NFL Team Report - Philadelphia Eagles - INSIDE SLANT
Since signing a three-year, $17 million free-agent contract with the Eagles in March, cornerback Cary Williams hasn't been around much.
He was a no-show at most of the team's voluntary OTAs for a number of reasons, including getting married, overseeing the construction of his new house, having dental work and attending his three-year-old daughter's dance recital.
Given the fact that the Eagles have a new coach -- Chip Kelly -- and that the defense gave up a franchise-record 33 touchdown passes last season and that Williams is being counted on to reduce that number, his absence from OTAs created a substantial public stir, particularly the dance recital excuse.
But Williams was at the Eagles' training facility Tuesday for the first day of the team's mandatory three-day minicamp, running with the first team. He said he was surprised that so many people were upset about him missing practices that were strictly voluntary.
"I feel like everybody around me that gets to know me knows what I'm about," said Williams, who started every game last season for the Super Bowl-champion Baltimore Ravens.
"Ask anybody on that Ravens staff what kind of person I am. They know I come to work each and every day. No complaints. I get the job done. I understand what it takes to be successful.
"I love the fans. I love the people that support the team. But at the end of the day, if I worry about what the fans think of me, I won't be here long."
The Ravens are scheduled to visit the White House Wednesday and meet President Barack Obama. Williams said he did not ask out of the minicamp to attend the ceremony.
"You think seeing the president is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," he said. "It's definitely something I thought of. But at the end of the day, I'm an Eagle. I understand my responsibilities here. I'm happy to be here, and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else."
NFL Team Report - Philadelphia Eagles - NOTES, QUOTES
--Dennis Dixon took one snap with the first-team offense Tuesday, prompting coach Chip Kelly to grate reporters on hand over their analysis of the Eagles' quarterback competition.
"Does that mean Dennis is the No. 1?" Kelly said. "No, just rotating in?"
Kelly has used depth-chart status as a motivator with wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was bumped to a backup role.
Kelly said Nick Foles and Michael Vick are still even on the depth chart. Rookie Matt Barkley and Dixon have split reps behind the two holdovers from Andy Reid's final season in Philadelphia.
Foles, a 6-5 pocket passer, started organized team activities with the second team. Michael Vick was the first quarterback to take snaps with the starters. In the grand scheme, Kelly said there are no telltale answers in his practice rotation that will solve the mystery to the depth chart at quarterback.
"I'm trying to just stay focused and prove that I can move the ball with this offense during practice," Vick said. "As of right now, I can't think of what has to happen or what needs to happen. I just have to go out there and work for it."
Even if reporters aren't convinced Kelly's tactics can't be interpreted, the players seem to be getting Kelly's message.
"There's nothing behind it," Foles said. "You go out there when it's your time."
--Wide receiver DeSean Jackson confirmed that he has fired his longtime agent, Drew Rosenhaus. There have been reports that he is considering signing with rapper Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports. But Jackson said Tuesday that's not definite.
"I don't know right now," he said. "It's a lot of thoughts." Jackson also said it's not out of the realm of possibility that he will kiss and make up with Rosenhaus.
Meanwhile, Rosenhaus contends that he's owed $400,000 in unpaid loans by Jackson and has filed a grievance with the NFL Players Association, Yahoo! Sports reported.
According to the website, the loans were made between November 2009 and March 2012. There have been rumors of financial issues between Jackson and Rosenhaus for some time.
Jackson announced Tuesday that he had fired Rosenhaus, who negotiated a five-year, $51 million deal with the Eagles last March.
Reports recently surfaced that Jackson had signed with Jay Z's upstart Roc Nation Sports, but he said that was not the case.
"I've been hearing about that a lot," Jackson told NFL.com. "But Jay Z is obviously a big-time person in the music industry. So as far as football, I'm really not too familiar with what he's got going so far. But I've been hearing a lot of things,
"I have a lot of big options, haven't figured out what I want to do yet because, you know, this is a big year for myself and my team, so whatever the decision will be. I'll let you guys know as soon as possible, but a decision hasn't been made yet."
--The Eagles announced their training camp schedule Tuesday. Rookies will report on July 22. Veterans are scheduled to report on July 25. The Eagles will hold their training camp at their practice facility in South Philadelphia for the first time. For the last 15 years, they've held training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem. The Eagles will hold five training camp practices at Lincoln Financial Field. They also announced that they will have two days of joint practices with the New England Patriots on August 6 and 7 at their training facility. The Eagles will open the preseason on August 9 against the Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "If a player wants to come in and talk to me, or another coach wants to come talk to me, or someone wants to come in and talk, we are always open for that stuff. I think making sure that everybody is on the same page and knows what's going on is beneficial to everybody." - Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.
NFL Team Report - Philadelphia Eagles - STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.
DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED
--TE Zach Ertz (2/35): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--S Earl Wolff (5/136): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--OLB Joe Kruger (7/212): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--CB Jordan Poyer (7/218): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--DE David King (7/239): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--S Colt Anderson: Potential RFA; $1M/1 yr, $300,000 guaranteed.
--LS Jon Dorenbos: Potential UFA; 4 yrs.
--LB Emmanuel Acho (trade Browns).
--T Allen Barbre: FA; yerms unknown.
--LB Connor Barwin: UFA Texans; $36M/6 yrs, $8M guaranteed.
--WR Arrelious Benn (trade).
--DE Everette Brown: FA; terms unknown.
--TE James Casey: UFA Texans; $12M/3 yrs, $6M guaranteed.
--S Patrick Chung: UFA Patriots; $10M/3 yrs, $2.285M SB/$4M guaranteed.
--QB Dennis Dixon: FA; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
--CB Bradley Fletcher: UFA Rams; $5.25M/2 yrs, $1.6M SB/$2.35M guaranteed.
--DE Clifton Geathers (trade Colts).
--P Donnie Jones: UFA Texans; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--RB Felix Jones: UFA Cowboys; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--S Kenny Phillips: UFA Giants; $2M/1 yr, $1M RB.
--LB Jason Phillips: UFA Panthers; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
--NT Isaac Sopoaga: UFA 49ers; $11M/3 yrs.
--CB Cary Williams: UFA Ravens; $17M/3 yrs, $10.5M guaranteed.
--CB Nnamdi Asomugah (released).
--T King Dunlap: UFA Chargers; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
--QB Trent Edwards (released).
--FB Stanley Havili (traded Colts).
--DT Cullen Jenkins (released).
--LB Akeem Jordan: UFA Chiefs; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--DT Derek Landri: UFA Buccaneers; $2.75M/2 yrs, $1.25M guaranteed.
--RB Dion Lewis (traded Browns).
--P Mat McBriar (released).
--WR Marvin McNutt (released).
--TE Evan Moore (released).
--DT Mike Patterson (released).
--CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: UFA Broncos; $5M/1 yr, $5M guaranteed.
--G Jake Scott: Not tendered as UFA/Lions; terms unknown.
--DE Darryl Tapp: UFA Redskins; 1 yr, terms unknown.