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The Eagles are adding a veteran tight end.

C.J. Uzomah is signing with Philadelphia on a one-year deal, according to a report from NFL Media.

Uzomah, 31, spent the last two seasons with the Jets. He caught only eight passes for 58 yards with a touchdown in 12 games last season. He dealt with an MCL injury toward the end of the year.

The Jets released Uzomah in March. He had one year remaining on his contract.

Back in 2021, Uzomah had the best season of his career for the Bengals, helping the franchise reach Super Bowl LVI. He recorded 49 receptions for 493 yards with five TDs in the regular season plus 15 catches for 146 yards with a touchdown in four postseason games.

A Bengals fifth-round pick in 2015, Uzomah has 192 receptions for 1,881 yards with 16 touchdowns in 106 career games.


The Eagles have signed a couple of their starting offensive linemen to new contracts this offseason and their next move may be to strike a new deal with one of their wide receivers.

Devonta Smith finished his third season with the team’s playoff loss to the Buccaneers, so the Eagles will have a chance to exercise their option for a fifth year on his rookie deal next month. Smith is also eligible for an extension after three seasons, however, and a report indicates moves are afoot on that front.

Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports that talks between Smith and the Eagles are ongoing and that there is “general optimism” that those discussions will result in an agreement.

Smith’s fifth-year option would be a fully guaranteed $15.591 million for the 2025 season, but an extension would likely result in a lower cap number for the wideout.


Sorry, Maurice Hurst. You won’t be going to Brazil this year.

The Packers will be.

The NFL has announced that Green Bay will face Philadelphia in the first ever game in Brazil. It will be played on Friday, September 6, the night after the Chiefs host the regular-season opener.

The game will stream exclusively on Peacock, with over-the-air broadcasts in the two markets the teams represent.

The NFL is permitted to televise a game that day because it’s the first Friday in September. The Sports Broadcasting Act of 1961, which gives the NFL a broadcast antitrust exemption, prohibits Friday and Saturday broadcasts as of the second Friday in September.

Which means that, as a practical matter, the NFL will stage Friday night games whenever the first Friday in September is also the first Friday after Labor Day. So, basically, that’s any year Labor Day (the first Monday in September) lands on September 1, 2, or 3.

This means there likely will be Friday (and maybe even Saturday) games on the first weekend in September in 2025, 2029, 2030, and 2031.


Former Patriots coach Bill Belichick currently doesn’t have a job, but he’s definitely keeping busy.

He recently spoke at Nebraska’s annual coaching clinic. Cornhuskers head coach Matt Rhule, who was blown out as an NFL coach in Carolina, was blown away by Belichick.

“He is so smart, he’s seen so much, that he can make the complex so simple that it humbles you and embarrasses you,” Rhule said, via KETV 7 in Omaha. “I was embarrassed . . . listening to him, how smart he is, how simple it was. He went four and a half hours just with the coaches. Forget the clinic, like, he came in and met with our coaching staff. And three and a half hours in, I was like, ‘Coach, would you like a water? Cup of coffee? Would you like to use the restroom?’ Because I desperately had to use the restroom, you know? And he’s like, ‘I’m fine, Matt.’ I was like, ‘Yes, sir.’ Just sitting there and just talking, right?

“And just his recall from things 15 years ago. And the only reason why we don’t get through more information is because he’s having to slow down to make sure you understand what he’s saying. I mean, so you have this man who’s a savant, right? Who’s been a defensive coordinator. He’s been a special teams coordinator. He’s coached, you know, he could be an offensive coordinator. He’s been a head coach twice. He’s been a G.M. . . . He’s talking about football in a way that just like, I mean, illuminates things, that makes things so simple that you’re like, ‘Oh my goodness.’”

Oh my goodness is right. And seven teams could have hired him this year. None did.

The problem in most places is that Belichick’s presence would disrupt positions that weren’t vacant at the time the team was looking for a coach. Even if he would be willing to be just the coach and nothing more, his presence and that humbling and embarrassing knowledge will make it very hard for whoever has final say over the draft or the roster to be comfortable in that job.

Will someone give Belichick full power next year? That’s likely what it will take. Not to get Belichick to say yes, but to ensure that there’s no one on the payroll who would fear being exposed as fraudulent in comparison to Belichick. There aren’t many who wouldn’t be, especially if the team is doing poorly enough to fire its coaching staff.

So, yes, Belichick should be back in the NFL next year. He should be in the NFL this year. Neither guarantees that his absence will be limited to one year. Especially with age discrimination a very real but very downplayed reality for coaching and front-office jobs in the NFL.

The hot spot nevertheless continues to be the NFC East, where three teams could be hot on his trail before the 2024 season ends — the Cowboys, the Eagles, and the Giants.


Fletcher Cox announced his retirement last month before free agency began. The former Eagles defensive tackle held a news conference Tuesday to officially end his time in the NFL.

“I know this is April, and I wish this was an April Fool’s joke, but it’s not,” Cox said, via Chris Franklin of NJ.com. “It’s real.”

Cox, 33, spent 12 seasons with the Eagles, earning six Pro Bowls and one All-Pro. He was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-Decade Team for the 2010s.

He leaves tied with David Akers for the third-most games played in franchise history (188) and the fifth-most sacks (70).

“When people look back at my career, the biggest thing is I want them to look at the way that I played the game,” Cox said. “I want them to see the honest way I played the game, the way I went out, how they viewed my leadership. Even when it comes to the younger guys. I still want those guys to call me for leadership advice. That’s how I want to be looked at.”

Cox is hoping he did enough to convince Hall of Fame selectors he is worthy of Canton.

“I have to get to the Eagles Hall of Fame first, so that might help me,” Cox said. “It’s obviously something I think about. It’s all in everybody else’s hands, but hopefully, a few years from now, I’ll be putting on a gold jacket, and I’m looking forward to doing it. I will have the same family here, and we will all celebrate.”