Amaro: Brown Still An Untouchable

31 07 2011


Domonic Brown is once again the Phillies’ top minor-league prospect, but you can rest assured he’s in no mood to celebrate that distinction.

Nine weeks after the Phillies promoted Brown to be their starting rightfielder, he is starting over again as a leftfielder at triple-A Lehigh Valley following Friday night’s blockbuster trade that brought two-time all-star Hunter Pence to the Phillies.

Had the Phillies not traded pitcher Jarred Cosart and first baseman Jonathan Singleton to the Astros for Pence, it could be argued that Brown would be the third best minor-league prospect in the organization.

A baseball source said Saturday that the Astros thought they could have had Brown, but they were more interested in the 19-year-old Singleton because they project him as a guy who could one day hit 30-plus home runs with a very high on-base percentage.


Maclin Battling Mysterious Illness

31 07 2011

by Jeff Offord on

Now we know why Jeremy Maclin has not been at training camp. And it has nothing to do with money.

Maclin is battling an illness. Head coach Andy Reid wouldn’t say what kind of illness, but he did say he didn’t know when the wide receiver would finally make it to Lehigh University.

With Maclin out, and fellow starter at wide receiver DeSean Jackson holding out in hopes of getting a new contract, the Eagles have spent all their time at training camp without their starting wideouts.

That’s enough to temper the mood a bit around Lehigh. The place has been buzzing since the Birds inked cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, signed defensive end Jason Babin, traded for corner Dominique Rodgers-Croomartie and signed free-agent defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins.

“I really can’t talk about it until he gets up here,’’ Reid said about Maclin’s illness. “And that’s no pressure on him or I’m pushing. I just want what’s best for him and that’s all I care about right now. This is a personal thing and I can’t go any further than that.

“When it’s taken care of, then we’ll talk. But right now, I’m saying you guys, I’ve had a chance to talk to him every day and we all love the kid. He’s nothing but toughness and grit and everything. He loves to play the game, but we just have to get this part taken care of.”

Maclin suffered through a mono-like illness during the offseason and lost about 15 pounds. He did practice briefly during the Eagles informal workouts in Evesham in May.

Eagles Add Cullen Jenkins

30 07 2011

By Dan Graziano on

Okay, this is starting to feel a little bit like a joke now.

Two days after adding Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Jason Babin and one day after signing top free-agent cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, the Philadelphia Eagles have added yet another coveted piece to their rapidly improving defense, announcing a five-year contract for free-agent defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins. Adam Schefter reports via Twitter that the deal is worth $25 million.

Jenkins had been connected in pre-free-agency speculation to a couple of NFC East teams, the Redskins and the Cowboys. He was pursued by many teams due to his versatility — he’s played in 4-3 schemes as well as 3-4 schemes during his time in Green Bay. The Eagles’ official release announcing the deal describes Jenkins as a defensive tackle, which may offer some idea of how they plan to use him. But he’s been an end in multiple schemes and is likely to rotate his pass-rushing skills around to multiple line positions under first-year Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn. He will provide a lethal interior rush to complement the outside rush they hope to get from Babin and Trent Cole. Read the rest of this entry »

Eagles: Talks With Danny Watson Have Hit A Wall

30 07 2011

By Jeff McLane and Jonathan Tamari on

Negotiations between the Eagles and top draft pick Danny Watkins have hit a wall.

Eagles officials have become frustrated with the pace of talks with agent Eric Metz, while Metz’s group points to their negotiating a deal for No. 9 pick tackle Tyron Smith as evidence that they can get a deal done.

When Joe Panos, who works with Metz, was asked about the slow pace, he pointed out that negotiations for Smith – who was drafted by the Cowboys – “went in a very timely matter, and he was signed and in camp by Thursday.” Read the rest of this entry »

Asomugha Wanted To Play For Eagles All Along

30 07 2011

by Peter King on

I was just sitting on some bleachers with Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson and he was shaking his head in awe about Darrelle Revis and Nnamdi Asomugha playing together at corner in New York. “Unbelievable,” he said. “Do you have any idea how hard it’ll be to throw on them?”

No, and we never will. I just texted Robinson to tell him the stunning news — Asomugha, through his crafty agent Ben Dogra, just agreed to a five-year, $60 million deal with Philadelphia. Not the Jets. Not the Cowboys. The Eagles, who add Asomugha to a stable of corners that already includes Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Wouldn’t be surprised to see Samuel dealt, but I was just told by a good source that it’s no gimme the Eagles will deal Samuel. Read the rest of this entry »

Hunter Pence-sylvania

30 07 2011

by Todd Zolecki on

Hunter Pence had heard the speculation he could be traded to Philadelphia, so he approached Roy Halladay earlier this month at the All-Star Game in Phoenix and asked him about everything Philly.

Halladay happily obliged.

“I didn’t think of it as a sales pitch at the time, but I think I did a pretty good job,” Halladay said. Read the rest of this entry »

Eagles Nab Prized Free Agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha

30 07 2011

by Bo Wulf on

In a move that took the entire football world by surprise, the Philadelphia Eagles swooped in out of nowhere to sign the premier target of the free agent market, All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha. Asomugha joins newly acquired Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Asante Samuel in what is now a stacked Eagles secondary.

The team also announced they agreed to terms with Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin. Both Babin and Asomugha will be inked to five-year deals. Wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins and tight end Donald Lee also agreed to terms with Eagles, both on one-year deals. The team issued the following press release.

The Philadelphia Eagles today announced they have agreed to terms with Pro Bowl CB Nnamdi Asomugha and Pro Bowl DE Jason Babin, each to five-year deals. The team also signed WR Johnnie Lee Higgins and TE Donald Lee, each to one-year deals.

A three-time Pro Bowler from 2008-10 and a four-time All Pro selection (2006, 2008-10), Asomugha (6-2, 210) has played in 122 career games (99 starts), and accumulated 310 tackles, 11 interceptions, 62 passes defensed and two sacks. Widely regarded as one of the top cover cornerbacks in the NFL, Asomugha earned his third straight trip to the Pro Bowl in 2010 after contributing 19 tackles and six passes defensed, anchoring a Raiders defense that ranked second in the NFL behind San Diego by allowing just 189.2 passing yards per game. Read the rest of this entry »