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Ranking NFL QB commitment in 2020: How married all 32 teams are to their starters - ESPN
4) Carson Wentz’s contract structure is built on staggered roster bonuses that were designed to help the Eagles navigate 2019 and 2020 salary cap issues. He’s basically getting $30 million this year and $25.4 million fully guaranteed in 2021. None of his salary is guaranteed beyond 2021, though a $15 million 2022 roster bonus becomes fully guaranteed if he’s still on the team in March of 2021. (It’s also worth noting, given Wentz’s history, that his 2022 salary is currently guaranteed for injury.) The remaining proration of the bonuses means the Eagles would incur a dead-money charge of about $39.5 million if they decided to move on from Wentz in the 2022 offseason. (Our mistake was initially calculating this dead money charge as $24.5 million, which happened because we didn’t count the $15 million 2022 roster bonus because it’s not yet guaranteed. However, if they do get to 2022, it would have become guaranteed by then and therefore would have to count against the cap if he were to be released.) That’s a whopper of a cap hit, which likely means Wentz keeps playing on this contract for three more years, even though the Eagles aren’t contractually married to him for any longer than that. [BLG Note: The Eagles’ commitment to Wentz will only be strengthened if/when they restructure his contract as soon as next offseason to create cap space. Such a maneuver would push more money into future years.]
Top reasons to be most excited about the 2020 Eagles - BGN
2 - Fletcher Cox getting back to form. Cox wasn’t bad in 2019 but he wasn’t quite consistently as dominant as the Eagles needed him to be. Such was reflected by him posting the second lowest sack total of his career. In fairness, Cox missed the entire offseason as he recovered from a foot injury he suffered in January 2019. Now healthy, the Eagles need Cox to rebound in a big way. Merely being good isn’t good enough. Cox accounts for a $22.8 million cap number this season; the team is paying him to be an elite producer. While some could theorize Cox is past his prime as he turns 30 this year, the feeling here is that he can still be a legitimate force. Cox should benefit from the addition of Javon Hargrave and the return of Malik Jackson. Teams won’t be able to key in on him as often and he won’t have to play as many snaps as he’s logged during each of the past two years due to a myriad of defensive tackle injuries. Cox should be able to take over some games in 2020.
The Best of The Kist & Solak Show Recaps: 2019 Weeks 1-4 - BGN Radio
Relive the 2019 Eagles season with Michael Kist & Benjamin Solak in this compilation of the best breakdowns & moments, starting with Weeks 1-4! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.
The top 10 most spectacular plays of Carson Wentz’s career - NBCSP
6. Stand in and deliver. Date: Oct. 23, 2017. Opponent: vs. Washington. This is the second time the Monday Night Football game against the Redskins shows up on this list. But I couldn’t leave this one out. The Eagles were up a touchdown in the 3rd quarter when Wentz ducked pressure and, while getting hit, threw a perfect touch pass to Corey Clement in the end zone. [BLG Note: I’d put this play at No. 1 on my list. It was so insane to watch live.]
Eagles positional reviews: Offensive line - Inquirer
Who’s new: Andre Dillard is new, in terms of starting. Dillard takes over for Peters, having shown in limited rookie action that he is as athletic as advertised, but not at all powerful. He got manhandled more than you’d like. Supposedly, Dillard has been working on that out in Washington state. We’ll see how it goes. There also was an undercurrent of concern about Dillard’s mindset, his love of the game. At the pro level, that “love” part, which seems like such a cliche, is so very vital. Especially at the positions where players get banged on and beat up with every rep. To be really good in the NFL, you have to be fervent about perfecting your craft. Nobody has enough talent to coast. Most big-time busts don’t make it because they can’t embrace the grind, not because they lack tools. Danny Watkins was big, strong and fast; he just didn’t want to be out there, and hated the work. It happens more often than you might think, as the money gets bigger and bigger.
Eagles mailbag: The low-key most important Eagle, positions to monitor and more - The Athletic
Sort of a vague question, but I think I see what you’re getting at, Mike. I think the answer is Avonte Maddox. The offseason makeover of the secondary seems to indicate that the Eagles expect to play a lot more man coverage this season. That’s certainly what would help justify the price paid for Darius Slay and it’s what he does best. (Sheil and Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice have both done deep dives on Slay’s 2019 season.) But even if Slay is as good as the Eagles think he is and even if Nickell Robey-Coleman is a top-five nickel corner, that still leaves Maddox, most likely, as the other outside corner. For as good as he’s been in spurts in his first two seasons, Maddox has not fared that well as an outside corner — notably getting picked on as a rookie by Mitchell Trubisky and Allen Robinson in the playoffs. The Eagles believe he can be an above-average starting corner, but a lot depends on them being right. If not, and if the other options opposite Slay such as Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones aren’t up to the challenge, that weakness threatens to undo the gains made elsewhere. Then again, if he’s as good as the Eagles think, they could have a difference-making secondary.
PFF’s All-Clutch Team: The NFL’s best performers in the fourth quarter and overtime in 2019 - PFF
LT Jason Peters, Philadelphia Eagles. Second Team: Taylor Decker, Detroit Lions. Peters may remain a free agent, but this man can still play at 38 years old. His overall grade of 83.4 in 2019 ranked second among all left tackles, and no player graded out better in the clutch than Peters did. It was a balanced effort with grades of 77.0 or higher as both a pass-protector and run-blocker. Peters allowed just five pressures in 114 pass-blocking snaps across these plays. His continued availability as a free agent presents an ideal opportunity for a team that needs stability up front, particularly if the current plan is rushing along a young tackle who may not be ready to step in and start right away.
