DJax to the Rescue?

Posted: December 27th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 429 Comments »

There has been a lot of talk recently about the return of DeSean Jackson to the Eagles in 2017. Brandon Lee Gowton has an update.

According to NFL Network host Dan Hellie, LeSean McCoy recently said in an Instagram Live video that Jackson told him he was going back to Philly. Current Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham then had an interesting response to McCoy’s comments during a Tuesday morning appearance on The Comcast Network’s Breakfast on Broad.

“I’m excited,” Graham said. “He never should have left. Everybody knows that, DeSean, yes, things was happening while he was here, but he’s a good guy. I used to be with him all the time. I know his family very well. I’m just happy because I kind of knew already.”

“I talked to him when Doug [Pederson] got hired,” Graham continued. “He was like ‘Tell coach [to] come get me.’ That type of stuff. We had fun during the season. He was like ‘BG, I’ll be back.’ Just a little fun. But now that it’s official, as far as the season about to be over, I think you’ll be hearing a lot of noise about it […] It’s an exciting feeling to get an Eagle back.”

Earlier this season, Jackson did not rule out a return to Philadelphia. He also praised Eagles head coach Doug Pederson along with rookie quarterback Carson Wentz.

““I’m happy to see Doug there, man,” said Jackson. “I respect him when he was there with Coach [Andy] Reid. I congratulate him on getting the job I think he deserves. He’s done some good things when he left and went to Kansas City, and now he’s back in Philadelphia. So I definitely have a respect for Doug. A good relationship with him as well, too.”

The Eagles are slightly less than awesome at WR (sorry for using such a complex scouting phrase). DJax would offer speed and big play ability that has been lacking the last couple of years. To most people this is a slam dunk move. Bring back the guy who never should have been let go.

There is a great moment in Jurrasic Park when Dr. Malcolm points out that the scientists were so busy focusing on if they could bring back dinosaurs that they failed to ask if they should bring back dinosaurs.

The Eagles could bring DJax back. Should they?

Jackson just turned 30. Speedy players don’t always age well. He missed 6 games last year, but only one this season. He has been slowed at times by nagging injuries. In the last 3 seasons, Jackson has 14 TD catches, hardly a compelling total. He did average 19 yards per catch, which is outstanding. It is also hard to quantify the impact he has on defenses just by his presence on the field. You have to play DBs way back against him and you are taking chances if you single cover him. He is one of the most dangerous home run threats in the game.

There is an argument to be made for both sides. One of the keys to this even being a possibility is price. Jackson is making $6.75M this season. That’s a very reasonable price for his production. In the previous few years he was up over $10M. I don’t think he’s worth that kind of money anymore. Jackson had some financial issues in the past. Is he better now? Will he be looking for mega-bucks? The Eagles won’t have a ton of cap space. They have to be smart shoppers. Other teams will have plenty of room. If Jackson wants every last cent, it won’t be coming from the Eagles.

On a personal level, I have mixed feelings. The Eagles absolutely need WR help. Jackson remains explosive and it would be fun to watch Carson Wentz throwing deep balls to him. It would also be nice for the team to add someone who could play with Wentz for several years. Is Jackson going to be a key receiver for the Eagles 3 years down the road? Maybe. He is a freak. You never know when he’ll hit the wall. The goal as I see it is to build a team that can compete for the Super Bowl. Jackson makes you immediately better, but does he get you closer to being a title team over the next few years?

We know Doug Pederson likes big WRs, but he knows that he needs playmakers for this offense. It will be interesting to see if the Eagles go after DJax, and if they do, how hard they pursue him.


429 Comments on “DJax to the Rescue?”

  1. 1 Mitchell said at 12:28 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    IDC who it is, just as long as they can catch a football. woof!

  2. 2 Call Me Carlos the Dwarf said at 12:40 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Howie will give him a high AAV and guarantee, while keeping his cap hit low and making him completely cuttable the instant he hits the wall.


    Additionally, the sooner we start actually winning, the sooner we’ll be able to *match* other teams’ prices on FAs, rather than having to outbid them.

    Bad teams get used as leverage in FA, unless they blow away the rest of the market.

  3. 3 Greg Tulino said at 2:08 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    When has anyone been heavily “rumored” ( a free agent still under contract to another team) to come to the eagles during the season and then it actually happened in the offseason? The Eagles are always in stealth mode. You rarely get leaks of what the Eagles are going to do. Most of the moves they make are complete surprises when they actually happen. So I take all of these rumors as Bullshit at this point. It’s easy to connect the dots with the team lacking at WR and fairly desperate for help. D-Jack’s camp could easily be using the Eagles as leverage to get the highest payday he can get on the open market with another team as well. Is it reasonable to expect that the front office will try hard to upgrade WR via FA, draft and trade scenarios? Absolutely. It is fun to think about a D-Jack reunion and debate whether it is the right move, but more likely the Eagles will make a move to upgrade the WR position that we never knew was coming.

  4. 4 Peter said at 7:25 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    “When has anyone been heavily “rumored” ( a free agent still under
    contract to another team) to come to the eagles during the season and
    then it actually happened in the offseason?”

    Terrell Owens

  5. 5 ProbablyDrunk said at 10:42 AM on December 31st, 2016:

    Byron Maxwell

  6. 6 BobSmith77 said at 2:20 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    You had an ill-advised breakup with someone you had chemistry with. You have had relationships with several, younger people since then but each one just hasn’t clicked. The most dramatic ending was the one that ended due an arrest for marijuana and a gun possession charge. You had to end that one real quick.

    Your recent lamentations are now making you fondly remembering some of those moments in which you had great times with your former flame. You also have heard that they are going to be available again and also been pining for a possible reunion in the not-to-distant future.

    This has gotten you really thinking about what this means including the good times you might have again and even more if you got back together. While this has real appeal, it is also probably a mistake.

    Maybe you shouldn’t have broken up in the first place but trying to rekindle the past is almost always a mistake – especially with someone who was higher maintenance with bouts of drama & physical fragility. Doesn’t mean you can’t possibly remain acquaintances but getting back together again just has too many possible downsides. Best to remember what you did have and keep moving ahead forward.

  7. 7 Rob Jarratt said at 8:16 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Can’t let this one go without a reply, Bob. Great metaphor and true. Well, well done, bro.

  8. 8 daveH said at 8:23 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    How many early facebook users checked out ex girlfriends ..

  9. 9 P_P_K said at 8:36 AM on December 28th, 2016:


  10. 10 BobSmith77 said at 1:08 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Nope and never dated anyone again after that relationship had ended.

    I know a small handful of people that worked for but generally they are the outliers.

  11. 11 RTP210 said at 8:43 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Except this is football, not dating and he plays at a position and has a skill set we desperately need.

  12. 12 BobSmith77 said at 1:11 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Rank CB as a higher need given this defensive scheme they play.

    I don’t see Jackson giving them a ‘hometown discount’ either. He is going to want to be paid and I can’t see Roseman giving him that type of deal.

    Eagles already aren’t in the greatest cap shape because of Kelly’s actions (mainly carry over) and Roseman’s signing binge last offseason.

  13. 13 RTP210 said at 11:12 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    He isn’t going to come cheap, he’ll come at market value. What does needing CB change about also needing a WR. We can still bring someone in. Also, we have a handful of cuttable contracts. The situation is not ideal but it’s far from dire. We are going to ruin Wentz if we don’t give him competent weapons. That should be priority number one regardless of whether it’s the team’s true biggest nerd or not.

  14. 14 ChoTime said at 10:56 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Your crazy Napoleon-like boss made you break up with your girlfriend. Yeah, she was high maintenance, but _damn!_ She had no shortage of suitors, of course, and landed in a situation that never made her regret leaving. You, on the other hand, have had some bad times since then. Your boss got fired, then you got a new idiot boss who yells “oooh raa raa” and talks about “team-building” all the time. You’ve suffered through a string of appearance-challenged chicks and losers of various sorts.

    Now your ex is back on the market. A few more miles on her, but she’s still a lot better than what you got. She’s still not marriage material, but let’s be honest.

    Neither are you.

  15. 15 P_P_K said at 2:11 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    “Neither are you.”
    In this context, great line.

  16. 16 GENETiC-FREAK said at 4:18 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    DJax as no.2 WR draft WR Davis or Williams in the 1st be sweet trio with Matthews in the slot. Signing DJax as a no.1 WR would be foolish.

  17. 17 Media Mike said at 7:33 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Here you go

    Round 1 Pick 21 (G.B.): Mike Williams, WR, Clemson (A+)
    Round 2 Pick 12 (BUF): Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan (A-)
    Round 2 Pick 18 (T.B.): Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU (B+)
    Round 3 Pick 10: Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame (B+)
    Round 3 Pick 20 (WASH): Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma (A)
    Round 3 Pick 21 (G.B.): Steven Taylor, OLB, Houston (A)
    Round 4 Pick 10: Jarron Jones, DT, Notre Dame (A+)
    Round 4 Pick 21 (G.B.): Eddie Jackson, SS, Alabama (A+)
    Round 5 Pick 1: Dan Skipper, OT, Arkansas (A)
    Round 5 Pick 10: Keionta Davis, DE, Chattanooga (B)
    Round 6 Pick 10: Donnel Pumphrey, RB, San Diego State (A+)
    Round 7 Pick 10: Jeremy Cutrer, CB, Middle Tennessee (B-)

  18. 18 Corry said at 7:53 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    How did we end up with picks from Buffalo and Tampa Bay?

  19. 19 Media Mike said at 7:57 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Trade downs

  20. 20 Corry said at 8:02 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    I figured that with GB, but wasn’t 100% sure with the other teams. Makes sense to move back though. Too many needs and too few draft picks.

  21. 21 Media Mike said at 8:05 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Yeah, always better to get a few more picks.

  22. 22 Dan said at 10:26 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    There is no way we will be able to trade down to get Williams. If Williams is there you don’t pick up the phone to listen to other teams you have someone run the pick up in a sprint.

  23. 23 teltschikfakeout88 said at 3:49 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Is pumphrey really a round 6 back?

  24. 24 Media Mike said at 8:37 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    You want him in the 7th or UDFA? I’m always in favor of paying less!

  25. 25 Dan said at 10:25 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Exactly what I was thinking, Williams, Jackson, and Matthews in the slot. Yes please. This would make the weakest unit on the team the strongest in one year, and could be one of the top WR units in the league.

  26. 26 Sb2bowl said at 10:34 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Problem is that rookie WR’s often aren’t ready or capable of being a number 1 receiver- it takes time to adjust to the game. We would be looking at having a draft pick as a number 1 the following year, not his rookie season.

  27. 27 Fufina said at 6:11 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    I think I am behind bringing back DJax just because of the limited quality veteran WR options available in free agency this year. The 2014 WR draft class excluded it is very rare to get quality production out of rookie WR’s, even high picks, and this draft class is not being projected as being a special WR draft.

    So we need a vet WR to give Wentz some stability in his development, and specifically someone who can play outside and get downfield in a consistent enough since we have a couple of bigger body underneath guys in Matthews/Ertz who are decent options for that kind of role.

    Then look at the list of the upper tier free agent WR’s (from Jimmy K’s list

    Alshon Jeffery – good WR who is going to get PAID, has injury and suspension risks as well.
    Torrey Smith – has been poor with 49ers averaging just 36 yards a game, but he was productive Ravens.
    Terrelle Pryor – had a breakout year, but there are some weird character concerns being aired by players around him and Browns have endless cap to keep him if they want (and if they don’t that is hardly a ringing endorsement of those issues)
    Marquise Goodwin – 4.27 speed but only 655 yards in 4 years…
    Cordarrelle Patterson – Huff clone if with more production, not an outside WR solution.
    Michael Floyd – talented but has got worse every year and seems to battling alcohol issues
    DeSean Jackson – 30 and decending but still a big play maker and runs some of the best deep routes in NFL history and has developed reliable hands.

    Out of this list only Jeffery and maybe Pryor have DJax’s kind of production, but he is going to be significantly cheaper than either of those options (both of which have concerns hanging around them) I think you can sign him for 3 year $24mil deal with the ability to get out after 1 year if he suddenly looses a step and becomes ineffective.

    Deal structure might look like – $6mil signing, $5mil 2017 fully guaranteed, $7mil 2018 (injury or guaranteed after some date), $6mil in 2019. This kind of deal would give DeSean good Y1 money flow, and some confidence if he plays well he will see out the deal but give Eagles ability to move on either after 1 or 2 years if he decends.

  28. 28 Buge Halls said at 8:14 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    $11 million guaranteed for one year for a 1,000 yard receiver with 4 TDs? Come on? Would you pay that for Matthews? He’s got pretty much the same yards with one less TD. Unrealistic for his production the last three years. Maybe $4 – $6 mil on a show-me contract.

  29. 29 RTP210 said at 8:52 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    That’s not how football works. All production is not made the same. Desean stretches the field and opens things up for other receivers. Beyond that, Jordan is our only NFL caliber WR. We need to bring in another in free agency. Jefferey and Pryor will cost a fortune, Floyd is falling apart on and off the field, Stills is a poverty version of Desean, and, well, Desean is the best deep threat of all-time and wants to come back.

    Also, frontloading a contract for Desean is smart. Really confusing that you would prefer to owe him more in his 33 year old season than to pay him early and be able to move on easily later. He’s not going to sign a one year deal. That’s a clueless comment.

    We should bring in Desean and draft a rookie high.

