Connor Barwin bids farewell to Philly, Eagles fans in Instagram post

Connor Barwin bids farewell to Philly, Eagles fans in Instagram post

In the first big official move of the day by the Eagles, they released pass rusher Connor Barwin, a move that will save them $7.75 million in cap space (see story).
Barwin was a highly active member of the Philadelphia community and has made a profound impact on the area he has called home since being signed on March 14, 2013 from Houston. Among many community outreach efforts, Barwin spent a considerable amount of time and money on park projects throughout the city. While his impact on the field will end with the 2016 season, his influence on the city will last for years to come.
Upon his release, Barwin put this message out to Eagles fans on his Instagram page.

Thank you Philadelphia from the bottom of my heart for welcoming me and for being the amazing city you are. Laura and I want to thank Jeffrey Lurie, the entire Eagles organization, and all the fans for their support. It has been an honor and a privilege to play for this historic franchise. The Make The World Better Foundation, will continue it's work to revitalize parks in the city. Our current projects at Smith Playground and Waterloo Playground are moving forward and very exciting. I hope to see many of you at our concert this year. I have learned from and cherish every experience I have had in the great city of Philadelphia and every snap I played as an Eagle. From the Lurie's, to my coaches, teammates, mtwb partners, and fellow septa riders thank you! Go Philly, Go Eagles . . . hope to see you in the playoffs!

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Once the news of his release hit, an outpouring of support for Barwin came out on social media from his fans and his teammates.

Safe to say that wherever Barwin lands, his old teammates will be rooting for him ... unless of course he signs with an NFC East rival.

Drew Pearson has tremendous response for booing Eagles fans at NFL draft

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Drew Pearson has tremendous response for booing Eagles fans at NFL draft

As much as you might hate Drew Pearson, one of the Cowboys' all-time great receivers, you've got to give him credit for this.

Roger Goodell tried to have some fun with the Philly fans, who booed him mightily (so mightily it was expressed over closed captioning) when he took the stage at the start of Rounds 1 and 2 of the NFL draft.

But he paled in comparison to Pearson, who was ready for the awesomely rude reception. 

"All right. How about dem Cowboys!" he said. "I want to thank the Eagle fans for allowing me to have a career in the NFL. Thank you.

"I am honored as an undrafted free agent to be selected to make the Cowboys' second-round draft pick ... 

Raises his voice ...

"... and on behalf of the five-time World Champion Dallas Cowboys, Hall of Fame owner Jerry Jones, Gene Jones and the Jones family, coach Jason Garrett, all the Cowboys players that played before me, that played with me and played after me. 


Raises his voice ...

"With the 60th pick in the second round, the Dallas Cowboys select defensive back from Colorado Chidobe Awuzie." 

Fittingly, it's a corner the Eagles could have used.

A three-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro, Pearson spent all 11 of his NFL seasons with the Cowboys (1973-83) and won one Super Bowl. He had 72 receptions for 950 yards and five touchdowns in 20 career games — 15 of them wins — against the Eagles. He actually compiled more yardage and touchdown receptions against each of the other NFC East teams (Redskins, Giants and Cardinals) than the Eagles.

Here's the viewpoint from inside the boos:

New Eagle Sidney Jones deletes an old tweet — bashing Tony Romo

New Eagle Sidney Jones deletes an old tweet — bashing Tony Romo

Here’s another NFL draft deleted tweet story, but there’s a twist.

It has become common practice for fans to search deep into the archives of the Internet to see what old tweets they can dig up when a player is recently drafted to their team. A lot of the time, the tweets are regrettable moments from many years ago, but for Sidney Jones, Eagles fans may forgive him for this one.

Moments after Jones was drafted, fans found this tweet from Oct. 2, 2012, one day after the Cowboys lost, 34-18, to the Chicago Bears in a game Tony Romo threw five interceptions.

Eagles fans probably don’t mind this sentiment from their newest cornerback.