Posts Tagged ‘Free Agency’

A Busy Summer Ahead: Potential Unrestricted Free Agent Targets

May 8th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on A Busy Summer Ahead: Potential Unrestricted Free Agent Targets | Filed in Flyers, General, Hockey, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly

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Welcome to part two of my Philadelphia Flyers offseason preview. Over these four parts, I will take a look at trades that should be made, free agent signings that need to happen, prospects that could interest the Flyers, and I’ll also project their offensive and defensive lines come opening night. Without further ado, let’s get right to the free agency preview!

By now, I’m sure you’re all very aware of the Flyers’ storied season this year. They entered the season with a new GM, new coach, and were considered a long-shot for a playoff berth. Yet, they proved everyone wrong by fighting their way into the playoffs. To make matters even more amazing, they took the league-best Washington Capitals to their limit, falling just short of a game 7. Over the course of the season, the Flyers had their highs, and their lows. The team had moments of brilliance, and there were also times of pure stupidity. Above all, they found a way to play like a team.

Despite all the positives, there were still a few negatives this season. The top problem that plagued the Flyers this year, was their lack of scoring. Philly ranked 22nd in the NHL, in Goals Per Game at 2.6. A big reason for that number is that the Flyers had only three players that crossed the 20-goal threshold. Wayne Simmonds led the team with 32 goals, while Claude Giroux (22) and Brayden Schenn (26) also hit 20+. Their next highest goal-scorer was Shayne Gostisbehere, with 17. It’s becoming quite clear, that if the Flyers would like to take the next step forward, they’ll need to acquire more players capable of finding the back of the net.

Another thing the Flyers lacked this season was size and physicality. The Flyers only have six skaters that are 6’2″ or taller, and only two skaters that weigh more than 205 lbs. Call me naïve here, but I believe that you need to have serious size if you want to compete in today’s league. Look around the league at these competitive teams, and you’ll see guys like Evgeni Malkin (6’3, 212 lbs), Alex Ovechkin (6’3″, 230 lbs), Nicklas Backstrom (6’1″, 213 lbs)…they’re all big, physical guys. Look back at the Flyers, and you don’t see that.  You see a team full of playmakers that get dominated on the puck, and don’t show a lot in the way of physicality.

What’s missing from this team? Physicality and players that can bury the puck.  That needs to change over the summer, and I believe Ron Hextall knows that. With that said, let’s take a look at six free agent targets for the Flyers, once July 1 rolls around.


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Eagles, Reuben Randle Agree to One-Year Contract

March 24th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Eagles, Reuben Randle Agree to One-Year Contract | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly


Since the initial Free Agency Frenzy, things have been quite boring for the NFL. Teams have now shifted their focus towards the NFL Draft in April, and have started attending pro days to scout incoming talent. Things got a little more interesting on Wednesday, though. As teams continue to do research on the incoming pool of talent, the Philadelphia Eagles swooped (See what I did there?  Haha) under the radar, announcing that the team has come to terms on a one-year contract with former New York Giant Reuben Randle.


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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Version 2.0- Post Free Agency

March 11th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on 2016 NFL Mock Draft: Version 2.0- Post Free Agency | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL


The craziest part of the NFL year is in full swing.  Free Agency is upon us, and players are switching teams, and the entire league is in flux. Recent signings, and trades have altered some of my previous mock selections, so there will be a number of noticeable differences in this version. Before you all get bored with hearing me talk, let’s get into my second 2016 NFL Mock Draft- Post Free Agency Edition.

1.) Tennessee Titans- Laremy Tunsil (OT/Mississippi)

The Titans found themselves a franchise quarterback in last year’s draft, with Marcus Mariota.  They already have a number of solid, young weapons in Kendall Wright, Delanie Walker, and Dorial Green-Beckham.  They added to that arsenal of weapons by acquiring DeMarco Murray from the Eagles. That made an already easy choice, even easier.

2.) Cleveland Browns- Carson Wentz (QB/North Dakota State)


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Just What is Howie Roseman Doing?

March 9th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Just What is Howie Roseman Doing? | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL, TalkSportsPhilly
Source: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images North America

Source: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images North America

We’re approximately 24 hours removed from the two blockbuster trades that were made by the Eagles on Monday. By now, I’m sure that Eagles fans have had a chance to digest what happened yesterday, and hopefully make sense of it. If you’re an Eagles fan that has yet to make sense of the deal, then look no further. In this article, I will take an in-depth look at the trades made yesterday, what they mean for Free Agency, the Draft, and the team’s culture going forward.

