Jul 24, 2023; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver John Ross (85) catches a pass in the indoor practice facility during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles sign WR John Ross to 1-year deal

The Philadelphia Eagles signed former first-round pick John Ross to a one-year deal Thursday as the wide receiver attempts to make an NFL comeback.

Perhaps best known for being selected one pick ahead of Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 NFL Draft, Ross took part in a tryout for the Eagles at a rookie minicamp last month.

The speedy wide receiver initially retired prior to training camp last season with the Kansas City Chiefs and has not played in a game since 2021.

The ninth overall pick in 2017 by the Cincinnati Bengals, Ross’ high selection was partly due to running the then-fastest 40-yard dash time (4.22 seconds) in NFL Scouting Combine history.

Production didn’t follow as Ross caught just 51 passes for 733 yards and 10 touchdowns in 27 games (20 starts) over four seasons with the Bengals.

Ross requested a trade during the 2020 season that didn’t come to fruition and later sustained a season-ending foot injury. He played in just three games that season.

In 2021, Ross played in 10 games (one start) for the New York Giants and caught 11 passes for 224 yards and one score.

He joins a Philadelphia receiver room anchored by All-Pro A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith that also includes Parris Campbell, Britain Covey, Shaquan Davis, Jacob Harris, Joseph Ngata, Ainias Smith, Austin Watkins Jr. and Johnny Wilson.

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New England Patriots wide receiver DeVante Parker (1) tries to avoid New York Giants cornerback Deonte Banks (25) at MetLife Stadium, Sunday, November 26, 2023.

WR DeVante Parker retires 2 months after signing with Eagles

Wide receiver DeVante Parker has retired after nine seasons in the NFL — and just two months after joining a new team.

The Philadelphia Eagles signed Parker to a one-year deal in March, but Parker told ESPN on Monday that he has other priorities in mind right now.

“I want to see my kids, spend quality time with them,” Parker said. “I want to be there for them whenever I can.”

Parker, 31, spent the past two seasons with the New England Patriots after playing seven for the Miami Dolphins, who drafted him 14th overall in 2015. Parker had 33 catches for 394 yards without a touchdown in 13 games last season.

Across 119 career games (88 starts) for Miami and New England, Parker hauled in 402 receptions for 5,660 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Parker was expected to be an option at WR3 for the Eagles behind stars A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. Philadelphia also signed Parris Campbell and added two wide receivers in the draft.

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Feb 29, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Iowa defensive back Cooper Dejean (DB06) talks to the media during the 2024 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles sign second-round pick CB Cooper DeJean

The Philadelphia Eagles signed cornerback Cooper DeJean to his four-year rookie contract on Monday.

The deal for the second-round pick is worth $9.28 million over four seasons, according to multiple reports.

DeJean was the 40th overall selection of the 2024 draft.

DeJean had seven interceptions in 30 college games over three seasons at Iowa and returned three of the picks for touchdowns.

He was limited to 10 games last season after sustaining a broken fibula in practice in mid-November. DeJean had 41 tackles and two interceptions and also returned a punt for a touchdown while averaging 11.5 yards per return.

“The guy has every tool in his body,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. “He is an elite athlete, elite competitor. You know, he’s done really everything on the football field. We haven’t even talked about his ability to return and make key plays.

“You know, you get a chance, and you talk to people at Iowa, and they talk about how legendary of a player, of a career that this guy has had, his ability to make big plays in big moments of a game.”

Philadelphia has signed eight of its nine draft picks. First-round cornerback Quinyon Mitchell of Toledo, who was selected 22th overall, is the club’s lone unsigned pick.

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Mekhi Becton of the Jets coming off the field in the second half during a Dec. 3, 2023 game against the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles signed Becton to a free agent contract.

Eagles add to OT depth with signing of Mekhi Becton

The Philadelphia Eagles signed free agent offensive tackle Mekhi Becton, a former first-round pick of the New York Jets, to a one-year contract, the team announced Monday.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but it is valued at up to $5.5 million, according to multiple media reports.

The Jets made Becton the 11th overall selection of the 2020 NFL Draft, and the Louisville product started 13 of his 14 games as a rookie. However, a knee injury in Week 1 ended the left tackle’s second season, and Becton moved to right tackle, only to miss all of the 2022 season because of another knee injury.

The 6-foot-7, 363-pound lineman started all 16 games he played in 2023, playing 95 percent of the offensive snaps. The Jets did not pick up the fifth-year option on Becton, who turned 25 on April 18.

The Eagles, who did not select an offensive tackle in last weekend’s draft, add depth to the roster at the position behind starting left tackle Jordan Mailata and right tackle Lane Johnson. Backup Jack Driscoll signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins.

