Brace yourself Eagles fans, for a bad pun and a picture that will make you happy.
A day after a video emerged of Carson Wentz making some throws with a brace on his surgically repaired knee, he posted a picture to Instagram ... without the brace!
Wentz was brace-less in this photo with his fiancee, Maddie.
On Feb. 6, when Wentz shared a picture of him proposing, a brace can be spotted if you look closely.
So this represents some progress. The Eagles will have the first game of the 2018 NFL season, and all of these small moments add up on Wentz's road to recovery.
The Eagles gave Nick Foles a little raise on Friday, reworking the Super Bowl MVP’s contract, a league source confirmed.
Basically, the Eagles are rewarding Foles after he helped the franchise win its first-ever Super Bowl a few months ago.
Foles, 29, is still entering the final year of his contract with the Eagles, but the new deal also includes a mutual option for the 2019 season, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. The mutual option will still allow Foles the possibility to test the free agent market next season, but could leave the door open to a possible return beyond this upcoming season.
Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport from NFL Network first reported the revised contract, which includes a $2 million signing bonus and “several millions in incentives if he’s the starter and hits various benchmarks,” according to Rapoport.
That part makes a ton of sense. If for some reason Carson Wentz isn’t ready to play in 2018 or if he goes down again, Foles will have a chance to earn what might be closer to starter money.
Foles was set to earn a base salary of $4 million in 2018, with a salary cap hit of $7.6 million on the contract before Friday’s renegotiation.
Wentz and Foles grew very close last season — third-string QB Nate Sudfeld too — and have both been very selfless in a situation that would be awkward for many others in the league. But both have been incredibly selfless throughout the entire process. Just this week, Wentz admitted he had to fight jealousy but was truly happy for his teammate and friend, who became the Super Bowl hero (see story).
Earlier on Friday, Foles tweeted out this photo with his wife and daughter from the NovaCare Complex. That’s a $2 million smile.
It turns out winning the Super Bowl is pretty good for business.
The NFLPA on Friday released its top 50 player sales list from March 1-Feb. 28 and the Eagles were the most represented team on the list, with five players ranking in the top 50.
3. Carson Wentz
17. Zach Ertz
22. Nick Foles
43. Alshon Jeffery
45. Jay Ajayi
This list is a combined total of all officially licensed merchandise, not just jerseys. It shouldn’t be surprising that Wentz is near the top of this list, behind just Tom Brady (1) and Dak Prescott (2). Even though he was injured late in the year, he was having an MVP season before going down and is obviously the Eagles’ quarterback of the future.
But Foles making the list at 22? That’s pretty impressive. Remember, for most of the 2017 season, Foles was just a backup on a two-year deal. He had to make a heckuva comeback once he took over for an injured Wentz and led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl championship. Foles returned to the top 50 list after two years off of it.
Weirdly, Foles sold more drinkware product from Wincraft than any other player — 10 times more than any other player!
And there are likely a lot of Eagles fans walking around the city with players on their legs. Five of the top 10 sellers of Strideline socks were Eagles: Foles, Wentz, Chris Long, Ajayi and Jeffery.
Only Brady and Odell Beckham Jr. sold more in Fathead decals than Wentz.
Here’s the top 10:
4. Ezekiel Elliott
5. Antonio Brown
6. Aaron Rodgers
7. Beckham Jr.
8. Russell Wilson
9. Rob Gronkowski
10. Derek Carr