Entering Monday, the Eagles had about $18.5 million to work with in cap room. With the legal tampering period scheduled to begin yesterday, it was expected that the Eagles would be busy. Just how busy they were, was not expected. There were no discussions with Free Agents, nor their agents. Instead, the Eagles opted to clear more cap space, by working on a pair of blockbuster trades. The first trade, as reported first by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, would see Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso head to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for “draft pick compensation.”

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Breaking News: Eagles, Bradford Agree to 2-Year Contract

March 2nd, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Breaking News: Eagles, Bradford Agree to 2-Year Contract | Filed in Eagles, Football, General, NFL
Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America)

Source: Elsa/Getty Images North America)

The suspense is finally over…

We now know, that Sam Bradford will be back in a Philadelphia Eagles uniform come next season. In fact, he’ll be back in Philly for the next two seasons.

That’s right folks, mere moments after the March 1 Franchise Tag deadline passed, the Eagles to the team’s Twitter account to announce this news.

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2015 Phillies Offseason Preview: Free Agent Pitchers

November 9th, 2015 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on 2015 Phillies Offseason Preview: Free Agent Pitchers | Filed in Baseball, General, MLB, Phillies, Sports

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An interesting off-season lies ahead…..

After one of the worst seasons in Phillies history, there has been a major overhaul in the front office. Andy McPhail has taken over as team president, Ruben Amaro is out as General Manager, and Matt Klentak is in. It’s a new era in Phillies baseball and there is a sudden buzz of excitement swarming over the Philadelphia baseball community.

Arguably the biggest buzz is surrounding the roster overhaul. This season saw the departures of two of the biggest stars that the Phillies have ever had, in Chase Utley and Cole Hamels. Both deals brought back a fair amount of talent, but that’s only part of the battle. There’s also the development of that talent, in addition to other youngsters, and any possible free agent additions that are brought in.

As demonstrated in other sports, not all free agent “splashes” turn out to be good ones. Hell, that’s even been prominent in baseball as of late (Hello, Pablo Sandoval!). So, while many fans are eager for the team to win sooner rather than later….they also need to understand that the Phils have to spend their money wisely. One wrong investment can set an organization back upwards of five years.

This off-season is arguably one of the more pivotal ones in this team’s history. Cole Hamels, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins are gone and off of the payroll. Ryan Howard and Carlos Ruiz are the two lone Phillies originals from the ’08 World Series team left. The key to this off-season, is for the team to spend their money wisely, while focusing on the development of their prospects.


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Looking Ahead To Free Agency

December 31st, 2014 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Looking Ahead To Free Agency | Filed in Eagles, NFL

After starting the season 9-3 and in prime position to not only win the NFC East, but also potentially securing a first round bye, the Philadelphia Eagles fell apart down the stretch winning just one of four December games which resulted in a 10-6 record that wasn’t good enough to make the playoffs.

Looking back on the season, there were many ups and downs on both sides of the football. On the offensive side of the ball Jeremy Maclin stayed healthy and had a Pro Bowl caliber year, posting 85 catches for over 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns. Rookie Jordan Matthews also had a very good season, catching 67 passes for 872 yards and eight touchdowns. Even though LeSean McCoy fell off a little bit this year as far as total yardage, McCoy still ran for over 1,300 yards and finished third in the NFL in rushing.

On the defensive side of the ball, Malcolm Jenkins had a very productive year bringing leadership and good play out of the Safety position. The entire front seven was very good, including standouts such as Connor Barwin who led the NFC in sacks with 14.5, and Fletcher Cox who had a Pro Bowl caliber year. Brandon Graham made great strides this year, along with Vinny Curry as they both showed great pass rushing ability.

However, like I said there were many “downs” as well. The secondary was horrible. No other word to use for them, outside of Malcolm Jenkins and Brandon Boykin. Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams were absolutely torched all year long. Down the stretch in December when the Eagles were in prime position to seal the deal, Fletcher and Williams came up very small for the Eagles. Fletcher’s best play that I can think of was the pass on third down that he stopped with his helmet in the fourth quarter against Washington in week 16.


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