James Bradberry Headed To Philadelphia

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Fans may have been disappointed with the Eagles free agency period last month, when they landed Hasson Reddick as the only star and were outbid on other players, particularly at defensive back and receiver.

While the acquisition of AJ Brown has certainly helped to calm the latter issue, the Eagles are hoping to do the same with the former following today's signing.

The Eagles announced on Wednesday that they had agreed to a one-year deal with James Bradberry.

Bradberry was perhaps the Giants top defender, but he was also set to make over $13 million this year and $21 million next year, neither of which were doable for the Giants in their current cap situation.

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The Gift of Gettleman Keeps on Giving for the Philadelphia Eagles

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By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Philadelphia Eagles added to their retooled defense on Wednesday afternoon, officially inking cornerback James Bradberry to a 1-year, $10 million contract.

I say officially because New York Giants fans expected the signing when it became clear that New York couldn’t keep the former Pro Bowler. 

I reached out to a Giants fan to gauge his reaction to the Bradberry signing. The longtime Giants’ season ticket holder requested anonymity for fear of embarrassment.

Anonymity granted.

“I told you before the Eagles win the division. Now they go 13-4 to do it,” the anonymous Giants fan said angrily. Not angry at me or the Eagles but rather his beloved team. 

“F**k Dave Gettleman,” he added. “The ‘Putz of East Rutherford’ strikes again! The gift of Gettleman keeps on giving. Use that as your headline.” 

A little harsh but oh so true.  Former New York general manager Dave Gettleman is the gift that keeps on giving.  The now “retired” executive has left the Giants in cap and draft hell which benefits the Philadelphia Eagles greatly. 

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Philadelphia Eagles, Miami Dolphins Will Hold Joint Practices During Training Camp

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By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Breaking News! Breaking News! Breaking News! 

The Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins will practice together before their preseason finale at Lincoln Financial Field on August 27.  That means half of the University of Alabama offense from a few years ago–Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa, DeVonta Smith, and Jaylen Waddle– will be on the same field, at the same time!  

Like Nick Saban needed any more recruiting help.

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Here’s Your 2022-23 Philadelphia Eagles Schedule

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The 2022-23 Philadelphia Eagles schedule is OFFICIALLY here! I can’t wait to hear everyone’s W and L’s on social media and sports talk radio over the next four months.  

Anyway, a few notes before getting into the schedule itself.  

The Birds are set for five* prime time  games and a trip to Dallas on Christmas Eve. They will face off against old friend Carson Wentz in the first month of the season and Wentz will return to Philadelphia in November. Dougie P returns to Philadelphia on October, 2. 

*- prime time games can be flexed from week’s 5-15 and week 17

Here’s the schedule, set your W’s and L’s accordingly. 

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Eagles News and Notes: Birds-Vikings Set for Week 2 on Monday Night Football

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By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Editor

ESPN has announced a doubleheader of action for week two of the NFL season and the Eagles are in the plans. 

The Birds will host Minnesota on Monday night, September 19 at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philly.  Eagles-Vikings will be the ABC-half of the doubleheader which also features Tennessee and Buffalo.  The two teams have met two times on Monday Night Football, the Eagles own a 2-0 record against Minnestoa. 

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Ray Didinger Announces His Retirement

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By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Talk about a Sunday shocker.

Pro Football Hall of Famer Ray Didinger announced his retirement from TV and radio this afternoon during his radio show with Glen Macnow on SportsRadio 94 WIP.

His retirement is effective May 29 when his contract expires with 94.1 WIP-FM. 

It’s going to be incredibly odd to go into an Eagles season, especially one with high hopes, and not have the expert analysis from Didinger. Eagles coverage on 94.1 WIP and Eagles Post Game Live on NBC Sports Philadelphia just won’t be the same.  NBC Sports Philadelphia is really going to suffer. 

Didnger is one of the last of a great era in sports coverage. A fan by his own admission, Didinger’s straight down the middle, honest analysis of the Eagles is going to be missed. He never approached his coverage with the “fan angle” which is something that is missing from sports “journalism” today. 

Congrats to Ray on his 50-plus years of incredible coverage of Philadelphia sports. It’s a well deserved retirement. 

Watch Ray’s announcement on SportsRadio 94 WIP: 

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"Heart and Soul" of Penn State Basketball Joins Eagles

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Penn State's new head basketball coach, Micah Shrewsberry, raved about big man John Harrar calling him the "heart and soul" of Penn State's basketball team following his fifth and final year with the program for the 2021-22 season.

Harrar averaged 27 minutes per game this last season across 31 games. He averaged around 10 points and 10 rebounds, too.

Before joining Penn State Hoops, he was a tight end set to commit to Army football. He'll be looking to see if he can find a role on the Philadelphia Eagles at the same position, according to his agent.

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Eagles Officially Waive Nate Herbig

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Although it was first reported a few days ago that the Birds were planning to release guard Nate Herbig, the team made the move official on Wednesday.

It is a bit of a shock to see the transaction officially his as a simple waiver. Often times a report such as this precedes a player with value getting traded for something because some team wants to make sure they aren't outbid or the player doesn't choose another franchise, but unfortunately that is not the case here.

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UDFA Tracker: Eagles Sign Undrafted Free Agents Following Draft

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles stuck with a best-available mindset in this draft and that, combines with a few trades, resulted in the teams making only five selections in the draft this year.

Naturally, this means the Eagles still have holes and open roster spots for camp. With no picks in the final round, it's no surprise that the Eagles are getting right to work signing the players they think slipped through the cracks.

This page will be updated as more signings are reported.

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With Their Final Pick, Eagles Select TE Grant Calcaterra

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles were heading into the season with Dallas Goedert solidified as TE1, but behind him is nothing in stone.

The blocking-first Jack Stoll, who was an undrafted free agent last season and ended the year injured, camp standout Tyree Jackson, who spent essentially all of the last season on IR, veteran Richard Rodgers and Noah Togiai are the other vying for what are two positions behind Goedert.

Of course, it's been reported that JJ Arcega-Whiteside is switching to the position to add another to the competition.

With pick 198, the Birds added SMU's Grant Calcaterra to the fold for that spot, as well.

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Birds Complete Pair Of Trades, Pick Kyron Johnson

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

In a pair of trades, the Eagles essentially traded picks 154 and 237 for picks 181 and 198.

While it looked like Kingsley Enagbare or Matt Araiza would be available for the Eagles to fill the needs at edge or punter, they were selected at 179 and 180, the two pick before the one the Eagles had traded up to.

Instead, the Eagles selected Kyron Johnson out of Kansas, which may have been their plan all along.

It's hard to provide any real valuation because it's unknown where he'll play. The Eagles announced him at linebacker, his college position.

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