Eagles, Andrew Sendejo agree on one-year deal

The Philadelphia Eagles and S Andrew Sendejo have agreed to terms on a one-year contract.

A nine-year NFL veteran, Sendejo has played in 99 career games (including playoffs) and has totaled 432 tackles, seven interceptions and 31 passes defensed.

Sendejo entered the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys in 2010 and joined the Minnesota Vikings in 2011. He went on to play eight seasons in Minnesota and had a breakout season in 2013. That year, Sendejo started 10 games at safety and set a career high in tackles (104), while also adding 13 tackles on special teams.

After being named the Vikings Special Teams Player of the Year in 2014, Sendejo earned a full-time starting role in 2015, opening 13 games at safety and registering 100 tackles, one interception and six passes defensed. Dating back to 2015, Sendejo has started every game in which he has played and has recorded 308 tackles, six interceptions, 26 passes defensed and three fumble recoveries.

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Ex-Eagle Golden Tate: ‘Philadelphia is a fantastic sports town’

After trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns, the New York Giants needed a replacement, and on Thursday they got their guy. The Giants agreed to terms with former Eagles WR Golden Tate, and according to ESPN, it’s a four-year deal worth $37.5 million, that includes $23 million fully guaranteed.

While Tate is not Beckham, he is a solid replacement. Last year, Tate, 30, played seven games for the Lions before being traded to the Eagles, with whom he played another eight games, plus two in the playoffs. He totaled 74 receptions for 795 yards and four touchdowns. Tate’s highlight in Philly was catching a fourth-down, two-yard pass from Nick Foles for the game-winning touchdown in an NFC Wild Card Game in Chicago.

Although Tate played in only eight games with the Eagles, he really enjoyed his time in Philly and appreciated the Philly fans.

“It was a great experience,” Tate said on Friday. “I really didn’t have too much time to take it all in, because I had to hit the ground running, because it was mid-season — trying to learn the city, how to get to work,  where my position room was, the quarterback situation, obviously the offense, the coaches. All that I had to learn very, very quickly, but I really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed. Philadelphia is a fantastic sports town and just a great city overall. I’ll forever be grateful for my time there, and I’ll never forget it, but excited to be here in the Big Apple.”

Philly has a great fan base, and Tate got just a little taste of how passionate they can be. Now, he will be wearing Giant blue, which means he becomes the enemy.

 

 

Foles: ‘I think the greatest year of football I had was St. Louis (2015) because I lost the joy of football’

After the 2015 NFL season, newly signed Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Nick Foles was pretty much done with football. Foles, who was traded by the Eagles to the Rams after the 2014 season, was ready to walk away from the game after he struggled mightily in St. Louis, but he changed his mind and slowly rebuilt his career.

In 2016, Foles reunited with Andy Reid in Kansas City, the man who drafted Foles in 2012 when Reid was in Philadelphia. Foles would be the backup to Alex Smith in 2016.

Then, in 2017, the Eagles came calling, and Foles would sign a two-year deal to backup Carson Wentz. Unfortunately for Wentz, his season would end after tearing his ACL in Week 14 against the Rams. Foles started the final three games of the 2017 regular season and all three postseason games for the Eagles. He completed 77 of 106 passes (72.6 comp. pct.) for 971 yards and six TDs in the postseason, registering a 100-plus passer rating in all three games. Foles threw for 373 yards and three TDs and added a 1-yard TD reception in the Eagles’ 41-33 victory against the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, earning Super Bowl LII MVP honors.

Last season, the Eagles went 4-1 in Foles’ five regular season starts, including three straight victories to conclude the season and earn a spot in the postseason.

Now, Foles is moving on. The 30-year-old quarterback has signed a four-year deal with the Jaguars, and according to the NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the contract is worth $88 million.

As tumultuous as the 2015 season was for Foles, he believes it made him a better person.

“I think through all the ups and downs, I just sort of figured out who I am,” Foles said at a press conference on Thursday. “I think a lot of times, especially in the NFL, you sort of lose your identity or this [football] just becomes who you are and deep down there is something more inside of you than that.