  30. 30 Call Me Carlos the Dwarf said at 10:06 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Especially when DeSean’s competing with Garçon and Reed for touches, as opposed to Agholor and Ertz.

  31. 31 Forthebirds said at 10:21 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    Kenny Stills has been mentioned as a younger, less expensive version of DJax.

  32. 32 Media Mike said at 6:57 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    I’m one of the biggest DeSean fans out there, but I can’t go more than two years and $12 ish million total. He never matched his 2013 production here in any of his 3 years in Washington, so I can’t give him more money in this contract than he got in his prior one with Washington.

    I’m 100% in on DeSean………….if the price is right.

  33. 33 Corry said at 7:49 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    This is where I’m at. Jackson’s skill set is what we need, but Jackson himself is a band-aid type player. You can’t sign him for big money.

  34. 34 scratcherk said at 8:30 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    I can see the contract being essentially that but backloaded to look like 4 years 30 million.

  35. 35 Stephen E. said at 11:09 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Both Foles and Vick have better deep balls than Cousins, and that’s where DeSean makes his money.

  36. 36 Cafone said at 11:09 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    I concur. Huge Jackson fan, but the price has to be reasonable. But I think it will be.

  37. 37 Ryan Rambo said at 7:33 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    I’m torn on bringing back JaccPot. I know we need help at WR. As long as he isn’t the only piece we add, I think I’d be fine with it. I’d also like to see him mentor Treggs and show him how to use that speed effectively.

  38. 38 Tom33 said at 7:44 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    If Bryce Treggs, a guy who couldn’t make SF’s roster this year, is on the team next year, the Eagles haven’t “fixed” their problems at WR.

  39. 39 Ryan Rambo said at 8:00 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    He’s practice squad eligible at the very least. Nobody implied he’d be starting. DEPTH

  40. 40 daveH said at 8:19 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Ha! He aint gonna mentor no one & dont think Treggs is worth mentoring anyway

  41. 41 Ryan Rambo said at 8:28 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    It was just a thought. I love how some of you fans speak in such definitive terms as if you know so much more. Maybe Treggs isn’t worth it, I didn’t see much of him this season but he’s a UDFA for a reason. Maybe he needs time. All players don’t reach full potential in year one. Geez

  42. 42 RTP210 said at 9:01 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    You don’t spend 7m annually to mentor a UDFA who has shown hardly anything at all. Just a strange thought process to be hesitant on Desean but to be able to come to terms with it since he could mentor a JAG.

  43. 43 Ryan Rambo said at 10:34 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Show me where I said that would be the sole purpose of signing Desean. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

    My hesistance on signing Desean has to do with him declining and not being that great of a Red Zone threat. If you need any further clarification on my thoughts, pleased let me know and I’ll get ya straight.

  44. 44 RTP210 said at 11:36 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Show me where I said you said that would be the sole purpose, dingus. You proffered it as a significant enough point to mention while also talking about how on the fence you are. As of that is something significant to consider about the signing.


    Based on what? That he was hurt last year? You have fear of him declining, he is not actively declining. These are different things.

    He’s not a redzone threat? lol! He wouldn’t be brought in to be a redzone threat. We already have big body WR’s, we have zero legitimate deep threats.

  45. 45 Ryan Rambo said at 3:29 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    How many red zone td’s has he posted? Even his best year here? He’s a deep threat for damn sure and can take it to the house on any given play. When I say Red-Zone, i mean from the 20 yard line in. Where his speed effectiveness is obviously diminished. I’m well aware we have zero deep threat at the moment. Arguing against me for the sake of proving a point is stupid. I want the same damn thing as you! You’re just too damn focused on one statement that wasn’t the main idea of what I was even saying. Good day!

  46. 46 RTP210 said at 3:51 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Why tf are you rambling about the redzone?

    Your points are terrible and you should feel terrible. Desean isn’t Julio Jones? He isn’t a top notch redzone threat along with being an elite deep threat (what we need)? What a bum!

  47. 47 Ryan Rambo said at 7:48 AM on December 30th, 2016:

    You’re a fucking dumbass. Move the fuck on. Are you 12? Bwaahaaahaaa!!

  48. 48 Ryan Rambo said at 7:52 AM on December 30th, 2016:

    Good job. You couldn’t, ya damn mouth-breathing moron. Go play with your ant farm.

  49. 49 Cafone said at 11:08 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    DeSean is a natural. Mentoring for him would be like: ‘play better dude’

  50. 50 Call Me Carlos the Dwarf said at 11:51 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    “Come back for the ball, dipshit.”

  51. 51 daveH said at 2:16 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    The idea of dJax & treggs speeding 30yds down field every play creating all this open space certainly is nice

  52. 52 RTP210 said at 8:55 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Treggs is JAG. Will never be more.

  53. 53 Call Me Carlos the Dwarf said at 10:07 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Treggs is awful, and won’t be on the roster next season if we add anyone who can serve as a deep threat.

  54. 54 Buge Halls said at 8:05 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    I just don’t get it – Jackson has very similar numbers to Matthews. Both are approaching 1,000 yards (Jackson has 80-100 more) with D-Jac with 4 TDs and J-Mat with 3 TDs.

    For the right price, maybe. But Jackson is going to want a payday and he’s just not worth it.

  55. 55 Media Mike said at 8:06 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    How do you know what he’s going to sign for until you see a final deal with somebody?

  56. 56 Anders said at 8:07 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Adam Shefter is saying in 7-8 mill range

  57. 57 Cafone said at 1:23 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I was thinking 8 mil a year, which would be perfectly reasonable for both sides.

  58. 58 Buge Halls said at 8:10 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Gee, I don’t know – every WR signing in the past.

  59. 59 Mitchell said at 8:39 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Why are you frequently so elevated?

  60. 60 Will Ft. Daft Punk said at 8:13 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Washington has a lot of weapons to spread the ball around. I’m not saying I’m 100 percent on board with him coming back(depending on price), but Carson needs help. Matthews and Agholor cant simply be relied on.

    Djax is a far superior option than both of them.

  61. 61 Corry said at 8:13 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Jackson is averaging 18 yards per catch. Matthews is averaging 11 yards per catch. That’s a huge difference and speaks to Jackson’s big play ability.

  62. 62 Buge Halls said at 8:16 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Sure – “big play ability” and 4 TDs – yeah, let’s give him $20 million!

  63. 63 Corry said at 8:18 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    I’m not saying give him $20M. Like you said, the price has to be right. And he absolutely has big play ability. It doesn’t always have to go for a TD. If he’s getting 20-30 yard catches, it still forces the defense to respect the deep ball.

    To put it a different way, Jackson has 100 more yards on 20 fewer receptions that Matthews.

  64. 64 anon said at 9:56 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    it’s not the touchdowns it’s that he can get a struggling offense to the redzone. he’s getting 1100 yds w/ someone w/ no arm basically.

  65. 65 Call Me Carlos the Dwarf said at 10:08 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Yup. Cousins has one of the worst deep balls in the NFL, and has missed DeSean for points several times over the past few years.

  66. 66 Dan said at 10:31 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    If you can’t see the difference between Jackson and Matthews then you don’t watch football. Jackson can get separation, Matthews can not. Jackson has much better body control, especially on the side lines, where Matthews doesn’t know what a toe tap is and feels he needs to jump with kicking his feet on every reception. These two receivers are night and day, and yes if Matthews was on the market he probably is getting $7 million +.

  67. 67 Buge Halls said at 10:46 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    So where is the big separation in productivity? So big deal, he runs fast – where are all the yards and TDs. If you can’t understand that, you might want to stick with soccer – they run fast and don’t do much of anything

  68. 68 ChoTime said at 10:51 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Washington has lots of weapons, so naturally DJax isn’t going to get a lot of targets. He never has been that kind of player, anyway. What he can do is make the defense change the kind of coverages in order to account for his speed, plus make the occasional huge play. This means bigger holes for the RBs and bigger windows for the QB.

    Another thing he won’t do is drop a lot of passes that hit him in the hands.

  69. 69 Call Me Carlos the Dwarf said at 11:53 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    …how often do you think Matthews would be getting looks if he was playing next to Reed and Garcon?

    Hell, now that Matthews’ snaps aren’t getting inflated by Kelly’s system, DeSean has 170 more yards on 20 fewer targets.

  70. 70 Jernst said at 5:06 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Watching Matthews high step into the sidelines on boundary catches is one of the most infuriating things about being an Eagles fan over the past few seasons. I’ve seen high school players execute a toe drag better.

  71. 71 bdbd20 said at 8:26 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    The price will be key. Like Tommy said, you can’t measure the effect on the slot guys. Having safety deep to his side will create opportunities for Ertz and JMatt.

    If he wants the big dollars, he’ll end up in CLE or LA. If he’s chasing a ring, he might choose less money and come here or perhaps KC or AZ.

  72. 72 Will Ft. Daft Punk said at 8:15 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    I like Djax as a player but Id be ok with going another direction such as Kenny Stills.

  73. 73 Corry said at 8:23 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Kenny Stills would be better long term. Stretch the field ability in a much younger player but I’m guessing he’s out of our price range.

  74. 74 Will Ft. Daft Punk said at 8:27 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    We still dont know what either is going command yet but I’m ok with spend a 1M or 2M for a player about 6 years younger.

  75. 75 Corry said at 8:31 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Wide receivers are expensive and will likely be more so with the rising cap number, but it’s hard to predict until Jeffery signs (I’m assuming he’s the top wr in the free agent class this year).

  76. 76 Will Ft. Daft Punk said at 8:34 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    True. Market still has to be set. Alshon and then Pryor have to sign.

    I think/hope Stills never being 1K yard WR drives his price down some. Dajx is about 30 yards away from 1k. If he has a big game he might hit 1100 yards this season.

    Edit: Also have to account for guys like ODB getting new contracts.

  77. 77 Corry said at 8:43 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Actually Pryor will probably set the market simply because I don’t think he’s ever hitting free agency. Whatever he gets, I assume Jeffery gets more. Though the 4 game suspension could hurt his contract. I’m also not sure how good the draft is in terms of top tier talent and depth at WR.

  78. 78 Will Ft. Daft Punk said at 8:46 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    I just want Corey Davis

  79. 79 Corry said at 8:47 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    He does have a great, but misspelled, name.

  80. 80 kid said at 3:19 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    How will the Giants be able to pay ODB?

  81. 81 Corry said at 7:15 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    The Giants have $27M in cap space.

  82. 82 kid said at 10:11 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Thanks. Just wanted to know because of the defensive signings this past offseason.

  83. 83 Call Me Carlos the Dwarf said at 11:55 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Stills may be younger, but he’s also much worse at football.

    He’s never had a season as good as DeSean’s 2016. Why should we expect that to change going forward?

  84. 84 Corry said at 12:54 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I would argue his 2nd year is as good as desean’s 2016, but to answer your question, I’m basing it off the fact that he’s a younger player who looked like he was on the way to being a very good player while in New Orleans. He took a step back after the trade to Miami. He has improved this year in comparison to his first year in there.

    That is a red flag though. Why was New Orleans willing to part with him so early in his career?

  85. 85 Call Me Carlos the Dwarf said at 1:19 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    DeSean still has a game left to play, and he already has more yards and TDs…with Kirk Cousins throwing him the football.

    And yeah, someone who drops off that much when going from a first ballot, inner circle HoF QB in Brees to a pretty good QB like Tannehill is always a red flag. DeSean’s put up 1000 yard seasons with McNabb, Vick, Foles, (probably) Cousins and Colt McCoy.

  86. 86 Corry said at 1:55 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I guess my question with Jackson is how much tread does he have left on the tire? Speed guys tend to drop off REALLY fast and Jackson is on the wrong side of 30.

  87. 87 Call Me Carlos the Dwarf said at 2:57 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Steve Smith averaged over 1000 yards a year from 30-33, and that includes the season where Jimmy Clausen started 10 games, haha (he was on a 1100 yard pace in Matt Moore’s 4 games as the primary QB).

    There’s a difference between speed guys, and guys with special speed, IMO.

  88. 88 laeagle said at 6:40 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Because Sproles and Jenkins…

  89. 89 Dan said at 10:32 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Smith and Jackson would cost the same, granted Smith without the guaranteed money at this point. But Smith isn’t remotely on the level of DeSean. Plus we would have to trade something, though that could just be Treggs.

  90. 90 Sb2bowl said at 10:36 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Not sure any of our WR’s are worth trading; but you are correct- Smith isn’t close to Jackson in any category other than speed.

  91. 91 Jernst said at 5:03 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    ew to all those options

  92. 92 P_P_K said at 8:39 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Picking DJax would help the Eagles focus on other needs in the draft.

  93. 93 Mitchell said at 8:40 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Damn it PPK! We dont draft for needs, we draft BPA!!!

  94. 94 Will Ft. Daft Punk said at 8:41 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    We have to come away with WR for Wentz at some point this draft

  95. 95 Ryan Rambo said at 8:42 AM on December 28th, 2016:


  96. 96 Ryan Rambo said at 8:41 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    So can we draft the BPA @ WR!!??

  97. 97 anon said at 9:54 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    so everyone in the nfc east could make the playoffs except us….these really are the end times

  98. 98 ChoTime said at 10:48 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Hm. Hate to point out, all those other franchises also have Super–okay, I won’t point it out.

