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Eagles Finalize Deal With Vince Young

The Eagles finalized a one-year contract with two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Vince Young late Friday evening.

Young, the third pick in the 2006 draft, was officially released by the Titans on Thursday and became an unrestricted free agent earlier Friday. The Titans announced in January that they planned to cut ties with Young.

The Eagles traded Kevin Kolb to the Cards earlier Thursday, opening up a spot for an experienced backup quarterback.

Young will back up Michael Vick, with second-year pro Mike Kafka remaining the third-stringer.

Young, 28, had a 30-17 record in 47 starts with the Titans. He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2006, when he went 8-5, and again in 2009, when he was 8-2.

Despite his lofty won-loss record, Young’s career numbers are mediocre – 42 touchdowns, 42 interceptions and a 75.5 passer rating, which is fourth-worst of the 30 NFL quarterbacks who’ve thrown at least 1,000 passes since 2006 (ahead of only Ryan Fitzpatrick, Kerry Collins and Derek Anderson). His 57.9 completion percentage during the same period is also fourth-worst (ahead of Alex Smith, Collins and Anderson).

Statistically, Young’s best passing year was last year, when he threw 10 touchdowns and just three interceptions and had a 98.6 passer rating – fifth-best in the NFL among quarterbacks who threw at least 150 passes.

Young enjoyed some great success during his years in Nashville, but also had some very tough times.

He said he considered retiring after his rookie year. He got hurt his second year. He was benched for Kerry Collins his third year. And then after a game against the Redskins last year, he threw his shoulder pads into the crowd after getting booed and got into a shouting match with head coach Jeff Fisher, an incident that led the Titans to announce that they would cut ties with him after the season.

Earlier Friday, when word filtered through the team that a Young acquisition was likely, Vick spoke out strongly in favor of the move.

“You’ve got to go out and get the best player, no matter what anybody is saying about them,” Vick said. “You’ve got to give yourself the best chance of winning. So go out and get the best players and give them a chance to compete each and every Sunday.”

Vick said head coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, who helped him become a much more effective quarterback than he was in Atlanta, could have the same influence on Young.

“It’s going to be a positive effect,” Vick said. “I think Vince will mature as a player, and I think he’ll get better. (Being in Philadelphia) will help him long-term. So get him in here and make him a better player, and if we ever need him, he’s there for us. If you have a roster full of good quarterbacks, then you have a great chance of winning.”

Information provided by csnphilly.com

Eagles Sign Nnamdi Asomugha

I am reporting that the Philadelphia Eagles have officially signed superstar cornerback and high-profile free agent Nnamdi Asomugha.

The story was first reported by Adam Schefter on Twitter.

Free agents were able to officially sign contracts Friday evening at 6:00 P.M. and now, Asomugha has signed with Philadelphia.

The Eagles finished a surprising 11-5 last year and are looking to improve upon their record.

It is expected that Philadelphia will now have three star cornerbacks in Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Asante Samuel

During the last few minutes of the “Nnamdi Asomugha Sweepstakes”, heavy favorites, the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys, took themselves out of the running.

Terms of the deal are that it is for 5 years and $60 million with $25 million guaranteed.

The Eagles recently traded for Rodgers-Cromartie in the Kevin Kolb trade.

Nnamdi Asomugha is considered the best cornerback in the NFL by some and will now take his talents to the NFC East.

The addition of Asomugha will certainly upgrade the Eagles defensive back corps.

From the Bleacher Report

Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals

The long-anticipated trade of quarterback Kevin Kolb came to fruition Thursday afternoon when the Philadelphia Eagles shipped the fifth-year signal caller to the Arizona Cardinals. In exchange, the Eagles received cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round pick.

Although Kolb is relatively inexperienced — he started only seven games in four seasons in Philadelphia–he instantly raises the Cardinals’ ability to compete again in the NFC West. The Cardinals played a game of musical chairs with their quarterbacks last year–Derek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton all started games–in the wake of Kurt Warner’s retirement.

The most anticipated trade of the offseason is finally done. FoxSports.com reports the Philadelphia Eagles are sending backup quarterback Kevin Kolb to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick.

Those three QBs combined for 10 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions for Arizona, which went 5-11 and finished last in the division just two years after going to the Super Bowl.

A second-round draft pick in 2007 out of Houston, Kolb entered the 2010 season as the Eagles’ starter following the offseason trade of Donovan McNabb to the Redskins. But Kolb got hurt in the first half of the season opener. He was replaced by Michael Vick, who started most of the rest of the season.

In his career, Kolb has completed 194 of 319 passes (60.8 percent) for 2,082 yards and 11 touchdowns, with 14 interceptions.

As part of the deal, the Cardinals signed Kolb to a five-year, $63 million contract extension, including a guarantee of $20 million.

This deal may help the Eagles as much as it does the Cardinals. Rodgers-Cromartie gives Philadelphia another strong cornerback to team with Asante Samuel, who has gone to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons with the team. Rodgers-Cromartie, a first-round pick by Arizona in ’08, had three interceptions last seasons.

With their secondary ostensibly strengthened, the Eagles become even more of a threat to repeat as NFC East champions.

Read more: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2011-07-28/report-eagles-qb-kevin-kolb-to-arizona-cardinals-is-a-done-deal#ixzz1TX3wklFu

Plaxico Burress Free From Prison

After serving nearly two years in prison ex-Giants receiver Plaxico Burress was released from prison at 9 a.m. Monday morning.  In November of 2008, a handgun that was tucked in Burress’ sweatpants, slipped and fired a shot into his thigh as he tried to grab the gun in a New York City nightclub.  He began his sentence in September of 2009 and was released three months early for good behavior.  He is set to travel to his home in Florida with his wife and two children, who he was overjoyed to be reunited with.

Now that Burress is free he will be on parole for two years, he has to undergo substance abuse testing, obey the curfew and rules set by his parole officer including anger counseling, support his family, and get this he must get and maintain employment.  So speaking of employment what does the future hold for Burress?  Once the lockout is lifted he will become a free agent, and his agent Drew Rosenhaus believes he will be a highly coveted acquisition.  Burress kept in shape as well as he could in the facility running, jogging, lifting weights etc. and he has an undeniable talent but there’s still the fact that he hasn’t played football in nearly three years and he is turning 34 years old.  Despite the factors weighing against him there are still many teams likely to acquire Burress including the New York Jets, St. Louis Rams, Washington Redskins, and Philadelphia Eagles.  Burress says he is keeping his possibilities open to all 32 teams yes including the New York Giants.  Personally I would love to see him return, the Giants haven’t made it to the postseason since Burress caught the game-winning touchdown in the Superbowl against the New England Patriots during the 2007 season.  The reunion however looks unlikely but we’ll all have to wait and see what happens once the lockout saga is over.