Eagles Sign Bunch of Guys You Most Certainly Won't Call 'Dream Team' But That's Fine

Eagles Sign Bunch of Guys You Most Certainly Won't Call 'Dream Team' But That's Fine

One minute the Eagles hadn't done anything in free agency and the next there are five new guys inked to play for Chip Kelly in Philadelphia next season. They may not have the name recognition of the splashy free agent class that became known as the Dream Team, but that's perfectly fine with me, as we all know how that turned out. The rebuilding Eagles want guys who can buy into a team building from the ground up. Together.

Let's take a look.

NT Isaac Sopoaga, 3 years

Here's Roob on Sopoaga:

Sopoaga, 31, started 80 games for the 49ers from 2005 through 2012 and
gives the Eagles an experienced nose tackle as the Eagles presumably
switch from a 4-3 front to a 3-4 front under new head coach Chip Kelly
and defensive coordinator Billy Davis.

CB Bradley Fletcher, 2 years

Here's Tommy Lawlor on Fletcher yesterday:

The guy who fascinates me the most is Bradley Fletcher from St.
Louis. He missed time in 2011 due to an injury and was just a backup
last year, but if you put on the tape, he's got the best pure cover
skills of any corner on the market. You are taking a bit of a chance on
him, but he played all 16 games in 2010 and 2012 so it isn't like he's
injury prone. The reason he was a backup is that the Rams signed
Cortland Finnegan and drafted Janoris Jenkins early. That pushed
Fletcher to the back burner. He was the No. 3 corner and played well.
Fletcher will turn 27 this summer and has plenty of good football left
in front of him.

LB Jason Phillips, 2 years


S Patrick Chung, 3 years

A backhanded compliment? Or a sad reality?



TE / FB James Casey, 3 years

Casey could fit in nicely to the kind of offense Chip Kelly wants to run and he has a remarkable tale of getting to the NFL and the Eagles. Worth a read.

more coming...

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

A post shared by Ben Simmons (@bensimmons) on

Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).