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Nov 22, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA;  New York Giants wide receiver John Ross (12) runs with the ball asTampa Bay Buccaneers inside linebacker Lavonte David (54) tackles during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles giving former 1st-round WR John Ross tryout

Former first-round pick John Ross reportedly is attempting a comeback to his NFL career.

Arguably best known for being selected one pick ahead of Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 NFL Draft, Ross will participate in rookie minicamp with the Philadelphia Eagles on a tryout basis, NFL Network reported Sunday.

The speedy wide receiver initially retired prior to training camp last season with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The ninth overall pick in 2017 by the Cincinnati Bengals, Ross’ high selection was partly due to running the then-fastest 40-yard dash time (4.22 seconds) in NFL Combine history.

Production didn’t follow as Ross caught just 51 passes for 733 yards and 10 touchdowns in 27 games (20 starts) over four seasons with the Bengals.

Ross requested a trade during the 2020 season that didn’t come to fruition and later sustained a season-ending foot injury. He played in just three games that season.

In 2021, Ross played 10 games (one start) for the New York Giants and caught 11 passes for 224 yards and one score.

Ross played college football at Washington and was a standout in his final season when he caught 81 passes for 1,150 yards and 17 touchdowns.

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Feb 29, 2024; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Clemson linebacker Jeremiah Trotter (LB24) works out during the 2024 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles go trade wild, make nine deals during draft

The Philadelphia Eagles played an aggressive version of “Let’s Make A Deal” during the final two days of the NFL draft.

The Eagles made nine trades during the seven-round draft, reportedly the most since draft deals began being tracked in 1990.

One of the deals came to move up to the second round Friday to draft cornerback Cooper DeJean of Iowa.

Philadelphia made two trades in Friday’s third round and three more in Saturday’s fourth. They netted Clemson running back Will Shipley with one of the fourth-round trades.

One of the two fifth-round trades led to the choice of linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr. from Clemson. The elder Trotter was a four-time Pro Bowler for the Eagles, playing for the team in 1998-2001, 2004-06 and 2009.

“It means a lot,” the younger Trotter told reporters about being drafted by Philadelphia. “I know the type of legacy that he left with this organization, and the fans, how they treated him, and the coaches that he played for, and players he’s played for with the Eagles.

“It definitely means a lot to come in and continue that legacy and help out the team any way that I can. I’m a hometown kid, and the Eagles were always my favorite team growing up.”

Philadelphia made its final trade in the sixth round and was quiet in the seventh.

Before the Eagles began their trade frenzy, they used their first-round pick on Toledo cornerback Quinyon Mitchell at No. 22 overall.

“Obviously, he’s got a lot to prove as a small-school player,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman told reporters. “The MAC is not the National Football League. We understand that. We’ve had tremendous success with big schools. To take a player like this from the MAC, he has to be special.”

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Toledo Rockets cornerback Quinyon Mitchell poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Philadelphia Eagles as the No. 22 pick in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft at Campus Martius Park and Hart Plaza. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles’ inside intel aided selection of Toledo CB in first round

Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni made a call no other NFL coach or general manager could before the final decision was made to select Toledo cornerback Quinyon Mitchell in the first round Thursday night.

Sirianni called his old college roommate Jason Candle and soon knew his pairing with Mitchell was a perfect match.

“Their personality match is perfect,” Candle, the head coach at Toledo who maintains a close bond with Sirianni years after they roomed together at Mount Union, said Friday of the Eagles drafting Mitchell.

What some in the NFL viewed as a risk because of his small-school production in the MAC (Mid-American Conference), the Eagles viewed as a decided edge. Sirianni knows the small-school, prove-it mentality when he sees it, and Mitchell starred in every phase of the pre-draft process. He was the best player on the field at the Senior Bowl by their estimation, then ran in the 4.3s at the NFL Scouting Combine and smashed position drills and private meetings.

Candle was able to ease some of those concerns for Philadelphia, telling Sirianni how Mitchell turned down Power 5 options — including Alabama, Georgia and Florida State — to stay with the Rockets four years and all about how he sees Sirianni’s personality and competitive mentality in Mitchell in everything from team meetings to pickup basketball games.

The game tape and production — 45 pass break-ups the past two seasons — spoke for itself.

“We think we have an extremely talented, hard-working outside corner,” Eagles president Howie Roseman said. “He’s got the right mentality, all the tools in his body. He had a great process. He had a chance to transfer out of Toledo; he stayed there and came back. He got better, he went to the Senior Bowl, and he checked all the offseason process boxes one by one, which is important.”

Mitchell walks into a loaded secondary with James Bradberry and Darius Slay at cornerback and 2023 draft pick Kelee Ringo, Josh Jobe and Eli Ricks are in the running for more time this season.

