Eagles offseason team report

Eagles offseason team report

Nothing really happening yet with the Eagles offseason, but this is a pretty good summary of what the team needs to do.  In related news, Seatle franchised Shaun Alexander which makes it highly unlikely he will end up with the Eagles.  There was some talk that Seatle would consider trading him. 

ESPN Insider's Mel Kiper thinks it is more likely that the Eagles don't trade down from their #31 draft spot.  He thinks at 31 they could get a good receiver like Reggie Brown of Georgia, Mark Clayton of Oklahoma, and Roscoe Parrish of Miami.  He also talks about the 'Cocks Troy Williamson, perhaps the fastest man in the draft ending up an Eagle.  He also mentions that if the birds lose Burgess to FA then they may move up in the first round to draft a DE.  What the hell ever happend to Jerome McDougle?  Does McDougle sound like Mamula?

Ray Diddy was on the morning show today and mentioned he really liked Cinci WR T.J Houshmandzadeh as a potential Eagle at a decent price.  He had a real nice year and great potential.

Link: FOXSports.com - NFL- Eagles Team Report.

ACTION PLAN: Don't expect an offseason like the last one when the team signed DE Jevon Kearse and engineered the trade for WR Terrell Owens. This spring may be more suited to re-signing their free agents and perhaps adding a mid-level running back or wide receiver. Although those needs could also be filled through the draft because the team has five day-one picks. Priority one should be to get a new deal for middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, whose insertion in the lineup the middle of the season gave the defense an entirely different look. Trotter played for the $535,000 minimum last year. He won't this year. Next on the list is to come up with a deal for restricted RB Brian Westbrook. The team will tender him at least the first-round tender but might still have to fight off potential suitors. In a perfect world, the two sides will come together on a long-term deal, but this isn't a perfect world. .

Sevyn Streeter claims Sixers stopped her from singing national anthem

Sevyn Streeter claims Sixers stopped her from singing national anthem

Performing artist Sevyn Streeter was scheduled to sing the national anthem Wednesday night before the Sixers' season opener but says she was replaced because of the jersey she was wearing.

Jemila Worthy, a member of the Sixers' dance team, sang the anthem instead.

Streeter says change was made because she was wearing a jersey with the words "We Matter" displayed on the front.

"I'm at the 76ers game to sing the national anthem," she said in a video on Twitter, "and the organization is telling me that I can't because I'm wearing a 'We Matter' jersey."

The Sixers responded with the following statement:

"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."

In the Sixers' preseason finale against the Heat in Miami, Denasia Lawrence performed the anthem while wearing a "Black Lives Matter" shirt and kneeling on one knee (see story). She said she did it to protest racial oppression.

Streeter is the latest to use the national anthem as a stage to protest racism and social injustice. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the well-documented movement by refusing to stand during the anthem, and various other professional athletes have made their own statements.

In a protest planned by safety Malcolm Jenkins, a handful of Eagles raised their fists during the anthem before the team's Week 2 game against the Bears on Monday Night Football.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.