Birds Bring Back Landri

Birds Bring Back Landri

It looked like he was going to slip away via free agency, but Derek Landri will be back in midnight green in 2012. The journeyman defensive tackle signed a one-year deal with the Eagles on Monday morning. Adam Caplan reports the contract could be worth a up to $1.875 million, with $500k guaranteed.

Landri was brought in for depth during training camp, and initially released afterwards. When Antonio Dixon suffered a season-ending injury in Week 4, Landri got the call, and showed everyone he probably should've made the team to begin with. In limited playing time, Landri scored two sacks and a pass deflect in 2011, and made a much bigger impact than those numbers suggest.

According to ProFootballFocus, Landri was the ninth-best interior defensive lineman available in free agency, as he finished in the top 10 in both their run stop and pass rush measures. Very impressive for a castoff.

Landri seemed to thrive in the wide nine alignment of the defensive line, and wasn't pressed to be an every-down player like he was in his previous stop at Carolina. As a result, he was in the middle of practically everything whenever he was on the field, becoming something of a fan favorite along the way. We're certainly glad to see one of the defense's most productive players return.

It remains to be seen whether Landri will alter the Eagles' draft plans at all, but probably not. Both he and Antonio Dixon are only signed through this year, along with second-year player Cedric Thornton, who did not appear in a game last season. Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson are the only tackles under contract for multiple seasons, and neither are getting any younger.

According to Reuben Frank, the Eagles were forced to scrap a long-term deal with Landri  after the Jason Peters injury/Demetress Bell
signing. Still, that tidbit indicates the team is very high on the 28-year-old defensive tackle. Who knows whether or not Landri can match or exceed his level of production from last season in 2012, but it was wise to bring back a player who excelled in Jim Washburn's front.

The Eagles have now re-upped all four of their own "high priority" free agents.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.