UPDATE: 6:25 p.m.
The news keeps on coming today at Eagletarian:
Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel and offensive tackle Jason Peters have withdrawn from next week's Pro Bowl in Hawaii.
Samuel will be replaced by Tramone Williams, from the Green Bay Packers, unless the Packers are playing in the Super Bowl the following weekend. Peters will be replaced by Atlanta right tackle Tyson Clabo.
That leaves the Eagles with three Pro Bowlers: quarterback Michael Vick, wide receiver DeSean Jackson and kicker David Akers.
Here is what New Orleans coach Sean Payton said about his secondary coach Dennis Allen, courtesy of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Allen will interview this weekend for the Eagles' vacant defensive coordinator job, a source said.
“It’s a small league, and there aren’t many secrets. His reputation has grown, and the word has gotten around. You can see it on film,” Payton said. “He’s extremely talented, and another thing about him, he’s an extremely hard-working guy. He’s a guy that’s gonna have more of these opportunities down the line (if he isn’t hired this time around).”
“This experience of going through the interview process and getting his name out there is deserved. He’s done a very good job. He’s extremely well thought of within this building."
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported today that the Eagles have requested permission to talk to Baltimore Ravens linebackers coach Dean Pees for the vacant defensive coordinator job, but a team source denied the report.
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that linebackers coach Dean Pees is not pursuing the Eagles' defensive coordinator job.
"No, he's not interviewing with the Eagles," Harbaugh said.
Pees, 61, has been a Raven for one season after four years as the New England Patriots' defensive coordinator.
Pees also was the head coach of Kent State for four years.
He is strongly associated with the 3-4 defense, and a team source has said the Eagles are not contemplating switching to a 3-4, which would be a massive undertaking in an offseason when workouts are likely to be limited by the brewing labor situation.
Also, the Cleveland Browns are also talking with former Arizona Cardinals coordinator Billy Davis today. They were previously scheduled to speak with Dave Wannstedt today and now will interview both.
Davis was among the candidates listed for the Eagles position. He called the Eagles and does not appear to be a strong contender.
The Browns wrapped up two days of interviews with Eagles senior assistant and defensive backs coach Dick Jauron yesterday.
I've written this a few times now, but nobody in the media seems to have noticed. RE Michael Vick and a new contract: My 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. I have this from an excellent source.
So no, the Eagles are not negotiating with Vick on a new contract. THEY ARE GOING TO FRANCHISE HIM. Then they might be able to work on a longer deal.
Please print this out and paste it over any subsequent breathless reports on what might/might not happen.
To read our earlier post about Albert Haynesworth, click here.