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NFL roundup: Dolphins’ trade with Eagles reportedly back on after Byron Maxwell passes physical 03.09.16 at 12:36 pm ET
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After being held up due to injury concerns, a trade between the Dolphins and Eagles reportedly is back on. According to multiple reports, the Dolphins will swap first-round draft picks with the Eagles in exchange for cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso. The two teams appeared to be close to finalizing the trade earlier in the week until concerns about an injury to Maxwell’s shoulder began to rise.

During the required physicals to complete the trade, the Dolphins medical staff apparently discovered lingering effects of Maxwell’s injury, which put him on injured reserve to end last season. ESPN reported Tuesday night that Miami considered the deal to be “dead” after its findings. Wednesday morning, however, news broke that the deal will be going through as originally planned after concerns over Maxwell’s injury passed.

The Dolphins were weary of acquiring Maxwell if his injury was expected to linger. He is in just the second year of a six-year, $63 million deal he signed with the Eagles last season in free agency. On top of those concerns, he had a disappointing season as the Eagles’ top cover corner last season. After breaking out with the Seahawks the year prior, Maxwell finished with just two interceptions and 64 tackles. The Dolphins may need some depth at cornerback, after reports have indicated the team plans to release four-time Pro Bowler Brent Grimes.

Alonso is in a similar position as well. He came off his worst season as a pro last year, as he fought through several injuries and registered a career-low 43 tackles to go with one interception. He was acquired from the Bills last offseason by former Eagles coach Chip Kelly, in a controversial deal that sent star running back LeSean McCoy to Buffalo.

— In other NFL news, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck announced his retirement Wednesday morning after an 18-year NFL career, and he now will be breaking down the game on the set of ESPN. He reportedly will be joining the “Sunday NFL Countdown” crew as an analyst, while also contributing to broadcasts on Monday nights. In 2005 Hasselbeck made his lone Super Bowl appearance, which was the first in Seahawks history. He served as a backup for the Colts the past three seasons.

— After former Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning announced his retirement earlier this week, interest has grown around Denver as to who will replace him as the Broncos starter. A report Wednesday indicated if the team cannot retain Brock Osweiler, it will pursue 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick via a trade. The 28-year-old Kaepernick has made it clear he is not happy in San Francisco, so the possibility of a deal could be mutually beneficial for both teams.

— Also making headlines Wednesday are the Giants, after the team reportedly inked ex-Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins to a deal. His contract reportedly is worth $62.5 million over five years. In his four-year stint with the Rams, Jenkins was a standout in the secondary. His six defensive touchdowns over that span are the most in the NFL.

— After Calvin Johnson’s retirement on Tuesday, the Lions did not waste any time attempting to replace his production. According to reports, the team signed former Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones to a deal worth an estimated $8 million per season. Additional contract details have not yet been released. The 25-year-old Jones had his best season as a pro last year, catching a career-high 65 passes for 816 yards and four touchdowns.

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Update: Michael Vick agrees to 1-year deal with Eagles 02.11.13 at 12:07 pm ET
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Michael Vick has agreed to a restructured one-year contract to remain with the Eagles, the team announced Monday. It replaces the remaining portion of the six-year, $100 million deal Vick signed in 2011 and makes him eligible for free agency after next season. Under reported terms of the new deal, Vick could make as much as $10 million in 2013.

There had been widespread speculation that the oft-injured quarterback would depart Philadelphia this offseason, following a 2012 campaign in which the 32-year-old started the first nine games before suffering a concussion. Prior to the injury, there were calls for him to be replaced by rookie Nick Foles as the team struggled to a 3-6 mark. Vick, who started the season finale after Foles broke his right hand, completed 58.1 percent of his passes for 2,362 yards and 12 touchdowns vs. 10 interceptions while rushing 62 times for 332 yards in 10 games.

The Eagles faced a deadline last Wednesday in which they had to pay Vick a $3 million bonus if he remained on the roster. He was due to make $15.5 million in 2013.

