Jeff Lurie on continuing his ownership of Eagles: 'I'm obsessed with this thing'

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Jeff Lurie on continuing his ownership of Eagles: 'I'm obsessed with this thing'

After 23 years and zero championships, Jeff Lurie is as committed as ever to remaining the owner of the Eagles.

Lurie said Thursday that as his ownership tenure nears a quarter of a century, his passion for the position is higher than ever and he has never entertained any notion to sell the franchise.

"Oh my God, no," Lurie said in an interview following a press conference at the NovaCare Complex. "Not a chance on the planet. No. You can tell Wall Street forget about it."

Lurie has owned the Eagles longer than anybody since the franchise's inception in 1933.

He bought the team from Norman Braman for $185 million in 1994. According to Forbes Magazine, the franchise's value had grown to $2.5 billion in 2016.

Since 1994, the Eagles have the sixth-best record in the NFL and second-best record in the NFC at 200-166-2. They also have the ninth-most playoff wins.

But 13 other franchises have won Super Bowls during that span, including the Giants twice and the Cowboys once out of the NFC East.

Lurie said Thursday his passion to lead an NFL franchise has never waned but is stronger now than in previous years.

“You know, it’s a good question," he said. "It’s never ebbed. I’m obsessed. Literally obsessed. But when you have a young quarterback, the excitement level [is higher].

"I remember the first 10 years with Donovan (McNabb) and now the second year with Carson (Wentz). You’re on a level of excitement that even exceeds normal, and for me that's very hard, because I’m obsessed with this thing.

“It’s incredibly exciting to have potentially a very good young quarterback and what that does for the entire team and organization and your upside. Your upside is unlimited when you have that."

Lurie technically holds the title of chairman and CEO of the Eagles. His ex-wife Christina Weiss Lurie, who received a portion of the team upon their divorce, is listed as president of the Eagles Charitable Foundation.

Eagles reward Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles with reworked contract

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Eagles reward Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles with reworked contract

The Eagles gave Nick Foles a little raise on Friday, reworking the Super Bowl MVP’s contract, a league source confirmed. 

Basically, the Eagles are rewarding Foles after he helped the franchise win its first-ever Super Bowl a few months ago. 

Foles, 29, is still entering the final year of his contract with the Eagles, but the new deal also includes a mutual option for the 2019 season, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. The mutual option will still allow Foles the possibility to test the free agent market next season, but could leave the door open to a possible return beyond this upcoming season. 

Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport from NFL Network first reported the revised contract, which includes a $2 million signing bonus and “several millions in incentives if he’s the starter and hits various benchmarks,” according to Rapoport. 

That part makes a ton of sense. If for some reason Carson Wentz isn’t ready to play in 2018 or if he goes down again, Foles will have a chance to earn what might be closer to starter money. 

Foles was set to earn a base salary of $4 million in 2018, with a salary cap hit of $7.6 million on the contract before Friday’s renegotiation. 

Wentz and Foles grew very close last season — third-string QB Nate Sudfeld too — and have both been very selfless in a situation that would be awkward for many others in the league. But both have been incredibly selfless throughout the entire process. Just this week, Wentz admitted he had to fight jealousy but was truly happy for his teammate and friend, who became the Super Bowl hero (see story)

Earlier on Friday, Foles tweeted out this photo with his wife and daughter from the NovaCare Complex. That’s a $2 million smile. 

Eagles well-represented on list of top NFL sellers

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Eagles well-represented on list of top NFL sellers

It turns out winning the Super Bowl is pretty good for business. 

The NFLPA on Friday released its top 50 player sales list from March 1-Feb. 28 and the Eagles were the most represented team on the list, with five players ranking in the top 50. 

3. Carson Wentz 
17. Zach Ertz
22. Nick Foles
43. Alshon Jeffery
45. Jay Ajayi 

This list is a combined total of all officially licensed merchandise, not just jerseys. It shouldn’t be surprising that Wentz is near the top of this list, behind just Tom Brady (1) and Dak Prescott (2). Even though he was injured late in the year, he was having an MVP season before going down and is obviously the Eagles’ quarterback of the future. 

But Foles making the list at 22? That’s pretty impressive. Remember, for most of the 2017 season, Foles was just a backup on a two-year deal. He had to make a heckuva comeback once he took over for an injured Wentz and led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl championship. Foles returned to the top 50 list after two years off of it. 

Weirdly, Foles sold more drinkware product from Wincraft than any other player — 10 times more than any other player!

And there are likely a lot of Eagles fans walking around the city with players on their legs. Five of the top 10 sellers of Strideline socks were Eagles: Foles, Wentz, Chris Long, Ajayi and Jeffery. 

Only Brady and Odell Beckham Jr. sold more in Fathead decals than Wentz. 

Here’s the top 10: 

1. Brady
2. Prescott
3. Wentz
4. Ezekiel Elliott
5. Antonio Brown
6. Aaron Rodgers
7. Beckham Jr. 
8. Russell Wilson
9. Rob Gronkowski
10. Derek Carr