For Alshon Jeffery, decision to stay in Philly wasn't hard

For Alshon Jeffery, decision to stay in Philly wasn't hard

SEATTLE — Even after Sunday's crushing loss to the Seahawks, there was one way to squeeze the tiniest little smile out of Alshon Jeffery. 

Ask him about the next four years. 

The day before the 24-10 loss to the Seahawks, Jeffery signed a four-year, $52 million contract extension that will keep him with the Eagles through the 2021 season. 

"Trying to build something special, trying to start something special, the culture here," Jeffery said late Sunday night, speaking publicly for the first time since signing the new deal. "I feel like I'm blessed to be a part of the Philadelphia Eagles. ... Everybody welcomed me with open arms."

Jeffery, 27, signed a one-year contract to join the Eagles in March but found out pretty early on that he wanted to sign a long-term deal to stay in Philly. He wanted it bad enough that he gave up his chance to hit the open market again this offseason. 

When did he know he wanted to be in Philly for a long time? 

"I think the first day I came here," Jeffery said. "The chemistry, just being one of the guys in the locker room. No matter what goes on, on the field, it's our locker room. We're tight. We're more like family."

Part of that family is franchise quarterback Carson Wentz, who has been playing at an MVP level for most of the 2017 season. Wentz is just 24, so the idea of being able to grow with a young quarterback probably played a huge role in Jeffery's wanting to re-sign. 
"The sky's the limit for Carson," Jeffery said. "The sky's the limit for this team. We've got to keep building. Right now, we're just focused on LA." 

After a few questions about his contract, Jeffery didn't want to talk about it anymore. Showing the same selflessness he has all season, he didn't really care on Sunday night about his new deal. The Eagles had just lost by 14 points to a team they thought they should have beaten. 

Jeffery said he thought the Eagles beat themselves and it was "something that we probably needed." 

The day after signing the extension, Jeffery didn't have a great game against Seattle. He finished with four catches for 61 yards and failed to catch a touchdown pass for the first time since Oct. 23. All of Jeffery's four catches came in the second half. He didn't have a single target in the first two quarters. 

So Jeffery was happy to answer a few questions about his contract but wanted the focus off of himself. He wanted the focus on the Los Angeles Rams. Jeffery's Eagles play them in less than a week at the Coliseum. 

"I appreciate everything that's been going on behind the scenes with the contract, but we're just focused on LA," Jeffery said. "The contract situation is what it is. We can talk more about that during the week, but right now I'm just focused on LA, man." 

Warrant issued for Michael Bennett's arrest

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Warrant issued for Michael Bennett's arrest

Michael Bennett’s time in Philadelphia is off to a rocky start. 

The Eagles’ defensive end is being indicted for a felony charge in Harris County, Texas, the Harris County district attorney’s office announced on Friday afternoon. 

Because of the indictment, a warrant has been issued for Bennett’s arrest. According to the release, prosecutors are working with Bennett’s lawyers to coordinate a surrender. 

Neither the Eagles nor the Seahawks knew about the incident, a league source told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Derrick Gunn. Bennett has been an Eagle officially for just over a week. 

During a news conference on Friday afternoon, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo asked Bennett to turn himself in as quickly as possible and called Bennett "morally bankrupt." 

The felony charge is for injuring a 66-year-old paraplegic woman who was working at NRG Stadium last year during Super Bowl LI. The news release says that Bennett was there to watch his brother Martellus play in the game, when he allegedly injured the victim. The Patriots played the Falcons in Super Bowl LI in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017.  

Michael Bennett allegedly “shoved his way on to the field” during the postgame celebration, when the elderly worker told him to use a different way for field access. Instead, the district attorney's office said, Bennett pushed through workers, including the elderly disabled woman. 

Bennett, 32, is being charged with “injury to the elderly, included intentionally and knowingly, causing bodily injury to a person 65 years or older.” 

The penalty for the charge is up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. 

The Eagles released the following statement on Friday afternoon: 

“We are aware of the situation involving Michael Bennett and are in the process of gathering more information. Because this is an ongoing legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”

The Eagles officially traded for Bennett on March 14. They sent receiver Marcus Johnson and a fifth-round pick to Seattle for Bennett and a seventh-rounder. 

(More coming…) 

10 random Mike Wallace stats

10 random Mike Wallace stats

In Mike Wallace, the Eagles are getting a veteran wide receiver who’s now playing for his fifth team in the last seven years.
Wallace has put up fairly consistent numbers since the Steelers drafted him out of Mississippi in the third round in 2009.
And we all know what a veteran wide receiver means. Lots of stats!
So let’s get to know Mike Wallace with 10 Random Mike Wallace Stats That You Didn’t Know (And I Didn’t Either Until I Looked them Up!):
• Since entering the NFL in 2009, Wallace ranks ninth in the NFL with 8,072 receiving yards, behind only former teammate Antonio Brown (9,910), Larry Fitzgerald (9,570), Calvin Johnson (9,532), Brandon Marshall (9,316), Julio Jones (9,054), Demaryius Thomas (8,653), DeSean Jackson (8,575) and A.J. Green (8,213).
• Wallace’s 57 touchdown catches since 2009 are seventh-most in the NFL during that span by a wide receiver.

• With a 95-yard touchdown catch from Ben Roethlisberger against the Cardinals in 2011 and a 95-yarder from Joe Flacco against the Steelers in 2016, Wallace is one of just three players in NFL history with two career TD receptions of 95 or more yards.

The others are Gaynell Tinsley of the Chicago Cardinals, who caught a 97-yarder from Pat Coffee in 1937 and a 98-yarder from Doug Russell in 1938, and Pennsauken’s John Taylor, who caught a 95-yarder from Joe Montana in 1989 and a 97-yarder from Steve Young in 1991.
• Similarly, Wallace’s four career TDs of 80 yards or more — the two listed above plus catches of 81 and 82 from Roethlisberger in 2011 and 2012 — are fifth-most in NFL history behind Derrick Alexander, Lance Alworth, Bobby Hayes and Jerry Rice, who all have five.
• Wallace has had at least 725 receiving yards in eight of his nine seasons in the NFL. Since 2009, only Fitzgerald has had 725 or more yards more often than Wallace.
• Wallace’s career rushing average of 7.1 yards per carry is fifth-highest among active players (with 32 or more attempts), behind Cordarrelle Patterson (10.3), Tyreek Hill (8.0), Deshaun Watson (7.5) and Ted Ginn (7.1).
• Wallace had nine catches for the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV against the Packers after the 2010 season. That’s tied with several players (including Nelson Agholor) for eighth-most in Super Bowl history by a wide receiver.
• Since he entered the league in 2009, Wallace has 43 receptions of 40 yards or more, second-most in the NFL during that span behind only former Eagle DeSean Jackson, who has 56. Those 43 passes were thrown by five quarterbacks (Roethlisberger 23, Flacco 9, Ryan Tannehill 7, Charlie Batch 3 and former Eagle Dennis Dixon 1).
• During the same span, Wallace has 19 TD catches of 40 yards or more, again second-most in the league during that span to Jackson’s 26.
• In 2010, Wallace caught 60 passes for 1,257 yards, and his 20.95 average was sixth-highest in NFL history and highest in the last 33 years by a player with 60 or more receptions. Since 1965, only Hall of Famer and one-time Eagle James Lofton has had a higher average (21.95 in 1984).