Here's a look at some of the top rumors for Monday, Feb. 8:
The Philadelphia Eagles have undergone some major changes already this offseason, dropping head coach Chip Kelly for Doug Pederson and restoring general manager Howie Roseman's power, and there could be more potential changes on the horizon. ESPN Insider Adam Schefter tweeted on Sunday that the Eagles are unlikely to use the franchise tag, which is expected to cost more than $20 million, on quarterback Sam Bradford. Due to the high price tag for franchising a quarterback, this report was far from a surprise. But Schefter's next tweet, that Nick Foles was reportedly a name to watch for Philadelphia's possible QB opening, caught many off guard. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Zach Berman, a league source has since refuted Schefter's report that the Eagles have made up their mind on what to do with Bradford. The source also indicated that Philadelphia has not had any discussions about reuniting Foles with Pederson, who was his quarterbacks coach in 2012. Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News' source went even farther in denying the claim, stating "there is no chance the team will reacquire Foles." ESPN's Phil Sheridan examined the possibility, and found it tough to make a case for bringing Foles back, essentially calling the move a rewind to 2012. The Eagles can't officially place the franchise tag on any player until Feb. 18, so a decision on Bradford's future in Philly may not be imminent. But the Eagles will have to decide on what to do with Bradford before Mar. 1, or he will be free to sign with another team when free agency begins on Mar. 9.
New York Giants owner John Mara reiterated to Bob Glauber of Newsday that he wants former coach Tom Coughlin to remain with the Giants in some capacity. "He’s been away, but I do plan on talking [to Coughlin]," Mara said Friday after NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s Super Bowl media briefing. "There’s still hope." Glauber is unsure of what role Coughlin would play within the organization, but speculates that the veteran coach would serve in an advisory capacity on personnel matters. Coughlin doesn't seem to be enjoying retirement so far, if his appearance on "Fox and Friends" is any indication. A role with the organization in a lesser capacity might make the transition to retirement easier for Coughlin, even if he thinks he's "way too young for that."
One of Tom Coughlin's former players was also in the headlines over the weekend. Retired Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey was questioned by FBI agents this past week regarding his relationship with alleged drug and gambling ring leader Owen Hanson, according to Brad Hamilton of the New York Post. The Post is reporting that the investigation is on-going, and Shockey is far from the only athlete connected to Hanson. "According to a contact list belonging to Hanson — a copy of which The Post obtained — the alleged ringleader associated with dozens of pro athletes, including NFL, MLB and NBA players, and even police detectives." Shockey welcomed the questioning from investigators, and denied any wrongdoing. Hanson also has connections with Pete Carroll, who he played for at USC, and former college teammate Reggie Bush, so the federal investigation could spawn a look from Roger Goodell and the NFL into any connections Hanson has with other current players.
The Dallas Cowboys surprised many draft experts last year when they opted to not replace DeMarco Murray's production through the draft. Instead, Dallas opted to rely on the duo of Darren McFadden and Joseph Randle. The plan worked well enough, despite having to waive Randle after some off-the-field incidents, as the Cowboys amassed the ninth most rush yards in the NFL. If the Cowboys want to add a young featured back to their arsenal this offseason, however, Ezekiel Elliott would gladly make the trip down to Dallas. The Buckeye standout named the Cowboys as his desired location in an interview with "NFL Now" because of their excellent offensive line, which paved the way for Murray's major payday with the Eagles. With Dallas sitting at No. 4 in the draft order, it seems unlikely that any running back will be coming off the board that early, so his draft-day wish will likely go unfilled, barring a trade.
Donald Penn thinks it's time for the Oakland Raiders to pay him full price for his services, according to 95.7's Guy Haberman. The left tackle had indicated in December that he would prefer to retire as a Raider, rather than have to search for a new home along with his final contract. NBC Bay Area's Doug Williams thinks Penn was a great signing by Reggie McKenzie for only $9.6 million over two years, but Oakland will have to pony up the cash if they want to keep their "rock at that spot." If Oakland does decide to cut the cord on the aging left tackle, it could use the 14th overall selection to draft a tackle of the future. Mel Kiper Jr. has the Raiders doing just that in his first mock draft, pegging Jack Conklin from Michigan State as their first-round selection.