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NFL Team Report - Philadelphia Eagles - INSIDE SLANT
Despite throwing 27 touchdown passes and just two interceptions while leading the league in passer rating last season, Nick Foles will earn only $635,000 this season.
That is mainly because, under the terms of the league's collective bargaining agreement, the Philadelphia Eagles' 2012 third-round pick can't get his rookie contract reworked until after his third season.
Last week, he got a glimpse of the kind of money he soon might be making when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick signed a six-year, $110 million contract extension that included $61 million in potential guarantees. However, Foles insisted he is not giving any thought to how Kaepernick's deal might impact him a year from now.
"I've always said that how I play, how our team is, how I am as a leader, that will all take care (of what I make) when the time comes," Foles said. "Right now, I'm just having fun out there. I'm having fun with my teammates. Having fun playing this game.
"I'm just cherishing this. There's been so many times where careers are cut short, so I'm just trying to make the most of it. If I'm fortunate to get to that down the road, then I'll be thankful. But I'm just thankful right now about what I'm doing."
Foles, whose father sold his interest in a chain of restaurants two years ago for $59 million, said it is counterproductive to dwell on what he might make if he has another good season.
"When you start worrying about numbers, you start worrying about what you're doing," he said. "And that's when you mess up. Because none of that really matters.
"You get a contract like that because you've played well and you've shown you can be that guy for the franchise. I have to continue to prove that each and every day. I have a lot of guys on this team who look to me every day to work hard.
"When I'm playing out there, there's no dollar sign on me when I'm throwing the ball. I throw the ball because I've grown up playing this game, or grown up being a quarterback. I have to do it to the best of my ability. And the end of the day, we'll see what happens (with the contract)."
NFL Team Report - Philadelphia Eagles - NOTES, QUOTES
--The Eagles promoted Rick Mueller to director of pro personnel and Mike Bradway to assistant college scouting director in a series of front-office changes.
Mueller spent the last two seasons as the team's player personnel executive.
"We are excited to be able to bolster our football operations with these recent moves," said general manager Howie Roseman. "We have talked so much about the process of scouting, drafting and signing players that are the right fit for the Philadelphia Eagles and all of these guys have played and will continue to play a vital role in that process."
--Cornerback Cary Williams has been a regular at the Eagles' OTAs, in stark contrast to last spring when he skipped several of them and was blasted by the media for doing so. Williams said he has no regrets.
"Did I miss some of these? No doubt," he said. "But I am a team player and a family guy and someone who is seen in the locker room as a guy who can be trusted. I missed out on that at this time last year, and some of my actions were misunderstood to a degree. At the end of the day, I still don't regret what I did. I felt like I was doing the right thing for me and for my family. That was the first time I had ever missed OTAs, and I had neglected a lot of family things for a while."
--The Eagles signed reserve offensive lineman Allen Barbre to a three-year contract extension through the 2017 season. He would have been an unrestricted free agent after this season. Barbre, 29 and entering his seventh NFL season, is a primary backup at both tackle and guard. The former fourth-round draft pick has seven career starts and appeared in 15 games last season for the Eagles, his first with Philadelphia.
"Allen has great versatility and his ability to play both outside and inside on the offensive line makes him so valuable to what we do," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said. "He's been in this league for a number of years, and we know we can count on him to step up and fill in whenever he is called upon. When Jason Peters went down in Green Bay last season, Allen jumped right in, and our offense didn't miss a beat."
--Center Jason Kelce was asked whether he thought six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters was the Eagles' most irreplaceable offensive player.
"I'd agree with that," he said. "Jason's extremely important, because he physically is better than every opponent he plays on a week-to-week basis. Occasionally, he'll get beat on pass protection, but those instances are few and far between. Especially toward the end of the season last year: He was on fire. In the run game, he gets unbelievable movement. He comes downhill with great force. In pass protection, you can leave him one-on-one, you don't have to worry about him at all."
NFL Team Report - Philadelphia Eagles - STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
A closer look at the Eagles' picks:
Round 1/26 -- Marcus Smith, OLB, 6-3, 251, Louisville
--The Eagles selected Smith after trading down from No. 22 to 26. Most teams had a second- or third-round grade on Smith, but the Eagles had a higher opinion of him than others. Smith, a former high school quarterback, had 12.5 sacks at Louisville last year. He needs to get bigger and stronger, but the Eagles think he'll be able to help them right away as a situational pass-rusher while he learns from starters Trent Cole and Connor Barwin.
