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Eagles Roundup: Busy Day At Lehigh

  • The Eagles acquired cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a 2012 second-round draft pick in a trade that sent quarterback Kevin Kolb to the Cardinals. Check out head coach Andy Reid’s explanation of the deal, general manager Howie Roseman’s reaction and read Dave Spadaro's assessment of the trade here.
  • Early in the day, a report surfaced that the Eagles agreed to contract terms with Pro Bowl defensive end Jason Babin. The Eagles did not comment on the report – free agency in the NFL begins on Friday at 6 p.m. – but Babin Tweeted out his confirmation. Babin played for the Eagles in 2009 and then blossomed with 12.5 sacks in Tennessee last year under current Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn.
  • After midnight, a report surfaced that the Eagles have added another ex-Titan Pro Bowler, quarterback Vince Young.
  • The first day of practice included a rookie at middle linebacker for the first team, among other notes.
  • Seventh-round draft pick Greg Lloyd signed his contract, leaving only first-round draft pick Danny Watkins among the team's 11 draft picks unsigned. Lloyd will practice with the team on Friday. Friday's practices are closed to the public. The first practice open to the public is at 8:05 a.m. on Saturday.
  • Five players were released on Thursday night, including fullback Leonard Weaver, who had his contract terminated after he failed his physical. Weaver, of course, made the Pro Bowl in 2009 with the Eagles, who then rewarded Weaver with a contract that made him the highest-paid fullback in NFL history. But Weaver suffered a devastating knee/leg injury in last year's opener against the Packers and his career is in jeopardy.
  • Also waived were the following players: Defensive tackle Jeremy Clark, cornerback/kick returner Gerard Lawson, defensive tackle Jeff Owens (waived/failed physical), who was injured last year in his first game, and wide receiver Jeremy Williams (waived/failed physical). "I want to thank all of these players for their hard work and efforts during the course of their time in Philadelphia," said general manager Howie Roseman. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for all of our players who battle through all of the highs and lows of playing in the National Football League. To see a guy like Leonard Weaver play in the Pro Bowl one year and suffer a devastating injury in the first game of the following year is especially tough. I wish all five men nothing but the best."
  • The Eagles signed rookie free agent WR Gerald Jones. Jones (5-10, 195) amassed 142 receptions, 1,710 yards and 13 touchdowns in his four-year career at Tennessee. He also contributed 204 rushing yards and three touchdowns. As a senior in 2010, Jones reeled in a career-high 55 receptions for 596 yards and four touchdowns. A native of Oklahoma City, OK, Jones attended Millwood high school, where he was the 2006 Gatorade Player of the Year in Oklahoma after rushing for 1,202 yards and 11 touchdowns and throwing for 1,561 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior.
  • Defensive end Brandon Graham (knee) and offensive tackle Winston Justice (knee) were placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. They will not come off the PUP list until they are able to practice. Head coach Andy Reid said he had no timetable for their return.
  • Cornerback Asante Samuel and wide receiver Jeremy Maclin were excused from training camp for personal reasons.
  • Cornerback Trevard Lindley (cramp) and left tackle Jason Peters (knee soreness) both left practice. Reid said neither injury is worrisome.
  • Wide receiver DeSean Jackson was again a no-show. Said Reid on the absence of Jackson, Maclin and Samuel: "As a coach you want everybody here. You want as many reps with your ones as you can possibly get. That would be one side of it. The second side of it is we're going to coach like crazy on the guys that are here. We're fired up. The next guy that steps in might be the one that wins the game for you during the season. So we're going to coach them like crazy.  That's an opportunity for another man. In this business that's quite a thing."
  • Mike Vick and Mike Kafka reacted to the news of Kolb’s departure.
  • Rumor Mill: Free agent running back Darren Sproles has reportedly narrowed his wish list down to the New Orleans Saints, the San Diego Chargers and the Eagles. Meanwhile, released quarterback Vince Young is supposedly eyeing a job with the Eagles.
  • Training Camp Live! featured plenty of practice footage and updates. We are live again from the Goodman Campus of Lehigh University at Noon on Friday. Tune in for the best live coverage you can find!
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