New Eagles coach Chip Kelly is expected to install an uptempo offense that could be a better fit for Vick.

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No broken bones for Eagles QB Michael Vick after hit vs. Patriots 08.22.12 at 7:03 am ET
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Michael Vick did not break any bones after being hit by Jermaine Cunningham in Monday’€™s preseason game between the Eagles and the Patriots.

Vick, who has already had to pass four medical tests so far this preseason, has only completed four passes through his seven attempts in his first two games.

X-rays on Vick’€™s ribs at Gillette Stadium were negative and an MRI and CT scan on Tuesday showed that he has no broken bones or fractured cartilage.

Vick is prone to rib injuries due to his scrambling style as a quarterback, and has missed three games to rib injuries in each of the past two seasons.

Nick Foles, the rookie quarterback who is backing up Vick this season, is 24-for-38 for 361 passing yards with four touchdowns and one interception in his first two career preseason games.

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Michael Vick leaves game with hurt thumb, X-rays negative 08.10.12 at 12:58 pm ET
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Eagles fans had a scary moment in their first preseason game on Thursday when Michael Vick came off the field holding is thumb and wincing. The quarterback hit his thumb against center Jason Kelce‘€™s helmet on the follow-through of his final pass of the game, and appeared to be injured as he ended his second of two drives on the day.

However, Philadelphia can breathe a little easier as X-Rays came back negative on Vick’€™s thumb, indicating that the injury was nothing serious.

“I heard a pop and I didn’t know if it was my thumb or from the collision,” Vick said. “I was hoping it wasn’t anything severe. I should practice on Saturday.”

Vick finished the game having completed 3-of-4 passes for six yards without rushing the ball once. The former Falcons quarterback was sacked once for a seven-yard loss.

The former Virginia-Tech star has been injury-prone since entering the league thanks to his tendency to run the football and take more hits than most quarterbacks. Vick has only played all 16 regular season games in one of his nine seasons in the league, and missed three games last season.

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Eagles reportedly looking to trade CB Joselio Hanson 08.27.11 at 1:08 pm ET
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The Eagles went to great lengths to upgrade their secondary this offseason, adding Nnamdi Asomugha in free agency and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie through a trade. Now, with a crowded group of cornerbacks, Philadelphia is reportedly fielding offers for veteran Joselio Hanson, who sits fourth on the depth chart.

According to Reuben Frank of, the Eagles likely will trade Hanson before the final cutdown day on Sept. 3. The cornerback has played in 82 games over five years in Philadelphia and is one of nine Eagles remaining from the 2006 team.

Hanson did not play much in the Eagles’ preseason game Thursday night, but coach Andy Reid claimed it was because he wanted to get a closer look at second-year player Brandon Hughes.

“We’re in this evaluation process,” Reid said. “I know what [Hanson] can do. He’s a good football player. He’s played for me for a number of years. … I have to see what else I have got and make sure that we give them enough reps to show.”

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Jerry Jones: Nnamdi Asomugha ‘really wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy’ 08.14.11 at 12:24 pm ET
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At one point during the early stages of NFL free agency, the Cowboys were the front-runners to land prized defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha. While Asomugha ended up with the division rival Eagles, Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones told the Dallas Morning News the cornerback wanted to play in Dallas.

“We had known that he really wanted to be a Dallas Cowboy,” Jones said. “And that’s a fact. There, for about an hour, I thought he was going to be a Dallas Cowboy … We obviously wanted him or we wouldn’t have been in the $10 million and up range to get him.”

In the end, the Eagles were willing to go well above that range, offering the five-year, $60 million deal that Asomugha signed on July 29. The Cowboys play the Eagles in Week 8 (October 30) and Week 16 (December 24) this season.

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Report: Eagles sign Ronnie Brown to one-year deal 08.02.11 at 5:06 pm ET
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Just one day after backup quarterback Vince Young described the Eagles as a “dream team,” Philadelphia added yet another exciting player to its list of newly acquired free agents. Former Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown signed a one-year deal with the Eagles Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Brown, who played a key role in the Dolphins’ implementing of the Wildcat offense, rushed for 734 yards and five touchdowns last season. Brown joins a group of big-name signings in Philadelphia, including Young, Cullen Jenkins, Jason Babin, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha.

