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Eagles are one of Jadeveon Clowney’s preferred destinations

Eagles are one of Jadeveon Clowney’s preferred destinations

Eagles fans want Jadeveon Clowney. And, apparently, Clowney wants the Eagles. 

According to a report from Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, the Eagles and Seahawks are two of Clowney’s two preferred destinations in a potential trade. 

The Dolphins are also reportedly in the mix and even consider themselves to be front-runners.

But this is an interesting situation for several reasons. Because Clowney has not signed his franchise tender, the Texans can’t trade him until he does. That basically gives the 26-year-old pass rusher veto power over any trade he doesn’t want. 

The Texans seem keen on trading him too; Texans head coach and acting GM Bill O’Brien recently said the ball is in Clowney’s court.

The other interesting part of this situation is that any team that trades for Clowney would be prohibited from talking to him about a long-term extension until after the season. And if the Eagles (or any other team that trades for Clowney) give up something to get him, they’re mostly likely going to want to sign him to a long-term deal eventually. 

Another twist in this story is that Clowney reportedly fired his agent today: 

The Eagles could use a player like Clowney at defensive end and they’re one of about half of the NFL teams who have enough cap space to fit him this season. 

But if the Eagles were to trade for Clowney, they’d then have to ask themselves the same questions the Texans have about signing him to a long-term deal. Clowney has dealt with injury, but even when healthy, he has never had 10 sacks in a season. This is a supremely talented and athletic player who hasn’t lived up to his No. 1 draft pick status for some reason. 

It’s pretty clear what positions the Texans would want back. They desperately need an offensive tackle and want a running back and a receiver (likely a slot receiver). The Eagles have a surplus at those positions, so it’s easy to connect the dots here. 

It still seems unlikely the Eagles land him, but with Howie Roseman as GM, you can never rule anything out. 

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Popular Eagles Autism Challenge is postponed

Popular Eagles Autism Challenge is postponed

The Eagles have postponed the popular Eagles Autism Challenge from May 16 to a date to be determined, the team announced Thursday.

The first two events raised nearly $6 million.

The Eagles Autism Challenge, which began in 2018, is a family event that includes a variety of bike rides of varying distances and a 5K walk/run, all of it starting outside the Linc and finishing at the 50-yard-line inside the stadium.

Many Eagles coaches, players and executives participate in the run or the bike rides, and there are numerous kid’s activities, player autographs and photo opportunities on the field after the runners and bikers finish.

The 2018 Challenge included about 3,000 participants and raised over $2.5 million. Last year’s event had about 4,000 participants and raised over $3.3 million.

“While we were all looking forward to an exciting and transformational day on May 16, the safety and well-being of our community, event participants and staff comes first,” said Ryan Hammond, Executive Director of the Eagles Autism Foundation. “We are closely monitoring developments and will continue to make all necessary adjustments based on the recommendations of medical experts. More information about the potential date and details of the event will be announced at the appropriate time. We appreciate everyone’s patience, understanding and support.”

The Eagles Autism Foundation raises money to provide resources to doctors and scientists to study Autism, which is believed to affect about 2 percent of children.

To learn more about the Eagles Autism Foundation and the Eagles Autism Challenge, click here.

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Terrell Owens was thrilled for Andy Reid, once tried to play for him in KC

Terrell Owens was thrilled for Andy Reid, once tried to play for him in KC

Like most of Andy Reid’s former players, Terrell Owens was thrilled to see Big Red finally get a chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy a few months ago. 

“Honestly, I was ecstatic,” Owens said in an interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark. “I’ve kept in touch with Andy Reid ever since I left (Philadelphia).” 

The last time the Hall of Fame receiver played for Reid was during the 2005 season before the relationship between Owens and the Eagles really soured. Despite what went down in Philly, Owens never lost his love for Reid.  

“I love Andy,” Owens said. “Andy is the best coach that I have ever had.”

And Owens tried to play for Reid again. Owens last played in an NFL game in 2010 as a member of the Bengals but after Reid went to Kansas City, Owens tried to make a comeback with his former coach. 

It seems like the Chiefs were at least somewhat interested. Here’s the story from T.O.’s mouth: 

When I was trying to get back in the league I had contacted him about obviously rejoining him. I talked to John Dorsey, who was the GM at one point in time. I don’t know how close it was to me rejoining him but I did talked to John Dorsey some years back. John was basically asking me why did I still want to play so I was sending videos of myself working out. Again, the concussion that he came up with as to why they didn’t sign me is going to be mind-blowing. He said my age. That was it. That was it. Again, it blows my mind to today. Everything that I showed him video-wise, me running routes, things of that nature. Again, my track record really kind of speaks for itself. That was his honest take back from everything I had sent him and our conversations, that he was scared of my age. This was about four or five years ago.

Dorsey was the GM in Kansas City from 2013-16, so that’s the time frame we’re talking about. The earliest this could have happened was in 2013, when Owens would have turned 40 during the season. Owens’ former teammate Jerry Rice played until he was 42 in 2004. 

It’s fun to think about Owens playing for the Chiefs and for Big Red again but it never happened. It’s fun to hear T.O. tell that story as well as the Andy Reid tights story to Clark. Give a listen above.

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