Eagles Stay or Go — The other backup quarterback

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Eagles Stay or Go — The other backup quarterback

Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro continue our series examining the future of the world champion Eagles

All of our previous Stay or Go posts can be found here.

Nate Sudfeld
Roob: The trivia question is this: What quarterback has the highest career completion percentage in NFL history with at least 20 attempts? The answer, of course, is Nate Sudfeld, who went 19 for 23 against the Cowboys in his only NFL game. The Eagles liked Sudfeld enough that they didn't hesitate to move him up to No. 2 behind lookalike Nick Foles when Carson Wentz got hurt. They preferred Sudfeld to signing a veteran, and that speaks volumes. I have a feeling Sudfeld will be around for a while.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: The Eagles made it pretty clear what they thought of Sudfeld when they added him to their 53-man roster to prevent the Colts from signing him. Then they really showed what they thought of him when they went into the playoffs with him as their backup quarterback instead of adding a veteran for the run to the Super Bowl. While there's been so much talk about possibly trading Nick Foles, Sudfeld might be trade bait too. For now, though, the Eagles think enough of the young quarterback to keep him around. 

Verdict: STAYS

Tre Sullivan
Sullivan is one of the 2017 practice squad guys who rejoined the team with a reserve/future contract. He was undrafted out of Sheperd University in West Virginia. So he's the ultimate longshot. But that's what this team is all about, right? The Eagles just don't have that many safeties under contract, so I'd expect Sullivan to get a lot of playing time in the preseason. Beyond that, it's up to him.

Verdict: GOES

Dave: Pretty wild that the Eagles had Sullivan and Billy Brown, both from Division II Shepherd University. Sullivan is a safety who was with the Birds in training camp and was brought back to the practice squad in November. They seem to like him, but he doesn't seem to have a good shot at making the roster. 

Verdict: GOES

Bryce Treggs
Treggs spent half the season with the Browns and finished the season with the Eagles at the Super Bowl. Talk about living two extremes. Treggs is still only 23 and still has that world-class speed, so with him, it's just a matter of getting better at route running and securing the football. That speed will always get him a look somewhere, but he's still a longshot to make the Eagles' roster.

Verdict: GOES

Dave: Treggs began the season on the Eagles' practice squad, spent a couple months on the Browns' active roster and then finished the 2017 season on the Birds' practice squad through the Super Bowl run. He'll be in camp and has a shot to impress and earn a roster spot. If Torrey Smith is gone, the Eagles will need a deep threat again. It just seems like they can find someone else. 

Verdict: GOES

More money might not be enough to keep Chris Long in Philly

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More money might not be enough to keep Chris Long in Philly

The Eagles have given veteran defensive end Chris Long a raise, but according to one report, Long is concerned enough about his playing time with the Eagles that he's mulling his options regarding his future.

What is certain is that at some point before March 15, Long signed a new contract with the Eagles that increases his 2018 base salary from $1 million non-guaranteed to $2½ million fully guaranteed.

However, NFL Network's Michael Silver reported Monday that Long may decide he doesn't want to accept the new contract — which he already signed.

According to Silver, Long is concerned about how many snaps he would get as a third-down rusher following the addition of Pro Bowl pass rusher Michael Bennett.

The Eagles officially acquired Bennett on March 14, although the deal was reported a week earlier. Long's new contract was filed with the NFLPA on March 15, but there is a good chance he agreed to it and signed it before the Bennett acquisition.

Whether or not Long knew Bennett was coming to the Eagles when he signed the restructured deal is unknown. But at some point Long knew about their interest in Bennett and even gave Bennett a "glowing recommendation" when the Eagles asked, according to an interview Long gave to SBNation.  

Long wouldn't appear to have many options. He could retire, in which case he would have to return the $500,000 bonus he received from the Eagles last week.

He could request a trade, which would be bizarre for someone who signed a contract extension just a few days earlier.

Or he could simply play under the terms of the contract restructure and pay increase, which was first reported by Field Yates of ESPN and confirmed by NBC Sports Philadelphia with a source familiar with the renegotiation.

As for the contract itself, including that $500,000 roster bonus — which was also in the previous version of the contract — Long would receive $3 million guaranteed this year instead of $1.5 million non-guaranteed plus $750,000 in easily achieved roster bonuses.

Long had five sacks and forced four fumbles last year as a rotational defensive end. He wound up playing 496 snaps, 10th-most on the defense and only about 10 per game fewer than starter and Pro Bowler Brandon Graham and five per game fewer than starter Vinny Curry, who the Eagles released.

Long, who turns 33 next week, has 63½ career sacks. His 5.0 sacks last year were his most since 2013. He's won back-to-back Super Bowls the last two years with the Eagles and Patriots.

What happens next?

Long has demonstrated that the money is secondary to him. He donated his entire 2017 base salary to charity.

At some point very soon, the Eagles will need him to decide whether he's even going to have a 2018 base salary.

Terrell Owens digs deep to find his Hall of Fame presenter

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Terrell Owens digs deep to find his Hall of Fame presenter

A day after we found out that Brian Dawkins picked Troy Vincent to introduce him at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony this summer, Terrell Owens has picked his presenter. 

No surprise: It's not Donovan McNabb.

After alienating many people in the league throughout his tremendous career, Owens picked a name from his early days. Longtime NFL assistant coach George Stewart, who was Owens' receivers coach in San Francisco, will introduce T.O. at the 2018 induction. 

In a video released by the Hall of Fame, Owens said Stewart "knew what to get out of me."

Now special teams coordinator and assistant head coach for the Chargers, Stewart has been an NFL coach for three decades. He began his time in San Francisco in 1996 (Owens' rookie season) as a special teams coach but was their wide receivers coach from 2000-02.

"Things that George Stewart may say, it may be shocking to a lot of people, but not to him because he knows who I am," Owens said. "... To know who Terrell Owens is, you really have to spend some time with him. Fast forward, George Stewart became a father figure to me."

The first season Stewart became the 49ers' receivers coach, Owens went to his first of six Pro Bowls and was named an All-Pro for the first of five times in his career. Owens was a Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in all three of the seasons that Stewart held the position in San Francisco. 

Of course, Owens' growth under Stewart led to his becoming one of the biggest stars in the NFL.

Eventually, Owens forced his way out of San Francisco and got to Philadelphia. With the Eagles, Owens had a short and tumultuous two seasons, but was also dynamic on the field and nearly helped them pull off a Super Bowl win over the Patriots. 

Owens averaged 93.5 receiving yards per game during his time in Philadelphia, the highest average in franchise history. It wasn't his play that led to his downfall in Philly. It was his beef with McNabb, along with his attempt to strong-arm the Eagles into a new contract. 

Owens was a divisive personality for his entire career. It's likely the reason it took him three tries to make it into the Hall of Fame. Because his numbers don't lie: He's one of the best receivers of all time.