The Philadelphia Eagles (Allegedly) Have a New Wordmark

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By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Editor

For some reason, boredom perhaps, the Philadelphia Eagles have decided to replace their existing wordmark which has been used since 1996. The “swooping” eagle head will still remain as the primary logo. The new wordmark looks like it was created by an 8-year old was first reported by Pro Football Focus’s Ari Meirov.

The Eagles have yet to confirm the change.

This is the first significant change to the Eagles’ identity since Christina Lurie forced Jeffrey Lurie to abandon the Birds’ abandoned Kelly green after the 1995 season.  While the ‘96 wordmark and swooping eagle head has never been a fan favorite, especially with older generations, it has been the visual identity for the franchise’s winningest time in modern history.  The previous wordmark was unique to the franchise and is synonymous with players such as Brian Dawkins, Nick Foles, and Jason Kelce.

The new wordmark, well, not so much. 

 Here's an extensive look at the new wordmark. What do you think? Time's yours Birds' fans.

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NFL Draft: Eagles Only Mock Draft

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By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Welcome to the final, waning hours of NFL Draft season!  By now you’ve probably been mock drafted to sleep but I urge you to read just one more.  The most important one if you’re asking me.  Yes, I am very biased. 

Welcome to the 2022 Eagledelphia “Eagles Only” Mock Draft! 

Here’s how this is going to go, Eagles picks only, no trades.  Was the headline not a giveaway?!  Sorry, I just don’t have the energy to create an alternate universe where the Birds are trading picks.  Will Howie make moves, absolutely! But not in this draft.  

So, how did I reach my picks? Glad you asked, it was done with the help of the PFF Mock Draft Simulator.  The simulator was adjusted to avoid as many shenanigans as possible and to create an accurate-ish NFL Draft experience.

Now, with the 15th pick in the 2022 Eagledelphia Mock Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select:

 

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Rodney McLeod Goes to the Colts, Tyrann Mathieu Talks Linger

By Jennifer McGraw, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

Late Friday afternoon, multiple Twitter sources announced that Philadelphia Eagles safety and co-founder of the "Change Our Future" foundation, Rodney McLeod would be heading to the Indianapolis Colts.

Though McLeod was not a major big-name player on the team, he aided in a lot of the Eagles' success over the years, including leading them to their first Super Bowl win in the 2017 season. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the St. Louis Rams in 2012, but four short years later, he landed in Philly and hasn't looked back.

Over the course of his six years on the Eagles, McLeod had 11 interceptions for 147 yards, four forced fumbles, 347 tackles, 239 solos and eight tackles for loss. At the end of the 2021 season, McLeod had two remarkable back-to-back interceptions that helped make it easier for the team to get into the playoffs. 

McLeod had major success on the field and has been a consistent asset to the Eagles' defense, but maybe some of his greatest achievements off the field bloomed from his work with the Philadelphia community.

Rodney and his wife, Erika, both founded the "Change Our Future" foundation after finding love for giving back in St. Louis.

"It started in the community there, getting involved, that's something that was always a part of Erika and I," said Rodney in a previous interview.

The two were excited to come to Philadelphia as it made sense with their location and jobs. The McLeods found a love of the city and always got to work on giving a voice to the voiceless. As Philadelphia youth struggle with educational inequality, lack of school funding, career resources and mentors, the McLeods worked to create something that would address those issues.

The McLeods started the "Change Our Future" foundation at the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic to do exactly just that.

"We're proud to bring attention to the issues that matter most to us and the footprints we want to leave behind," Rodney said.

Another issue they addressed, with the help of the Philadelphia Eagles organization, was gun violence.

"What keeps me encouraged is that [the youth] want to get out and do something about it. They want to use their voice for good," Rodney said.

One of the ways the McLeods raised money for the foundation was through their Sneaker Ball in December of last year. Those in attendance could get dressed up and rock their favorite pair of sneakers. It was a night of donating toys, sneakers and money that would go directly back to the children.

The 2021 Sneaker Ball raised over $250,000.

Though there will be an adjustment to not seeing Rodney McLeod in the midnight green in the upcoming season, Eagles fans are taking this news as a sign that Tyrann Mathieu will be the new defensive asset. There have been multiple talks of the Eagles pursuing the former Chiefs safety.

If the deal can get done to get Mathieu in midnight (or kelly) green, this would be one of the most impactful Eagles offseason moves this year so far.

 


Eagles Add Olympic Athlete To Roster

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles have remained quiet for some time before the draft here, but they did make a move on Friday, though it isn't one fans will be clambering over.

The Athletic's Zach Berman reported on Friday afternoon that the Eagles had signed an Olympian to the roster.

Devon Allen is an Olympic Hurdler who went to the University of Oregon.

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Eagles Agree to Blockbuster Deal, Trade Back in 2022 Draft

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

The Eagles traded back in the draft on Monday afternoon, arming themselves for the future in the 2023 draft.