“I think the greatest year of football I had was St. Louis (2015) because I lost the joy of football and I was going to step away. Without that season, I wouldn’t be the player I am today or the person I am. That’s through the trials of life. I have talked about the trials and the ups and downs and it’s all come down to that I’m not afraid to speak on what’s really going on in my life or my heart and how to overcome it.

“I’m not afraid to speak that way with my teammates, so they know. Because the more transparent and real I can be, it’s important. When I step on the field, I want my teammates to know that this is who I am. I’m not this way on the field, and then I leave the stadium, or I leave the facility, and I’m one way. This is who I am as a person. It’s those ups and downs through football and through life that have made me equipped to handle this. Again, this is a new challenge for me. This is something that I look forward to because it is a challenge. It takes faith.”

Foles has a great story. It’s the stuff that makes great movies. In 2019, he will be expected to perform at a high level in Jacksonville, but if what we saw in the past is any indication, Foles will handle the pressure just fine.

Eagles acquire WR DeSean Jackson from Buccaneers

The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired WR DeSean Jackson and a 2020 seventh-round draft choice from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for a 2019 sixth-round draft choice.

According to ESPN’s Tim McManus, Jackson reworked his contract with the Eagles, which is expected to be three years for $27 million. Jackson was scheduled to make $10 million next season.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection (2010, 2011, 2014) and 2009 Associated Press All-Pro honoree, Jackson (5-10, 175) is one of the most explosive wideouts in NFL history. Now entering his 12th season, Jackson was originally selected by the Eagles in the second round (49th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft and has spent time with Philadelphia (2008-13), Washington (2014-16) and Tampa Bay (2017-18).

Jackson has produced the most 60-plus-yard receiving touchdowns (24) in NFL history and ranks second in 50-plus-yard receiving touchdowns (29), trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice (36). He also leads all NFL players in 40-plus-yard receptions (63) since 2008.

Additionally, Jackson owns the sixth-highest career receiving average (17.4) in NFL history, trailing only Stanley Morgan(19.2), Lance Alworth (18.9), Don Maynard (18.7), James Lofton (18.3) and Harold Jackson (17.9) (min. 500 receptions). He has led the NFL in yards per reception four times in his career: 2018 (18.9), 2016 (17.9), 2014 (20.9) and 2010 (career-high 22.5) (min. 35 receptions).

Among active NFL players, Jackson ranks sixth in career receiving yards.

Eagles, Malik Jackson agree on three-year deal

The Philadelphia Eagles and DT Malik Jackson have agreed to terms on a three-year contract. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the contract is worth $30 million.

Jackson is entering his eighth NFL season after spending time with the Denver Broncos (2012-15) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-18). Originally selected by the Broncos in the fifth round (137th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft, Jackson was a key member of Denver’s Super Bowl 50-winning defense. He also earned his first career Pro Bowl nod with the Jaguars in 2017.

 One of the most productive defensive tackles in the NFL, Jackson (6-5, 290) has registered five-plus sacks in three of the last four seasons (ranked fifth among NFL defensive tackles with a career-high eight quarterback takedowns in 2017). Since 2015, he ranks ninth among NFL defensive tackles in sacks (23) and tackles for loss (36) and has posted the second-most passes defensed (15).

 Jackson has amassed 239 tackles (184 solo), 55 tackles for loss, 32 sacks, 23 passes defensed, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in 110 career regular-season games (66 starts). The 29-year-old veteran has played in a combined 121 regular-season and postseason games since 2012, which leads all NFL defensive tackles in that span. He has also appeared in 106 consecutive regular-season games, marking the second-longest active streak by an NFL defensive tackle, behind Ndamukong Suh (115).

Jackson, who was a member of five playoff teams between Denver (2012-15) and Jacksonville (2017), has recorded 29 tackles (22 solo), three passes defensed, two forced fumbles, two sacks and one fumble recovery in 11 career postseason games. In the first quarter of Super Bowl 50, he recovered a fumble by Panthers QB Cam Newton and returned it for his first career touchdown, giving the Broncos a 10-0 lead in the game.

