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Jason Kelce delivers passionate speech we'll remember in 100 years

Jason Kelce delivers passionate speech we'll remember in 100 years

Dressed in a full bedazzled green and purple Mummers costume, Eagles center Jason Kelce made the most impassioned speech from Thursday's Super Bowl champions parade. 

Of course he did. 

With his teammates, coaches and executives looking on from the art museum steps, Kelce decided to shout a little bit about underdogs in a raspy WWE tone of voice. For the world champion Eagles, the title of underdogs goes way beyond a few guys in rubber masks in the playoffs. It's something they lived. All of them. 

"It's been slowly building throughout the course of the year," Kelce told NBC Sports Philadelphia shortly after his wild speech wrapped up. "Lane (Johnson) and Chris (Long) wearing the underdog masks, it really hit me."

When asked if he knows his speech will go down in history, Kelce said he put a lot of energy into it and needed a nap. He also called Thursday one of the most incredible days of his life. 

His speech certainly made it even more special. 

Here it is, in its entirety: 

"Philadelphiaaaa!! If you love the Eagles let me get a hell yeah! If you love the Philadelphia Eagles, let me get a hell yeah! I'm going to take a second to talk to you about underdogs. I know Lane and Chris just talked about this but I don't think it's been beaten home enough.

"Howie Roseman, a few years ago, relinquished all control pretty much in this organization. He was put in the side of the building where I didn't see him for over a year. Two years ago, when they made a decision, he came out of there a different man. He came out of there with a purpose and a drive to make this possible. And I saw a different Howie Roseman. An underdog!

"Doug Pederson. When Doug Pederson was hired, he was rated as the worst coaching hire by a lot of freaking analysts out there in the media. This past offseason, some clown named Mike Lombardi told him that he was the least qualified head coach in the NFL! Doug Pederson! The man who went for it on fourth down in the Super Bowl with a trick play! He wasn't playing just to be mediocre. He's playing for a Super Bowl. And it don't stop with him. It does not stop with him. 

"Jason Peters was told he was too old. Didn't have it anymore. Before he got here, he was the best freaking tackle in the NFL. Big V was told he didn't have it. Stefen Wisnieski ain't good enough. Jason Kelce's too small. Lane Johnson can't lay off the juice. Brandon Brooks has anxiety. 

"Carson Wentz didn't go to a Division I school. Nick Foles don't got it. Corey Clement's too slow. LeGarrette Blount ain't got it anymore. Jay Ajayi can't stay healthy. Torrey Smith can't catch. Nelson Agholor can't catch. Zach Ertz can't block. Brent Celek's too old. 

"Brandon Graham was drafted too high. Vinny Curry ain't got it. Beau Allen can't fit the scheme. Mychal Kendricks can't fit the scheme. Nigel Bradham can't catch. Jalen Mills can't cover. Patrick Robinson can't cover. It's the whole team!!!

"This entire organization is a bunch of driven men to accomplish something. We're all a bunch of underdogs and you know what underdogs is? It's a hungry dog. And Jeff Stoutland has had this in our building for five years. It's a quote in the O-line room that has stood on the wall for the last five years: Hungry dogs run faster. And that's this team! We wanted it more! All the players, all the coaches, front office. Jeffrey Lurie, everybody wanted it more. And that's why we're up here today. That's why we're the first team in Eagles history to hold that freaking trophy. 

"You know who the biggest underdog is? It's y'all, Philadelphia. For 52 years, y'all have been waiting for this. You want to talk about underdog? You want to talk about a hungry dog? For the last 52 years, you have been starved of this championship. Everybody wonders why we're so mean. Everybody wonders why the Philadelphia Eagles don't have the nicest fans. If I don't eat breakfast, I'm f------ pissed off!

"No one wanted us! No one liked this team. No analyst liked this team to win the Super Bowl and nobody likes our fans. And you know what? I've just heard one of the best chants from this past day. And it's one of my favorite and it's new and I hope y'all learn it. Because I'm about to drop it right now. You know what I got to say? To all those people that doubted us, to all those people who counted us out and to everybody who said we couldn't get it's done. What my man Jay AJayi just said: 'F--- em!'

"(Singing) No one likes us, no one likes us, no one likes us, we don't care. We're from Philly, f------ Philly, no one likes us, we don't care. No one likes us, no one likes us, we don't care. We're from Philly, f------ Philly, no one likes us, we don't care. E-A-G-L-E-S, Eagles!"

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

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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. 

Re-work/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 re-work 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 -- we explore it more herehttp://www.nbcsports.com/philadelphia/eagles/stay-or-go-super-bowl-mvp-nick-foles. 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.