NFL Team Report - Philadelphia Eagles - INSIDE SLANT
Five-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jason Peters of the Eagles was arrested early Wednesday morning after being accused of leading police on a chase where speeds reached 100 mph.
According to USA Today, Peters faces charges of drag racing and resisting a police officer by flight resulting from an incident in Monroe, La.
Two cars were seen accelerating at a high rate of speed and appeared to be racing around 4:45 a.m., according to the police arrest report.
When a deputy attempted to pull over the vehicles, the driver of one car pulled over, but the driver of a Camaro, allegedly driven by Peters, kept going, and exceeded speeds of 100 mph, the report stated.
The driver of the Camaro eventually pulled into a shopping center where he got out of the car and was handcuffed and taken to a nearby jail.
Peters was booked on drag racing and resisting by flight, police said.
"We are aware of the reports that Jason Peters was arrested this morning in Louisiana," the Eagles said in a statement. "We have been in contact with Jason and due to the legal nature of this matter, we will not have any further comment at this point."
In 2011, Peters was charged with disturbing the peace.
Peters, in his fifth season with the Eagles, missed all of last season to recover from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in an offseason workout.
--Michael Vick is tired of answering questions about the Eagles' quarterback competition, and he hopes coach Chip Kelly will name a starter by the beginning of training camp, CSNPhilly.com reported.
"Hopefully, Chip makes a decision before training camp and we won't have to answer that question," Vick said, according to the report, "so we can go out there as quarterbacks and just focus on this season and not answer questions about competition every day."
The Eagles had their final minicamp practice June 6 and won't get together for another practice as a full team until training camp starts July 26.
There is no indication Kelly is on the verge of naming a starter, and Vick and Nick Foles split first-team reps about 50-50 throughout the minicamps.
Vick said splitting reps is frustrating.
"It's tough," he said. "I have to continue to be a professional and put my feelings and emotions to the side, and just continue to compete. But it's hard. I would be lying if I said it wasn't, but that's just what I have to deal with, and I'm going to keep dealing with it until I see otherwise."
Vick admitted tension could increase between him and Foles as the competition continues.
"Yeah, but hopefully we'll have an answer by then, so I'm not going to answer that," he said. "I won't want to continue to answer those questions. I won't continue to answer those questions until Chip makes a decision."
Kelly has said he can't evaluate positions without seeing his team in pads and playing at game speed.
"We have an understanding of their athletic ability and how they run, change direction and things like that. But there are still a lot of things to be evaluated when you put the pads on," Kelly said. "It's still a physical game. A lot of guys look great in shorts and T-shirts, then they disappear when you put the pads on. Until we get the pads on, we can't tell."
NFL Team Report - Philadelphia Eagles - NOTES, QUOTES
--With an eye toward attracting a future Super Bowl, the Eagles announced a $125 million project to upgrade Lincoln Financial Field.
The stadium revitalization plan is expected to take two years to complete. The improvements will include seating expansion, enhancements to the suite- and club-level areas and more HD capabilities.
"We have had discussions with season-ticket holders over the past couple of seasons to find out what was important to them. We listened and developed a plan of action," Eagles president Don Smolenski said. "The revitalization of Lincoln Financial Field that will take place over the next two years is a direct result of those conversations. Our main goal when we began this project was to dramatically enhance the game-day experience for our fans.
"They deserve an exciting and fun experience when they visit Lincoln Financial Field and we are committed to that."
HD video boards will be installed in each end zone, LED ribbon boards will extend around the stadium, WiFi will be boosted throughout the stadium and the sound system will be enhanced. Seating will increase by 1,600 for the 2014 season and the team will add escalators and bridges to allow fans easier access inside the stadium.
"This is an exciting and new era for the Philadelphia Eagles," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. "Just watching the new HD boards will be fun as the game will be captured in a powerful way for fans. And celebrating players and pivotal moments in games is a wonderful way to showcase the Eagles' proud history as a team. Fans will see these all around the stadium."
With the Super Bowl coming to a cold-weather, outdoor venue when it's played in MetLife Stadium, the Eagles have hopes of bringing the game to Philadelphia down the road.
"We're going to watch that very carefully," Lurie said. "I'm sure we've all been at phenomenal football games outside in December and January. So, absolutely, root for a decent-weather day in New York and New Jersey and we think we've got a great city here to host it, a great stadium, and I'm sure others feel the same way."
--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.
--DT Bennie Logan (3/67): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--QB Matt Barkley (4/98): 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.