“He’s got a lot to prove as a small-school player. The MAC isn’t the National Football League. We understand that … so to take a player like this, he has to be special. We think he is a special person,” Roseman said.

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Indianapolis Colts cornerback Isaiah Rodgers Sr. (34) signs a ball for a fan Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, during a game against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

NFL reinstates Eagles’ Isaiah Rodgers after gambling ban

The NFL reinstated Philadelphia Eagles cornerback and kick returner Isaiah Rodgers on Tuesday after a one-year gambling suspension.

Rodgers, 26, has been cleared to participate in all team activities, effective immediately.

The Indianapolis Colts cut Rodgers following his suspension last June and he signed with the Eagles in August.

A sixth-round pick in 2020, Rodgers averaged 27.0 yards on 61 kickoff returns in 45 games with the Colts from 2020-22. He returned a kick 101 yards for a touchdown at Cleveland in Week 5 of 2020.

Following his suspension for violating the league’s gambling policy, Rodgers issued a statement acknowledging his mistakes.

“Addressing the current reports, I want to take full responsibility for my actions. I know I have made mistakes, and I am willing to do whatever it takes to repair the situation,” he posted on social media.

“The last thing I ever wanted to do was to be a distraction to the Colts organization, my coaches and my teammates. I’ve let people down that I care about. I made an error in judgment and I am going to work hard to make sure that those mistakes are rectified through this process. It’s an honor to play in the NFL and I have never taken that lightly. I am very sorry for all of this.”

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Apr 21, 2024; Cumberland, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Kirk Cousins throws out the first pitch prior to the game between the Atlanta Braves against the Texas Rangers at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

NFL tampering probe won’t affect 2024 draft picks for Eagles, Falcons

The NFL’s investigation into potential tampering by the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles is ongoing and will not be completed this week, the league said Tuesday.

With the 2024 NFL Draft scheduled to begin Thursday, the league will not be docking either team draft picks — should it find one or both guilty of tampering — this year.

The league confirmed in March that it was looking into the possibility of tampering by the teams prior to the start of free agency. The reviews focus on quarterback Kirk Cousins agreeing to a four-year, $180 million contract with the Falcons, and running back Saquon Barkley signing a three-year, $37.75 million deal with the Eagles.

The Falcons said in a statement at the time that “due to the NFL’s review, we are unable to provide information or have additional comment.”

The Eagles denied the claims.

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Jan 15, 2024; Tampa, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) reacts during the second half of a 2024 NFC wild card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles QB Jalen Hurts yearns for offensive continuity

Preparing to work under a fourth offensive coordinator as he enters his fifth season, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts said he is excited but also expressed his desire for consistency in the coaching ranks.

“I find myself in a situation very similar to college in terms of having a constantly revolving door in terms of coordinators and coaches,” Hurts told reporters Wednesday. “But I’ve always managed to have success in it, so that’s always been a good thing, because you’ve been able to learn from people and apply it.”

Kellen Moore is the Eagles’ new offensive coordinator this season, replacing Brian Johnson, who was fired after the offense struggled down the stretch. Following a 10-1 start, Philadelphia dropped six of its last seven before losing in an NFC wild-card game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In his four college seasons (three at Alabama, one at Oklahoma), Hurts had a different playcaller every year. It wasn’t until 2021-22 that Hurts had the same coordinator for consecutive seasons, when now-Indianapolis Colts head coach Shane Steichen held the role.

“I think as a player, I definitely yearn for the sustainability and the consistency there,” Hurts said. “As a quarterback, I yearn for those things in a playcaller and a quarterback coach because you kind of see how consistency in those areas can breed excellence,”

Under Steichen’s tutelage, Hurts led the Eagles to an appearance in Super Bowl LVII and finished second in MVP voting in 2022.

When Steichen left for Indianapolis, Johnson was promoted from QB coach to offensive coordinator, but he, Hurts and head coach Nick Sirianni reportedly didn’t see eye to eye.

“I think the best of him. He’s been a huge part of my development in my time here as an Eagle,” Hurts said of Johnson, a longtime family friend who is now the Washington Commanders’ assistant head coach/offensive pass game coordinator.

As for working with Moore, Hurts said he’ll soak it all in and be ready to adjust when it comes to the new coordinator’s game plan.

“I’m just all ears. I’m a sponge. I think there’s some beauty in that,” Hurts said. “I’m just in sponge mode. I’m letting them do what it is they’re going to do, and then we kind of adjust from there. I think the thing that we all have to understand is the importance of a foundation in something.

“So I want the coaches to declare their foundation in terms of what they want something to be, how they want it to look, and then obviously you’re going to adjust from there.”

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