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Broncos make QB change ahead of game vs. Eagles

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Broncos make QB change ahead of game vs. Eagles

The Broncos' quarterback situation is so bad that in Week 9 against the Eagles, they're forced to start a player who was traded in a salary dump over the summer, then cut by the worst team in the league.

That's right, on Sunday at the Linc, the Eagles will face Brock Osweiler.

Broncos head coach Vance Joseph announced the QB switch Wednesday. Denver had been starting Trevor Siemian, who has been atrocious lately. Siemian has been battered around behind a poor Broncos offensive line, and on Monday night against the Chiefs, the impact of all those QB hits was quite clear. Siemian was skittish, made bad decisions and turned the ball over three times.

"With our team working so hard, the guys putting in max effort [Monday night] and not having a chance to win the football game, I think it's fair to evaluate the quarterback and all positions," Joseph said Tuesday.

"When you watch Trevor, even last night, he made three horrible interceptions. I mean, horrific decisions with those three he threw last night. He had 20 other plays that were really, really good. When you watch your starting quarterback make 20 or 25 amazing throws, amazing checks and three horrific interceptions, that's when it becomes an issue. In your heart you know he can play better because those three balls he threw, you just can't throw. The 20-plus plays he made in the third and fourth quarter, it keeps you excited about the guy. That's the issue. 

"Again, it's about results and we haven't had them. We've lost three games in a row, and again, yesterday with four turnovers. At the end of the day, it's about results. It's not about how he's played, it's the end result that we're not getting and it's not good."

Osweiler began his career with the Broncos before signing with the Texans. Houston lavished him with a four-year, $72 million contract that included $37 million guaranteed. But he was so, so bad that after one season, the Texans traded two draft picks (a 2018 second-rounder and 2017 sixth-rounder) to the Browns just for them to take Osweiler's remaining contract.

The Browns cut him six months later and he returned to the Broncos, who are paying him just $775,000.

In 15 games last season, Osweiler completed 59 percent of his passes for 2,957 yards with 15 TDs and 16 interceptions. He averaged just 5.8 yards per pass and had a QB rating of 72.2.

Eagles reward Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles with reworked contract

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Eagles reward Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles with reworked contract

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. 

Eagles well-represented on list of top NFL sellers

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Eagles well-represented on list of top NFL sellers

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: 

1. Brady
2. Prescott
3. Wentz
4. Ezekiel Elliott
5. Antonio Brown
6. Aaron Rodgers
7. Beckham Jr. 
8. Russell Wilson
9. Rob Gronkowski
10. Derek Carr