Philadelphia Eagles

For Eagles and Alshon Jeffery, 1-year deal isn't an issue

For Eagles and Alshon Jeffery, 1-year deal isn't an issue

Alshon Jeffery isn't concerned with not signing a long-term deal with the Eagles.

The 27-year-old receiver was viewed as the prize of the free-agent receiver crop but signed just a one-year deal.

Jeffery is a man of few words but said all the right things in his introductory press conference Friday. When asked in several different ways about his one-year deal, Jeffery continued to avert the question and mention his excitement to be here.

"I really don't think about that," Jeffery said of not getting a long-term contract. "I'm just focusing on playing football. Whatever happens after the season happens. Right now I'm just one day at a time."

Jeffery certainly seems like a perfect fit for the Eagles on the field. A second-round pick by the Bears in 2012, the 6-foot-4 wideout has been to a Pro Bowl and recorded two 1,000-yard seasons. The Eagles haven't had a receiver reach the 1,000 mark since Jeremy Maclin's final season with the team in 2014.

De facto GM Howie Roseman braced Eagles fans for the possibility that the team wasn't going to make a splash in free agency. Instead, Roseman went out and signed the top receiver on the market to fix a glaring need.

According to Roseman, Jeffery was a player the team had targeted all along. It was just a matter of getting him at the right price.

"Well, I wouldn't necessarily say it was something that we wanted,"  Roseman said of the one-year deal. "But from our perspective, it was a win-win situation, and when you have guys on one-year deals, you still have options. I mean, you have tags at your disposal. You have exclusive negotiating rights before free agency.

"For us, we thought it was a great opportunity to get a player who's extremely talented and has something to prove and wanted to be here."

Jeffery is essentially on an expensive one-year tryout. The Eagles' cap situation is tight, but Jeffery has shown the ability to be an elite pass catcher. And as Roseman mentioned, if Jeffery plays well, the team will have options in the offseason.

With that said, Jeffery does come with a certain level of risk. His numbers have dipped, and he's missed time the last two seasons because of injuries and a PED suspension. Jeffery was contrite when asked about his misstep that cost him four games last season.

"[I'm] just focusing on what I put in my body," Jeffery said. "Just being more careful. I'm past that. I'm going to have the right [people], like everyone around me, we're going to be on the same page. From the team standpoint, whatever happens, I'm pretty sure that's not going to happen again."

Joined by vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas, Roseman said he understood the risk but was comfortable with a deal for Jeffery.

"Joe was with [Jeffery] in Chicago," Roseman said. "Dwayne Joseph, our pro director, was with him in Chicago. Our wide receiver coach [Mike Groh] was with him in Chicago. [Running backs coach] Duce Staley, we all know about him in South Carolina. We had a lot of information on him, and he wanted to be here, which is always a good thing to have, and he was excited about the direction we were going in."

Jeffery said that Groh wasn't a factor in him choosing the Eagles but that he was glad to be back with him. Jeffery enjoyed his best seasons under Groh in 2013 and 2014. In those two seasons, Jeffery caught a combined 174 passes for 2,554 yards and 17 touchdowns.

In the last two seasons, Jeffery has found the end zone only six times, but he could give the Eagles' red zone offense a much needed shot in the arm. When asked about his favorite routes that have led to success in that department, Jeffery didn't mince words.

"There's a only a few routes you can run," Jeffery said.

When pressed further, Jeffery, as he did during the entire presser, put it simply.

"Just throw it up."

NFL Notes: Rookie QB DeShone Kizer to start in Browns' 3rd preseason game

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NFL Notes: Rookie QB DeShone Kizer to start in Browns' 3rd preseason game

BEREA, Ohio -- Rookie DeShone Kizer is Cleveland's new starting quarterback.

Coach Hue Jackson has elected to go with Kizer, a second-round pick from Notre Dame, over veterans Brock Osweiler and Cody Kessler. Kizer has been the most consistent of the three during training camp and led the Browns to three touchdowns during his two exhibition appearances.

Jackson said Kizer will start Saturday's exhibition in Tamp Bay and "is certainly positioning himself well to earn the starting job heading into the regular season."

