AP source: Eagles interview Notre Dame's Kelly


AP source: Eagles interview Notre Dame's Kelly

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Eagles interviewed Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly for their coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the meeting told The Associated Press.

Kelly was the third college coach Philadelphia interviewed since firing Andy Reid on Dec. 31. The person, speaking on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to release the information, said the Eagles met with Kelly on Tuesday.

Penn State's Bill O'Brien and Oregon's Chip Kelly interviewed with the Eagles last week, but chose to stay at their schools.

The Eagles have interviewed six candidates and plan to meet with four others.

Kelly recently called coaching Notre Dame his ``dream job,'' but he wouldn't be the first to explore his options, perhaps even to get a raise to stay put.

News of the interview comes just two days after Notre Dame lost to Alabama in the BCS national championship game, a 42-14 Tide blowout that was a sour ending to the Fighting Irish season.

Notre Dame had won its first 12 games, raising hope among its fervent fans that the program was back among the elite after years of mediocrity.

Just a year ago, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick gave Kelly a two-year contract extension to keep him with the Fighting Irish through the 2016 season. Terms have not been released.

Kelly was hired in December 2009, getting a five-year deal. He left an undefeated Cincinnati team that was ranked No. 4 at the time. Fans liked his approach and his resume, which included improved records at Division II Grand Valley State, Central Michigan and Cincinnati.

He has done the same thing in South Bend, begging the question of whether he is ready so soon to make a fresh move, this time to the NFL, or is perhaps trying to parlay a better contract out of Notre Dame.

It wouldn't be the first time that's happened to the Eagles during this search.

Regardless of any candidate's intentions, the Eagles have proceeded slowly.

General manager Howie Roseman, owner Jeffrey Lurie and president Don Smolenski plan to meet with former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith on Thursday.

``Jeffrey has been very adamant with us that the key is getting the right guy,'' Roseman said in an interview on the team's Web site. ``The key isn't getting the right guy as quickly as possible, so that's what we're going to do.''

They met Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Sunday and plan to interview Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.

Two other candidates dropped out of consideration. Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter signed a contract extension to stay with the Falcons. Syracuse coach Doug Marrone replaced Chan Gailey in Buffalo.

``This whole organization is built to support a head coach and they know that - not only in actions but in words - and all they have to do is call Andy Reid,'' Roseman said. ``It's been a positive experience.''

The interview with Chip Kelly last Saturday lasted for several hours, fueling speculation that he was going to take the job. But Kelly, who also was pursued by Cleveland, opted for the second straight year to pass up the NFL. He turned down Tampa Bay last year.

What do they discuss in meetings with candidates?

``Everything, every aspect of the organization, how they run meetings, how they run training camp, what they're looking for in players, what they're looking for in coaches,'' Roseman said. ``You have to have a plan and know what you are doing in every area.''

This is the third time Lurie is hiring a new coach since he bought the team from Norman Braman in 1994. He hired Ray Rhodes on Feb. 2, 1995, after a long, exhaustive search that included a flirtation with former Eagles coach Dick Vermeil. Lurie needed less time to hire Reid, giving him the job on Jan. 11, 1999.


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Antonio Brown goes back to college with the NFL apparently behind him

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Antonio Brown goes back to college with the NFL apparently behind him

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Antonio Brown is going back to school.

Central Michigan University spokeswoman Heather Smith said Monday that Brown began taking online courses last week, adding he is not attending classes on campus.

Brown played for the Chippewas from 2007 to 2009 before Pittsburgh drafted him in 2010. In March, the Steelers traded the four-time Pro Bowl receiver to Oakland, which released him before he played in a game. New England gave Brown another chance, but it did not last long; the team cut him last week after one game.

Days after the Patriots signed him, a former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in Florida accusing Brown of rape. The team also learned he tried to intimidate a second woman who accused him of sexual misconduct. He denies the allegations.

The exiled Brown took to Twitter on Sunday, saying he will not be playing in the NFL anymore.


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Redskins reportedly offer Brandon Scherff contract extension

Redskins reportedly offer Brandon Scherff contract extension

The Washington Redskins are building for the future, and one of the team's most important building blocks is 27-year-old right guard Brandon Scherff.

The two-time Pro Bowler was selected by the Redskins with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft and has become the team's most important offensive lineman not named Trent Williams.

Prior to the start of the 2018 season, the team picked up the fifth-year option on Scherff worth $12.5 million, meaning the former Iowa Hawkeye will become a free agent at the end of the 2019 season. The Redskins have made it clear that they want to re-sign Scherff, but previous reports from NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay indicate that the two sides continue to be far apart in negotiations.

That makes the Monday news that the team is reportedly offering a contract extension all the more interesting. A deal worth more than $13 million per year is what is being reported, per the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. 

"From what I understand about Brandon Scherff is that the Redskins have had some contact with him, some negotiations on a potential big-time long-term extension," Rapoport said Monday morning on NFL NOW, prior to the Redskins' Week 3 Monday Night Football game against the Chicago Bears.

 "But they really have not gotten very much off the ground despite the Redskins offering him a contract worth more than $13 million per year, which would put him about at the top of the guard market. Those conversations are going to continue but don't be surprised if Brandon Scherff goes toward free agency and becomes the highest-paid guard in the NFL going forward next offseason."

If the Redskins want to remain in the Trent Williams business, they will need to pony up for arguably the best left tackle in the NFL right now. After that, the focus should be on Scherff. At $12.5 million per year, Scherff remains behind Dallas' Zack Martin ($14 million per year, $40 million guaranteed), and Jacksonville's Andrew Norwell ($13.3 per year, $30 million guaranteed) as the highest-paid guards in the league.

The Redskins need to invest in their future, and in the NFL, there is no success without a stout offensive line. They have the personnel, but now they need to be able to keep them in-house.