Carson and Dak discuss the Wentz-Prescott rivalry

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Carson and Dak discuss the Wentz-Prescott rivalry

Carson Wentz understands why people look at this weekend's matchup against the Cowboys as a matchup that pins him against Dak Prescott.

Wentz knows it's a good thing for the conference, the division, and even the Eagles-Cowboys rivalry. 

He's just not about making this Wentz vs. Prescott. 

"At the end of the day, we're playing the defense," Wentz said. "I'm not playing Dak Prescott. I'm playing the Cowboys' defense and as a team, we're playing the Cowboys. I don't look into it too much. I really just focus on what we can do to beat this defense." 

But the comparisons are unavoidable. 

Prescott got off to a tremendous start in his professional career, making the Pro Bowl as a rookie. Wentz has clearly caught up and is a favorite to win the NFL MVP award this season. 

Who's better? 

Well, that will play itself out over the next several years. The good news is it will be plenty of fun to watch. There's a chance these two quarterbacks could be battling it out for the next decade on opposite ends of one of the NFL's most notable rivalries. 

"I don't honestly pay any attention to comparisons," Prescott said on a conference call with Philadelphia reporters. "I don't like to compare myself to anyone. I don't pay attention to that but it's hard when Carson is playing the way he's playing and the Eagles are as hot as they are to not see and not pay attention to his stats and what they're doing."

For what it's worth, here are their numbers, each through 25 games in their careers: 

Prescott: 18-7 record, 494 for 748 (66 percent), 5,661 yards, 39 TD, 8 INT 

Wentz: 15-10 record, 555 for 898 (62 percent), 6,044 yards, 39 TD, 19 INT

You could spend all day arguing the meaning behind these numbers. You'd probably hear about Prescott's supporting cast and Wentz's interception numbers. You'd probably hear about their ceilings. And maybe you'd hear about how Prescott is overlooked because he was a fourth-round pick and Wentz went No. 2 overall. 

But the numbers are pretty similar. And both QBs have found success early in their careers. 

So it's just natural to compare them. And it might be natural for Wentz to at least think for a brief second about facing a guy he'll be compared to for the rest of his career. 

"I mean, there is that little bit inside you that you know they're linked together," Frank Reich said. "So that's natural, that's human nature. But I can assure you right now the only Cowboys that Carson is worried about or thinking about are those four guys up front and those secondary players. He's not at all thinking about what kind of game Dak's going to have. He's concerned and focusing on that defense, and they certainly have some good players over there that are worthy to be concerned about and to focus on."

Prescott was one of about five quarterbacks the Eagles brought in for an interview during the 2016 pre-draft process. Reich came away from the meeting with Prescott extremely impressed with Prescott's understanding of X's and O's, which added to his already impressive college tape. Reich said he had "very, very high grades" on Prescott. 

Wentz and Prescott got a chance to know each other a little bit over those months too. They were both at the Senior Bowl and at the combine. 

"He's a great dude," Wentz said. "Obviously, he's a good leader and he's done well. Like I said, it's exciting for this division and this rivalry." 

Trey Burton denies report questioning his Eagles future

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Trey Burton denies report questioning his Eagles future

Several hours after an NJ.com report surfaced that the Eagles were unlikely to re-sign Trey Burton, the tight end denied it on Twitter.

Replying to a tweet about the report from former Eagles teammate Emmanuel Acho, Burton said he hasn't spoken to anyone.

NJ.com's Matt Lombardo reported Friday that the Eagles made Burton an offer that the soon-to-be-free-agent "didn't consider serious."

"We are fully expecting Trey to sign elsewhere," the source said.

It wouldn't be surprising whatsoever if Burton leaves in free agency. A team will likely pay him starter's money and offer him a chance to start, which he doesn't have here with Zach Ertz firmly entrenched.

The Eagles are over the projected salary cap, and while they could create space in numerous ways, they also have to worry about re-signing key linebacker Nigel Bradham.

6 ways for Eagles to create cap space

6 ways for Eagles to create cap space

The Eagles are coming off a thrilling season but there's a lot of work to be done. 

The NFL's new league year begins on March 14 and the Eagles must be under the salary cap by then. The problem is that based on projections, the Eagles are set to be more than $9 million over the cap, according to OverTheCap. So it's time for some maneuvering. 

The good news is that Howie Roseman's specialty has always been finding unique ways to get the Eagles out of cap trouble. There are ways for him to do it again.

Cut Torrey Smith 
Probably the easiest one. Smith was a great teammate and a solid addition to the Eagles' locker room, and he really stepped up his game in the playoffs, but it's probably not enough to bring him back. He just wasn't good enough last season, and cutting him would save the Eagles $5 million in cap room with no dead money. The Birds still have Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor, while Mack Hollins is entering Year 2. 

Cut Brent Celek
This one will hurt, but Celek can take away the sting if he decides to walk away as a champion. He's set to have a cap number of $5 million. That's just way too much for what Celek provides these days. By cutting him, the Eagles would save $4 million in cap space. So just between Smith and Celek, the Eagles will almost get back to zero ... but there's other work to do. They'll still need money to sign free agents and draft picks. 

Extend Brandon Graham 
Graham is entering the final year of his contract with a cap number of $8 million. He wants a new contract and deserves one. Good news: An extension would work for both sides. Graham would get more money long term and the Eagles could get his cap number down this season. 

Rework/cut Vinny Curry
Curry is coming off of probably his best season in the NFL but will have an $11 million cap number. That's tough to swallow, especially with Derek Barnett waiting for his chance to start. It seems likely the Eagles will ask Curry to take a pay cut or rework his deal. If not, cutting him would leave $6 million in dead money but would also save $5 million in cap room. 

Trade Mychal Kendricks
If you remember, Kendricks actually wanted a trade last offseason. Good thing that didn't happen. Kendricks ended up being a big part of the Eagles' success in 2017. Depending on what happens with Nigel Bradham in free agency and with Jordan Hicks' Achilles recovery, trading Kendricks might again be an option. A trade would save $4.4 million in cap space. 

Trade Nick Foles 
This is such a tough one β€” we explore it more here. But basically, Foles is a pretty amazing insurance policy until we know when Carson Wentz is going to be ready. If the Eagles do trade Foles, it would save them $5.2 million that they could certainly use. The problem is that by the time they know Wentz's status, free agency will be long gone and that cap space won't help this year. But it could help in 2019.