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Gunn's Bullet Points: Perfect chance to get Vinny Curry more involved

Gunn's Bullet Points: Perfect chance to get Vinny Curry more involved

The Eagles suffered their first loss of the season last Sunday in Detroit, but this week have their first divisional game against Washington. Derrick Gunn has some bullet points for the NFC East showdown in Landover, Maryland.

• Blitz Carson Wentz and he will make you pay. Through four games, the rookie QB is 30 of 36 against extra pressure for 307 yards and three touchdowns.
 
• Doug Pederson has a lot of faith in starting rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai. Big V makes his NFL debut Sunday, and he should be seeing a lot of Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. Kerrigan has 50 career sacks in five-plus seasons, including 2½ this year.

• Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins sure does love playing against the Eagles. In his last three outings against the Birds, he's passed for 427 yards, 290 yards and 365 yards, respectively. Those numbers include eight touchdown passes to just two interceptions.

• The $75 million cornerback Josh Norman is expected to wear a protective cast on his injured right wrist. It will be interesting to see if he follows Jordan Matthews wherever the Eagles' wideout roams or if he stays on one side of the field. If he shadows Matthews, which one of the other Eagles' receivers will rise to the occasion and make big plays?
 
• Pederson says he hopes to get running backs Kenjon Barner and Wendell Smallwood more touches Sunday than he did last week against the Lions, which was zero. Barner is averaging 6.1 yards per carry, while Smallwood, a rookie, is at 4.8.
 
• Eagles kicker Caleb Sturgis has been solid through four games. He's hit 10 of 11 field goals, including a pair from 50 and 50 yards out, respectively.
 
• The Redskins are a pass-first team, with 193 passes to 105 rushing attempts through five games. It could be the perfect scenario for Vinny Curry to shine, but Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has to give Curry more than the 16 snaps he had in Detroit.

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.