  99. 99 BobSmith77 said at 1:17 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Jerry Jones strikes me as the aging gobber who just struck the lottery this year. With Synder finally taking more of a back seat though, I like the front office more in Washington and even though the Giants have been very up/down under Reese I’d take him over Roseman too. His hits have been bigger than his misses especially given their picks later in the draft round.

  100. 100 Cafone said at 1:20 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Roseman got us Carson Wentz.

  101. 101 BobSmith77 said at 1:30 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I know your a big Roseman fan. I’m not and didn’t want him back here as the GM.

    Lurie made his bet though and has to see how it plays out over the next 3-4 years (including this one).

    Sub .500 season didn’t disappointment this year because I had low expectations (6-10) going into the year. I thought it was a clear rebuilding year with a rookie head coach and QB.

    Roseman’s offseason last year has turned out to be very mixed again. He can’t afford that this offseason & has to have a killer draft with immediate impact out of their 1st round pick.

    This isn’t necessarily a young team on defense and if they want to replicate what they did under the early days of Reid they need a few upgrades defensively including 2 new CBs.

    The guy that I really have not been impressed by this year is Schwartz. Yeah their defense has been improved moving to a 4-3 & bringing in a few new starters. Schwartz is a clear upgrade over Davis too but that is more of a backhanded compliment.

    Schwartz though hasn’t impressed me with this ability to adjust in-game or as the season has progressed. Maybe it is the injuries and overall talent at CB. Have to wait and see but I like Fipp the best out of their overall coaching staff right now (Pederson, Reich, Schwartz).

  102. 102 anon said at 1:40 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    How quickly we forget the billy davis years and the juan castillo years – schwartz isn’t a guy that came to a team that perennially had a good defense and just kept the train rolling.

    Did the defense get beat sometimes, yes. Was it frustrating, of course. But we’ve had an above average defense this year. Would be interested to see improvements next year.

  103. 103 Cafone said at 1:58 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    He needs to mix it up more. I like the core idea of his system, but it’s too vanilla. Mixing more blitzes in would make his core scheme more effective in my opinion.

  104. 104 BobSmith77 said at 5:46 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Castillo is a fine OL coach but that entire process in which he was named the DC was ridiculous. Castillo wasn’t put in a position to succeed and didn’t. It was one of the things that the Reid critics really harped on & justifiably so until his firing.

    Davis was also really bad too and hasn’t had a single good defense in the NFL. If he ever gets a coordinator level position in the NFL, I’ll be stunned.

    Saying Schwartz is an improvement over those 2 to me doesn’t mean much. Like you said we’ll see this year. This defense has had their moments but as the season has dragged on they have gotten exposed a bit.

  105. 105 Cafone said at 1:43 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Roseman got us Carson Wentz.

  106. 106 Cafone said at 1:53 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    It’s funny you make those two arguments in the same post. When most people say they don’t like Roseman it’s because he’s not “a football guy”

    Yet, Jim Schwartz is practically the definition of what most people would call “a football guy” He’s the footballiest football guy that ever footballed a guy.

    Paraphrasing Jim Schwartz on what he looks for in a cornerback: “Speed and the ability to stick with a receiver man-to-man are not important. I’m looking for a guy that’s a competitor”

    Yeah, I think I’d rather have personnel decisions made by an accountant acting upon the evaluations of a strong scouting department than a “football guy”

  107. 107 BobSmith77 said at 5:52 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    My knock on Roseman wasn’t because he ‘wasn’t a football guy’ but was based on his previous results as the GM including some high profile busts in the draft & mixed track record in FA.

    He also strikes me as a guy who is a corporate backstabber/schemer who doesn’t inspire much good will or camaraderie with his coworkers and subordinates.

    If the Eagles were going to start over last offseason, I wanted a new perspective from outside the organization including at GM. Not because ‘new is always better’ but because of Roseman’s previous role here and the last of success they have had now since ’08.

    As for Schwartz, I have never been a fan of ‘rah-rah’ talk tough coaches. Talk is cheap. Aggressive sensationalism even more so.

    I wasn’t a fan of Buddy Ryan’s style here and thought Rhodes was out of his depth as a head coach. Just isn’t a schtick that has a long shelf-life in any one place especially if that team doesn’t experience success.

  108. 108 anon said at 5:58 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    He’s up and down, he’s not he worst. The question is is there someone else available?

  109. 109 Cafone said at 6:17 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I don’t feel like Roseman was ever really given a chance to be top dog until this past offseason. He might have been GM, but his moves in the draft and FA were heavily influenced by coaches who had a lot of power. Does anybody really think that Roseman suddenly fell in love with Oregon and PAC players when Chip Kelly was coach? I am going to judge him from the day Chip Kelly left and so far he’s doing pretty damn well. In my opinion he deserves three years.

    I’m not convinced by Pederson either. I could easily envision a scenario in which Roseman holds up his end, but the Eagles decide to go in a different coaching direction after 2017 or 2018. But I think he’s a decent caretaker now for the rebuild. He’s QB oriented and doesn’t have the power to mess with what Howie is trying to build.

  110. 110 BobSmith77 said at 6:49 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Agreed Roseman deserves at least 3 years especially after making the Wentz move. I’d be willing to give him 4 too if this team makes the playoffs the 3rd year too.

  111. 111 anon said at 1:42 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Snyder went out and got SEA’s old GM out of AA. Jerry Jones made one fix, take OL 1st every year (and this is the second year out of the last 3 that they’ve been a top 5 team in the league), as for the giants when you suck you get good players, they finally got one that can carry the team.

  112. 112 BobSmith77 said at 1:45 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Reese has 2 rings now and this Giants’ team strikes me as one capable of making another deep season playoff run even if their offense is highly flawed. NFC is wide open this year.

  113. 113 Bert's Bells said at 10:03 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    If the question is about bringing back dinosaurs, the answer is yes. Dinosaurs!

  114. 114 Tumtum said at 11:35 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Even stegosaurus? I feel like stegosaurus is a dick.

  115. 115 Sb2bowl said at 11:38 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Wouldn’t that be Dickosaurus?

  116. 116 Blackfoot said at 12:33 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    what about megasorass?

  117. 117 Sb2bowl said at 1:05 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Either way, I’m glad that they are extinct!

  118. 118 Bert's Bells said at 11:54 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Stegosaurus is the Dallas Cowboys of the Late Jurassic.

  119. 119 unhinged said at 10:14 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    This really is a money thing. Jackson could be offended by how little HR might want to offer him. And is this really DP’s decision? Jeff Lurie likes to have good relationships with his players, and he was not happy about the perception that the franchise was being turned on its head. So if Jackson is signed, I think t could happen with the HC abstaining. If DP is decidedly opposed, I think it doesn’t happen.

  120. 120 unhinged said at 10:21 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    So the official story is that Rex Ryan was fired over a dispute about who should be Buffalo’s starting QB. I am no fan of RR, but that is a pathetic reflection of Buffalo’s FO/owner. Making Taylor his #1 not only made sense, it is absolutely his decision to make. He’s better off gone. Buffalo has dropped way down in stature. Cleveland-east.

  121. 121 Donald Kalinowski said at 11:00 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Bufallo didn’t want to play Taylor because the remainder of his contract would be non-guaranteed. Pretty sleezy imo

  122. 122 Sb2bowl said at 11:01 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    They should have never done the contract in the first place, but Rex wanted him– at least they were smart and made it possible for the team to get out from under it. Benching him is the right move for the front office and team

  123. 123 Media Mike said at 8:36 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Agree completely. Well structured deal for a guy who is, at best, a bottom third of the league stopgap player at QB.

  124. 124 xmbk said at 10:30 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Can’t discuss players without a contract number. Jackson will want more than he is worth, which is true of almost any decent name that hits FA. I’d rather get 2-3 middle of the road receivers, guys who are available after the first round of signings. Same for a back and an oline. Then go bpa, focusing on offense and cb. No big name FA signings this year, cap isn’t in that great of a shape, and it’s not how you build around a second year qb.

  125. 125 ChoTime said at 10:47 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Bring back jaqq. Bring back jaqq.

  126. 126 Sb2bowl said at 11:00 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    We will have to see what the market bears, but bringing Jackson back bodes well for both sides. I could see it being a 4 year deal in the $30 million range, but only $10 being guaranteed in the first 2 years.

    A few points–

    1. Jackson left here unceremoniously; a man with his pride and ego may want to end it on his terms, unlike his first departure. Coming back to Philly gives him an opportunity to “right the ship” and get another chance at this thing.

    2. We have a need, and so does he. Jackson will need a new place to play football; we just happen to need a veteran WR who can stretch the field, catch the ball, and add some swagger to a WR corpse that is lacking just that….. it’s a mutually beneficial relationship.

    3. Much like when Trotter returned to Philly from Washington and was effective for a few years- we can expect the same from Jackson. Typically we don’t sign 30 year old WR’s, but we do make exceptions for the rare case. This is a rare case, worthy of an exemption.

    4. Howie loves Jackson. He signed him to an extension, was part of the team that helped draft him in the 2nd round, and was “encouraged” to let him go by head coach Chippah. A return would be redemption for both parties.

    5. WE NEED WR HELP!! Imagine relieving the pressure on Nelson to be a #1 receiver; DGB would have a mentor and someone that could push him (and relate to him on a personal level); Matthews would have someone to open up passing lanes so that he can work from the slot.

  127. 127 Tumtum said at 11:33 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Sounds like I am in the very silent minority about wanting to invest resources else where. Usually if I don’t want something this bad, it is bound to happen. I’ll just shaddup and let you guys enjoy it when he signs.

    Go Orioles!

  128. 128 A Roy said at 12:51 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    You’re not alone.

  129. 129 Cafone said at 1:16 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Would I rather have Alshon Jeffery for a few million more? Of course. If that happens I will have no problem with not bringing Jackson back. But I’m not counting on it.

    And I admit that’s an extreme case. But if the choice is our current receivers vs. our current receivers plus Jackson, that’s a no brainer.

  130. 130 Tumtum said at 11:33 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    If that is my only option I would take it. I think we can set the bar higher though.

  131. 131 Cafone said at 8:48 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    Maybe. There doesn’t seem to be many other WRs available.

  132. 132 Cafone said at 1:13 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    6. Jackson would relish the chance to be the #1 receiver again after playing #2 to Garcon for 3 years. He would be super motivated.

    7. We specifically need a deep threat to learn more about Carson Wentz. Is he a deep ball guy that will flourish with a serious deep threat? Maybe… We really don’t know yet. A few years of Jackson could inform future moves to create the best possible situation for Wentz.

  133. 133 Cafone said at 11:07 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    Getting rid of DeSean Jackson was a horrible mistake. DeSean is an Eagle. It is time to bring him back and correct that mistake. I want to see him retire an Eagle just like Brent Celek.

  134. 134 unhinged said at 12:00 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I respect your right to love whomever, but that is the definition of hyperbole. From Concrete Charlie to Jerome Brown, from Reggie White to Keith Jackson, the one quality that runs deep through HOF Eagles is toughness, with grace and love of team close 2nd and third. If you can honestly see those qualities in Jackson, I want what your drinking.

  135. 135 Cafone said at 12:14 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    And I look around the NFC east and see the most noticeable quality of the best receivers is that they are headcases. Jackson may not be a Dez Bryant or a Beckham Jr, but I’d say his headcase to talent ratio is probably lower than those guys.

  136. 136 unhinged said at 12:35 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Where can I find head case to talent stats? Just wondering. I’m not a Jackson hater, and I know he is a favorite player of some Eagles fans, so good luck.

  137. 137 Cafone said at 12:48 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I am just eyeing up the head case to talent thing. Do you disagree with my appraisal? In hindsight, Jackson certainly looks like a much milder headache than Beckham and Bryant are now.

  138. 138 unhinged said at 1:23 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I don’t disagree. My indifference to Jackson is not at all based on his personality. Bryant and Beckham (up to now) are definitely top-tier WR’s – Bryant is other-worldly, and their heads are a consideration. Jackson was never in their league, and he’s not the potential distraction that they are. if Alshon Jeffery is available and we can afford him, there is no excuse for targeting Jackson in my opinion.

  139. 139 Cafone said at 1:29 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Agreed, but pinning our hopes on getting the most sought after FA wide receiver when we are still recovering from Chip Kelly’s mismanagement and our available cap space is only around middle of the pack seems like a recipe for disappointment.

    Hopefully we draft a WR this year and he works out. But you can never count on that and Jackson would be an excellent bridge to the future even if he won’t be around for most of Wentz’s career.

  140. 140 unhinged said at 2:00 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Again with hyperbole. If we’re not talking specifically about running speed, nothing about Jackson is “excellent” in my opinion. He can provide ancillary benefits like keeping a DB deep on running plays, maybe getting more room for Ertz or Matthews. He’s never going to keep DC’s awake at night for his ability to take over a drive like a Mike Evans. He’ll catch the occasional bomb, and if it doesn’t result in a TD he’ll come off the field. Jeffery, on the other hand, would be a primary and frequent target for Wentz that would be worth the investment, in my opinion. He’s worth cutting some dead wood for.

  141. 141 Cafone said at 2:04 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I think we’re talking about the same thing, but perhaps you have much more confidence in the Eagles’ ability and willingness to outbid every other team in the league for Alshon Jeffery.

    I am not comparing Jackson to Jeffery. There’s no comparison for multiple reasons.

    If we get Jeffery, great! I just don’t think it is very likely at all.

