Riley Cooper did not have a good year in 2014, no matter what Chip Kelly says to the media. He is due to make $4.8M this year. If the Eagles cut him now, Cooper will have a cap hit of $6.2M. At that rate, you can’t cut him.
But Eliot Shorr-Parks points out that the Eagles can cut him after June 1 and save money. Cooper would only count for $3.8M against the 2015 cap if done that way. So the Eagles could save money and get rid of an inconsistent player.
Kelly likes Cooper so that may mean he stays, but do remember that the Eagles looked into trading for Vincent Jackson last year. This is a situation worth watching.
March 2 – 4pm – Teams must place franchise or transition tag on players.
March 7-10 – Teams allowed to negotiate with free agents and their representatives. But no deals allowed to be signed.
March 10 – Teams must give offers to restricted free agents.
March 10 – 4pm – New league year begins. Teams can sign free agents. Teams can conduct trades with other teams.
March 22-25 – League meetings in Phoenix (good interviews with coaches)
April 24 – Deadline for RFAs to sign offer sheets.
April 30-May 2 – NFL Draft. Runs Thursday night through Saturday. Moved to Chicago this year.
May – Minicamp will be either the weekend after the draft or 2 weeks from the draft.
July 15 – 4pm – Players with franchise tag must sign long term deals by this point or play under one-year deal for 2015 season.
Late July – Training Camp. Dates haven’t been announced yet.
I have mixed feelings on Pro Football Focus. They do some good work, but there are other times when I greatly disagree with their assessments. Here are some comments on Nate Allen from an article on free agent Safeties.
6. Nate Allen
2014 Grade: +3.9
2014 Snaps: 1121
Allen improved in each of the last two seasons following a -13.0 graded 2012. Last season he graded positively in both run defense and coverage while playing primarily as a deep safety, though he also saw snaps near the line of scrimmage and in the slot. Got his hands on six passes in 2014, including four interceptions, which matched his PD total over the previous two seasons. That improvement will likely be a focal point for teams and along with his age (27) may suggest that he still has a chance to reach his potential that saw him picked in the second round in 2010.
Nate has been healthy for 2 straight years. He’s had scheme and coaching stability. I think talking about potential at this point is a bit much.
Nate can be an acceptable starter, but I think any hope of him being a good player is probably gone at this point.
Some funny stuff on Twitter during and after the Super Bowl.
And for the old school Jim Rome fans…
The Eagles are in good shape for the season finale.
Of course, you can insert your Bradley Fletcher joke of choice.
Doug is an excellent national writer. You love to see an unbiased source like him speaking out in support of Fletcher Cox.
Connor is 2nd in the NFL with 6 sacks so far this year. He’s not suddenly turned into Reggie White, but is making plays when he’s got the chance to. That’s been a huge boost to the defense.
This is music to my ears.
Keep your fingers crossed on his injury status.