PHILADELPHIA — Chip Kelly’s transition to the NFL involves more than turning the Philadelphia Eagles into a winner.
Since the team’s final minicamp ended last week, the Eagles have made headlines for a few off-field matters. The latest came Wednesday when five-time Pro-Bowl left tackle Jason Peters was arrested in north Louisiana for allegedly drag racing and trying to flee from police.
Peters, who didn’t play last season after twice tearing his Achilles tendon, is an integral part of Philadelphia’s offensive line. He missed some voluntary practices this spring for personal reasons, but appeared to be doing well and seemed fully recovered during last week’s mandatory sessions.
Handling this matter will be Kelly’s first off-field challenge since leaving Oregon to replace Andy Reid. Of course, he can’t say anything about it now because it’s a pending legal situation.
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But Kelly made it clear the day he took the job that winning games isn’t the only important part of his job.
“When you just walk into this building and you see these pictures,” he said, referring to the franchise’s all-time greats, “it really makes you do a double take. But it also makes you understand that every time you come to work, there’s a standard of excellence that this organization stands for. And I’ve got to hold that up and I’ve got to live up to that every single day.”
Meanwhile, quarterback Matt Barkley agreed to terms on a four-year deal with the Eagles, leaving first-round pick Lane Johnson as the only rookie without a contract six weeks before training camp.
NFL to ban backpacks
The NFL is tightening stadium security starting this exhibition season, limiting the size and type of bags fans can bring to the game. Out are backpacks and coolers.
The restrictions are designed to enhance security while speeding up entry into stadiums.
With the exception of medically necessary items, only clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches will be allowed. One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags also will be OK, as will small clear plastic bags approximately the size of someone’s hand.
• The Denver Broncos released Willis McGahee, their leading rusher last year. The 31-year-old running back is the NFL’s active leader with 33 100-yard games. McGahee is coming off a right-knee injury that sidelined him for the final two months last season.
• The Pittsburgh Steelers signed fourth-round draft pick Landry Jones to a four-year deal. The former Oklahoma quarterback is the ninth and final Pittsburgh draft pick to come to terms.
• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed veteran free-agent receiver Derek Hagan.