  142. 142 anon said at 2:09 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Since dream team, howie’s MO has been to cycle through players coming off injury or otherwise disjointed (often by coaching/scheme change). No one is happy with the last 2 FAs we broke the bank for so I really can’t see them doing that deal.

    Think having djax will make the receiving corps above average. Djax, Mathews, Burton, Ertz, Ags — I can live with that.

  143. 143 Cafone said at 2:13 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I love Jackson, but I wouldn’t go that far. Barring a draft pick coming in and performing well immediately, Jackson + the current receivers would still be one of the poorer WR corps in the league. Ertz and Burton are decent, but not enough to significantly compensate for having a 30+ year old #1, a guy we’re looking to upgrade at #2 no matter who it is, and an average slot receiver in Matthews.

  144. 144 xmbk said at 2:53 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Comparing obj and Bryant to Jackson is crazy. Different tiers entirely. I have had conversations with friends who are Giants fans about how I don’t envy them for having to root for obj. They all wince and agree.

  145. 145 xmbk said at 12:44 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Fitzgerald, Boldin, ARob, Jones, plenty of high char, play the game the right way wideouts. Since when do we lower our standards to the rest of the division?

  146. 146 Cafone said at 12:46 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I believe we set that standard on that when we brought in Terrell Owens.

  147. 147 xmbk said at 12:48 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Yeah, that worked out well.

  148. 148 Cafone said at 12:49 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    It did for one year, didn’t it? And Jackson has certainly proven to be much more retainable than Owens was.

    But the point is you can’t say “lower our standards to the rest of the division” when we were the ones that lowered the bar first.

  149. 149 xmbk said at 12:57 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Nah, the Cowboys go way back. North Dallas Forty?

    Things don’t exist in a vacuum. He may very well have torpedoed the next season, with a very talented roster. Would that money have been better spent on another receiver? Quite possibly.

  150. 150 PacificPurl said at 2:42 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    How many Super Bowls did the Eagles win with Owens or Jackson? Many WRs are divas but the winning WRs manage to put the team first during the games. From Lynn Swann to Larry Fitzgerald they block and occasionally tackle. Owens and Jackson not so much. This is a team, team, team game!

  151. 151 xmbk said at 2:51 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    So many fans don’t get that team thing. The ones with their name on the Lombardi almost invariably play as better than the sum of the parts.

  152. 152 Cafone said at 2:58 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    How many Super Bowls did the Eagles go to with Owens? 1. How many Super Bowls did they not go to without Owens? 48

  153. 153 A_T_G said at 5:27 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    This is an interesting approach. What strategies are you proposing we follow based on past Super Bowl success?

  154. 154 Jernst said at 5:30 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Trent Dilfer has more Super Bowl wins than Dan Marino…see, you need to get a QB that plays the position the right way. Like Trent, who is clearly the superior QB due to his Super Bowl success. Not a malcontent like Marino that’s always yelling at his teammates during the game.

  155. 155 anon said at 5:55 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    How many did we get to with Owens? How many did we get to after? How many playoff games w djacc, how many after.

    If djacc wasn’t a difference maker we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

  156. 156 xmbk said at 12:47 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Have to laugh. No one thinks the Eagles should pay Jackson 11 mill, but when Kelly cut him to save that much, it was “throwing him away”. For a town with such knowledgeable fans, there sure are plenty who don’t understand that talent cannot be evaluated independently from contract.

  157. 157 Cafone said at 12:53 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Oh, so it was a salary thing now? Interesting that the reason for throwing Jackson away has now changed when all the original reasons turned out to be BS.

  158. 158 xmbk said at 1:00 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Nope, been saying it was a money thing since day one. Granted, his lack of leadership skills and one-dimensional play factors into his evaluation. But it was always a salary thing, fans frequently overlook the fact that money rules.

  159. 159 Cafone said at 1:09 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    When the Eagles cut Jackson, they saved 6 million but also suffered a 6 million dead money hit. This was at a time when they were under the cap by around 17 million.

    I don’t think your math adds up. You can say that Jackson wasn’t worth the 12 million+, even though he was coming off the best year of his career and second best season for an Eagles receiver ever, but the Eagles didn’t save 12 million, they saved 6 million. Surely Jackson was worth 6 million dollars.

  160. 160 xmbk said at 2:48 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    No, they saved 11 mill. I’ve been over this a ton of times with various people. Cutting him saved 11 mill overall cap space, which is all that really matters. I do understand people thinking he was worth putting up with for 6 mill, but that math was off.

  161. 161 Cafone said at 2:54 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    How? Are you saying that the dead money against the cap didn’t happen, or that you don’t believe that dead money against the cap affects how much a team can spend against the cap?

  162. 162 xmbk said at 9:20 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    No, I’m saying they saved 11 mill.

  163. 163 Cafone said at 8:46 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    Jeffrey Lurie saved 12 mil. The Eagles could only spend 6 of that on players.

    Usually when people talk about savings, they are specifically referencing money that is able to be spent on players, because nobody cares that billionaire owners put a few more million in their pockets.

  164. 164 xmbk said at 11:24 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    No, they saved 10.5 mill to spend on other players, only 6 of which was available for that same offseason.

  165. 165 Cafone said at 12:37 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    All if it was available to spend after that season. It was the last year of his deal.

  166. 166 xmbk said at 4:35 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    No, he had 3 years left.

  167. 167 xmbk said at 9:37 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Accelerating bonus money forward doesn’t reduce the net savings. He had already been paid that money, not cutting him just spread it out over 3 years. And his salary was going to go up even higher. Dead money was dead whether they cut him or not.

  168. 168 Jernst said at 4:54 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    If that cap space is immediately used up to replace the guy you just released with inferior talent, is that still all that matters?

  169. 169 xmbk said at 9:32 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    What if it was used to sign Jenkins and McCleod, who cost about that amount last year combined? It’s not a direct correlation league, resources have to be flexible based on position availability. I feel you on the crappy state of the WR corps. I just can’t look at Jackson without seeing the team as a whole. He cost too much, and is horrible at too many things. High paid vets set the tone on teams, and I don’t see him setting a winning tone. It’s too easy for fans to focus on stats and highlights, but there really is a lot more to the game.

  170. 170 Jernst said at 3:29 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    If they actually saved cap space by cutting Jackson and signed two really good safeties I’d be all for it. Jackson is far from a perfect or even great player. I’m not saying that choosing to move on from him because he’s a one trick pony that disappears for long stretches is necessarily a poor decision.

    What I’m saying, is that we did not save money by cutting him. We actually ended up dedicating more cap space to the #2WR position in 2014 by cutting him and signing Cooper instead. That is absolutely a direct correlation. They had a guy under contract to play one of the starting WR positions. They decided to sign a different guy who was a FA that year and cut the former starter. That couldn’t possibly be any more correlated.

    Further, the direct effect of that personnel decision to switch out DeSean Jackson for Riley Cooper caused us to have LESS cap space that year than we would have had if we had just kept DeSean and let Riley Cooper leave in FA without resigning him. So how would we have used LESS cap space to sign more players?

    The fact that it cost us more cap space that year than it would have to keep him should be proof enough that the move was not financially motivated. But, when you add in the additional, unintended costs that we incurred in both salary and resources (a first round pick) trying to replace his production it proves that the decision to release him, absorb his dead money cap hit in 2014 and then spend more money on free agents to replace him netted us a grand total savings of $667k per year.

    So not only did it fail to net us any immediate cap savings it has proven to barely net us any long term savings in actual reality.

    If you don’t believe me regarding the $6.25M cap charge he carried on our 2014 cap even though he wasn’t on our team anymore, feel free to look at the spread sheet for yourself.

    Scroll to the bottom where they list dead money cap charges. You’ll note that it says the following right above the list of dead money charges: “Cap breakdowns for players who have been traded or released. All count against the team’s salary cap.”

    When you use up almost 5% of your total cap space on a player that doesn’t even play for you, you are not doing that because it’s such a great financial bargain that helps your cap situation. You’re doing that because you feel it’s worth using up almost 5% of your cap space just to rid yourself of someone.

    You wanna argue that Jackson was getting paid to much…I agree. You wanna argue that Jackson wasn’t worth what his contract was paying him…I agree. You want to argue that Jackson isn’t a well rounded WR that succeed in many different ways…I agree. But, when you say that cutting him saved us a ton of cap space that we were then able to spend on other players, you are just simply wrong. That is simply not the reality of how the cap ramifications worked out by us cutting him.

  171. 171 Jernst said at 4:49 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    DeSean had three years left on his deal when we released him. The cap numbers for those final three years were: $10.4M, $9M, and $8M. Instead of spending an average of just over $9M a year we instead did the following:

    We cut Jackson for nothing in return and immediately incurred a dead cap hit of $6.25M. So we essentially wasted $6.25M of our cap space to pay DeSean Jackson to play for the Washington Redskins. We also signed Riley Cooper $5M to take DeSean’s starting spot at WR in 2014, $4M in 2015 and actually had a dead cap hit of $2.4M this year as we were still (in cap terms) paying Riley Cooper almost two and a half million dollars to sit at home listening to country music and scratching his nuts.

    Already, between the dead cap hit for Jackson and Riley Coopers new deal we essentially went from paying Jackson $10.4M to paying $11.25M for the opportunity to start Riley Cooper over him. A total cap savings of negative $850k.

    The following year we signed Miles Austin to a deal to compete with Cooper for a cap hit of $2.25M and drafted Nelson Agholor with our first round pick with average yearly cap hits of about $2.25M. So in 2015 we went from being obligated to pay DeSean $9M to paying trio of Riley Cooper, Miles Austin and Nelson Agholor $9M. For a whopping cap savings of zero dollars.

    In 2016, in what would have been the final and cheapest year of DeSean’s contract with us, we paid Riley Cooper $2.4M just to go home and not take a single snap for us, we paid Agholor $2.13M to suck something awful, and DGB $700k, for a cap savings of just under $3M of what we would have been paying Jackson.

    All told it took three years for us to finally see a financial benefit for a grand total of just over $2M, or an average of $667k a season. Do you still think this move was financially motivated?

  172. 172 xmbk said at 9:26 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    And keeping him would have cost the team an additional 11 mill. Doesn’t matter what the dead money is at that point, there are no time machines to go back and rewrite contracts.

  173. 173 Jernst said at 3:04 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    What in God’s name are you talking about? What are you talking about time machines to go rewrite contracts? Do you know how the salary cap works? A players cap hit is not the same thing as the actual dollars he would receive from Jeff Lurie during that year. It is a combination of his base salary and bonuses. Even though the player gets bonuses upfront, for cap purposes the bonuses can get spread evenly across the years of the contract. However, if the player is cut prior to completing the contract you still owe the cap space for all that bonus money that was going to count against the future years of the contract. All the remaining prorated bonus cap hits accelerate and are all charged to your cap the year you cut the player.

    That’s what happened here. A dead money cap hit, is simply money that counts against your cap for a player that is not on your team. It should be pretty obvious that with limited cap space teams typically try very hard to avoid dedicating millions of dollars of cap space to players that don’t even play on the team.

    Prior to being cut, Jackson’s cap hit was set to be $10.4M that year. After he was cut, his cap hit did not drop to zero. It only dropped to $6.25M. That means that cutting Jackson saved us $4.15M. Which is the same exact thing as saying it would have effectively only cost us $4.15M more dollars to keep him than it would have to cut him.

    You are so very seriously wrong here.

  174. 174 xmbk said at 11:20 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    No, no, no. 😉 Read the other response, you are focusing on one year vs overall cap savings.

  175. 175 xmbk said at 9:34 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Do you really think that if the team had kept Jackson, none of those guys would have been signed? Just Matthews and Jackson for the receiving corp?

  176. 176 Jernst said at 4:07 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    In the offseason prior to 2014, Riley Cooper was a FA and DeSean was under contract as was Maclin who was returning from the ACL injury. The front office decided to resign Riley Cooper and give him starters money. Clearly this was part of the plan that involved signing Cooper as the starter alongside Maclin and getting rid of DeSean.

    If they had instead decided to keep DeSean and simply have him and Maclin as the starting receivers, I’m quite positive that they would not have signed Riley Cooper to a contract that paid him to be a starter. They paid him to be a starter, because they had decided to replace Jackson with Cooper. If they weren’t getting rid of Jackson, no, I don’t think they would have signed Cooper to replace him.

    In 2014, Cooper was terrible and that offseason, Maclin left in FA. So we signed Miles Austin and drafted Nelson Agholor. If we had instead kept Jackson, I think we would have been just fine going on with Jackson, Matthews and perhaps a mid round draft pick or a lower level FA. I don’t think we would have gone out and paid Miles Austin a fully guaranteed $2.5M salary in desperation, nor do I think that there would be such urgency to take a WR in the first round of that draft.

    But, even if you want to take Austin and Agholor out of the calculations (I wont let you ignore Cooper, since his signing was directly related to the decision to release Jackson), we still only saved a grand total of about $5.5M over 3 years. Nowhere near this $11M windfall you keep speaking of that is completely fictitious.

    I agree DeSean was making too much money. If you could go back in time and not offer him that much money that would have probably been a decent decision. But, once you give out a contract that has a decent signing bonus, you’re kind of stuck with that player for a certain amount of time, because it actually ends up costing you more money to cut and replace them given the dead cap charges. This is why big FA contracts are such a risk and can put teams in cap space hell because you can’t get that cap space back. If you cut them you end up with a big dead cap hit sucking up cap space and giving you zero return on that investment and you still have to replace that player, so financially it just doesn’t make sense.

