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Top 10 reasons (beyond the obvious) Eagles need Super Bowl win

Top 10 reasons (beyond the obvious) Eagles need Super Bowl win

You're going to see plenty of top 10 Eagles Super Bowl lists this week. But this one is different because it's about the people who are the fabric of what makes an Eagles fan and why the Eagles need to win it all for them.

10. 1960, as in the last time the Eagles won a championship. The mere mention of the year denotes the franchise's title futility. JFK was in office, gas cost $0.25 per gallon, average family income was $6,691. The No. 1 hit song in December of that year was, "Are You Lonesome Tonight" by Elvis Presley. The highest rated TV show was "Gunsmoke." The 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, had yet to be born. You get it.

9. Because it's the Patriots. Spy this.

8. So the trump card that every NFC East foe fan has to end an argument can be ripped away. You know, the ring argument. "Oh yeah, how many rings do the Eagles have?" Anyone who grew up here has heard that from the Cowboys, Giants and Redskins fan after a spirited debate. You're rendered silent when they throw that down.   

7. So the Tampa Bay NFC Championship Game loss β€” last game at the Vet, below 32 degrees, Joe Jurevicius, Ronde Barber, still running β€” won't hurt so damn much or at all anymore. Not to mention the Rams, Panthers, Cardinals, Patriots, Raiders.  

6. For the B-Dawk, B-West, Donovan, T.O., Trot, Runyan, Tra, Big Red group that came close but no cigar. 

5. For Reggie, Jerome, Seth, Clyde, Wes, Randall, Mike Quick and the Buddy guys of that era who were so great.

4. For Jaws, Wilbert, Harold, Bergey, Dick Vermeil and that crew who turned the franchise around after a crazy long playoff drought but could not finish the job.

3. For Merrill. Can you imagine his game-winning, last-second field goal or touchdown call? He may pull every muscle in his body if it happens. "It's goooooooood."

2. For this 2017 Eagles team. A group that has overcome more injuries while achieving more than any Birds team ever.   

1. For you, the Eagles fan who has been through it all. Every brutal loss, every injury, insult, Santa Claus snowball reference, flare gun, Bryce Paup, Wentz's knee, dream team, load level, Kenny King, Rodney Harrison, Cowboys fan from Philadelphia. You show up, rain, cold, or snow. You travel hundreds of miles, year after year to watch your team, win or lose. Fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and childhood friends, young and old, deserve that feeling and that parade. 

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.