Why Jeff Lurie thinks this Super Bowl win would be more special

Why Jeff Lurie thinks this Super Bowl win would be more special

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Before the NFL's Opening Night, Eagles owner Jeff Lurie took a brief break to get away from all the Super Bowl craziness. He went to go see a movie. 

He went to see "Molly's Game," a movie based on the life of Molly Bloom, a world-class skier who ran high-stakes poker games full of celebrities. She also happens to be the sister of former Eagles draft pick Jeremy Bloom. 

"It's an amazing story of Molly Bloom," Lurie said. "Just happened to do that as a way to get away. Because when I get up it's very intense and it lasts. I don't let go of it. I embrace it."

Lurie, 66, is embracing everything about the Eagles' improbable run to Super Bowl LII. He described his emotions this week as "focused" and "intense." After owning the team for 23 years, Lurie is desperate to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy now more than ever. 

During Monday's media night, Lurie admitted winning the Super Bowl with this specific team, after all it's overcome, would mean even more.  

"It would," he said. "It would mean everything to win no matter what. But to win this way, I just think it would be a great message to the world that it's not always on paper. You can overcome so much and succeed in life. This is the most resilient group of human beings I've ever watched or been a part of. I feel like that's a quality that really is incredible to have." 

Lurie said it was tough to watch when Carson Wentz went down on Dec. 10 in Los Angeles, but he was always confident in Nick Foles. It's why they allocated so much money to that position in the offseason. 

Between eating some of Chase Daniel's contract and signing Foles, Lurie said the team had about $12 million invested in that backup job this season. In the offseason, Howie Roseman called Lurie with that proposition to make sure the owner wouldn't have a problem with it. Lurie said they saw the situation the same way and he wanted to get Foles. 

"He's a big-time, big-game player," Lurie said. "That's Nick."

As Lurie talked to a circling group of reporters, he was smack dab in the middle of a wild scene at Xcel Energy Center, the home of the Minnesota Wild. Fans watched as players and coaches were interviewed by reporters and "reporters" down below. The whole thing is really just one big distraction.

Is he worried about his team getting caught up in the distractions? 

"I would be shocked if they did," Lurie answered. "They are so focused. It's the most together group of athletes I've ever come across in my 23 years of owning the team. They trust each other, they're focused on every play, every practice, every film session. They are so down to earth and selfless. I just don't think there's any chance of that happening." 

It's clear what Lurie thinks of this team. It's a special group to him. That's probably why his players were able to catch him on cell phone videos dancing with the team after winning the NFC Championship Game. After a few players danced in the circle, Lurie jumped in himself. His moves were ... just OK. 

Has he been practicing? 

"I haven't," he said. "They have to be impromptu or they're not real."

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.