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Eagles pick up option in Super Bowl winning head coach Doug Pederson’s contract

Long live Dougie P.

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Nelson Agholor isn’t the only member of the Philadelphia Eagles to have a fifth-year option picked up this week.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports the Eagles have also picked up a fifth-year option in Super Bowl winnning head coach Doug Pederson’s contract.

Pederson’s original deal, signed back in 2016, was a four-year agreement. Now Pederson is signed through the 2020 NFL season.

Unlike player contracts, NFL coaching contracts do not count against a team’s salary cap. Teams can spend as much money as they want on their coaching staff. It’s rare, then, when a coach’s contract becomes an issue.

Picking up the option on Pederson’s contract was a no-brainer for the Eagles. Pederson did a fantastic job in 2017. And me saying that is really underselling it. Pederson found a way to become the first head coach to bring the Vince Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia despite missing a number of key players (Carson Wentz, Jason Peters, Darren Sproles, Jordan Hicks, Chris Maragos).

Pederson really should have won Coach of the Year. It’s a joke that he only received one vote for the award. If the “P” in Super Bowl MVP stood for “Person” instead of “Player”, he should have won that as well. (He’ll have to settle for Most Valuable Pederson.)

The Eagles are in good hands with Dougie P moving forward. He’s legitimately one of the best coaches in the NFL, which is something almost no one ever expected to be a serious sentence.

(Except me, of course.)

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