Howie Roseman discusses potential Malcolm Jenkins trade report

Howie Roseman discusses potential Malcolm Jenkins trade report

Updated: 9:06 a.m.

If fans turned on their radios on Wednesday afternoon and expected to hear Howie Roseman firmly deny a report that the Eagles had offered up Malcolm Jenkins in a potential trade for Brandin Cooks, they were disappointed.

No such denial came.

Although, Roseman did offer a stronger denial the next day on 97.5 TheFanatic: 

https://twitter.com/975TheFanatic/status/842352764558692352

But in an offseason in which Roseman has already denied one report very strongly, Roseman danced around the topic on the WIP afternoon show on Wednesday afternoon. 

The original report, from ProFootballTalk, said the Eagles offered up Jenkins, a third-rounder and a fourth-rounder for Cooks, but the Saints wanted a second-round pick, along with Jenkins. Of course, Cooks was later traded to New England.

Roseman, in his first public speaking appearance since the report surfaced, was asked about the report. 

Here's what he said:

"Any time good players are available in this league, we're going to be making phone calls if they fit us. That's our job. That's our responsibility to do. We have to be aggressive for the right guys and see what it takes to get them. And by the same token, people should be interested in Malcolm Jenkins. He is a heckuva player. And by the same token, we don't want to give him up. Just because teams want guys or ask for guys, that doesn't necessarily mean we're going to give them up. For us, we felt like the best combination for our football team was to go and address the receiver position the way we did in free agency and keep our defensive backfield. Which as we look at it, we're continuing to try to address that position. We're very happy about the way it worked out. And at the same time, we understand there are good players on our team that other teams would like to have."

From there, Roseman was asked if it was a deal-breaker once Jenkins' name entered the discussions. 

Here was his answer there: 

"Yeah, from our perspective, it didn't make a lot of sense to do something there that would hurt the team when we could address it in a different way. At the end of the day, we felt like the best way for us to move forward was to address the position in free agency. But certainly, we had a lot of conversations with a lot of teams and I think we owe it to our organization and our fans to try to see if there are opportunities to try to improve this team outside of the building, especially when good players are available. And we did spend a lot of time talking to teams down there and at the end of the day, it certainly wasn't anything where we felt like we were close to getting completed and that's why we went in the different direction we did in free agency."

Jenkins, 29, is entering his fourth season with the Eagles after joining them from the Saints in free agency before the 2014 season. In addition to being a community activist off the field, Jenkins has been incredibly important to the Eagles on the field. 

But in 2017, Jenkins has a $7.5 million cap hit and he's nearing 30, while Cooks is just 23 and might have the best football of his career ahead of him. 

Shortly after the report surfaced, Jenkins tweeted the following message to his followers: 

Roseman said it's always important to communicate with players when their names are brought up in possible trade reports. Jenkins will be no different. 

"And when you talk about Malcolm Jenkins," Roseman said, "the kind of player he is, the kind of leader he is on this football team, what he's done in this community, I mean, he certainly deserves the respect when something like that comes out there, to communicate with him."

Howie Roseman on Jason Kelce, Mychal Kendricks: 'They're going to be here going forward'

Howie Roseman on Jason Kelce, Mychal Kendricks: 'They're going to be here going forward'

The 2017 NFL draft has come and gone.

And Jason Kelce and Mychal Kendricks are both still Eagles.

The two players, who have been with the team since 2011 and 2012, respectively, have reportedly been on the trade block throughout this offseason. It seemed possible one or both could be moved during the draft, but it didn't happen.

"Yes, they are here and we fully anticipate they're going to be here going forward," Eagles VP of football operations Howie Roseman said Saturday after the draft wrapped up.

Kelce is coming off a Pro Bowl year, but at times last season didn't perform well and the Eagles have Isaac Seumalo waiting to take over. Kendricks was technically a starter last season but played minimally, coming off the field in non-base packages, something he likely wasn't thrilled about.

With the Eagles still in a tight salary cap situation, trading Kelce would save $3.8 million in cap space. Cutting Kendricks would save $1.8 million.

Did teams inquire about the two veterans over the last three days?

"We don't ever talk about trade discussions with any teams, but both those guys have been here in the offseason and they're going to be here going forward," Roseman said.

Eagles 2017 undrafted free-agent tracker

Eagles 2017 undrafted free-agent tracker

The 2017 NFL draft is over and the Eagles added eight players.

Now, they're adding more via undrafted free agents.

"There's a lot of leg work that's done prior," Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas said Saturday. "It's an all-hands-on-deck mentality. Scouts are working with coaches. We have our list of guys, we're recruiting these guys. We're calling agents, recruiting agents as well.

"Much like the draft, once the draft is over, we have our list of guys. We go by the ranking. We load the roster up. I think it went as smoothly as possible."

The Eagles addressed defensive needs and added a few offensive weapons for quarterback Carson Wentz. They drafted a defensive end — Derek Barnett — in the first round Thursday.

On Friday, they added two cornerbacks and on Saturday, they drafted two wide receivers, a running back, a safety-turned-linebacker and a defensive tackle.

Here is a tracker of the undrafted free agents the Eagles signed after the draft.

Greg Ward Jr., WR, 5-11/185, Houston
Ward signed with the Eagles after the draft, according to FOX 26's Mark Berman. He was a quarterback in college but switched to wide receiver during the draft process. At Houston's pro day, Ward ran a 4.40 in the 40-yard dash. He threw for 8,705 yards and 53 touchdowns in four years at Houston but was also a dual threat. He ran for 1,108 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2015, and last season, he added 518 yards and 10 scores on the ground. In 2013 and 2014, he combined for 25 catches for 234 yards and two receiving TDs.

Cam Johnston, P, 5-11/190, Ohio State
Johnston tweeted after the draft he signed with the Eagles. Johnston was the Eddleman-Fields Big Ten Punter of the Year in 2016, an All-Big Ten first-team player and a Ray Guy award finalist. Johnston set Ohio State single-season and all-time records for punts inside the 20 — 31 punts inside the 20 in 2015 and 109 career punts inside the 20. He also set a school record with a 57.0-yard average in 2014 against Illinois.

Tyler Orlosky, C, 6-3/298, West Virginia
Orlosky is the third Mountaineer to join the Eagles this draft. The center signed with the team after the draft, according to the Daily Athenaeum's Chris Jackson. The Eagles drafted cornerback Rasul Douglas on Friday and wide receiver Shelton Gibson on Saturday. Counting running back Wendell Smallwood last season, that's now four West Virginia players added in some capacity in the last two drafts.

Corey Clements, RB, 5-11/209, Wisconsin
Clements joins the Eagles as an UDFA, according to FOX 29's Howard Eskin. Clements ran for 1,375 yards with a 4.4 yards per carry average, 15 touchdowns on 314 attempts.