McCoy, Dixon honors; Dennis Thurman; Vick salary

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and defensive tackle Antonio Dixon were named to USA Today's 18th annual All-Joes team.

The team is named for Joe Phillips, a defensive linemen for the Kansas City Chiefs. He was in his 14th year  in 1992 and did a lot of work for the NFL's fifth-ranked defense but got very little credit.

McCoy was among four running backs selected, with Cleveland's Peyton Hills, New England's Danny Woodhead and Chicago's Matt Forte. Of McCoy, USA Today says, "A Brian Westbrook clone? McCoy led all backs with 78 catches to go with his first 1,000-yard rushing season."

As for Dixon, the newspaper says, "He's come a long way since shuttling between homeless shelters as a kid. Thrust into the lineup in Week 5, Philadelphia gave up nearly 50 fewer rushing yards per game once he became a starter."

Other D-tackles named were Green Bay's B.J. Raji, San Francisco's Isaac Sopoaga and Fred Robbins, of St. Louis.


Former Eagles turned analysts Brian Baldinger and Garry Cobb have advocated that the Eagles should consider New York Jets secondary coach Dennis Thurman for the vacant defensive coordinator spot.

If that were in the team's plans, consider that the Raiders asked the Jets for permission to talk to Thurman and were denied by the Jets, according to Jay Glazer, of


According to the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora, Michael Vick made $1.9 million in playing time bonuses this season on top of his $3.9 million salary.

To reiterate what we have said before, our understanding is the Eagles HAVE to franchise him, though they then could work out a new longer-term deal, once they have done so.

Why? Because Vick's incentives met in 2010 pushed his salary more than 30 percent beyond what he got in 2009, ELIMINATING THE POSSIBILITY OF EXTENDING THE DEAL. We have this from an excellent source.

So no, the Eagles are not negotiating with Vick on a new contract.







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