The Browns open the season on Sept. 10 against Pittsburgh.

Unless he stumbles against the Buccaneers, Kizer will be the 27th different quarterback to start for the Browns since 1999. The big-armed 21-year-old has shown no signs of being intimidated by the jump to the pros after making 23 starts in two seasons for the Fighting Irish (see full story).

Raiders: Pro Bowl LT Penn ends holdout
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn has ended his holdout with the Oakland Raiders.

Penn reported for practice on Wednesday, ending his 26-day holdout. Penn was looking for an improved contract but general manager Reggie McKenzie said earlier in training camp that he would not negotiate a new deal with Penn until he arrived at camp.

The Raiders could have fined Penn $40,000 for each day of camp he missed but the team is not expected to do that.

Penn is entering the final year of an $11.9 million, two-year contract. He is scheduled to earn $5.8 million in base salary this season with another $1.3 million in incentives and bonuses (see full recap).

Steelers: Star RB Bell hints at return date
PITTSBURGH -- Steelers star Le'Veon Bell has suggested on Twitter that he will return to the team on Sept. 1, the day after Pittsburgh's final preseason game.

Bell hasn't signed his franchise tender and has been holding out through training camp. Responding to a fan Tuesday night asking when he plans to end his holdout, Bell wrote: "9-1-17" and added a wink.

The franchise tender offered Bell will guarantee him $12.1 million for the upcoming season. The two-time Pro Bowl running back has been seeking a long-term deal.

Bell rushed for 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns last season and also caught 75 passes for 616 yards and two TDs.

Redskins: Reed makes on-field debut at practice
ASHBURN, Va. -- Jordan Reed is back at practice with the Washington Redskins.

The 27-year-old tight end made his on-field debut Wednesday after missing almost the first month of practices with a toe injury. Reed missed the team's first two preseason games and was activated off the physically unable to perform list on Sunday.

Reed was examined by a foot specialist Aug. 1 and recently started using wider shoes and orthotics to help alleviate the soreness in the big toe on his left foot. Last week he said it felt better when running routes and walking around and doesn't expect the injury to affect him during the season.

One of quarterback Kirk Cousins' most consistent and effective targets, Reed had 66 catches for 686 yards and six touchdowns last season despite missing four games with injury (see full story).

Giants: OL Bowie waived after domestic charges disclosed 
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants have waived Michael Bowie days after finding out that the offensive lineman had been charged with assault and battery in Oklahoma.

The Giants announced the decision Wednesday along with three moves.

The team learned of the charges on Saturday and did not allow the 25-year-old free agent to make the trip to Cleveland for a preseason game against the Browns on Monday night.

Bowie is accused of grabbing his girlfriend by the neck during a fight at her home in Bixby, Oklahoma, then broke two televisions and punched a hole in the wall.

Court records don't list an attorney for Bowie, a Tulsa resident. His agent says Bowie is working to prove his innocence, saying there was no physical contact with the girlfriend.

New York also waived offensive linemen Corin Brooks, and waived/injured wideouts Darius Powe and Andrew Turzilli (see full story).

Former Eagles special teamer Bryan Braman heading to Saints

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Former Eagles special teamer Bryan Braman heading to Saints

Former Eagles special teamer Bryan Braman has agreed to terms to join the New Orleans Saints on a one-year deal, according to his agent Sean Stellato. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported the deal. 

Braman, 30, spent the last three seasons with the Eagles and played a major role on Dave Fipp's unit, which has been considered one of the top in the NFL during that span. He had been a free agent throughout the spring and summer after his contract ran out with the Eagles. 

Braman came to Philadelphia as a free agent from the Texans before the 2014 season on a two-year deal and later restructured his contract to take a pay cut and give him an extra year in Philly. 

While Braman rarely made it on the field for the defense in those next three seasons, he played a total of 1,214 special teams snaps, the most of any player on the team. He played in all 48 games over the last three seasons. 

Even without Braman, the Eagles still have plenty of key special teams players like Chris Maragos, Najee Goode and Kamu Grugier-Hill.