Report: Eagles in trade talks for Saints WR Brandin Cooks

Report: Eagles in trade talks for Saints WR Brandin Cooks

INDIANAPOLIS -- It's no secret that the Eagles need to improve at wide receiver. And for a long time, it was assumed they'd do it through free agency or the draft. 

Howie Roseman might be working on a third option. 

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Eagles and Titans have emerged as possible landing spots in a potential trade for wide receiver Brandin Cooks. 

Cooks, 23, was a first-round pick in 2014 and has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in each of his last two seasons. In 2016, he had 78 catches for 1,173 yards and eight touchdowns. 

To put Cooks' numbers in perspective, the Eagles' leading receiver in 2016 was tight end Zach Ertz, who had 78 catches for 816 yards and four touchdowns. 

At his age and still on his rookie deal that comes with a cap hit under $3 million in 2017, Cooks would be an extremely attractive option. Possibly more attractive than the free agents about to hit the open market in a little over a week. 

Cooks, if nothing else, would give the Eagles a much-needed deep threat. In 2016, Cooks had the same number of 40-plus yard plays (six) as the Eagles and the same number of 50-plus yard plays (three).

The Eagles have a busy day on Thursday, with several meetings scheduled at the combine with player agents and teams. While it would technically be illegal tampering for teams to talk about soon-to-be free agents, working out a trade would be a way to jump ahead of free agency and land an important piece. 

Last year at the combine, the Eagles started the framework of a trade that moved them from the 13th draft pick to eighth. 

Roseman, more than many other general managers, isn't afraid to make trades. According to an ESPN story published in September, the Eagles have traded away more players than any other team in the league.

Michael Vick's father arrested on drug-ring charges

Michael Vick's father arrested on drug-ring charges

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — The father of former pro-football star Michael Vick has been arrested on charges of being involved in a drug ring.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that federal authorities arrested 55-year-old Michael Dwayne Boddie on Thursday. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday in Newport News alleges that he and 11 others conspired to sell heroin.

Boddie is being held without bond until a Monday detention hearing. He was assigned a court-appointed attorney.

Lawrence Woodward, an attorney who's represented both men over the years, did not respond to requests for comment. The federal prosecutor's office declined to comment on the case beyond the charges.

Vick rose to stardom with the Atlanta Falcons before serving prison time for running a dogfighting operation. He played for the Eagles, Jets and Steelers before announcing his retirement in February.

NFL Notes: Chiefs extend Andy Reid, part ways with GM John Dorsey

NFL Notes: Chiefs extend Andy Reid, part ways with GM John Dorsey

The Chiefs have given coach Andy Reid a contract extension and parted ways with general manager John Dorsey, making two massive decisions on what is typically a quiet week in the offseason.

The 59-year-old Reid was entering the final year of the five-year deal he signed in 2013, shortly after the end of his long and mostly successful tenure in Philadelphia. Reid is 43-21 with three playoff appearances in four seasons in Kansas City, helping to deliver an AFC West title last season.

Less than an hour after his extension was announced, the Chiefs said Dorsey -- who was hired to work in tandem with Reid -- would not be retained. Dorsey was also entering the final year of his contract.

The Chiefs did not say who would take over the GM duties on an interim basis (see full story).

Raiders: Derek Carr agrees to $125M extension
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has finalized a five-year contract extension that will keep him tied to the team through the 2022 season.

Carr tweeted Thursday that an agreement had been reached to add five years to his current rookie deal that expires after this season. The contract will be worth $125 million, according to a person familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity because terms were not released.

Both sides had expressed a strong interest in signing a long-term deal with Carr, who was scheduled to enter the final year of his rookie contract.

Carr had imposed a deadline of the start of training camp in late July (see full story).

Patriots: Mitchell has  deal with Scholastic Books
NEW YORK -- New England Patriots wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell can be sweet when he wants to be.

Mitchell has a three-book deal with Scholastic, the children's publisher told The Associated Press on Thursday. The books include a newly illustrated edition of his self-published "The Magician's Hat," to come out next May, and two more original works.

Mitchell is a literacy advocate who founded the "Read With Malcolm" program. With New England, Mitchell caught 32 passes last year during the regular season and another six in the Super Bowl, when the Patriots came from behind and defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 (see full story).