Jeff Lurie wants to host draft again, thinks Super Bowl is long shot

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Jeff Lurie wants to host draft again, thinks Super Bowl is long shot

Speaking on Thursday for the first time since March, Jeff Lurie made it pretty clear he'd like for Philadelphia to host the NFL draft again. 

And he'd like to host a Super Bowl too — but he's far less optimistic about those chances. 

The 2017 draft in Philly was a resounding success and the NFL praised the city for the event. 

A record 250,000 fans attended this year's event on the Ben Franklin Parkway and there was an estimated $94.9 million economic impact for the city. 

"The draft was one huge Philly success," Lurie said. "Personally, it meant a lot to me. I loved showcasing Philly across the country. I tell people wherever I go how incredible our fans are. There are fans of other teams, owners I've talked to about it. But they have their teams.

"It's very special here. It's incredibly special to own a team and it’s incredibly special to have this fan base. The draft kind of showed it to the rest of the country, which I loved. I think it was great economically for the city. I hope the city and the NFL can come together and bring another draft to Philly."

It has been reported that the NFL is unlikely to pick Philly to host the 2018 draft. Dallas submitted a formal bid for the event and might be the favorite. 

On Thursday, Lurie was asked specifically if he had given any more thought to bidding for a Super Bowl to be played at Lincoln Financial Field. 

Super Bowl XLVIII was held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., in 2014, showing a cold-weather location could work. But since then, the games have been held in Phoenix, San Francisco and Houston. And the next ones are scheduled for Minneapolis (dome), Atlanta, Miami, Tampa and Los Angeles. 

Lurie said a Super Bowl would be "a lot more difficult" than getting the draft again. 

"If we were able to build a retractable dome stadium, I think we would have had a Super Bowl by now," Lurie said. "It was attempted in New York. It was successful. But it's not something I think the league is plotting to repeat. It may happen, but it's more iffy."

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