The talk of the Philly Sports World on Monday afternoon was the dangerous, and potentially illegal tackle on Eagles QB Sam Bradford during Saturday’s preseason battle with the Baltimore Ravens. Almost slipping through the cracks late Monday afternoon, was the news that the Eagles had locked-up a cornerstone piece of their defense for the foreseeable future. The team announced on Monday that they had come to terms on a 4 Year, $29 Million contract extension with Mychal Kendricks, thus keeping him in Eagles green through the 2019 season.
Kendricks, a second-round pick in 2012 out of UCLA, has been a major focal point of the Eagles defense since arriving. In 42 career games (40 of which were starts), Kendricks has compiled 333 tackles (15 for loss), nine sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles, and four fumble recoveries. In his rookie season, Kendricks finished third on the team in tackles, with 88. The following year, the UCLA product established himself as the spark plug of the Eagles defense, tallying a career high 137 tackles, coupled with three interceptions. Last season, he missed four games. But, he was still able to finish second on the team in tackles with 108, including a career high 16 tackles vs the Seahawks.
Entering the offseason, there was a ton of whispering regarding Kendricks’ status. That whispering became full-blown speculation, when the Eagles moved LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills for young phenom Kiko Alonso. Earlier this month, Chip Kelly had hoped to quiet the speculation by stating bluntly that “Mychal Kendricks is going nowhere”. Based off of Kelly’s past history, fans and insiders refused to believe those comments. So, it seemed that the Eagles had no choice but to extend Kendricks, to quiet the rumor mill.
Baseball Commisioner Rob Mandred is working to decrease incidents of domestic violence.
It seems that every year, we see more and more professional athletes investigated for (and sometimes charged with) domestic assault. While the incidents of off-the-field violence provide us a a small look into the abuse from which so many suffer every single day, consequences for the offenders seldom set an appropriate example. Professional athletes have historically had a knack for getting slaps on the wrist for both misdemeanor and felony assault. Up until very recently, professional sports organizations haven’t done nearly enough to administer discipline to these players.
This past Friday, Major League Baseball and the players’ union announced a new policy that involves the intervention, discipline, and treatment for players associated with domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault. MLB issued the following statement:
“The Commissioner’s Office will implement additional policies to cover Minor League players, as well as everyone employed by a Major League or Minor League club, and the Commissioner’s Office, and the MLBPA will also implement an all-encompassing domestic abuse policy for its staff.”
There will now be resources for those players (and their families) involved in abuse or violent incidents. The focus will be to provide education, intervention, and discipline. It’s worth noting that other professional organizations (looking at you, NFL) have had a greater number of known violent incidents than Major League Baseball has had.
The Philadelphia Eagles have released the first depth chart of the 2015 season in advance of the teams first preseason game this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is this depth chart is in every sense of the meaning: unofficial. Chip Kelly does not really have anything to do with the depth chart, and even noted in a press conference recently that the depth chart will be handled by director of public relations Derek Boyko.
Here is the full 90-man depth chart:
The Philadelphia Eagles and newly acquired quarterback Sam Bradford are having discussions about a contract extension that would lock up the quarterback in Philadelphia beyond the 2015 season.
The news was first reported by ESPN’s Ed Werder earlier this morning:
Bradford is scheduled to make just under $13 million this season.
The contract extension is a good move for the Eagles, depending on the terms, but is a very risky move for Bradford. If Bradford gets hurt this season or does not play well at all, the extension guarantees him money and security for at least one more season.
In his opening press conference of training camp, Chip Kelly shot down any remaining rumors about linebacker Mychal Kendricks. According to Kelly, the Eagles are not trading Kendricks, and told reporters to “write that down in ink”.
The quote from Kelly backs up a report from CSN’s Derrick Gunn, who reported last night that the Eagles are likely to keep Mychal Kendricks.
With Kendricks staying, the Eagles depth at inside linebacker remains a strong point for the team with Alonso, Ryans, and rookie Jordan Hicks all expected to be on the roster come week one. ┬áIt still should be noted that Kendricks still has not been approached by the Eagles regarding a contract extension.
Keeping Kendricks is with out a doubt the best move going forward for the Eagles. There is no denying the talent that Kendricks brings to the football field, and the idea of having newcomer Kiko Alonso paired with Kendricks has many Eagles fans very excited.