    That’s what happened with DeSean. We cut him and signed Cooper to replace him. The net effect of that was that it cost us more cap space to do that than it would have if we had just kept DeSean and not signed Cooper.

    Forget about all the years after that. Just look at 2014. Two choices you can make: Keep DeSean which will count $10.4M against your cap OR cut DeSean and replace him with Riley Cooper and it will cost $11.25M against your cap that year. That was the decision the Eagles were faced with and they choose to do the one that replaced DeSean with Riley Cooper and also cost them an additional $825k in cap space.

    And, now you’re coming on and saying you agree with that decision, because it saved us so much cap space. Really? No. It absolutely did not.

    Now, conversely, had we kept Jackson at his cap hit of $10.4M in 2014, we could have readdressed the very real issue of him being overpaid and a less than ideal #1 WR the following offseason. In 2015, his cap number was set to be $9M and his dead cap hit would have dropped to $2.65M. That offseason he could have been cut for a savings of $6.35M or we could have simply rolled with him for the final two years of his contract which were reasonable at $9M and $8M a year cap hits.

  177. 177 xmbk said at 11:23 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    The team saved 10.5 mill of cap space, and even after signing multiple receivers to replace him, that roughly paid for Jenkins. The lack of development of wideouts is kind of tangential, though I agree the organization has not done well recently in that dept.

  178. 178 Jernst said at 4:16 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    Here’s an excellent article on the cap ramifications of Chip Kelly’s personnel moves, including cutting Jackson. You should definitely give it a read.

  179. 179 xmbk said at 11:30 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    Kind of hard to follow the logic in that article, it’s all over the place. Couple of things. One, it specifically mentioned what I’ve been trying to explain to you, that front end money is the same as money spread out over the life of a contract. You are obsessing over the fact that cutting Jackson accelerated his cap hit. It’s true the team only saved about 4 mill that first offseason, but over the life of the contract they saved 10.5 mill, and that’s what really counts. Second, the article mentions his salary of 10.25 mill, when it was actually 10.5 with the roster bonus. Maybe minor, but that kind of sloppiness implies a lack understanding. The kind which trickles over into the fan base. 😉

  180. 180 Jernst said at 5:08 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Jesus…dude. I’m completely aware of how the new CBA effects cap roll over and how money spent now is the same as money spent tomorrow. I’m not obsessing over it, I’m accounting for the cap hits associated with his signing bonus, which you have to do regardless of roll over. You are ignoring those hits completely because you don’t understand how to calculate the cap hits, so you’re rolling shit over that isn’t there to roll over.

    But, whatever…Let’s just go with your incorrect numbers. We saved $10.5M over the total length of the contract (2014-2016). They spent $12.5M of cap space on Riley Cooper over that same time span. Explain the savings then in the decision to replace DeSean with Cooper.

  181. 181 xmbk said at 5:55 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Ok, the Riley Cooper comparisons really confuse the point. A discussion of the team’s talent eval for wideouts is another long discussion, and we’d probably agree. The team saved 10.5 mill by cutting Jackson. Maybe 2014 would have been different with him, maybe that was the best expenditure of that money. I don’t agree, but that isn’t the discussion most of Philly had when he was cut.

  182. 182 Jernst said at 8:53 AM on December 30th, 2016:

    It doesn’t confuse the point at all. It’s the whole point. You can’t just talk about the financial benefits of cutting DeSean without accounting for the cost to replace him once he was cut.

    It’s like you were driving an expensive Mercedes to work everyday that had a car payment of $500 a month. And said I’m going to sell that and buy a new car. Except the new car cost you $400. Now you’re going around telling everyone how smart you are and that you saved $500 a month by getting rid of the Mercedes. I come along and point out that in reality you really only saved $100 a month when you account for the cost of the replacement car. And, you say that confuses the point. It’s starting to make my head spin. Let’s just agree to disagree.

  183. 183 xmbk said at 2:27 PM on December 30th, 2016:

    So if you sell your Mercedes for 100k, then turn around and buy a used
    Hyundai with the money, does that mean the sale of the Mercedes was the bad deal, or the purchase of the Hyundai?

  184. 184 Jernst said at 3:29 PM on December 30th, 2016:

    Since you bought the Hyundai first and then got rid of the Mercedes for nothing (just took the monthly payments off your books)…both I guess. Really it’s one decision. You replaced a nice car with a piece of shit because you thought it would save you money. In reality you’ve spent so much trying to fix the piece of shit that you’ve saved no money overall compared to what you would have spent just keeping the Mercedes. Yet you’re still telling everyone how smart it was to spend just as much money on a Hyundai as you would have on a Mercedes, because gosh that Mercedes was expensive.

  185. 185 xmbk said at 11:33 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    Also fascinating that the article says the contract was team friendly because it made cutting him easy, with virtually no wasted money (the signing bonus replaced first year salary money). Then the author turns around and criticizes the team for going ahead and taking advantage of the ease with which he could get cut. Look, we can argue the merits of Jackson all day. What is not open to interpretation is that the team saved 10.5 mill by cutting him. Confusing that fact confuses the entire debate.

  186. 186 Jernst said at 5:12 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    He could be cut easily starting the following offseason. Not the offseason we did it. And, the point of being able to cut him, is you can cut him whenever he stops performing at a high level. But, cutting him the year before it becomes easy to cut him, while taking on the large dead cap charge, while handing a terrible WR starter money on top of that, was not a smart move.

  187. 187 xmbk said at 5:57 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    They cut him the year of his highest salary. That seems to be the opportune time, to me.

  188. 188 anon said at 1:21 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    salary was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Already had tension from day 1 with Kelly – djax put up a huge year and wanted a bump in salary, and kelly was like gtfoh.

  189. 189 Jernst said at 4:32 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    DeSean said that he wanted a reworking of his deal that shifted some of his salary into bonus money, because there was no longer any guaranteed money left on his deal. That is not an absurd request for a player in their prime that just put up a career year. And, it’s not like the Eagles wouldn’t have gotten something in return either. Jackson would have negotiated for a little bit more financial security with some guaranteed money in case he had a career ending injury and the Eagles would have benefitted by freeing up some cap space by being able to spread that money over a few years in the new reworked deal. Happens all the time in the NFL and most of the time it’s something that a club who is concerned with freeing up cap space asks the player to do for them. And, when the player does it they are usually praised for helping the team out. But, when a player hints that he thinks he deserves a bit of a guaranteed commitment from his team, he’s usually painted as a malcontent locker-room cancer. I just don’t see the financial benefits that we apparently received by ridding ourselves of our best offensive weapon.

  190. 190 Jernst said at 4:24 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Well first off, his average salary per year wasn’t $11M it was about $8.5M and got cheaper every year through the remainder of his contract. And, it was an extremely team friendly deal that no longer had any guaranteed money on it so he was essentially on a series of one year option deals and could be cut for full savings at any point if he started to fall off physically. Plus he was in his prime coming off his best season ever and was an absolute key cog in our offense’s attack and lighting it up to the tune of 1332 yards and 9 TDs in Chip Kelly’s offense. And, finally, since he was under contract and coming off such a great year he was a tradeable asset. And, before you say, no one would have traded for him, understand that that’s fine. There was absolutely no urgency to rid ourselves of his contract that year as we had plenty of cap space and ultimately ended up spending almost the same amount of money on the combination of Riley Cooper, Miles Austin and Nelson Agholar trying to replace DeSean, so we ended up in no better financial situation by cutting him. And, we ended up wasting a first round pick on Agholar AND, if that’s not enough, we botched the whole thing completely the next year when we let Maclin, the guy who we were told justified the expendability of Jackson, leave in FA. Leaving us with a WR corp that features Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agohlar, DGB and Bryce Treggs.

    I think that’s a very different situation than we are in now, where we’re tight up against the cap, DeSean is 3 years older and his market value is certainly less than it was back then.

    So, I see absolutely no problem with being disgusted by the way Chip Kelly handled the release of Jackson while also maintaining that DeSean has not performed at a high enough level over the past two years to warrant a $5M a year pay raise.

  191. 191 anon said at 5:52 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    The fact is no one cared about getting rid of djacc when we had Jeremy Maclin put up eerily similar stats the following year – with Mark Sanchez as QB.

  192. 192 xmbk said at 9:19 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    No, no, no. It was not getting cheaper, it was getting more expensive. Do you really think Jackson would have taken a pay cut? Given his history? Clearly they felt he wouldn’t, and they were most likely right. And they saved 11 million, no doubt about it. Anything else is a misunderstanding of bonus money, etc.

  193. 193 Jernst said at 2:55 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    Nothing you just said makes any sense whatsoever. Simply look up Jackson’s contract with the Eagles. His cap hits were going down by $1 million every year after the year we traded him. That is simply a fact. It’s not a pay cut, it’s the contract he signed and the majority of the later years were structured to have high base salaries with no guaranteed money. So, just saying no, no, no doesn’t change the facts of his contract structure which were widely reported and remain on the internet for you to search and confirm.

    Next up, let’s talk about your speculation that Jackson wouldn’t accept a paycut (ignoring the fact that there was no pay cut for him to accept. He simply had 3 more years left on a deal that would pay him very well, even though the cap hits were set to decrease every year from then on out). This whole point is moot, since we can see exactly what he was willing to accept since he signed a 4 year $24M contract with a measly $5M signing bonus to go play for the Redskins. Which at an average of $6M per year was a substantial pay cut that he did actually accept. Again, you’re astoundingly wrong.

    Finally, they did not save $11M. His cap hit in 2014 was only going to be $10.4M so even if we realized a 100% savings on that by cutting him, it still wouldn’t be $11M. And, as you can see here: he clearly had a $6.25M dead money hit against our cap in 2014. That means we only saved $4.15M by cutting him. Which we ended up spending on his replacement who massively underperformed compared to what we would have gotten if we just kept Jackson.

    So to review: If we kept Jackson and did not cut him we would have had a cap charge for the WR starting next to Jeremy Maclin of $10.4M. Instead we ended up making a series of personnel decisions that caused us to have a dead cap hit of $6.25M and ended up with a cap hit for the WR starting opposite Maclin of $5M. Therefore, if we kept Jackson our #2 WR would have cost us $10.4M in cap space, by cutting Jackson and signing Cooper we ended up effectively dedicating $11.25M in cap space to the same position.


  194. 194 xmbk said at 11:16 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    I know contracts can be confusing. There are two key points to grasp in order to understand the big picture. One, dead money came from a 10 mill bonus that had already been paid, then spread out over the 5 year contract. Cutting him accelerated the hit, but it was already on the books. That ties into the second point. Don’t focus on one year’s money, that is totally irrelevant in the current cap structure. Cap savings carry over. The fact that cutting him cost 6 mill for that one year was meaningless, because that 6 mill was already on the books. The fact is that he was due a minimum of 10.5 mill if they kept him, and that was 100% saved by cutting him.

  195. 195 Jernst said at 4:06 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    The accelerated dead money cap hit was actual money that had already been paid to him, yes. But, I’m not the one that is confused here. Yes, his base salary portion of his 2014 contract was completely wiped off the books. As we’re all his base salaries in the future years. But, his base salary in 2014 was not $10.4M. It was $6.8M. That’s what was wiped out of his 10.4M projected hit that year. The remaining $3.6M portion of that $10.4M cap hit was associated with his signing bonus. That remained. The signing bonus portions of the next two years cap figures then accelerated into that years cap. We did not save $10.4M on the 2014 cap. We saved $4.15M on the 2014 cap by cutting Jackson. We signed Cooper for $5M cap hit which used that up. Therefore, the net effect was no extra money to roll forward. In the following years we would then save the full cap figures as they were taken off the books entirely at that point. $9M and then $8M. But, if you don’t account for the cost to replace him then you’re not understanding the cost benefit analysis of making a cut for cap savings. If you don’t understand it yet I don’t kno what else to say. But, I can’t explain it anymore.

  196. 196 xmbk said at 4:39 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    10.5 mill base salary (with roster bonus):

  197. 197 xmbk said at 4:41 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    He would have been a 12.5 hit, 10.5 + 2 mill sb. Cutting him accelerated 4 mill of sb, but saved 10.5 mill. Thus, 6.5 mill dead money for that year, but 10.5 saved.

  198. 198 Jernst said at 4:09 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    That $10.5 minimum you site includes that years portion of his signing bonus which was not saved by cutting him. And if you want to look at all the years, include the $12.5M in cap space we ultimately used on Riley Cooper to replace him.

  199. 199 xmbk said at 4:41 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Again, read the link and breakdown in my other post.

  200. 200 Jernst said at 4:19 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Here’s the easiest way to break it down for you just looking at the decision to keep DeSean or go with Cooper.

    Cap Hits with DeSean and no Cooper: 2014: $10.4, 2015: $9, 2014: $8….total $27.4

    Cap Hits with Cooper and Deseans dead money: 2014: $11.25, 2015: $5, 2016: $5….total $21.5

    So we made that decision expecting to save a total of $6M in cap space over 3 years. When you account for what actually happened which was we spent a total of $8.5M of our cap in dead money over those 3 years on two players that were cut with cap charges needed to be accelerated and needed to expend additional cap space to eventually replace Cooper in year 3 of his 5 year deal it’s clear that it had a negligible effect on our cap.

    Now I’m done. Seriously, though, if you don’t get it by now I don’t think you ever will.

