Cole Hamels Will Remain with Phillies, Says Ken Rosenthal

Cole Hamels Will Remain with Phillies, Says Ken Rosenthal

Tell me if this sounds definitive (and totally awesome):

"Cole Hamels will remain with the Philadelphia Phillies."

There's no "likely to," no "leaning towards," etc.

The above statement is how Ken Rosenthal started out his report in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

He continues by saying Hamels is "close to completing" the second largest contract ever given to a pitcher behind only CC Sabathia's mammoth deal with the Yankees.

"The left-hander is close to completing a six-year contract extension for
more than $137.5 million, according to major-league sources," Rosenthal writes. [Update: Jon Heyman says the 6-year deal is worth $144 million]

Sounds good to the city of Philadelphia.

Now just make it official.

>>Sources: Pitcher Cole Hamels is close to signing a six-year extension with the Philadelphia Phillies [FOX]

UPDATE, 3:15 a.m.: CBS Sports Danny Knobler adds that, "John Boggs, Hamels' agent, was on a late-night flight from San Diego to
Philadelphia to finalize and announce the new deal, sources told's Scott Miller late Tuesday."

Report: Eagles expected to hire Mike Groh as receivers coach

Report: Eagles expected to hire Mike Groh as receivers coach

It look like the Eagles have found their replacement for Greg Lewis.

According to ESPN's Adam Caplan, the Eagles are expected to hire Rams receivers/passing game coordinator Mike Groh.

The news that the Eagles fired Lewis came out on Jan. 9 and the team has been looking for a replacement. They reportedly interviewed Groh and Bills receivers coach Sanjay Lal.

Groh, 45, spent the 2016 season with the Rams after three years as the Bears' receivers coach. Groh is available because the Rams switched head coaches, bringing in Sean McVay.

Before coming to the NFL, Groh was a longtime coach at the college level. He is the son of former Virginia head coach Al Groh and eventually became an offensive coordinator under his father before bouncing from Alabama to Louisville and then back to Alabama before heading to the NFL. 

Groh was actually the quarterback at Virginia in the 90s before his father ever coached there. Groh's first coaching job was under his father as assistant coach with the Jets in 2000, when Al Groh was named their head coach for the season. 

If the Eagles are looking to sign a big-name free agent at wide receiver, there could be a reunion of sorts in Philly. During his four seasons as an NFL receivers coach, Groh has worked with Alshon Jeffery and Kenny Britt, who are two of the top receivers who will be available.

The Eagles started their season with a first-round pick, two second-round picks and a third-round pick at wide receiver, but their unit was one of the worst in the NFL. Jordan Matthews was consistent, but tight end Zach Ertz was the team's leading receiver.

It's unlikely Groh will have the same unit to work with as Lewis did in 2016, but it is likely Groh will be expected to get more out of his group in 2017.