Terrell's Payday to Shrink; LeCharles Bentley

Terrell's Payday to Shrink; LeCharles Bentley

The free agency period in the NFL was set to start today, but issues with the collective bargaining agreement has pushed it back 3 days.  What does all of this mean?  How does it impact the Eagles?  To put it simply, the Eagles are in a pretty favorable situation, being favorably under the cap.  The salary cap may or may not be bumped up this year.  If the league chose to keep the same cap as last year, this means a great number of teams will be extremely cap stricken, not including the Eagles.  This would cause other teams to cut solid players due to cap issues.  More potential talent the Eagles could bring in.  Look for the Eagles first signing to be LeCharles Bentley, former Pro Bowl Center for the Saints.

SI had Bentley on it's list of top 10 free agents:

9. LeCharles Bentley, New Orleans, C

Thought of something
as an emerging star heading into last season, it's a bit surprising the
Saints are apparently going to let Bentley get to free agency. Don't be
surprised if the Vikings make an early bid for the former Ohio State
standout, who also has experience at the guard position. At 6-2, 313,
Bentley has ideal size for an NFL center today, and he plays with
aggression. Signing a quality center in free agency isn't going to whip
up the fans' fervor and sell many season tickets, but when you don't
have somebody solid in the middle, you notice it.

I don't know about you, but LeCharles sure as hell beats out Hank in the battle of better O-linemen names.  Other names on the list which Eagles fans crave include Superbowl star Antwan Randel El and San Fran LB Julian Peterson.

The whole free agency situation is kind of wait-and-see for Eagles fans.  Terrell Owens is due a roster bonus 5 days after free agency begins, so look for him to be let go before then.  Terrell could wind up the biggest loser with the cap fiasco.  More teams will be over the cap and the list of teams which can afford Owens will get even shorter while driving his pay day down.  I wouldn't be surprised if T.O.'s time with the Eagles ended as early as sometime today.

The rich squabbling with the rich about money doesn't make for entertaining news.  As a wise Clan member once said, "cash rules everything around me."


Remember the Eagles fan who dumped his mother's ashes on the field at the Linc?  Looks like he only has to pick up some trash.

Best of NBA: Dwyane Wade hits dagger 3-pointer in Bulls debut

Best of NBA: Dwyane Wade hits dagger 3-pointer in Bulls debut

CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade scored 22 points in a triumphant Chicago debut, Jimmy Butler had 24 and the Bulls won their season opener, beating the Boston Celtics 105-99 on Thursday night.

Wade nailed a 3 from the corner in the final minute to make it a five-point game. Taj Gibson added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the new-look Bulls got off to a winning start after missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 2008.

Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 25 points. Avery Bradley had 16, and Jae Crowder 14 points, but the Celtics came up short after opening with a win over Brooklyn the previous night.

The Bulls remade their roster in the offseason, jettisoning one hometown superstar and welcoming another when they traded Derrick Rose to New York and signed Wade to a two-year deal worth about $47 million in a move that stunned Miami.

The three-time NBA champion and 12-time All-Star is off to a good start with the Bulls after 13 seasons with the Heat.

Wade hit 4 of 6 3-pointers in this game after making just seven all of last season (see full recap).

New-look Hawks roll past Wizards
ATLANTA -- Dwight Howard dominated the boards in his Atlanta debut, Paul Millsap scored 28 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. ignited the new-look Hawks to a 114-99 victory over the Washington Wizards in their season opener Thursday night.

Howard grabbed 19 rebounds to go along with 11 points, just what the Hawks expected from their new center, and it certainly wasn't unusual for three-time All-Star Millsap to lead the way in scoring.

But Hardaway's performance was totally unexpected given the way he struggled in his first season with the Hawks, when he was largely confined to the bench and even forced to spend time in the D-League.

He scored 21 points, matching his high in an Atlanta uniform, and broke open a close game with back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth. The Hawks, who led only 81-80 heading to the final period, outscored the Wizards 33-19 over the final 12 minutes (see full recap).

Best of NHL: Canadiens rally past Lightning for 6th straight win

Best of NHL: Canadiens rally past Lightning for 6th straight win

MONTREAL -- Max Pacioretty scored the tiebreaking goal in Montreal's three-goal third period as the Canadiens beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 Thursday night for their sixth straight win.

Alex Galchenyuk and Torrey Mitchell also scored to help Montreal improve to 7-0-1. Carey Price made 29 saves to win for the fourth time in four starts this season.

Alex Killorn scored the lone goal for the Lightning, who lost against an Eastern-Conference opponent for the first time this season. Ben Bishop stopped 23 shots.

With the scored tied 1-1, Pacioretty got the go-ahead goal at 10:23 by beating Bishop glove-side. Blown coverage by the Lightning left the Canadiens' captain all alone on the edge of the face-off circle, and Bishop couldn't see the shot with Andrew Shaw posted firmly in front of goal.

Montreal remains the only NHL team still undefeated in regulation (see full recap).

Crosby's late goal gives Penguins win over Islanders
PITTSBURGH -- Sidney Crosby scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Patric Hornqvist, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel also scored -- each getting his third of the season -- to help the Penguins win for the third time in four games and improve to 5-0-1 at home.

Crosby, playing for the second straight game after missing the first six with a concussion, scored with 2:25 left as he caught a pass from Scott Wilson at the top of the crease and quickly turned to his forehand to put the puck behind Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak.

Kessel added a power-play goal to cap the scoring 32 seconds later.

Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 35 shots while starting for the eighth straight game.

Travis Hamonic and Shane Prince scored for the Islanders, and Halak finished with 31 saves (see full recap).

Streaking Red Wings win marathon shootout vs. Blues
ST. LOUIS -- Henrik Zetterberg scored in the eighth round of a shootout to give the Detroit Red Wings a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

Zetterberg's goal gave the Red Wings a six-game winning streak.

In the shootout, St. Louis' first shooter, Alexander Steen, scored but then Vladimir Tarasenko, Kevin Shattenkirk, David Perron, Nail Yakupoc, Robby Fabbri, Patrick Burgland and Dmitrjij Jaskin all came up short.

Gustav Nyquist scored on Detroit's second attempt but Frans Nielsen, Dylan Larkin, Andreas Athanasiou, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheehan and Darren Helm all missed.

St. Louis had the better chances in overtime. Center Jaden Schwartz missed a wide-open net early in the extra session. Jori Lehtera was stopped on a breakaway midway through the period by Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek (see full recap).