  201. 201 Jernst said at 4:23 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    And the point about the dead money is that doing things to increase your cap space is good, but as an extra resource it’s effect is mitigated when that same move means a large percentage of your cap will be used on a player that gives you zero production because he’s literally not on your team.

  202. 202 xmbk said at 4:44 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Fair enough, though I think I’ve done a pretty good job of pointing out your confusion. Maybe that link will help. Not sure why you keep stating 10.4 anyway, makes me think you have a questionable source. 10.25 + .25 roster bonus = 10.5.

  203. 203 xmbk said at 4:46 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Sorry, the .25 was a workout bonus, not roster. So for Jackson, far from guaranteed. 😉

  204. 204 xmbk said at 11:19 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    As for what he might have accepted, that is complete conjecture. Given his previous contract stances, combined with skipping out on his exit interview for the year, and your feeling that he would have accepted a 3 million dollar pay cut does not have much to subtantiate it. He was forced to accept that with Wash, because no team in their right mind was going to pay him 11 mill. The Eagles backended his 2012 contract, and this was the result.

  205. 205 daveH said at 2:18 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Impressive to see how obedient and nicey nice Dez gets when he loves his QB

  206. 206 PacificPurl said at 2:36 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Why don’t you take a closer look at how little Jackson contributed to SCORING POINTS.

  207. 207 Cafone said at 2:37 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Why would I totally discount the impact Jackson has on other players’ abilities to get open by stretching the field so Cousins can complete passes underneath?

  208. 208 Jernst said at 4:12 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    He might not have been a real weapon in the red zone, but to act like he didn’t contribute to us scoring points is a ridiculous statement. You’re acting like the only guy that contributes to points being scored is the guy that catches the pass in the end zone. If DeSean catches an 80 yard bomb and gets tackled on the 1 inch line and then the RB punches it in, did DeSean not contribute to those points being scored or was that entire 80 yard and 1 inch drive a testament to the scoring prowess of our RB who picked up the last inch?

    So as not to seem like I’m shooting you down without having some stats to back that up, please read this great piece by Jimmy Kempski:
    It’s a really good break down of how much his big plays in the passing game set us up in scoring situations. In fact, in his last year here we scored 141 points (or a third of our total offenses points that year) on drives that DeSean had a big play.
    I’d say he contributed plenty to our ability to score points.

  209. 209 BobSmith77 said at 11:26 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Keith Jackson?!

  210. 210 unhinged said at 8:43 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    A blocking TE who had good hands. Tough. The list of all-time Eagles, for me, are almost exclusively from the defense. Eric Allen, Troy Vincent, Dawkins. Maybe our QB can begin a new trend where both sides of the ball are represented.

  211. 211 Aaron said at 2:11 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    no it wasnt, he was acancer in the locker room, he’s a bum, I hope they get him back

  212. 212 Tumtum said at 11:23 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    I do have a feeling that no one will be break the bank for Jackson. Only if you get him at a very reasonable rate should we consider bringing him back.

    Could happen… not going to bank on it.

  213. 213 Sb2bowl said at 11:38 AM on December 28th, 2016:

    I like your altered picture.

  214. 214 Cafone said at 1:00 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I concur. I don’t think he is going to command the level of salary that others seem worried about. And if he is as jacked about returning as reports are indicating, it sounds like the Eagles already have a foot in the door and would have an advantage unless someone else offers him crazy money.

  215. 215 anon said at 1:20 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    same, no one wanted him coming off a 1400yd season. But you cant say he hasn’t been vital to redskin’s playoff push, especially since jordan reed has been hurt.

  216. 216 Media Mike said at 8:19 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    His stats in 2014-16 came nowhere close to matching the 2013 stats that Washington paid him 3 years / $24 million for. How’s he supposed to break the bank now?

    So I agree with you.

  217. 217 Anders said at 3:08 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    3 years/24 million has been total fair for what he produced with Washinton.

  218. 218 SteveH said at 12:25 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Only question is when will the wheels go. Hopefully he’s got a couple more in him before it starts to decline.

  219. 219 Cafone said at 12:58 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I trust Roseman to structure a contract that won’t leave the Eagles with significant dead cap money if he declines.

  220. 220 Blackfoot said at 12:31 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    one thing Jackson has along with speed is really good hands. he catches everything.

  221. 221 A Roy said at 12:48 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Watch him sometime. He absolutely never catches cleanly…always bobbles. If he’s covered, it’s incomplete, if he’s open, he catches. Better than Agholor, but not glue.

  222. 222 Blackfoot said at 2:44 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    i guess you didn’t see those catches on Monday night he made on the sidelines, that were called incomplete, but upon further review showed what an awesome catch they both were.
    and I don’t watch redskins game normally, but I have seen every game he played as an eagle, looked like he can catch to me.
    although you are right he did drop that punt at the end of the game for the eagles when we played the giants in the meadowlands. and then he picked it up just in time! heyooooooooo

  223. 223 A Roy said at 2:50 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    One game does not define a career. I have watched football since 1964 or thereabouts and have seen him bobble more than anyone I’ve ever watched. Luckily, he made most of those catches. And, yes, I too have fond memories of Miracle at the Meadowlands II (and I for that matter.)

  224. 224 ACViking said at 2:53 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    A ROY . . .

    I don’t think Clyde Simmons gets enough credit for his own Miracle@Meadowlands.

    The 1988 Eagles beating the G-men on a TD scored by Simmons on a blocked FG attempted by the Birds.

    And it was 10 years to the weekend as MML-1.

  225. 225 Blackfoot said at 2:57 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    that was a classic! and it really shows how eagles giants games actually are. anything can and will happen!

  226. 226 A Roy said at 2:58 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I had forgotten about that. We needed that win to make it to the Fog Bowl…jeez, Nutty Buddy was almost 30 years ago.

  227. 227 Blackfoot said at 2:58 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    yeah I just never noticed him with and hands bobbling. he makes some really nice catches. those 2 last Monday were really good.

  228. 228 A Roy said at 12:49 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    “You can’t go home again. “

  229. 229 Bert's Bells said at 1:40 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Los Angeles?

  230. 230 anon said at 1:19 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Everyone is miffed over character issues – i haven’t seen any issues in DC the last few years (aside from not going to OTAs/TC)

  231. 231 Sean Stott said at 1:42 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Amazing how he was the classiest of the big 3 CK firings – Evan Mathis, LeSean McCoy, and DJax.

  232. 232 PacificPurl said at 2:33 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Classiest? Seriously?

  233. 233 Blackfoot said at 2:48 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    yeah he never said anything bad about chip or anybody when he was let go. unlike McCoy and mathis.

  234. 234 unhinged said at 4:32 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    The whole Mathis thing showed a chink in Kelly’s armor, I thought. All he had to do was ignore his whiney ass. With DJAX I could buy the whole overpaid/too much for too little argument. I don’t believe Kelly started or heeded those ugly rumors about the gang stuff. But your point rings true. McCoy showed himself to a petulant child-man with an inflated ego and no class at all.

  235. 235 Cafone said at 1:39 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Maybe this will be interesting, maybe not… How much do you think Alshon Jeffery is going to get in free agency (per year) and how high would you be willing to go if you were making the decision for the Eagles. One number doesn’t have to necessarily be higher than the other.

    I’d go to 13. I think he’s going to get 16.

  236. 236 anon said at 1:43 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    agree – especially since cap going up another $10m.

  237. 237 D3FB said at 2:51 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    14 and 0

  238. 238 Cafone said at 2:52 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    0? harsh…

  239. 239 D3FB said at 2:58 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    9-10 mil realistically but that’s so far off that it’s effectively 0.

    Injuries, Suspensions, and he got really fat his last year in college. That’s a guy I’d be really hesitant to throw mega money at.

  240. 240 unhinged said at 7:32 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    His talent will pretty much determine his contract, and if HR is not disposed to even making a bid, it’s a moot point. If he lets Logan walk and cuts Barwin and some others, he could get Jefferey’s attention with a big bonus offer. If all that happened, unless Jefferey is determined to get the biggest payday possible, he might settle for 12.8/year. Probably won’t, but a fan can dream.

  241. 241 anon said at 7:51 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Amused by the thought of a WR not taking the most money on the table.

  242. 242 unhinged said at 9:58 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I think there are some good players who want to get paid, and also get a good gig, as in class franchise, get a legit chance to win, and for some they will factor those variables in. The details of a deal are above my pay grade, but a fat bonus is guaranteed, and nothing after that is. So it may be a dead end, but there’s no harm in testing the waters.

  243. 243 Sean Stott said at 1:47 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I might have missed this, but why wouldn’t WAS try to retain me?

    Wouldn’t it be weird if, for example, Darren Sproles was hitting up the Saints to re-sign him after this year?

  244. 244 anon said at 2:10 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Kurt doesn’t have a great arm. Plus they have Crowder and Reed, think that 8-12m will be better spent elsewhere.

  245. 245 Sean Stott said at 2:12 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Maybe I disagree because Kurt always manages at least one or two deep, back-breaking bombs to DJax whenever he plays us

  246. 246 Will Ft. Daft Punk said at 2:14 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Plus Doctson should be back next year.

  247. 247 Cafone said at 2:26 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    It’s going to be hilarious if they don’t sign Jackson and Cousins and his receivers’ numbers go into the toilet because they don’t have Jackson stretching the field.

  248. 248 ChoTime said at 3:48 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    That would be cool. 🙂

  249. 249 Jernst said at 3:46 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I hope we don’t dump $8-12M a year on him, man. That’d be a pretty shocking average number considering the fact that he was a free agent two years ago, in his prime, coming off the best season of his career and only got $6-7M a year. I’d assume that after two mediocre years where he’s missed 7 out of 32 games and is now on the wrong side of 30 that his salary isn’t going to jump substantially on his next contract.

    At $6M a year he’s a short term bargain. Someone has to start at WR next year that isn’t already on this team and outside of Alshon Jeffrey (who will cost double what Jackson makes) there’s no one that’s going to be available in FA that can give you 2-3 years of starter quality WR pay at that salary. $8M a year still makes sense, because like I said, someone has to start and even a mid level retread is gonna cost you around $5M. So is an extra couple million really going to strap your financials so bad that you band aid over this glaring weakness for the foreseeable future with mediocre players?

    I understand where Tommy is coming from with asking if this really is a smart long term move to get us to a Super Bowl, but frankly I think you start to run the risk of stunting Wentz’s development if you keep trotting out such terrible offensive weapons with him to work with.

    Plus the NFL is so fluid from year to year that it’s hard to justify taking extremely long term stances. I mean, look at the Cowboys…they couldn’t win a game to save their life last year without Romo, their starting QB breaks his back in the preseason and is again going to miss the majority of the season and all they had behind him was a 4th round rookie and Mark Sanchez. Did anyone think they were ready to win a Super Bowl this year? I know I didn’t. I heard a lot of people shooting them down for drafting a RB so early because their roster was too far away from being a contender to waste their pick on a position with a shorter than average NFL lifespan.

    So, I feel like going out and getting a guy that just turned 30 and clearly still has his speed is the type of move that you do, in fact, have the luxury of making with a decent, but not great team in a league with this much parity and year to year variability.

  250. 250 anon said at 5:18 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Agree with all of that. Who better to help Wentz with his deep ball. Think djax is especially needed b/c i don’t think we’ll be able to get another skill position playmaker in the offense and djax really wants to be here and knows WAS’s defense like the back of his hand.

  251. 251 meteorologist said at 2:19 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Sproles isn’t a free agent so yeah it would be weird. But also they have a lot invested in the WR position and have to give Crowder and doctson more reps

  252. 252 Cafone said at 2:25 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I don’t know you well enough. Maybe character concerns?

  253. 253 Sean Stott said at 5:03 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I know that you are replying to my post pre-edit 🙂

  254. 254 PacificPurl said at 2:31 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Or Malcolm Jenkins.

  255. 255 Cafone said at 2:34 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I think both Sproles and Jenkins feel they have been treated much better by the Eagles than they were by the Saints, despite the coaching shakeup. Maybe the Eagles FO isn’t as horrible as many fans believe.

  256. 256 ChoTime said at 3:48 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Who believes Eagles players are treated bad here?

  257. 257 Anders said at 3:07 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    Those who played under Kelly.

  258. 258 ChoTime said at 12:55 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    You’re saying they didn’t get Taco Friday back?

  259. 259 Cafone said at 2:18 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Speaking of receivers, Nelson Agholor only needs 256 yards in this last game for his 2 year yardage total to equal Riley Cooper’s last two years for the Eagles.

  260. 260 anon said at 2:28 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I used to think Riley Cooper was going to be a breakout star, he did some good things with Nick Foles – like catch underthrown or off target balls.

  261. 261 Jernst said at 2:51 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I too was really surprised to see him regress so much and so suddenly as well. He showed some really impressive skills that often go overlooked in WRs like his ability to track deep passes while maintaining leverage against the CBs and he made some impressive catches as well. He even showed some break away speed a few times on short passes that he turned into longer gains. Then as soon as he got paid he seemed to forget how to catch the football and stopped being able to track deep balls like he used to. Really bizarre. I never thought he’d be a great starter, but I thought for sure he would become an adequate #2 and possibly a really good #3.

  262. 262 ChoTime said at 3:47 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Yeah, WTH? He pulled a Reggie Brown.

  263. 263 Jernst said at 5:21 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Yea, Reggie was another guy that I thought had a bunch of talent and then just fizzled away for no apparent reason.

