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Eagles trade Johnathan Cyprien to Falcons, acquire Duke Riley

Eagles trade Johnathan Cyprien to Falcons, acquire Duke Riley

The Eagles on Monday acquired 25-year-old linebacker Duke Riley, a third-round pick just two years ago, for veteran safety Johnathan Cyprien.

The Eagles acquired Riley and a 2020 sixth-round pick in exchange for Cyprien and a 2020 seventh-round pick.

Riley will likely have a role only on special teams. He's played just one snap on defense this year, but he did contribute 78 snaps on special teams in the Falcons' first four games. 

By cutting ties with L.J. Fort on Friday to make room on the 53-man roster for Orlando Scandrick and now Cyprien, the Eagles lost two of their four-leading special teams players in terms of snaps played. Fort played 75 and Cyprien 74. 

Cyprien, who the Eagles signed on Aug. 2, is a seven-year veteran with 70 career starts with the Jaguars and Titans, but he had played one 15 defensive snaps in four games with the Eagles.

Riley started 16 games in 2017 and 2018 but had played only one defensive snap this year, in the Falcons’ season-opening loss to the Vikings. 

The former third-round pick out of LSU was considered a huge disappointment with the Falcons after they made him the 10th linebacker taken in the 2017 draft.

So this is essentially a case of “We’ll trade you our guy who can’t play for your guy who can’t play.” 

But the Eagles did move up a round in next year’s draft with the transaction.

The Eagles are now back to six linebackers, with Nigel Bradham, Zach Brown, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nate Gerry, T.J. Edwards and Riley.

The Eagles take over Riley’s rookie contract, which pays him $726,500 this year and $820,000 next year. Cyprien is earning $805,000.



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Snubbed Eagle Lane Johnson added to Pro Bowl team as alternate

Snubbed Eagle Lane Johnson added to Pro Bowl team as alternate

Lane Johnson is a Pro Bowler after all.

Johnson, snubbed in the original Pro Bowl announcement, has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team as an alternate, according to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM Radio.

This is Johnson’s third consecutive Pro Bowl appearance. There was no word on which offensive lineman dropped out of the game.

It was a little surprising that Johnson didn't make the team initially. He's considered one of the NFL's most dominating right tackles and was a first-team all-pro in 2017.

He didn't seem thrilled when the original team was announced a month ago:

Johnson missed the last three games of the regular season and the playoff loss to the Seahawks with a high ankle sprain, and it’s unknown whether he’ll be able to play in the Pro Bowl on Sunday in Orlando.

But for the purposes of bonuses and status, he’s now officially a three-time Pro Bowler.

Johnson becomes the seventh offensive lineman in Eagles history selected to three or more Pro Bowls.

Jason Peters was picked to seven between the 2009 and 2016 seasons. Tra Thomas, Bob Brown, Bucko Kilroy, Jason Kelce, Jim Ringo and Brandon Brooks have all been picked to three.

The 29-year-old Johnson becomes the Eagles’ sixth Pro Bowler, joining Brooks, Kelce, Fletcher Cox, Zach Ertz and Rick Lovato.

Johnson, the fourth pick in the 2013 draft, recently signed a contract extension that runs through 2025.

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Jim Caldwell out as Dolphins QBs coach, possible OC candidate for Eagles

Jim Caldwell out as Dolphins QBs coach, possible OC candidate for Eagles

On Monday night, the Dolphins announced their 2020 coaching staff and there was a notable omission.

No Jim Caldwell.

So now the 65-year-old former head coach, OC and quarterbacks coach has plenty of free time if the Eagles want to interview him for their offensive coordinator opening (if they haven’t already).

According to ESPN, Caldwell is interested in coaching after missing the 2019 season for health reasons.

Shortly after the Eagles fired Mike Groh earlier this month, ESPN’s Tim McManus mentioned Caldwell and Kevin O’Connell as candidates. O’Connell has since joined the Los Angeles Rams as their offensive coordinator, a position that is somewhat like the one in Philly because the head coach is the primary play-caller.

Earlier on Monday, we learned that USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, who interviewed with the Eagles, is expected to return to Southern California for next season. So cross him off the list.

Caldwell is an intriguing name because of his history with quarterbacks. It would make sense for the next offensive coordinator to be someone who could have a positive influence on Carson Wentz as he enters what should be the prime of his career.

While candidates like Harrell and Chiefs offensive coordinator Mike Kafka are fast-risers in the coaching world, Caldwell has been coaching longer they’ve been alive. He has an impressive resume.

Caldwell has been an NFL head coach twice (Colts and Lions) and was the quarterbacks coach with the Colts from 2002-08. Peyton Manning went to nine straight Pro Bowls with Caldwell coaching him.

The Eagles are taking their time choosing a coach but their brass is in Mobile, Alabama, this week for the Senior Bowl and that can often be an opportunity to meet with several coaches within a few days. It would make plenty of sense if Caldwell is on their list; and now his schedule should be wide open.

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