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Eagles News: 69 percent of Super Bowl winners have made it back to the playoffs the next season

Philadelphia Eagles news and links for 2/19/18.

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A look at how past Super Bowl winners did the following season - PhillyVoice
The last time there was a repeat champion was when the Patriots beat the Eagles in the Super Bowl after the 2004 season. There have only been eight repeat champions and none that have won three straight. In other words, this isn’t the NBA. On the bright side for the Eagles, 35 of 51 (69 percent) Super Bowl winners went on to make the playoffs the following year. Which is nice.

What the Eagles should do at offensive tackle - BGN
Outlook: Vaitai can be a viable swing tackle. He’s an acceptable option as the first guy off the bench for Peters or Johnson. I still have reservations about him as a long-term starter. He’s earned the right to compete for that role in the future, but I don’t think the Eagles should just be handing the job with no questions asked. It would be ideal for Philly to land a quality offensive tackle prospect at No. 32 in the 2018 NFL Draft this year to compete with Vaitai for the third and fourth offensive tackle spots on the 2018 roster.

Wisniewski’s “reward” may persuade other Eagles to want one, too - PFT
Of course, if it were that simple, there would be nothing for agents to do. Foles would simply be staying put at $7 million for the final year of his deal and then next year would be the time when “stuff will take care of itself” and when “we’ll see what happens with my career.” The fact that he’s not making it clear that there’s no decision to make and nothing to talk about for 2018 strongly suggests that there is something to to talk about — and that it could be Foles’ desire either for a financial reward (much greater than $250,000) to stay with the Eagles or a chance to strike while the iron is glowing. By pushing it all to his agents, Foles hopes to avoid losing any of the lifetime of goodwill he has earned among Eagles fans. But the agents work for Foles, and all he has to do is to tell them, “I don’t want more money, and I don’t want to be a starter with another team.” Unless and until he does, there’s a chance that the agents will try to squeeze the Eagles for something more than $7 million to continue to serve as the understudy to Wentz.

More QB Talk - Iggles Blitz
Peter King threw out the idea that it would take some team offering two 1st round picks to get the Eagles to trade Foles. Obviously that is insane and won’t be happening. I’m sure Howie Roseman made it clear the Eagles won’t be giving Foles away so King went with a high guess. It is possible some team could offer a 1st round pick for Foles, but that doesn’t seem likely. I’m starting to wonder if there will be much of a market for his services. A.J. McCarron will now be a free agent, joining Kirk Cousins, Case Keenum, Tedy Bridgewater and Sam Bradford on the market. There are a lot of interesting QB prospects in the upcoming draft. The Eagles will be patient. They’ll be at the Combine soon and other teams will approach them to see if Foles is available and what the real cost might be.

An Update As Eagles Prepare For 2018 -
Where will the Lombardi Trophy eventually be housed? It’s a good question. The Eagles have kept the George S. Halas Trophy from the 2004 season at the NovaCare Complex, and now with another Halas Trophy and a Lombardi Trophy to showcase, an expanded trophy case will need to be constructed. My sense is that it will be at the NovaCare Complex, but that’s just a guess.

Hudrick’s 2018 NFL mock draft 1.0 - NBC Sports Philadelphia
32. Philadelphia Eagles – Taven Bryan, DT, Florida (6-4/291) — If Beau Allen leaves in free agency, the Eagles are left with Destiny Vaeao and 2017 sixth-round pick Elijah Qualls at DT. With Jim Schwartz’s D-line rotation, they’ll need more depth and competition at the position. Enter Bryan. Don’t be fooled by the lack of production (four sacks in 2017), Bryan has impressive physical traits that will translate to the NFL. He’s an attacking style player, the perfect fit for Schwartz’s scheme. He’s got a quick first step and consistently blows offensive lineman off the ball. Asking him to be a rotational piece, especially in pass rush situations, would be the ideal way to bring him along.

The 5 O’Clock Club: Poll Rewind - projecting the Philadelphia Eagles finish - Hogs Haven
Had the Eagles ended up playing against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Super Bowl LII, people generally might have dismissed the victory as an unimpressive fluke to mark the end of a lucky season in which the Eagles played a sub-par set of opponents; the fact that Philadelphia knocked off the Patriots means that no luster can be taken off the victory.

Who is the real Dak Prescott? - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys have major questions at a number of positions as we enter the 2018 draft season. From the offensive line to wide receiver to the defensive line, linebacker and the secondary, virtually every position group has uncertainty. But the answers to those questions will pale in comparison to the single biggest question facing the franchise’s near and long-term future: What does the team have with Dak Prescott at quarterback? Is he the poised player we saw in 2016 who played at an All-Pro level and recorded one of the greatest rookie seasons in the NFL history? Or is he the mediocre, erratic, off-target player we saw in 2017?

The case for extending Odell Beckham now - Big Blue View
This is going to be a big offseason for the New York Giants. With a new general manager and a new head coach, the foundation of the next era of Giants football will start to be built over the coming months. Most likely that’s going to involve the drafting of a quarterback but perhaps the most pressing question will be what to do with the star receiver he would throw to — Odell Beckham Jr. Beckham will be entering 2018 on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract. He has publicly made it known he would like to sign a long-term deal with the Giants and he would like that deal to be done as soon as possible.

The Offseason of Quarterback Movement: Early Guesses on Who Goes Where in Free Agency, Draft - Sports Illustrated
New York Giants: Josh Allen. It could be Darnold or Josh Rosen too, obviously. Much smarter NFLers than I told me in the last few days they think GM Dave Gettleman will pass on a quarterback to fill another major need at number two overall, and I don’t doubt it. But the Giants have a 37-year-old quarterback who has been average at best for the past six years, and I don’t see New York passing on a good quarterback crop when the chance to get the next long-termer is there. Allen’s the kind of big, strong, developmental player (though his accuracy could be a big issue) who would be a good pupil under Manning and Pat Shurmur for the next couple of years. Or less.

5 teams to watch before 2018 NFL free agency starts - SB Nation
The NFL offseason is underway, and we’re about to start seeing plenty of moves as teams prepare to line themselves up for free agency and then the NFL draft. Some teams might have players to cut, contracts to restructure, or franchise tag decisions to make before March 14. It could be a combination of any of the three, which could drastically alter a franchise’s circumstances for the start of the new league year. There are a handful of NFL teams that are worth watching more than others prior to the start of free agency. Here’s what you need to look for during the next month as teams try to get a head start on the offseason.


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