The Eagles ranked fifth in the NFL in rushing yards last season, thanks to LeSean McCoy (1,080 yards) and Michael Vick (676 yards).

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Report: Eagles could sit Michael Vick in favor of Kevin Kolb in playoffs 01.02.11 at 10:57 am ET
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According to Sal Paolantonio of ESPN (as relayed by, the Eagles have had concerns about quarterback Michael Vick‘s ability to recognize blitzes. The ESPN analyst said that if Vick struggles in the Eagles’ wild card game, he could be benched in favor of backup Kevin Kolb — the quarterback who was knocked out by a concussion in Philadelphia’s Week 1 loss to Green Bay, the same team that Philadelphia could end up facing in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

Vick, Paolantonio said, did not practice for part of this week in order to invest extra time in watching film of the Packers‘ defense.

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Giants sign former Eagles OL Andrews 08.20.10 at 11:30 am ET
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Shawn Andrews, a three-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman for the Eagles who hasn’t played since early in the 2008 season, signed with the Giants early Friday. The Giants waived offensive lineman Cliff Louis to make room on the roster.

Andrews, 27, did not play last season due to a back injury. The 2004 first-round draft pick made the Pro Bowl in 2005, ’06 and ’07. In 2008, he went on the injured reserve list after the second game of the season. He re-injured the back in training camp last year. The Eagles waived him when he failed a physical in March.

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Transcript: BC Coach Frank Spaziani on D&C 09.04.09 at 3:13 pm ET
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Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani joined Steve DeOssie, Greg Dickerson and Jon Meterperel on the Dennis & Callahan Show to preview the upcoming season. Coach Spaz and the boys joked about honey-do lists, information sources and DeOssie’s ability to jump back onto the field (or on the sidelines?). 

Highlights from the conversation are below.

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Coach, what are your nerves like the day before your first game running the helm at Boston College?

Well, I think it’s the normal apprehension, making sure all the T’s are crossed and the I’s are dotted and, you know, what I did I think of what didn’t I think of, blah, blah, blah.

I got a lot of great assistants helping me out, so we are ready to go.

Was there ever a point throughout this preseason or throughout this whole process since January, when you were hired, when you felt overwhelmed?

No. Never. I think there’s two ways to go with new jobs; you’re either overwhelmed or energized and I was the latter.

Coach, so far in the preseason and training camp overall with a guy like Mark Herzlich going down, how has your defense been able to step up? How have the guys reacted to his absence?

Well, you know, Steve, you played. There is a reaction and we’re going to miss these guys but it’s life, it’s sports, it’s whatever it is. But, you know, certainly going to miss him but we’ve got to go on. We’ve got to play Saturday at two o’clock and when it gets down to it, you know, you’ve got to do it, you’ve got to move on and make the best of it and somebody’s got to pick up the sword and move forward.

Who are your most pleasant surprises over the last month in camp?

Well, we’ve had, a lot of the younger guys, you know, this class that we had coming in they look like they are real prospects and a lot of the younger guys that have had to step up have done a good job. But the biggest surprise has been how well everybody’s adapted to the new staff, the players and making progress. I mean, we’re getting better everyday, believe me, we have a long way to go, but we are getting better everyday.

You look at the two-deep (depth chart) coach and there is redshirt freshman and true freshman. It’s all around that two-deep and I know that might be daunting for some coaches but you feel that you are well armed because have Gary Tranquill running your offense and you promote Bill McGovern to run the defense, what does that mean for your team?

Well, first of all, Gary is a Hall of Fame coach. He might be one of the best football coaches I have ever been around. Well, he certainly is, let me say that. He’s one of the best coaches in the country. He’s been through a lot of things and if there is anybody who can handle the issues over there on offense it’s Gary. I mean he’s not going to be thrown off-kilter by anything we have over there. 