  264. 264 BobSmith77 said at 6:14 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I never thought much of Cooper but Brown surprised me. I thought he was going to turn into an unspectacular but steady pro until he was 30-31.

    Just fell off a cliff after ’07.

  265. 265 Tom33 said at 2:28 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    What’s awful is that Riley Cooper was my most disliked Eagle for the past forever years, and yet he still would have been the 2nd best receiver on the team this year. Ugh.

  266. 266 Cafone said at 2:29 PM on December 28th, 2016:


  267. 267 Will Ft. Daft Punk said at 2:44 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Heck, Cooper can at least make plays downfield and win deep. I cant even say 100% say that Matthews would be better than him this year.

  268. 268 Blackfoot said at 2:46 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    where is that lunatic?

  269. 269 Will Ft. Daft Punk said at 2:48 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I think there is supposed to be a Nazis rally in Minnesota

  270. 270 anon said at 2:49 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I was going to say he’s following Kenny Chesney’s world tour.

  271. 271 Will Ft. Daft Punk said at 2:50 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Both options.

    I was half joking though

  272. 272 Cafone said at 2:51 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    competitive fence jumping.

  273. 273 BobSmith77 said at 6:12 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Another guy who was tough off the field but not so much on it.

    What frustrated me the most about him (besides the fact he wasn’t cut) was how soft he was in the red zone.

    You would think a guy with his size and length would have been able to outleap/outmuscle guys who were 6-8 inches smaller than he was on fades and iso routes in the end zone corners.

  274. 274 P_P_K said at 7:47 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Ugh, indeed. I hope Carson doesn’t see your post because he’d be really bummed (about his receivers, not your post).

  275. 275 ChoTime said at 3:47 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Yeah, he only needs to do that for a whole season to have the highest yardage of any receiver in NFL history. By about 2X.

  276. 276 PacificPurl said at 2:29 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Desean Jackson is NOT a “home run threat.” He catches long bombs. He makes highlight of the night tape. He seldom scores. He’s had seasons of 2 TDs, (twice) 4 TDS, 6 TDs and a couple of 9 TDS. Not even No. 1 WR numbers. His first year in Washington he blew off his teammates and scored less than both Maclin and Matthews. He’s blowing off his teammates right now talking about going to another team during the season. He’s an unproductive sleaze

  277. 277 Cafone said at 2:31 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Yeah, Jackson is a sleaze and Roseman is a weasel, but they are OUR sleaze and weasel.

  278. 278 Blackfoot said at 7:04 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I just renamed my band Sleazy Weasel

  279. 279 Greg said at 9:00 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Nice. Almost as good as Mouse Rat.

  280. 280 Media Mike said at 9:10 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Both are probably better than whatever banks d bag Reuben Frank goes to hear.

  281. 281 Blackfoot said at 2:45 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    sleaze? is that what chip told you?

  282. 282 Bert's Bells said at 2:56 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    NJ dot com

  283. 283 anon said at 2:50 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    doubt anything said today will affect his abiliy to catch a ball on sunday?

  284. 284 GermanEagle said at 5:35 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    DeSean has 20 TDs of 60+ yards, trailing only the all time great Jerry Rice by 1 TD.

    I’d consider him as a home run threat. Next question…

  285. 285 Greg said at 9:10 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I agree to a lesser extent that he is an unproductive sleaze. Ags is more in that category with his strip club escapades. I completely disagree about him being a home run threat. That’s the one thing he is. Teams have to game plan around that. What Jackson is not, is a redzone threat. That and other reasons are why I say pass on Jackson.

  286. 286 Tumtum said at 11:46 PM on December 28th, 2016:


  287. 287 sonofdman said at 11:24 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    But he is our unproductive sleaze! Come home DeSean!

  288. 288 ACViking said at 2:48 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Best New College All Star Game Gimmick —

    Per PFT . . . the coaching staffs for the East-West Shrine Game will be drawn from Assistant Coaches around the NFL (nominated by their non-playoff teams), with the two respective Head Coaches being selected from that group and then the HCs choosing their assistants.

    Not clear who/how the HCs are selected from among the ACs.

    Interesting way to showcase potential HC candidates.

    Also makes the game a bit more attractive.

    Sure’d like to know whose idea that was.

  289. 289 Bert's Bells said at 2:57 PM on December 28th, 2016:


  290. 290 D3FB said at 3:01 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Prefer the Eagles to get the Senior Bowl, but if they don’t would be nice if Duce, DeFlippo or Undlin got to go.

    EDIT: After looking at the rosters, defenietly want one of the offensive coaches there. O has much better prospects than the D.

  291. 291 ACViking said at 3:03 PM on December 28th, 2016:


    It’s been 21 years since the Eagles’ staff coached in Mobile.
    (Kotite . . . what a wasted oppty.)

  292. 292 Sb2bowl said at 4:19 PM on December 28th, 2016:


  293. 293 BobSmith77 said at 6:10 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    You always add or find interesting things.

  294. 294 mtn_green said at 2:57 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Dj shrinks in big games. His effect of changing the defense and making other receivers open or running game easier shrinks too.

  295. 295 Bert's Bells said at 2:59 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Eagles need to win the small games first.

  296. 296 Cafone said at 3:05 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Are divisional games considered big games? He’s averaged 88 yards a game against us.

  297. 297 Ryan Rambo said at 3:30 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I could have big games against us!

  298. 298 Jernst said at 5:19 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    DeSean played really well throughout the 2008 playoffs as a rookie. In three games he had 11 catches for 217 yards and a TD. After that we played in two playoff games against the Cowboys when McNabb couldn’t do anything all game long on both occasions and one game against the Saints where again the entire offense was out of sync and could do nothing all game long. He certainly did not do anything all that great in any of those games as he only averaged about 3 catches for 40 yards and scored 1 TD in the three games combined. But, I’m just not sure that’s a large enough sample size to say he specifically shrinks in big games. The entire offense was terribly specifically the QB play, in all three of those games. I do remember quite a few big MNF games and big divisional games when Jackson actually dominated.
    He’s a nice piece to the puzzle as part of an offense, but he’s in no means a guy that can carry an offense like OBJ. That’s why DeSean will end up making $10M a year less than OBJ when OBJ finally gets his second contract.

  299. 299 D3FB said at 3:18 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Eagles have gained 400 yards in 4

    I’d say we could use a dynamic player

  300. 300 anon said at 3:29 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Compared with 3 and 6, respectively last year. Same personnel on the field, some would argue a better qb and better ol.

  301. 301 D3FB said at 3:58 PM on December 28th, 2016:


  302. 302 Tumtum said at 11:43 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I think the most die hard among us would be hard pressed to convince ourselves that Carson is a better QB than Sammy is today. He seems to have the it factor Sam never found though

  303. 303 GermanEagle said at 5:34 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Thank you Tyler.

  304. 304 Donald Kalinowski said at 3:32 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I don’t think Chip Kelly is entirely at fault for releasing DeSean Jackson. It might look that way now but DeSean has had character problems even with Andy Reid.

    Andy actually benched him back in 2011 against the Cardinals when they were 3-6 and needed every win possible to get into the playoffs. I also remember when people excused his lack of effort for not wanting to get injured before he got his new contract.

    But then again maybe his swagger and confidence can rub off on Algholor.

  305. 305 anon said at 3:58 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Remember him yelling at the WR coach during the game, always being pissed if he wasn’t getting the ball enough, having to get benched for not learning all 3 WR positions, always talking about more money, etc.

    You’ll notice he wasn’t able to run and sign w/ the chiefs the way a lot of other eagles castoffs did.

  306. 306 BobSmith77 said at 6:08 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Reid supposedly didn’t even offer Jackson a contract. My sense is there was no love loss between the two.

  307. 307 Julescat said at 9:04 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    instead Reid stole our other good receiver

  308. 308 Media Mike said at 8:15 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    That coach was fired for being terrible at his job. I’m siding with Jackson here, Bicknell thinks he’s some type of tough guy and Jackson let him know otherwise.

  309. 309 iceberg584 said at 9:17 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    I still believe the sideline incident between Bicknell and Jackson during the Minnesota game was the last straw for Chip.

  310. 310 Cafone said at 6:23 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Nobody thinks DeSean Jackson was an angel. But this is the NFL. Sometimes you have to deal with prima donna assholes because sometimes the best players are prima donna assholes.

  311. 311 GermanEagle said at 5:33 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Eagles lack of playmakers at WR + Not a great WR FA class = DeSean (at the right price)


  312. 312 P_P_K said at 7:44 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Truth this.

  313. 313 anon said at 6:45 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    “Patriots reportedly asking for 1st-and 4th-round pick in any trade discussions for QB Jimmy Garoppolo” — Sammy B setting the market.

  314. 314 Donald Kalinowski said at 6:59 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    He’s a former 2nd round pick that has been with Brady/Bellichick for the last 3 years and has played pretty well in the games he’s been in.

    If I was the GM of the Browns, Bears, Jets, 49ers, Cardinals, or Texans I”d consider it.

  315. 315 Donald Kalinowski said at 7:00 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Maybe I wouldn’t trade a 1st rounder in 2017 for most of those teams since their picks are so high, but I would trade a 2018 1st rounder.

  316. 316 anon said at 7:09 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Pats have drafted and traded a lot of QBs under that same theory, has any panned out?

  317. 317 Media Mike said at 8:14 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Browns could pull it off with our 1. They have no QB and there won’t be another QB as good as Wentz in the draft for at least 30 or 40 years.

  318. 318 A_T_G said at 8:42 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    If ever.

  319. 319 Media Mike said at 8:46 PM on December 28th, 2016:


  320. 320 sonofdman said at 11:17 AM on December 29th, 2016:


  321. 321 Ark87 said at 7:03 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    A team who will be needing a franchise QB sometime soon offering their back up at a franchise QB price: Buyer beware!

  322. 322 Media Mike said at 8:13 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Or they think Brady has another 2+ years left and they won’t be able to keep Jimmy G.

  323. 323 Ark87 said at 8:28 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I think if Belichick thought he had a guy worth keeping for the next decade +, Brady gets the Favre treatment. He doesn’t seem the sentimental type.

  324. 324 Media Mike said at 8:31 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    And seeing as the Pats are a lot more savvy than the Packers; they’d get a king’s ransom for Brady in a trade.

  325. 325 A_T_G said at 8:41 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Think of what Chip would give up for that repetitive accuracy.

  326. 326 Media Mike said at 8:42 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Three 1s, Eric Reid, and the shake machine.

  327. 327 Tumtum said at 11:41 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Makes his execution excuse a little harder to go to.

  328. 328 Bert's Bells said at 8:53 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I would love to see that just for the unprecedented haul Belichick would get.

  329. 329 Media Mike said at 8:54 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Wait two years, you just might.

  330. 330 RobNE said at 8:02 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    This is what they think.

  331. 331 Dragon_Eagle said at 7:43 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    If Josh McDaniels gets a HC job again, wouldn’t surprise me to see his new team (SF, anyone) make this exact move.

  332. 332 Media Mike said at 8:12 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    This would make sense for Denver (minus the McDaniels part) if they didn’t over-invest in a talentless hipster QB in the 2016 draft.

  333. 333 BobSmith77 said at 11:21 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    The Hoodie is looking to snooker another team with the next Matt Cassell.

  334. 334 Ark87 said at 6:52 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Apparently we forgot to mention in the “presents” article: from Wentz to his linemen: Shotguns! Who is going to try to touch a QB when his protectors have shotguns…think Goodell will fine for equipment violation? Well it was a good try.

    Shifting gears, on the one hand, what an odd gift. On the other hand, I’ve totally been there, shopping is such a drag, get everyone the same thing!

  335. 335 Tumtum said at 11:39 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Flacco got his guys PS4s they said during the game. What doea Dak owe his squad?

  336. 336 anon said at 11:59 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    haha he’s making nothing compared to everyone else.

  337. 337 Media Mike said at 8:26 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    Hopefully Dak doesn’t offer to drive any of them anywhere after a party.

  338. 338 ChoTime said at 12:48 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Yachts? Ferarris? Immersive 3D simulation theaters?

  339. 339 Media Mike said at 8:26 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    I hear that the recoil from Kelce’s knocked him back 3 yards.

  340. 340 sonofdman said at 11:15 AM on December 29th, 2016:


  341. 341 unhinged said at 6:58 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Man, I love Mike Tomlin for this PC. Honesty and class that we don’t often see from coaches in any sport.

  342. 342 Media Mike said at 8:10 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Bradshaw is such a piece of trash. I’m glad Tomlin flamed him back. The comments about Tomlin by Bradshaw were 110% out of line. “Cheerleader”? What is he, Joe Torre?

  343. 343 Tumtum said at 11:38 PM on December 28th, 2016:


  344. 344 Media Mike said at 8:26 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    Being a baseball purist; I have generally low opinion of the intellect needed to manage in the AL. Especially when one is handed a $200 mil roster of stars.

  345. 345 Tumtum said at 11:52 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    I would of disagreed strongly until the AL wild card.

  346. 346 bushisamoron said at 8:19 PM on December 28th, 2016:


  347. 347 Aaron said at 10:33 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    actually you’re a moron

  348. 348 daveH said at 11:05 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Al Gore?

  349. 349 Media Mike said at 8:34 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Random thought; If we draft Teez Tabor from Florida and he becomes a shutdown corner, can we say the only thing you’ll get by throwing on his side of the field is “TEEZ NUTZ?”

  350. 350 A_T_G said at 8:36 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    When we play the Steelers, we could counteract the terrible towels with Teez tees.

  351. 351 Media Mike said at 8:38 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    That will be great for the 2024 season!

  352. 352 A_T_G said at 8:48 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    Or the Super Bowl…

  353. 353 Aaron said at 10:32 PM on December 28th, 2016:


  354. 354 daveH said at 11:04 PM on December 28th, 2016:


  355. 355 Tumtum said at 11:35 PM on December 28th, 2016:

    I would endure 15 years of that happily….if we draft a shut down corner.

  356. 356 ChoTime said at 12:47 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Upvoted for funny; downvoted for being about draft.

  357. 357 Media Mike said at 1:23 PM on December 29th, 2016:


  358. 358 Media Mike said at 8:33 AM on December 29th, 2016:

  359. 359 Media Mike said at 8:50 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    Trying again

  360. 360 ACViking said at 11:53 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    Entirely the product of Wentz’s completion percentage.

    CW — with 14 TDs and 14 INTs — has a 64.7%.

    Luck — 23 TDs 17 INTs — was 54.1%

    PManning — 26/28 — 56.7% (in a less pass-friendly era).

    Carr’s not worth addressing.

  361. 361 Tumtum said at 11:55 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    Nice but probably means nothing.

  362. 362 ACViking said at 11:59 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    Wentz has 14 TDs.
    Carr had 9.

    Luck . . . 23
    Manning . . . 26

  363. 363 Blackfoot said at 2:19 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    it means everything

  364. 364 Nick C said at 10:16 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    Nolan Carroll has said his agent has begun contract talks with Eagles. Does anyone here want him back?

    Obviously depends on what we would get him for but McKelvin is already under contract along with Ron Brooks. Would we be letting them both go and bringing back Nolan as an insurance policies for the rookies we bring in?

  365. 365 sonofdman said at 11:09 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    I get confused about the free pass Carroll gets from Eagles fans. He gets beat as much as anyone, but everyone seems to say that he is a solid corner and reserve their anger for McKelvin (who’s been playing hurt) and Mills (who is a seventh round draft pick that is playing pretty well for a rookie), and last year Maxwell.

  366. 366 Tumtum said at 11:54 AM on December 29th, 2016:

    In a perfect world no. In real life… I don’t know. A good scenario would be only if he is better than Mills. Let the best of those be off the bench.

  367. 367 Will Ft. Daft Punk said at 12:10 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Its hard to every CB on the roster in one off season.

  368. 368 Media Mike said at 1:23 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Yes, I do. Not for a king’s ransom, but he’s a top 3 (on a team) CB.

  369. 369 GermanEagle said at 12:32 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Random thought:

    Why the hell would you not sort by newest?!

  370. 370 ACViking said at 12:46 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    So you don’t have to scroll through comments you’ve previously read when you return to the blog multiple times while the same T-Law post is still up.

    Just a theory.

  371. 371 GermanEagle said at 12:59 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Sounds like conspiracy theory to me.

  372. 372 ChoTime said at 12:46 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    You stepped away for a day and want to read in chronological order?

  373. 373 GermanEagle said at 12:59 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    who would ever step away for a day?!

  374. 374 Bert's Bells said at 1:28 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Sometimes I’m logged out and it defaults to oldest and I’m all confused and go on Twitter and complain about things.

  375. 375 ACViking said at 12:48 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Apropos of nothing . . .

    I really hate that the Cowboys are good this year.

    Jeez, ownership wanted Paxton Lynch and Connor Cook well ahead of Prescott.


    Just ruins the whole NFL experience.

  376. 376 ChoTime said at 12:49 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    It eases one into that comfortable and familiar NFL universe where the Cowboys are good and the Eagles are bad.

  377. 377 ACViking said at 12:52 PM on December 29th, 2016:


    Yes. The NFL universe spans back to when the Eagles were horrible, missing the playoffs from 1961 thru 1977 . .

    While Dallas made playoffs from 1965 through 1986 (minus ’74).

    And Lee Roy Jordon cheap-shotted RB Tommy Brown in ’67 in Dallas, breaking his jaw and knocking out 6 teeth.
    Jordan didn’t have the guts to do that in Phila.

    Just hate those eff’ng Cowboys.

  378. 378 Julescat said at 12:57 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    that whole “America’s Team” thing was really annoying

  379. 379 ACViking said at 1:04 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    NFL Films is responsible for that, with its 1977 Cowboys highlight film (after Dallas won the SB).


  380. 380 Bert's Bells said at 1:26 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Didn’t they originally want to dub the Steelers “America’s Team” but the Rooney’s said “No, we’re the Pittsburgh team”?

  381. 381 ACViking said at 1:54 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    You are correct.

    Well done.

  382. 382 Ark87 said at 3:13 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    the fact that it’s back in full force makes the nfl unwatchable. Normally I voraciously gobble up any and all football media, but it’s just not safe for me out there.

  383. 383 ChoTime said at 4:03 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    You know, I haven’t been listening to sports radio much the last month or two, either.

  384. 384 Ryan Rambo said at 4:46 PM on December 29th, 2016:


    Shoot me now!!!!!

  385. 385 unhinged said at 9:03 AM on December 30th, 2016:

    In respect to your painful reminiscing, I offer this back-handed tribute to Jeff Lurie (by default). We once were Keystone cops…now we are a fanchise on a mission.

  386. 386 GermanEagle said at 1:00 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Just wait until they beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl…

  387. 387 P_P_K said at 1:41 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    I asked one of my Eagles-watching buds what we should do if the Super Bowl features the hated Cowboys and despised Patriots. He said, “Well watch the Sixers.”

  388. 388 GermanEagle said at 5:55 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Porn > Sixers. Sorry Embiid.

  389. 389 P_P_K said at 7:34 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    LMAO! Brilliant.
    I’m trying to reply with something witty about “Talkin’ ’bout practice,” but can’t think of anything.

  390. 390 unhinged said at 8:49 AM on December 30th, 2016:

    Flyers are playoff material.

  391. 391 Bert's Bells said at 1:25 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    The Dallas wins the Super Bowl I am seriously not watching another NFL game ever.

  392. 392 Donald Kalinowski said at 1:33 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Me too. I am not that passionate as I was since the Giants won 4 years ago. If Dallas wins, I might stop caring.

  393. 393 Will Ft. Daft Punk said at 1:50 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    That seems dramatic

  394. 394 Bert's Bells said at 3:22 PM on December 30th, 2016:

    Not dramatic enough!

  395. 395 unhinged said at 1:52 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Their defense is okay, which I take as evidence that they won’t win NFC. We beat them and then beat ourselves. They are not as special as the media would have us all believe. They can beat anybody on a good day, but their day is coming.

  396. 396 MattE said at 2:35 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    NFC: Atlanta might be only team that can take them out, if they can force a shootout. Luckily they both play in domes, so could happen

  397. 397 unhinged said at 3:40 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    I think Green Bay and/or Seattle can take them. Russell Wilson plays his best football in the biggest games, and that is pretty much true of their defense too. Rodgers can demoralize any DL and secondary if he’s on. His D may never get off the field though, which would give him few opportunities but he doesn’t usually require a lot of possessions to make his point.

  398. 398 P_P_K said at 8:12 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Packers and Seahawks both have playoff experience. The rookie qb of Cowboys will fade in the bright lights.

  399. 399 Patrick said at 4:28 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    The Cowboys are good, but lets not overdo it and hand them the NFC just yet.

    Seattle misses Earl Thomas and weren’t as strong as usual with him, but lets not pretend that defense can’t shut down anyone and that Russell Wilson can’t magically pull a win out of his ass.

    Regardless of their defense, if Atlanta has one of those games, they can put up a crazy amount of points with their running game, Julio and Matt Ryan ability to spread the ball.

    If the Packers get in, which I expect, Aaron Rodgers can beat anyone. And lets not forget that the Giants have beaten Dallas twice, and despite getting destroyed last week, Lions can still put up points while Ziggy and Slay can be problematic.

    The play-offs are a different beast. Colts had that one season where Manning saved their ass, but come playoff time they beat the Ravens because for the first time that year they could stop the run, and their kicker won them a game like 15-9. Lets see how Zeke runs against a playoff defense and how Dak deals with having to potentially keep up with ATL or GB putting up 24 in the first quarter or Seattle pounding their defense in the run game, pounding Zeke and forcing 4 turnovers in the first half.

    Sure Dallas might still run over everyone and somehow get stops on defense, but i’ve seen enough crazy shit in the playoffs and if you cannot count on Dallas choking then I dont know what the world has become.

  400. 400 xmbk said at 4:47 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Great analysis.

  401. 401 Ryan Rambo said at 4:42 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    I think the Packers can beat them too.

  402. 402 P_P_K said at 7:35 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    I agree. Rodgers over Prescott when the pressure is on in the playoffs.

  403. 403 Tumtum said at 10:50 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    I thought they were extremely fake. Then they beat the Lions. Demolished the Lions…

    I don’t know anymore.

  404. 404 unhinged said at 8:48 AM on December 30th, 2016:

    Mike Caldwell has the Lions winning on smarts and hustle. They don’t matchup well with an opponent who sees them coming. The Lions are not equipped to take it to another level, because they are at their ceiling. That’s my expert analysis, having seen 5 quarters all season.

  405. 405 Ark87 said at 3:12 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Wouldn’t be surprised if they’d become wunderkind with that Line and weapons though. Hate to admit it but the design of the offense is quality as well. Not sure I’m sold that Dak is actually a good QB.

  406. 406 Tumtum said at 10:48 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    As every Eagles fan will tell you: you are what your record says you are…even if you aren’t.

  407. 407 Baloophi said at 3:46 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    I think it also underscores how much of a crapshoot the draft is… and why attempting to grade GMs on drafts alone is a fool’s errand.

    Also… happy holidays, AC!

  408. 408 Nailed It! said at 3:46 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Adam Caplan is reporting that the Cowboys will be giving Sanchez the majority of snaps this Sunday.

    So much for the Cowboys wanting to play their starters.

  409. 409 unhinged said at 5:21 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    I hope that brings out some rage from our side. Let Hicks knock Markie out of the game and bring in Dak. They are a conservative, baby-stepping, control-obsessed offense. Disruption is what they need.

  410. 410 Insomniac said at 4:28 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    I would be pretty happy if the season ended now and if Goodell just handed the Lombardi trophy to the Patriots.

  411. 411 GermanEagle said at 5:15 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    I would prefer the Raiders or Chiefs but I’d take the Pats over any of the three NFCE scums…

  412. 412 Insomniac said at 9:44 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    I don’t think the Raiders have a chance now that Carr is out. As much as I want Andy to win one, the Chiefs might not be able to keep up with the Patriots.

  413. 413 daveH said at 10:01 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    NO. Andy needs to be stuffed like Jeff Fischer! ! He has his ring thanks to Reggie White. No pity rings for andy.

  414. 414 Tumtum said at 10:44 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Andy is one the winningest coaches of all time. Why the hate?

  415. 415 daveH said at 11:33 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Nasty attitude towrds fans via his schitt attitude to press’ questions
    Wide9 waste, Jason babin
    Higgest paid coach with zero super bowls
    he got rich, we paid full price got a few nice wins. Thanks
    He hates LBs, hates WRs
    Ruined mcNab & TO
    Fu ck ing up the super bowl
    Last 2 minute mess of super bowl
    2 schit sons but gets a free pass
    Breathe breathe …
    Ok, now rip me

  416. 416 Insomniac said at 11:42 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Shut up. He’s the only reason why we were successful for the last decade.

  417. 417 daveH said at 11:43 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    He got lucky with McNabb, Westbrook & JJ

  418. 418 Insomniac said at 11:43 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    And Belichick got lucky with Brady. What’s your point?

  419. 419 daveH said at 11:47 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Belichek has 5 rings. .how many for andy what ??
    Belichek is about 5Million times better than Andy in every way possible
    Belichek to andy comparison is a joke it makes me vomit.
    They nske almost same money.
    Andy isnt 10% if Msrv Levy

  420. 420 Mitchell said at 11:52 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    The benzos are on the counter next to the fridge, go grab a couple and drink it down with some nice ice water. You’ll feel better.

  421. 421 daveH said at 11:53 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Tanks. . Using local xmas gift

  422. 422 daveH said at 11:42 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Uh oh … here it comes

  423. 423 iceberg584 said at 11:47 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    “2 schit sons but gets a free pass”

    I wouldn’t call having to bury your own son a “free pass.”

  424. 424 daveH said at 12:01 AM on December 30th, 2016:

    Both felons. Daddy gave big boy a job.. doing heroin on nfl premises.. daddy parades entire nfl out for the funeral to generate sympathy so he can keep his job.
    Calling it as it is.
    Takes guts to say so… but name any nfl participant that has 2 gun toting drug dealing family members

  425. 425 daveH said at 11:34 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Yay we got a few wins

  426. 426 anon said at 5:26 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Uh-oh Sanchez to play his old team.

  427. 427 daveH said at 9:58 PM on December 29th, 2016:

    Nope. He was Jets, USC .. he’s their prodigy

  428. 428 aron said at 10:46 PM on December 29th, 2016:


  429. 429 GordonGekko said at 2:29 PM on December 30th, 2016:

    Give him a small salary with lots of incentives, otherwise look elsewhere.