2020 Fantasy Football Pick One: Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan or Carson Wentz - Fake Teams
Finally, Carson Wentz and despite the Eagles’ noted lack of talent at the receiver position in 2019, he still managed to put up QB10 points. Yes, he had the ever-versatile Zach Ertz (88 catches, 916 yards), plus a minor breakout from fellow tight end Dallas Goedert (58 catches, 542 yards), but no true receiver had over 500 yards. 2020 looks more promising, with the Eagles drafting three receivers, including Jalen Raegor in the first round, and also trading for Marquise Goodwin. Lots of options makes for a potentially exciting offense, but at the moment I’m not feeling it as much as the explosive Falcons and the arms race in the NFC South. In dynasty I’m taking Wentz as he has eight years on the other guys, but just for 2020, give me Matt Ryan and the Falcons.
2021 NFL Team By Team Salary Cap Health - Over The Cap
Tier 4: Cowboys, Falcons, Eagles, Bears, Raiders, Steelers, Chiefs, Saints. This is the group of teams that will mainly be looked at as being in trouble with the cap for a number of different reasons. These teams will have a difficult time moving up a tier and in some cases will need to make some difficult decisions to deal with the cap. The team that has the most potential from here is the Cowboys who have a lot of flexibility with restructures if they want to do that. They also can still re-sign their prime free agent next year (Dak Prescott) by July to increase their carryover and likely do a moderate cap number. The Saints stand out as the worst team overall with little flexibility. Kansas City will be interesting since they have free agents, a QB who will want an expensive contract and not much room up unless they start cutting. Neither the Eagles nor the Falcons are in a good spot but both should be ok due to the ability to restructure for cap relief and a lower group of impactful free agents in 2021.
Oklahoma Sooners: Jalen Hurts, Maggie Nichols Sweep Top Big 12 Awards - Crimson And Cream Machine
Once again, the Oklahoma Sooners dominated the top annual honors in the Big 12. On Thursday, the conference named OU quarterback Jalen Hurts and women’s gymnastics star Maggie Nichols as the 2019-20 Big 12 Athletes of the Year. [...] Hurts made a last impression in just one season in Norman. The Alabama transfer finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting in 2019 after piloting the Sooners to their fifth consecutive Big 12 title. Accounting for a total of 53 touchdowns on the season, Hurts was named first-team QB of the All-Big 12 team. The Philadelphia Eagles selected him in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft.
Ray Didinger recalls The House of Pain Game - PE.com
The Eagles’ defense was the NFL’s best in 1991 and it was never better than it was on Monday night, December 2 in the Astrodome. The Houston Oilers were 9-3 and unbeaten at home. They were averaging more than 400 yards per game with their flashy, wide-open Run and Shoot offense. Their quarterback Warren Moon, a future Hall of Famer, was having his best season and the Houston fans were talking Super Bowl. Then the Gang Green defense came to town and left the Oilers’ season in ruins. The Eagles won the game 13-6 but the final score doesn’t reflect how thoroughly they dominated the prime-time contest. It was a total beat down. In Eagles lore, it is remembered as The House of Pain Game, which is the first subject of a new podcast from Eagles Entertainment called Return Game, presented by NovaCare Rehabilitation, that premieres on Friday.
Who is the most overrated player on the Dallas Cowboys? - Blogging The Boys
Dak Prescott is getting the same treatment, and it doesn’t help his stock that this whole contract situation continues to drag out. Why does he have to want so much money? Of course, nobody was saying much as Dak quietly was one of the most underpaid quarterbacks in the league for the last four seasons. Maybe some of it’s money related, but also the quarterback comes with big expectations. And considering the Cowboys have yet to hoist the Lombardi trophy in recent years (okay, maybe a little longer than recent), he’s never going to get the love he truly deserves and will just have to wear the “overrated” label.
Will Chase Young be the 2020 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year? - Hogs Haven
After being selected with the second overall pick in April’s draft, big things are expected of Chase Young. Is it fair to expect the rookie to join what was an admittedly terrible 2019 Redskins team and shine enough to win Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2020?
MegaCasts, ‘Madden,’ and the McGloin: The Potentially Exciting Future of Sports on TV - The Ringer
Matt McGloin, a former Raiders quarterback, isn’t really the future of anything. But on February 15, when McGloin was playing in the XFL, he unburdened himself to sideline reporters in a way that pointed to a future for sports TV. If you empower sideline reporters to get more stories, you make the games more interesting. Much of the talk about fanless games has focused on putting mics on players. It worked great during “The Match 2,” as Kevin Clark noted here. But it was pretty stilted during NBC’s skins game. Sooner or later, networks run into the Sam Darnold “seeing ghosts” problem. Players and coaches don’t mind TV eavesdroppers, so long as what the mics capture is boring as hell.
Former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin charged with murder in the death of George Floyd - Vox
Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer who pinned down George Floyd, has been taken into custody and charged with murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced on Friday. Video of the incident showed Chauvin pushing down on Floyd’s neck with his knee while Floyd repeatedly yelled, “I can’t breathe!” As onlookers complained of the officer’s use of force, Floyd went silent and his body went limp. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital shortly after.
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