Eagles sign guard Chance Warmack to 1-year deal

Eagles sign guard Chance Warmack to 1-year deal

In addition to adding a couple big-name receivers, the Eagles also brought in a veteran offensive lineman as free agency kicked off on Thursday. 

The Eagles have signed former first-round guard Chance Warmack to a one-year deal. Warmack's deal is worth $1.51 million with a $500,000 signing bonus, and he can earn another $1.25 million in incentives, according to the USA Today's Tom Pelissero.  

Warmack, 25, was the 10th overall pick out of Alabama to the Titans in 2013 but has been a relative disappointment since entering the league. He played the last four years in Tennessee, making 48 starts. His 2016 season ended after just two games because of a hand injury that landed him on IR. 

Warmack (6-2, 323 pounds) played for two years in Alabama under Eagles offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, who held the position with the Crimson Tide at the time. Maybe Stoutland will be able to help Warmack finally realize his potential in the NFL. 

It's unclear what Warmack's role with the Eagles will be. At the very least, he'll fill a top backup spot. But if Jason Kelce is possibly on the move, Warmack could find himself in the starting lineup this season if Isaac Seumalo shifts to center. 

Like Alshon Jeffery (more on him here), Warmack's contract is just a one-year prove-it deal. If Warmack proves himself this year, the Eagles will have the inside track to sign him before he becomes a free agent in 2017. 

This is the second year in a row the Eagles signed an offensive lineman on a one-year deal. Last offseason, they signed veteran Stefen Wisniewski on a prove-it deal. 

In addition to Jeffery and Warmack, the Eagles also added wide receiver Torrey Smith on Thursday, the first day of free agency.

Eagles owner Jeff Lurie rails against political polarization in Washington

Eagles owner Jeff Lurie rails against political polarization in Washington

Eagles owner Jeff Lurie isn't often very outspoken on football or political matters. 

He has apparently made an exception. 

Just a few days before Lurie is tentatively scheduled to speak to Philadelphia reporters while in Phoenix for the league's annual meetings, the Eagles owner authored a story for Time Magazine railing against political polarization in Washington.

Lurie has not spoken to reporters publicly since last March in Boca Raton, Florida, at the 2016 owners meetings. 

The owner's essay was published just hours after House Republican leaders pulled legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act on Friday afternoon. Lurie, for the record, donated money to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign last year.

Lurie, the Eagles' 65-year-old billionaire owner, in the story, uses football as an example for which Washington should strive. 

Here's how Lurie begins the piece:

"What do football, political polarization and autism have in common? They all illuminate aspects of the human condition, explaining who we are, where we are headed and the hurdles along the way. As a sports team owner I rarely publicly discuss politics, but as a member of a family touched by autism, I often think about the unspoken millions of people who live with the daily challenges of this disorder."

Lurie then goes on to explain why football can act as a guide for Washington when it comes to united for the common good:

"What I have learned from football can be applied to society at large. Just as we intensely game-plan against an opponent in sports, we need to game plan for the reality and consequences of polarization. Extreme polarization is the opponent -- not each other. A football team is made up of players from a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences and political viewpoints. What unites them is grit, determination, and the desire to win. They join in a common goal and do what is necessary to transcend their differences for the greater good of their team.

"What unites Americans is far more negative. We are now in an age where communicating verifiable information becomes secondary to the goal of creating a common enemy that unifies people in fear, negativity and opposition. This masks our inability to solve serious domestic problems (poverty, violence and institutional racism to name three current examples) and diverts our attention from obvious suffering."

Lurie then writes that we, as Americans, have the "necessary resources" to tackle serious problems, like autism, but lack the leadership to put aside differences. 

The whole piece isn't very long and is worth reading in full to gain a better understanding of its context. 

Next week while in Phoenix, Lurie will surely be asked about what motivated him to write the piece. 

Eagles withdraw all but 1 rule proposal for owners meetings

Eagles withdraw all but 1 rule proposal for owners meetings

As the annual NFL meetings get set to kick off next week, the Eagles originally proposed four playing rule changes and a resolution that could have eventually led to bringing back Kelly green uniforms as an alternate option. 

But after getting feedback from the NFL's competition committee, the Eagles are withdrawing all but one proposal, according to league sources. 

The only one left would prohibit players from leaping over the line of scrimmage on kicking plays. For now, players are allowed to leap line as long as they don't make contact. That proposal, which the NFLPA has previously supported, seems likely to pass. 

That means the other three playing rule changes and the proposal to allow teams to wear helmets that would match their alternative jerseys won't be specifically discussed. 

Translation: No Kelly green jerseys yet. 

Among the 15 proposed playing rule changes the league released on Friday, teams were responsible for seven of them and the Eagles accounted for four of the seven. 

Just because a specific proposal won't be directly discussed, it doesn't mean that topic won't be discussed by the committee in Phoenix during next week's annual league meetings. 

For instance, one of the Eagles' proposals would alter the current replay system. While the Eagles' individual proposal won't be discussed, replays will be a topic of discussion during the meetings.