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Carson Wentz, Doug Pederson take home awards

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Carson Wentz, Doug Pederson take home awards

The only award or trophy the Eagles are interested in right now will be up for grabs in Minnesota in less than two weeks, but when you're a 13-3 team in the Super Bowl, other honors are going to come too. 

Despite missing the last three games of the regular season, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz has been named the Bert Bell Pro Player of the Year by the Maxwell Football Club. 

And Eagles head coach Doug Pederson has been named the Greasy Neale Pro Coach of the Year. 

In the 59th year of the Bert Bell Award, Wentz is the sixth Eagle to win it and the first since Mike Vick in 2010. Other Eagles winners include Norm Van Brocklin (1960), Pete Retzlaff (1965), Ron Jaworski (1980) and Randall Cunningham (1988, 1990). 

Before Wentz's season was cut short by an ACL tear on Dec. 10, he was seemingly on track to be the league's MVP. He threw 33 touchdown passes in 13 games, setting a new Eagles franchise record. 

Wentz didn't just get incrementally better in his second season; he took a giant leap forward. He led the Eagles to an 11-2 record before the injury. While he completed just 60.2 percent of his passes, he threw for 3,296 yards with 33 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He also proved to be able to make plays happen with his legs. 

Wentz became just the second player to win the Bert Bell Award in his second season. The other was Earl Campbell in 1979. 

Pederson is the third Eagles coach to win the Greasy Neale Award. Chip Kelly won in 2013 and Andy Reid won in 2010. 

In his second season as head coach, Pederson has the Eagles in the Super Bowl after a 7-9 record in Year 1. Overall, including playoffs, Pederson has coached the Eagles to a 22-12 record. He's been by far the best coach hired before the 2016 season. 

This year's Maxwell Award for the best player in college football is going to Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield. Wentz, Pederson, Mayfield and others will be honored at the 81st Maxwell Club National Awards Gala in March in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 

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.