Links of the Week: Thornton signs tender, Browns don’t want Bradford anymore, and more

Just a couple more weeks of “nothing is actually going to happen until the NFL Draft.” Until then, we’re still getting updates on many players from the roster, including an interesting one from ILB DeMeco Ryans and his rehab, as well as an update on the Browns’ interest in Sam Bradford. Here are some links from around web:

1. Eagles trade rumors: Browns now longer interested in Sam Bradford

By Brandon Lee Gowten, via Bleeding Green Nation

In a very interesting development, the Browns announced that they are no longer interested in Eagles QB Sam Bradford. The original report said that they had offered a first round pick for him, but I guess since then they’ve thought otherwise. Bradford is currently atop the depth chart at QB for the Eagles, but literally anything can happen at this point. This may make it a little bit harder to trade up for Marcus Mariota, but they might not even do that in the first place. It shouldn’t have too much effect on the Eagles’ plans.

2. Cedric Thornton re-signs with Eagles

By Josh Alper, via Pro Football Talk

It was assumed all along that it would happen, but Eagles Nation breathed a sigh of relief when Cedric Thornton officially signed his RFA tender to remain with the team for another year. Thornton was a big part of the team’s run-stopping force last year and figures to do so again. It would be nice to lock him up long term, but it’s going to have to wait another year. At least he’ll stick around for relatively cheap in 2015.

3. DeMeco Ryans: Rotation imminent at inside linebacker

By Geoff Mosher, via CSN Philly

It would certainly help to actually hear it from a coach, but ILB DeMeco Ryans says there’s likely to be a rotation at the position during the season. He also said that his rehab has been going great and that he feels a lot better than when he tore his Achilles in 2010. A three-man rotation is fine as long as everyone gets on the field. Ryans is the oldest though and probably should get the fewest snaps, especially after getting so many in the past couple years.

4. 2015 NFL Draft: Even after adding DeMarco Murray, Eagles would be wise to draft a running back

By Eliot Shorr-Parks, via

I’m not really sure I agree with the headline, but ESP makes a good point in the article: Chip Kelly spent a whole lot of money at running back, a position he seemingly thought was easily replaceable. He points out that they’ll spend the second most money on running backs next year in the entire NFL. That’s too much. Yes, they love to run the ball, but I think they could’ve probably done it a different way. It’s not a terrible idea to draft a running back, but it shouldn’t be high in the draft. Maybe like sixth round or so. They have way more important needs than that.

5. 2015 NFL schedule: Eagles might not play Patriots in season opener after all

By Brandon Lee Gowten, via Bleeding Green Nation

Beat writers made it seem like a lock that the Eagles would start out the season against the Patriots in Week 1. It seemed like Steelers writers had the same idea though, and now they seem like the favorite to open against the Patriots. I’d personally be in favor of the Eagles opening the season in New England so they can get that game over with, because it’s likely to be a loss no matter what. If not the first game, I hope it’s early on.


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