Marcedes Lewis on Jaguars: ‘I think they get (Nick)Foles for a couple of years’

The Jacksonville Jaguars had a lot of struggles at the quarterback position last season. QB Blake Bortles was very inconsistent, and he was one of the reasons the Jaguars were 5-11 in 2018. This was after the team made it to the AFC title game in 2017.

At this point, Jacksonville has a decision to make at the quarterback position. Do you bring back Bortles, which seems unlikely, or do you go out and get a quarterback in free agency or the draft.

According to reports, soon-to-be free agent QB Nick Foles, who won a Super Bowl with the Eagles in 2017, and led them to the playoffs last season, has been connected to the Jaguars, and according to former Jaguars TE Marcedes Lewis, who himself will be a free agent after spending last season with the Packers, signing Foles is not a bad move for Jacksonville, but he thinks it will be a short-term deal.

“They get a guy that can distribute the ball,” Lewis told TMZ Sports. “Foles has proved that he can go out there and do his thing. What do you do? Do you bring Foles in for a couple of years and draft a quarterback? That’s the biggest question.

“Do we want to go out and get a quarterback in the draft, or do we sign Foles to a long-term deal? I think they get Foles for a couple of years, pay him whatever it is, 16 a year, 17 a year; draft a quarterback.”

Lewis is a big fan of former Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins. He thinks signing Foles and drafting Haskins might be the way to go for Jacksonville.

Foles, 30, is an upgrade for the Jaguars, but at times, Foles has been inconsistent. We saw bad Foles during his time with the Rams, and we saw good Foles during the Eagles’ Super Bowl run in 2017. Also, with the Jaguars bringing in John DeFilippo as the offensive coordinator, who was Foles’ QB coach in 2017 with the Eagles, it’s only logical to think  Foles to Jacksonville makes sense.

I think signing Foles to a short-term deal and drafting a QB is not a bad idea, especially if Jacksonville, who has the seventh overall pick in the draft, can get their hands on a QB that they like. Unfortunately, if the Jaguars do like Haskins, he might not make it past the Giants, who pick six, but all that will be sorted out soon.

In the meantime, free agency gets started next week, so we’ll see what direction the Jaguars decide to go at the QB position.

Eagles’ Cre’Von LeBlanc on Wentz: ‘We one-hundred percent ride with him’

Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz had decent numbers in 2018(3074 yards, 21 touchdowns), but he also had some struggles last season. In 11 games, he was only 5-6 as a starter. Ultimately, because of a back injury, Wentz’s season ended after Week 14. Fortunately for Philadelphia, they had Super Bowl 52 MVP Nick Foles, who was able to guide the team to the divisional round of the playoffs where they would lose to the New Orleans Saints.

After the season, things got worse for Wentz. According to a report from the PhillyVoice, some teammates questioned Wentz as a leader, while others called him ‘selfish,’ and later, Wentz himself, acknowledged that he was not a good teammate last season.

However, according to Eagles corner Cre’Von LeBlanc, the team is still behind the third-year quarterback.

“I really don’t get into stuff like that,” LeBlanc recently told Paul Gant and the Go4it podcast. “What I can say is I know that Carson Wentz, he’s a great football player; he’s a great leader on our team, and he’s a great guy, and he’s going to do everything in his power to put his best foot forward and put us in the position we need to be in, and we one-hundred percent ride with him, so that’s all I can say.”

According to Eagles head coach Doug Pederson, Wentz will be the starter next season. Wentz is a very talented football player, and if it were not for his ACL injury in 2017, Wentz probably would have been the MVP of that season.

For Wentz, 2018 was supposed to be a year of redemption, but he just not was physically able to get it done. The Eagles are still in a good position with him at the helm, and hopefully, for the team, Wentz will be a better player and a better leader in 2019.

