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Eagles’ Mychal Kendricks Requests Trade

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Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks said that he has requested to be traded from the team and that the front office denied him.

“Their response was you’re young, you’re talented and we’re not into that. So I took it like that and was like, ‘Alright.’ That’s why we have agents,” said Kendricks after practice on Friday.

“That’s the business. It’s just like that. You tell them what you want, they either do it or they don’t and you are in the contract that you signed. So that’s it.”

Kendricks, a former 2nd round pick out of Cal, was on the field for only 27% of the defensive snaps last season as the Eagles were mostly in sub-packages.

His lack of playing time in defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz’s scheme is likely fueling his request, a request that Kendrick’s feels could be re-visited in the future.

“No, it’s [the trade window] never closed. There’s a million teams out there. You’ve only gotta have one of them that loves you, one of them that likes what you’re doing. There’s 32 out there. It’s never closed. Everyone’s up. We’re all renting space here, coaches included.”

Instead of playing out his rookie deal, Kendricks inked a four-year, $29 million contract extension containing $16 million worth of guarantees in 2015.

I signed under a different coach and I signed under different management — well, some people are still here,” he added. “Things change.”

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Lions Re-Sign DeShawn Shead

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The Detroit Lions have re-signed cornerback DeShawn Shead, who was cut during final roster trim downs, according to a team announcement.

Shead will provide some depth in the wake of starting cornerback Darius Slay’s concussion.

Shead was a full-time starter during the 2016 season for the Seattle Seahawks, but a knee injury he suffered during a playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons knocked his career off track for a while.

 

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Vikings Release David Parry

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The Minnesota Vikings released veteran defensive lineman David Parry, according to an official team announcement.

Parry’s release opens up an available roster spot for newly signed veteran defensive tackle Tom Johnson, who was recently released by the Seattle Seahawks.

Parry played in both of the Vikings’ regular season games this season, recording 1 sack along the way. It is likely that Parry will latch on to a team seeking depth along the interior of their defensive line during his stint in free agency.

 

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Eagles Sign Jordan Matthews

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The Philadelphis Eagles have signed free agent wide receiver Jordan Matthews, who they had in for a visit on Tuesday, according to an official team announcement.

In a corresponding move, the Eagles placed wide receiver Mike Wallace on injured reserve to create room on the roster for the addition of Matthews, who returns to the team after being traded to the Buffalo Bills prior to the 2017 season.

Matthews struggled during stints with the Bills and the New England Patriots, but enjoyed success playing for the Eagles.

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