And Billy, I’ve worked with Billy for 10 years, you know, the system’s in place and, you know, Billy’s getting his chance to do what he can do.

Deossie wanted the gig, I think.

Well, he’s uh. . . we’ll let him play. . .

How do you see the ACC stacking up this year? It’s going to be pretty good competition this year across the board.

Well, the thing about the league is, well, you know, we had our conferences meetings down there early on, and this year a lot of the teams have better quarterback situations. Not us withstanding. But, most of the teams have quarterbacks coming back, they’ve played for a while and usually that’s a good sign for a league.

You talked about the quarterback situation. Does that keep you up at night and how do you think it sorts itself out over the next few weeks and the first part of the season?

Well, a lot of things keep me up at night and that might be the 1:30 or two o’clock feeding but it’s going to sort itself out. We have young men there and they each have redeeming qualities and we would have hoped that it would have been a little clearer right now but that’s not the case, so we have to play and see how it sorts itself out and hopefully these guys will separate from one another and we will be a little more solid at that position.

You’re going to start Justin Tuggle tomorrow. . . first career start, redshirt freshman. . .

We are?!

Is that the word? You tell me. You tell me. My sources indicate.

Sources?! You’re talking to the source!

What we have is that either Dave (Shinskie) or Justin (Tuggle) is going to start the game and Mike (Marscovetra) is going to plan. I mean, that’s the plan right now. And, once again, it’s a game and, you know, we have to win. So, we are going to do what’s best for the team but we have to keep in mind that winning is what’s best for the team.

Hey, Uncle Dave Shinskie, you mention him. If he does start tomorrow it will be his first snap in seven years. What do you like about him?

First of all Dave is, obviously, Dave has some maturity on him. He’s been around the block a little, done some things. And, he has the skills, he has the physical talent to be a quarterback at this level. Once again, what he hasn’t done is taken snaps and we have to find that out about him. Unfortunately he missed a couple scrimmages so the evaluation process was set back a little.

Coach, your take on what happened in Tampa yesterday and your predecessor with coach Jags being let go by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers yesterday?

Well, let me just say this, I don’t really have a take on it but my thoughts are with Jeff and his family because anytime you have that anxiety or that kind of turmoil, it’s your personal issues and your family that need to be addressed first.

Fair, unfair, that a guy like Rahim Morris calls him a guy that wasn’t a details guy or a guy that wasn’t precise? Did you see anything like that in your time with him at Boston College?

Well, once again, the situation with Boston College and the situation at Tampa . . . I’m not at Tampa. All I know is that we won a lot games here at Boston College with Jeff as the head coach.

Tom O’Brien’s (N.C. State) Wolf Pack lose last night to South Carolina 7-3. I talked to you early and you thought it would be a pretty high scoring game. What do you think went wrong for them?

That’s what happens when you predict. That’s why you guys do what you do and that’s why I did what I do.

I know for the ACC, it’s a pride thing. They had a stat last night, SEC 237 wins, ACC 114 wins head-to-head. What does that tell you?

I don’t know what that tells me. Master of the obvious, that the SEC has won more games than the ACC. It’s all individual basis and it’s all about what’s happening now and sports and that’s why you play them. I don’t read much into it really. I don’t have time to. Once again it’s great for the fans, it’s great for the media. Gives you something to talk about, right?

How about, who’s starting at outside linebacker for me?

Dominick LeGrande? There’s some young guys at linebacker though?

There certainly are. I had to write letters to all their parents to get permission.

We saw that also Herzlich was on campus again this week. Any good word out of that camp there?

Yeah. Best as I can determine just talking with Mark is that everything is going just like they want, they get the results that they want. He’s getting some of his treatments here and he’s going to be around the squad as much as his doctors allow. And, that’s great for us and more importantly great for him.

He’s a special kid and a special player and he’s certainly redefined that position for us over there beyond my wildest imagination. We’re just hoping that the best can come out of the whole deal and we will see him back in uniform.

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