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...

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

Best of NHL: Penguins beat Panthers in Sidney Crosby's debut

PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored in his season debut as the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Crosby, who scored on a power play, missed the team's first six games with a concussion. Carl Hagelin and Eric Fehr also scored for the Penguins, who extended a seven-game unbeaten streak against the Panthers.

Marc-Andre Fleury, who has started the first seven games of the season for Pittsburgh, stopped 20 shots. Matt Murray, who backstopped the Penguins to a Stanley Cup in June, served as the backup to Fleury after missing the first six games with a broken hand.

Reilly Smith scored a power-play goal and Mark Pysyk also scored for the Panthers, who have lost 11 of 12 against the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

James Reimer made 19 saves in his second start of the season (see full recap).

Kings top Blue Jackets in overtime
LOS ANGELES -- Alec Martinez scored 1:14 into overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings rallied to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 Tuesday night for their third straight victory.

Drew Doughty scored the tying goal with 5:57 left in regulation for the Kings, who won their third straight overtime game after an 0-3-0 start to the season. Captain Anze Kopitar also scored, and third-string goalie Peter Budaj stopped 19 shots in his third consecutive win.

Cam Atkinson scored a tiebreaking power-play goal late in the second period, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 27 saves for Columbus. Brandon Saad also scored for the Jackets, who had won two straight after an 0-2-0 start.

Martinez ended it by putting a rebound into an open net for the defenseman's second goal of the season (see full recap).

Lightning strike for seven goals in win
TORONTO -- Steven Stamkos matched a career-high with four points -- two goals and two assists -- and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 7-3 on Tuesday night.

Frederik Andersen gave up seven goals on only 24 shots, the third time in five starts he has allowed at least five goals and fourth time he's allowed four or more. The 27-year-old has an .851 save percentage so far this season.

Alex Killorn, Victor Hedman, Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov and Jonathan Drouin added goals for Tampa Bay, while Ben Bishop made 40 saves.

William Nylander, James van Riemsdyk and Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs, who outshot the Lightning 43-24 (see full recap).

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

Report: Eagles make inquiry about Bears WR Alshon Jeffery

The Eagles could be looking for a bigger name outside.

In need of a deep threat — and reportedly in talks about a trade for 49ers wideout Torrey Smith — the Eagles are interested in Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and attempting to make a move for the 2013 Pro Bowler, according to a report Tuesday night by Benjamin Allbright of Mile High Sports Radio.

We followed up with Allbright, who clarified the Eagles simply made an inquiry.

Jeffery, much more of a do-it-all, dynamic wide receiver than the one-dimensional Smith, is 26 years old and can become a free agent at season's end. He'll warrant good money, but would make the Eagles better in more ways than one compared to Smith.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder put up 89 catches for 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, followed by 85 catches, 1,133 yards receiving and 10 scores in 2014.

This season, he has 520 yards receiving and has yet to find the end zone playing for the quarterback-challenged Bears, who are 1-6 and more than likely thinking about next season.