When the Eagles sent John Welbourn to K.C. last year they expected to get a 4th round pick for him, but there was a clause that stated if he played in over 50% of the plays, the pick would be a 3rd rounder.
The Birds have a plethora of draft picks, I'm willing to bet they will trade their 31st and a later round pick to move up in the first round. Only 10 weeks till the draft!
The Eagles now have nine draft picks. They have at least one in every round except for the sixth round (gone to San Francisco in Terrell Owens/Brandon Whiting deal). They have extra picks in the second round (Miami's pick via the A.J. Feeley trade), third round (Welbourn) and the fifth round (Washington via the James Thrash trade). The Eagles also expect to receive compensatory draft picks for losing Troy Vincent, Bobby Taylor and Duce Staley in free agency last year. The NFL has not yet announced those draft picks.
About a year ago, while in Indianapolis for the combine, the Eagles cut veteran linebacker DeMeco Ryans.
Ryans has finally found his next job ... as a coach.
The 32-year-old former linebacker has been named a defensive quality control coach on Kyle Shanahan's staff in San Francisco. Shanahan was on the Texans' staff for the first four years of Ryans' pro career. Niners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was also on that Houston staff.
After the Eagles cut him last Feb. 24, Ryans was out of the league in 2016 after 10 NFL seasons. He played the first six years of his career in Houston, where he was a two-time Pro Bowler, before joining the Eagles through a trade in 2012.
While the Eagles cut Ryans after the 2015 season to save $3.5 million in cap space, they made a point to go out of their way to praise him on his way out. He was very well thought of in the locker room and throughout the building.
While Ryans played one season under Andy Reid, he quickly became a favorite of Chip Kelly, who frequently called Ryans the "Mufasa" of the Eagles' defense.
Kelly didn't forget about Ryans when he went to San Francisco to coach the 49ers for the 2016 season. In fact, in Kelly's questionnaire in the NFL's 2016 information guide, Kelly listed Ryans as a player who'd make a great head coach.
In the 2016 NFL Info guide, Chip Kelly named DeMeco Ryans as a player who would make a great HC. Now, he's on the next 49ers staff. pic.twitter.com/TGx0cfDr3c