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Gus Bradley, Eagles not yet close to deal

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Posted 15 January 2013 - 01:16 PM

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Gus Bradley, Eagles not yet close to deal

January 15, 2013, 12:15 pm

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Gus Bradley will have his second meeting with the Eagles today and remains high on their list of candidates to replace Andy Reid but reports that a deal is nearly complete are greatly exaggerated and premature, a league source told CSNPhilly.com.

Bradley is currently en route from Seattle to Philadelphia on owner Jeffrey Lurie’s private jet and will land sometime later this afternoon to continue an interview that started Saturday in Atlanta but warranted more time for discussion.

Bradley, the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator, spent more than 90 minutes with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, president Don Smolenski and general manager Howie Roseman on the eve of Seattle’s second-round playoff game against the Falcons but the interview didn’t take several hours, the source said, which prompted the Eagles to bring Bradley to Philadelphia for further discussions.

“It’s just a continuation of the first interview in Atlanta,” the source added. “Certainly, there was a lot going on in Atlanta.”

The Seahawks were eliminated by the Falcons 30-28 on Sunday at the Georgia Dome, freeing up Bradley to discuss head coaching positions at any time. He reportedly interview with San Diego last Thursday and is supposed to meet with the Jaguars later this week.

Bradley’s second interview with Eagles brass will not take place at the NovaCare Complex, the league source added. No further details about the time or place of the meeting was provided.

But if the two sides are still going through the feeling-out process, it’s more reasonable to assume that a deal won’t be done by the end of today. If talks continue to go well, Bradley would likely tour the facilities and meet others inside the organization before an official deal is hammered out.

“It’s not there right now,” the source added.

Former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, who interviewed with the Eagles on Monday, is still considered in the mix with Bradley. Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who interviewed with the Eagles in Denver on Jan. 6, agreed today to become head coach of the Chargers.

The Eagles’ search committee was supposed to meet sometime this week with former Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians although no time and date have been announced. Arians is also reportedly high on the Bears’ wish list.

E-mail Geoff Mosher at gmosher@comcastsportsnet.com