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Eagles bring back veteran OL Stefen Wisniewski

Eagles bring back veteran OL Stefen Wisniewski

The Eagles are starting off Monday morning with a bit of good news: Stefen Wisniewski is back. 

The 30-year-old veteran guard/center tweeted on Monday morning a photo of him signing a new contract to return to the Eagles. The one-year deal can be worth up to $2 million with incentives, according to a league source. 

Not only is that a tremendous outfit, this is also a tremendous signing for the Eagles. Their biggest need this May was at interior offensive line and now they got back a guy who started in the Super Bowl for them a couple years ago. 

The Eagles on Monday morning announced the signings of Wisniewski and QB Cody Kessler. They released QB Luis Perez and RB Nico Evans.

Earlier this offseason, the Eagles declined to pick up Wiz’s option, a move that gave them $3 million in cap space and left $700,000 in dead money. It was one of the moves I questioned most this offseason because it left a void in depth at a key position. But now, the Eagles have righted that wrong and they've done it at a considerably cheaper price. 

It seemed like the Eagles wanted to give Wiz a chance to get a starting job elsewhere but when that job didn’t materialize, they welcomed him back. 

He’s never been shy about his desire to be a starter in the league, but Wiz will come back to the Eagles as a backup. Really, he’s proven to be a capable player in the NFL, so he should be viewed as a top backup linemen in the league. 

Since signing with the Eagles in 2016, Wiz has played in 46 games with 24 starts and he was the starting left guard for the Super Bowl run in 2017. Early in the 2018 season, he was benched for Isaac Seumalo. At the time, Wiz thought there were ulterior motives for that move and it was fair to wonder if there would be any bad blood that would prevent him from returning. Turns out there wasn’t. 

Without Wisniewski, the Eagles’ top interior lineman would have been unproven Matt Pryor. But now with Wiz back, he can be their top backup guard and center, so if Jason Kelce ever goes down, the Eagles won’t have to disrupt two positions on the line. And with Brandon Brooks’ returning from an Achilles injury, depth is certainly welcome. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: Which coaches are on the hot seat?

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Eagle Eye podcast: Which coaches are on the hot seat?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro react to Doug Pederson’s comments about coaching staff accountability and go through his roster of coaches. 

Kamu Grugier-Hill has a concussion. Mack Hollins is gone. Jordan Howard still isn’t cleared for contact and the team hasn’t been the same without him.

And the Eagles do have a game this week! 

• Marken Michel is back and Dave is happy 
• Kamu Grugier-Hill has a concussion 
• Doug says he’ll hold coaches accountable 
• Which coaches might not be back?
• Mack Hollins gets cut 
• A lot of big contributors have gotten cut
• Eagles really miss Jordan Howard 
• Miles Sanders and Saquon Barkley 
• At least one more game vs. Eli 

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Eagles starting LB Kamu Grugier-Hill pops up on injury report with a concussion

Eagles starting LB Kamu Grugier-Hill pops up on injury report with a concussion

Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill missed practice on Thursday with a concussion, which means he could possibly miss Monday night’s game against the Giants.

Grugier-Hill played 42 snaps against the Dolphins and even spoke to reporters on Wednesday. But on Thursday, he reported concussion-like symptoms and was placed in the NFL's concussion protocol.

On the first play from scrimmage against the Dolphins, Grugier-Hill collided hard with DeVante Parker, but was able to return to the game after the collision. It's unclear whether or not this was the play where he suffered the concussion, but it's very possible.

If Grugier-Hill can’t play on Monday, the Eagles’ top linebackers would be Nigel Bradham, Nate Gerry and T.J. Edwards, who would likely see an expanded role.

In addition to Grugier-Hill, Nelson Agholor (knee) and Derek Barnett (ankle) also missed Thursday’s practice.

Agholor was limited last week during practice with his knee injury but was able to play. Barnett hurt his ankle during the Dolphins game but was able to return to the game and play 50 snaps.

Jordan Howard (shoulder) was limited on Thursday, as he has been for weeks, and still hasn’t been cleared for contact. He can’t play until that happens. On Thursday morning, head coach Doug Pederson said he doesn’t think it’s an injury that will end Howard’s season, but there’s just four games left.

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