Listen to the complete interview with Cre’Von LeBlanc below:

Chris Long wins 2018 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year

Philadelphia Eagles defensive end CHRIS LONG was named the 2018 WALTER PAYTON NFL MAN OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY NATIONWIDE, the NFL announced today. Considered one of the league’s most prestigious honors, the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes an NFL player for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field. First established in 1970, the national award was renamed in 1999 after the late Hall of Fame Chicago Bears running back WALTER PAYTON. The announcement was made during NFL Honors, a two-hour primetime awards special held at Fox Theatre in Atlanta that will air nationally at 9 PM (ET and PT) on CBS tonight.

New this year, prior to kickoff of Super Bowl LIII, all 32 Man of the Year finalists will be recognized on-field, as a testament to each of their contributions to the game and to their communities. The Man of the Year Finalist Pregame Moment will culminate with the introduction of Long as the 2018 award recipient.

“Chris Long continues to amaze and inspire us with his generous spirit and tireless commitment to many communities and cities,” said NFL Commissioner ROGER GOODELL. “He is a role model for us all, as he exemplifies the legacy of service and leadership that this recognition represents. We congratulate him on this well-deserved award.”

“Long’s dedication to making a difference in his community is a shining example of the positive impact one person can make in the lives of others.” said Nationwide Chief Marketing Officer TERRANCE WILLIAMS. “Nationwide congratulates Long on being named this year’s Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year and thanks all the nominees for their service.”

This is the second time Long has been named his team’s Man of the Year. In 2015, after being named the St. Louis Rams’ Man of the Year, Long established The Chris Long Foundation. The mission of The Chris Long Foundation is to engage and create programs focused around four main philanthropic causes: clean water, military appreciation, homelessness and youth.

Notably, Long also celebrated his 10th season playing in the NFL by donating his entire year’s salary, roughly $1 million, to support educational initiatives in the cities in which he has played, St. Louis, Boston and Philadelphia. This groundbreaking donation was not in isolation, however, as Long used the occasion to encourage his fans to join him in the effort—raising an additional $750,000 through that outreach, which was donated to Summer Search in Boston and Philadelphia, as well as College Bound and Little Bit in St. Louis.

In 2018, Long continued more than a decade of community service by creating his First Quarter for Literacy program and donating 100% of his first four game checks to fund the program. First Quarter for Literacy provides under-served Philadelphia families, and families nationwide, with free books, literacy resources and mentoring services.

Earlier in 2018, Long conquered Mt. Kilimanjaro for the third time alongside 11 current and former NFL players and U.S. military veterans as part of his Conquering Kili initiative. The initiative brings together a class of combat veterans, giving them the opportunity to continue serving others by climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money to build clean water wells for East Africa. Additionally, as a founding member of the Players’ Coalition Task Force, Long has taken his solution-focused efforts and used his platform to elevate the voice of others., Long has taken a hands-on, leadership role in the Players’ Coalition’s efforts to reform the bail system in Philadelphia and beyond, working specifically on educational equality, police and community relations and criminal justice reform.

Long will receive $500,000, half of which will go to a charity of his choice and half of which will support the expansion of Character Playbook across the country. Character Playbook is the NFL and United Way’s digital education program. All other 31 nominees will receive a donation of $50,000 in their name to expand Character Playbook, and an additional donation of up to $50,000 to their charity of choice. All donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation, Nationwide and United Way Worldwide.

Saints targeted Fletcher Cox on fake punt(VIDEO)

Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro Fletcher Cox is one of the best defensive tackles in football, so you would think teams would try to steer clear of him. However, the Saints saw something on film that would benefit them against the Eagles on Sunday.

With the Saints trailing 14-0 in the second quarter, things were getting desperate, so Sean Payton and the Saints decided to call a fake punt on 4th and 1 in their own territory, and fortunately for New Orleans, it worked. The snap went to backup QB Taysom Hill who would run for one of the biggest first downs of the season.

Interesting enough, New Orleans noticed against the Bears in the wild-card round that Cox was slow to get off the ball when he was in on punt coverage, which is one of the reasons they called the fake punt in that situation.

The Saints would go on to defeat the Eagles 20-14, and now they host the Rams with a chance to go to the Super Bowl, but if that play does not happen, the Eagles might be traveling to Los Angeles to play the Rams this weekend.

Watch below as the Saints explain why they went at Cox: