Brandon Brooks restructuring deal for Nick Foles a 'no-brainer'

Brandon Brooks restructuring deal for Nick Foles a 'no-brainer'

A few days ago, the Eagles and Nick Foles agreed to rework his contract.

The restructured deal included a $2 million signing bonus and incentives based on whether Foles starts and reaches certain goals, plus a mutual option for 2019 (see story). Monday, it became clearer how the Eagles were able to get Foles more money up front when Pro Bowl offensive guard Brandon Brooks tweeted this:

Brooks restructured his current deal last Friday to help out his quarterback (see story)

NBC Sports Philadelphia had Brooks and RT Lane Johnson on Quick Slants Monday. Brooks had this to say about the restructure and his tweet:

Whenever it comes to a restructure, I just wanted to throw it out there — one, to clarify as far as exactly what happened and then two, probably the most important thing is look at what Nick did. I literally did whatever it took to get him extra money. I mean, everything he’s done for us as a team, for us as a city. The Super Bowl MVP. You know, going out there, launching that thing every week. The leader he is. The high character guy he is. And when they approached me about it, it was kind of like, 'Nah,' but then after understanding it was for Nick Foles, then I said, 'Without question, let’s go ahead and get it done.' He deserves it, he brought the first championship to the city, so it was a no-brainer, without question for me.

Brooks' close friend and linemate Johnson added:

The man was thrown into the fire and came out on top. I mean, he was really thrown into a tough situation and only had two weeks the last part of the season to kind of get in a rhythm, and you know how those games went. The guy went out there and delivered. I’m just so proud of him. It couldn’t have happened to a better guy. We’re all happy for him.

As it gets closer to the 2018 NFL draft, the rumors continue to swirl that Foles could be traded. If it happens, a number of his teammates have told me Foles deserves his own team.

Will Foles be in Eagles green come September? Only time will tell, but whether he’s here or elsewhere, Foles will always have the respect and admiration from a group of guys who completed a magical season.

Malcolm Jenkins is a master motivator

Malcolm Jenkins is a master motivator

In this week's "Gunn-on-One," which you can watch Sunday on NBC Sports Philadelphia's Eagles Pregame Live, Derrick Gunn talks with veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins.

There's no doubt Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is a leader on the defense. He is an articulate and passionate veteran. I recently sat down with Jenkins, who is known for getting his guys fired up (see story).

Gunn: Prior to the Falcons game, you gave a passionate speech to your teammates in the auditorium of the Novacare Complex. And I'm assuming you are a fan of the movie Hoosiers, because in that movie coach Norman Dale took his team to the gym before the big championship game and had his team measure 10 feet from the rim to the floor, and told them it's still the same rim they've been playing on and still the same game. You were telling your guys things like: it's still the same field, the ball is the same, the rules are still the same, everything is still the same. But how do you couple "just another game" with the magnitude of this particular game?

Jenkins: Actually I haven't seen the movie, now I have to go watch it (laughs). I mean for me, you acknowledge the outside influence, you acknowledge the crowd is going to be louder. The stage is obviously bigger. The consequences are larger. Your season is done if you lose, and you advance to the Super Bowl if you win. So the feeling is going to be magnified on either spectrum after the game. But what happens in those four hours on the field is all the same. The field is the same distance, the ball is the same size, the rules are exactly the same, and so what wins and loses is exactly the same. I think that sometimes when people start to look too much around at the things surrounding the game you forget about what wins, and often times you see sloppy performances of small little details. People love to replay the amazing catch, the run that broke through, but really what wins and loses are usually those small mistakes. A missed block, an offsides penalty, a missed field goal. You just need to be locked in on the small things.

Extremely close predictions for championship weekend

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Extremely close predictions for championship weekend

One team had to make a game-saving defensive stand, the other gets a miraculous touchdown, and so here they stand — the Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings are at the doorstep of representing the NFC in the Super Bowl. 

These two teams mirror each other so much. Both are guided by quarterbacks who were backups on their depth charts when this long journey began. Both have defenses that can clamp down on opposing offenses. Both with identical records. And both have never won a Super Bowl (Vikings 0-4, Eagles 0-2). 

For Nick Foles, it's imperative that he stays within himself. Stick to the short, high-percentage passing game and hopefully get some much needed help from the run game. 

Against the Falcons, the Eagles had 49 yards rushing in the opening quarter but only 47 the rest of the game against Atlanta's ninth-ranked run defense. 

Minnesota's defense is ranked No. 1 overall, No. 2 against the run, No. 2 against the pass and No. 1 in points allowed. 

The Eagles' defensive front has to get to Vikings QB Case Keenum before he can find Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Both are excellent route runners with exceptional hands. What a matchup up this is. Pat Shurmur's offense against Jim Schwartz's defense. 

I've gone back and forth all week on who will win this game in what could be your basic backyard brawl. So what I came up with is this: In the final seconds of the game, the Eagles will be down one point when Jake Elliott gets the call and nails a 50-yarder as time expires. Eagles win 23-21 and dance their way to the Super Bowl. 
Jaguars at Patriots (Sunday, 3:05 p.m. on CBS)
Who would have thought Jacksonville would be playing for the AFC Championship, except maybe the Jaguars? There's no question Jacksonville has a top-notch defense but their offense is hard to figure out. In their first-round playoff game at home against Buffalo, the Jags barely scored 10 points and quarterback Blake Bortles was 12 of 23 for 87 yards with a TD. 

The following week, the Jaguars go on the road and put up 45 points in Pittsburgh with Bortles throwing for 214 yards with a TD. Look for Jacksonville to lean on its freight train of a running back, Leonard Fournette, who ran for 109 yards against the Steelers and scored three rushing TDs. 

Tom Brady is 40 years old but he is still the G.O.A.T. until further notice. Brady lit up Tennessee's defense last week for 337 yards and 3 touchdowns. 

It will be interesting to see how the Jags try to neutralize Rob Gronkowski. Jaguars CB Jalen Ramsey has made the bold prediction that Jacksonville is going to the Super Bowl. The Jaguars' defense has the capability to make it a long, miserable day for Brady and Co.

But Brady and his crew have playoff experience on their side and Bill Belichick is the ultimate big-game coach. Unfortunately, the evil empire that is New England will be heading to another Super Bowl.

Patriots 27, Jaguars 24