The deal with New Orleans brings back a 2023 first-rounder, giving the Eagles two next season, as well.

At this point, the Eagles maintain their highest pick at 15.

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Eagles Owner Provides Updates on Franchise Future, Brings Back Kelly Green Uniforms

By Jennifer McGraw, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

After a 14-month hiatus, Philadelphia Eagles owner, Jeffrey Lurie, spoke with the media on Tuesday to discuss important updates about the draft, Jalen Hurts and the long-awaited (sort of) return of the classic Kelly green uniforms. Lurie spoke during the NFL owners meeting in Palm Beach, Fl.

Eagles fans shared excitement for both the present and future. The team, coming off of a 9-8 season spilling into a Wild Card game, is transitioning out of its "rebuild" year and heading towards a hopeful success in the future. 

The future begins with the NFL Draft. The Eagles have three first-round picks which will aid in their rebuild. Fans and media alike had countless discussions about what the Eagles' front office will do with their picks, whether it be another quarterback or to build on the defense that struggled this past season. Lurie mentioned that he has become "less involved" in the draft.

"I really believe in who we have in the building and I’m very trusting of different departments that we have," Lurie said. "I would say if anything the last few years I’ve taken a little more of a backseat."

In terms of Lurie's trust in the front office, he addressed whether the picks in the drafts in recent years have been "hits" or "misses." He backed the contract extension of Eagles general manager, Howie Roseman. The deal runs through 2025.

"Obviously, over the last five years, we’ve been in the playoffs four of the past five years, we won a Super Bowl. He’s really good at building a roster, and re-building a roster, and he’s very, very well-regarded in the league.” Lurie said on supporting Howie Roseman.

Though Lurie took a backseat in the draft in recent years, he did talk about drafting J.J. Arcega-Whiteside.

"I know some of you thought I was trying to pick J.J. or whatever, no, that was not the case," Lurie said. "There was a tie between J.J. and Parris [Campbell] in that room and they said to me flippantly, who do you want? And I said hey, these are both red star players, that means A-plus character, you’ve got my blessing whatever way you want to go, and I think they went probably based on injury risk, Parris had some soft-tissue injury risk."

Lurie also discussed that the draft process is incredibly intense. Each draft prospect is analyzed from every angle possible, and while being timed on making a decision, the draft can be a stressful process.

In recent months, the Eagles have been closely watched to see if the team would dive into further talks of trading for a veteran quarterback, such as Deshaun Watson. He talked about how he downplayed his role in giving the "green light" on players but did not comment on Watson when asked.

"We have a policy that we will do our due diligence on every player," Lurie said. "You've got to do your due diligence. There's so much information about every player."

Lurie also talked about the return of the Kelly green uniforms, which will be the team's alternatives starting in 2023. During the 2022 season, the team will also have black helmets to complement their black-on-black uniforms. 

Though the Eagles have a lot of work to do this offseason, it seems pretty certain that the front office is all in on doing what they can to get the Birds back to another Super Bowl.

 

 


More Philadelphia Eagles Uniform News! Black Alternate Helmets to Debut in 2022

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By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Editor

There's more Philadelphia Eagles uniform news coming out of the NFL Annual League Meeting in Palm Beach, Florida.  The big news is the return of the beloved Kelly green uniforms in 2023, but the Birds' will also have a new look for the 2022 campaign.  

Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, in a bid to make the headlines at Uni-Watch, announced the Eagles will  wear black alternate helmets during the 2022 season. 

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Philadelphia Eagles Kelly Green Uniforms Returning in 2023

By Michael Lipinski, Sports Talk Philly Editor

There’s big news coming out of the NFL’s owners meetings! The beloved Kelly green uniforms will be returning in 2023, Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie announced on Tuesday afternoon.

And it’s not just any Kelly green, it’s the 1985-1995 “Gang Green” uniform that’s returning. The Eagles are choosing to embrace the legacy of legends such as Reggie White, Randall Cunningham, Wes Hopkins, Andre Waters, Eric Allen, Jerome Brown, and countless others. 

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Philadelphia Eagles Sign WR Zach Pascal

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The Philadelphia Eagles announced the signing of former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Zach Pascal. The deal is a one-year deal. 

Pascal, 27, will be reunited with Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni. Sirianni coached Pascal in Indy from 2018-2020. The Old Dominion product has accumulated 1,888-yards and 15 touchdowns in four NFL seasons. 


Eagles Re-Sign Anthony Harris, Boston Scott

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

With a dearth of news since the release and subsequent reports of a not-yet-official deal for Fletcher Cox to return to Philadelphia in 2022, Eagles news has seemed to be extremely slow.

There was some movement on Friday afternoon as the team re-signed another pair of players.

The Eagles announced the re-signing of safety Anthony Harris and NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that running back Boston Scott will return, as well.

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