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In recent years I have killed the Philadelphia Eagles for their lack luster talent evaluation, and missed opportunities with players in the NFL Draft.
Three players I can’t kill them for are Trent Cole, Todd Herremans and DeSean Jackson. All three of them have proven to be “core” players, and the Eagles have rewarded them handsomely over the past few days, extending each player’s contract.
It’s a breath of fresh air to see a team resign it’s own players instead of trying to buy them via free agency. Free agency works, but at the same time, it’s a huge gamble. I can’t think of one team in recent memory who signed a big name free agent who put them over the top, or led them to a Super Bowl victory.
Building your roster through the draft is a common denominator in all successful teams, and especially teams like the Steelers, Ravens and Patriots, who have had hiccups along the way, but have been very successful overall in drafting the right guys, and grooming them into front line players.
It’s a trend I hope continues with the Eagles.
Next up is LeSean McCoy, who is unquestionably one of the very best running backs in all of football. He’s young, and a flat out stud, and the Eagles should waste no time in extending his deal like they did with Todd Herremans, Trent Cole, and DeSean Jackson. Judging by the contract signed by Arian Foster, it might not be that easy though.
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The Philadelphia Eagles made a lot of moves on Wednesday in terms of rewarding some of their own with big contracts, roster moves and contract extensions. Here’s a rundown:
He finally got his deal
The biggest news of the day is by far the 5-year, somewhere near $50 million contract (reported numbers range from $47.5-50 million) of Pro Bowl WR DeSean Jackson, including $50 million...
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The Eagles signed offensive tackle Todd Herremans Tuesday to a three-year contract extension through 2016.
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After their free agency spending spree got them nowhere last season, the Eagles have quietly gone about their business this year, trying to keep their own players in the fold, before turning their sights to improving from the outside.
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David Malandra Jr. — The Philadelphia Eagles Announced Wednesday that they Signed WR DeSean Jackson to New 5 Year Contract worth $51 Million through 2016.
Below is a Breakdown of the new Contract:
In 2012, Jackson gets $10 million to sign, along with a $750,000 base salary and a $250,000 workout bonus.
In 2013, Jackson receives a $6.75 million base salary, $4 million of which...
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DeSean Jackson is a playmaker, there's no doubt about that. The Eagles konw this and wanted Jackson making plays for them for years to come. Philadelphia Franchised Jackson to buy more time so they could lock him up with a long term deal.
The Eagles are on a roll today.
-Trent Cole signed a 4-year extension.
-Winston Justice was traded to the Colts.
-Jamaal Jackson was released.
-DeSean Jackson signed a 5-year deal.
Now, Jeff McLane of Philly.com is reporting the Eagles and LeSean McCoy could have a new deal "hammered out soon."