Round 2/42 -- Jordan Matthews, WR, 6-3, 212, Vanderbilt
--Matthews holds the SEC record for career receptions and receiving yards. The Eagles love his combination of size, speed and intelligence. Chip Kelly's initial plan is to play Matthews in the slot, with Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper lining up outside. Kelly is intrigued by the idea of using a 6-3, 212-pounder in the slot.
Round 3/86 -- Josh Huff, WR, 5-11, 206, Oregon
--Huff played for Chip Kelly at Oregon. Huff was a three-year starter for the Ducks and had a school-record 1,147 yards and 11 touchdown receptions last year. He's an explosive receiver with good speed and strong hands. He is expected to compete with Matthews for the slot job.
Round 4/101 -- Jaylen Watkins, CB, 5-11, 194, Florida
--Watkins played both corner and safety at Florida, but the Eagles plan to play him at corner. The Eagles had a second-round grade on him, but he slid to fourth round mainly because of an unimpressive forty time at the combine and his Pro Day. Watkins is the half-brother of wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who was drafted in the first round by Buffalo. The Eagles like his corner-safety versatility.
Round 5/141 -- Taylor Hart, DE, 6-6, 281, Oregon
--Hart, like Huff, played for Chip Kelly at Oregon. He was a five-technique two-gap defensive end with the Ducks, which is how the Eagles also plan to use him. Kelly called him a "relentless football player." He has the length the Eagles want in a 3-4 defensive end.
Round 5/162 -- Ed Reynolds, S, 6-1, 207, Stanford
--Reynolds is another high-football-IQ guy. He's a big, physical player who can play both safety spots and contribute on special teams. He has excellent tackling ability and instincts. His father, Ed Sr. was an NFL linebacker for 10 years.
Round 7/224 -- Beau Allen, NT, 6-2, 333, Wisconsin
--Allen doesn't move very well, but he's a big-body run-stuffer, which is something the Eagles don't have. Their starting nose tackle, Bennie Logan is lighter and more athletic and can line up inside or outside. Allen is strictly a two-down nose tackle.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers)
--LB Phillip Hunt (not tendered as RFA) spent last season on injured reserve and probably won't be re-signed.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: None.
DRAFT CHOICES SIGNED
--WR Jordan Matthews (2/42): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--WR Josh Huff (3/86): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--CB Jaylen Watkins (4/101): terms unknown
--DE Taylor Hart (5/141): terms unknown
--S Ed Reynolds (5/162): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--NT Beau Allen (7/224): 4 yrs, terms unknown.
--S Nate Allen: UFA; terms unknown.
--WR Arrelious Benn: FA (had been released by Eagles; terms unknown.
--WR Riley Cooper: Potential UFA; $22.5M/5 yrs, $4M SB/$8M guaranteed.
--P Donnie Jones: UFA; $5.5M/3 yrs, $1M guaranteed.
--WR Jeremy Maclin: Potential UFA; $5.5M/1 yr, $3.5M guaranteed.
--DE Cedric Thornton: Potential ERFA; 1 yr, terms unknown.
--OLB Bryan Braman: Not tendered as RFA by Texans; 2 yrs, terms unknown.
--CB Nolan Carroll: UFA Dolphins; $5.2M/2 yrs.
--T Andrew Gardner: UFA Texans; terms unknown.
--S Malcolm Jenkins: UFA Saints; $15.5M/3 yrs, $8.5M guaranteed.
--S Chris Maragos: UFA Seahawks; terms unknown.
--QB Mark Sanchez: FA Jets; $2.25M/1 yr, $750,000 SB.
--RB Darren Sproles (trade Saints).
--S Colt Anderson: UFA Colts; terms unknown.
--WR Jason Avant (released).
--RB Bryce Brown (traded Bills).
--S Patrick Chung (released).
--S Kurt Coleman: UFA Vikings; 1 yr, terms unknown..
--DE Clifton Geathers: UFA Redskins; terms unknown.
--WR DeSean Jackson (released).
--QB Michael Vick: UFA Jets; $4M guaranteed/1 yr, $2M SB.