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Just imagine if a Philly host said that about Tom Brady's daughter

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Just imagine if a Philly host said that about Tom Brady's daughter

This week I'll be slanting my Rants toward the big game in Minneapolis. We begin today with a sports talk-show host/writer/idiot out of Boston. 

Being critical of a professional team, coach, franchise or individual player is fair game. They are adults who are paid to play the game. Criticism is part of what they sign up for. 

But there are lines. And to most people with a brain, those lines are pretty clear. You don't have to squint really hard to know that children are off limits. Here's Exhibit A of someone who has no comprehension of poor taste.

His name is Alex Reimer, he is a part-time host and contributor to WEEI sports radio in Boston. At least he was. Reimer is now on indefinite suspension. Why? Thursday, when discussing Tom Brady's new documentary Tom vs Time, Reimer referred to Brady's five-year-old daughter as "an annoying little pissant" on the air. 

Brady is a weekly guest on WEEI's The Kirk and Callahan Show during the football season. On Monday, he cut his interview short with them and had this to say regarding Reimer's remark: 

"I've tried to come on this show for many years and showed you guys a lot of respect. I've always tried to come on and do a good job for you guys. It's very disappointing when you hear [the comments about my daughter], certainly. My daughter, or any child, certainly doesn't deserve that. ... I'll obviously evaluate whether I want to come on this show again, so I really don't have much to say this morning."

No one would blame Brady for never appearing on the station again. We're in a day and age when sizzle oftentimes sells more than substance and too many media personalities are just looking to be outrageous for the sake of ratings or clicks or to make a name for themselves. I have no idea what Reimer's motives were. Nor do I care. This is certainly the kind of story that national media types would take and run with if it came from a Philadelphia sports radio station.

If you remember back in November, just days after Roy Halladay tragically died piloting his own plane, another Boston radio host, Mike Felger of 98.5 The Sports Hub callously said "Wheee! Oh look, I just landed on the water, everybody! I'm going to tweet it!' Splat. You're dead. With two kids. Moron. ... If I die helicopter skiing, you have the right to do the exact same thing I'm doing to Roy Halladay. He got what he deserved." 

Truly sickening sentiments.

Again this is not difficult, it's common sense. Think before you speak.

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.