Eagles lose key member of coaching staff

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Eagles lose key member of coaching staff

Winning a Super Bowl doesn't come without a cost. 

With confetti still being cleaned off Broad Street from Thursday's parade, the Vikings are hiring away a key member of the Eagles' coaching staff.

Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo is going to be Minnesota's new offensive coordinator, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. DeFilippo will take over for Pat Shurmur, who left the position to become the Giants' head coach. 

While preparing to face the Patriots, DeFilippo already knew the Super Bowl could be his last game with the Eagles. 

"You know what, my focus right now is I'm just concerned about this game on Sunday," DeFilippo said last week. "That's my 100 percent focus."

Losing the 39-year-old DeFilippo is going to be tough for the Eagles. Not only did he help Carson Wentz become a possible league MVP in Year 2, but then also helped prepare Nick Foles to take over and become Super Bowl MVP. 

"He grinds," Foles said about DeFilippo toward the end of the season. "He puts us through some stuff, which is awesome.

"He's a great coach. I know he's focused on us right now, but I also know he's going to be a great head coach someday, and I'm excited for his opportunity."

The Eagles thought enough of DeFilippo last offseason that they blocked him from interviewing for the Jets' offensive coordinator position. But this offseason, his contract was up, so the Eagles couldn't stop him from leaving. 

For a while, it actually seemed like DeFilippo might have a chance to become a head coach. The Cardinals and Bears both interviewed him for their head coach vacancies. Really, it seems like just a matter of time before a team hires him to take over. 

The Colts still seem interested in Frank Reich as a possible head coach, so this could  all work out terribly for the Eagles, timing-wise. Had Reich been hired earlier, the Eagles could have promoted DeFilippo to keep him. But now, they've already lost DeFilippo and still appear in danger of losing Reich. 

The top in-house assistant candidates to replace DeFilippo are Press Taylor and Mike Groh. Taylor has been the team's assistant quarterbacks coach since 2016. This past season was Taylor's fifth overall season in Philly. He began as an offensive quality control coach in 2013 under Chip Kelly. Groh is the team's wide receivers coach but has a quarterback background and is the more experienced of the two. 

Vinny Curry reportedly heading to the Buccaneers

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Vinny Curry reportedly heading to the Buccaneers

One day after being released from the Eagles, Vinny Curry has reportedly already found a new home.

The defensive end is heading to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a three-year deal worth up to $27 million, with an $11.5 million injury guarantee, according to ESPN's Jenna Laine.

After signing him to a five-year, $47.25 million extension in 2016, the Eagles moved on from Curry and his scheduled $11 million cap hit on Friday. The transaction saved the Eagles $5 million in cap space, with $6 million in dead money.

While Curry, 29, had the best season of his career in 2017, his production still didn't match his high cap number and he became more expendable after the Eagles acquired Pro Bowler Michael Bennett from the Seahawks.

Curry will join former Eagles defensive tackle Beau Allen in Tampa Bay. Allen signed a three-year, $15 million deal with the Buccaneers earlier in the week. 

As Bradham re-signs, he lauds former teammate

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As Bradham re-signs, he lauds former teammate

After getting the opportunity to stay with the Super Bowl champions, Nigel Bradham spoke at length and quite passionately about someone who didn’t get the same opportunity.
Brent Celek.
Bradham, the veteran linebacker, spent the last two years with Celek, who the Eagles released earlier this week after 11 seasons.
“That’s obviously devastating, man,” Bradham said. “Taking about a guy who was here his whole career and the way he came every day and his character every day.
“He really … me and a lot of guys on our team what it takes to win a Super Bowl, and he let us know it doesn’t come easy, it takes work, and he came in and worked every day. Like no other.”
Celek was due to earn $5 million in 2018 but is counting only $1 million in dead money against the 2018 cap, so the Eagles gained $4 million under the cap by releasing him.
That cap space certainly helped them find room to re-sign Bradham, who enjoyed a career-best season in 2017 for the Super Bowl champs.
But Bradham was effusive in his praise for the veteran tight end, who has played the fourth-most games in Eagles history.
“You would never know he was (11) years in because of the way he worked,” Bradham said. “So when you lose a guy like that it obviously takes a toll on your team.
“You hate to lose guys like that that meant so much and impacted this team so much. His leadership was on another level. He went over and beyond the things he could have done as a leader. Obviously, wish he could be here still.”