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Eagles biggest Super Bowl underdog in nearly a decade

Eagles biggest Super Bowl underdog in nearly a decade

Two weeks is a loooooong wait, but if the opening line doesn't move between now and Feb. 4, the Eagles will be the biggest Super Bowl underdog in nearly a decade.

The Eagles open as 5½-point underdogs against the Patriots, according to Bovada. No team has been a bigger Super Bowl underdog since the Cardinals, who were 7-point dogs against the Steelers after the 2008 season.

The line could move, though. It already has, in a way. Last week, Bovada's pre-championship weekend odds pegged the Eagles at plus-7 if they were to face the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

If you got your money in on the Eagles last spring, you're loving life right now. The Birds were 50/1 to win the Super Bowl until the season began, and they were 40/1 as late as Week 3.

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Courtesy of Odds Shark:

• Tom Brady: -150

• Nick Foles: 6/1

• Rob Gronkowski: 10/1

• Danny Amendola: 14/1

• Jay Ajayi: 16/1

• Dion Lewis: 16/1

• Brandin Cooks: 16/1

• Zach Ertz: 20/1

• Chris Hogan: 20/1

 Alshon Jeffery: 25/1

• James White: 25/1

• Rex Burkhead: 25/1

• Nelson Agholor: 33/1

• Torrey Smith: 33/1

 LeGarrette Blount: 33/1

Eagles might lose backup defensive back

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Eagles might lose backup defensive back

Jaylen Watkins' time in Philadelphia might just be coming to an end. 

The Eagles don't plan to tender Watkins, who is a restricted free agent, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport

Watkins, 26, played a decent role with the Eagles in 2017. He came into the summer as a safety, but when the team needed him at corner, he began to fill in there. He offered them a backup at multiple spots. 

So why won't the Eagles tender him? 

Well, if the Eagles did place a tender on Watkins, it would have been an original-round tender. He was drafted in the fourth round back in 2014. So teams could have negotiated with Watkins as a RFA but if the Eagles didn't match the offer sheet, they'd get back a fourth-round pick. Sounds great, except for one thing. 

The problem with the original-round tender is that it would bring back Watkins on a one-year deal worth just over $1.9 million. That's a projection after last year's number was just under $1.8 million. 

Watkins proved to be a valuable backup for the Eagles in 2017, but $1.9 million is probably just a little too pricey, especially as the Eagles are sitting around $9 million over the cap and have to trim that number down. 

And the Birds should have plenty of younger depth at corner in 2018. 

Not tendering Watkins doesn't necessarily mean he won't be back. What it does mean is he'll be an unrestricted free agent when the new league year starts on March 14. He will be able to negotiate with any team freely, but that will also include the Eagles, who might be willing to bring him back for a lesser price. 

Darren Sproles doesn't look ready to retire

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Darren Sproles doesn't look ready to retire

Darren Sproles seems well on his way to a full recovery.

Just five months after tearing his ACL and breaking his forearm, Sproles posted this video in his Instagram story.

The 12-year veteran back and return specialist has been saying that he's not quite ready to retire. 

"I don't have to play next year, but I'm leaning towards coming back," Sproles said back in December. "I can't end like this."

The Eagles will have an interesting decision to make regarding Sproles who will be a free agent this offseason along with veteran LeGarrette Blount. With Jay Ajayi locked in for 2018 and the emergence of undrafted back Corey Clement, the Super Bowl champions face some tough choices.