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Joel Embiid consults Cam Newton about playing in NFL

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Joel Embiid consults Cam Newton about playing in NFL

Joel Embiid is a fantastically large human who is skilled at many things: trash talk, Twitter, basketball, soccer ... so why not football?

Hey, you never know what JoJo's next move will be.

After reports of 76ers minority owner Michael Rubin having interest in purchasing the Carolina Panthers surfaced over the weekend, Embiid tweeted to Panthers quarterback Cam Newton about a potential sport change.

ESPN's report on Rubin's interest mentions his close ties to Embiid, "Rubin's youth and personality are among the reasons he has grown close to some pro athletes, including 76ers center Joel Embiid. If Rubin bought the Panthers, he would have to sell his stakes in the 76ers, Devils and Crystal Palace, per NFL rules."

Embiid tweeted as such, noting Rubin as "my guy."

Aye that's my guy so looks like I might have to switch sports @CameronNewton you need a wide receiver?

Cam Newton responded with some interesting use of texts and emojis, basically saying "come play."

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So there you have it. Expect Joel Embiid to head for the NFL next season. Just don't expect him to play on a Thursday night game following a Sunday game.

The Panthers even did a cute little mock up:

High school coach gives glimpse into Daryl Worley

High school coach gives glimpse into Daryl Worley

Jeff Humble was teaching his eighth grade Physics class at William Penn Charter School on Friday afternoon when he got an NFL Twitter alert on his cellphone.

Then all the text messages started rolling in.

“He’s coming back to Philly! How exciting is that?”

Well, it’s pretty exciting for Humble and for all of Penn Charter. The news on Friday was that the Eagles made a trade. They sent Torrey Smith to Carolina and in return got cornerback Daryl Worley, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia (see story). The same Daryl Worley who starred at Penn Charter as a two-way player under Humble while he coached the Quakers from 2008 to 2013. And the same Daryl Worley who turned his impressive high school career into a Division I scholarship at West Virginia before eventually being selected in the third round of the 2016 draft.

With the news still fresh, the former coach sent his former player a text message. As of 5 p.m., a few hours later, Humble still hadn’t heard back. But Worley has a pretty good excuse.

“I’m pretty sure he’s in the Bahamas,” Humble said in a phone interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia on Friday. (A simple search of Worley’s Instagram account confirms it.) “I’m sure he’s a little overwhelmed by the amount of text messages he’s receiving from everybody about his soon-to-be move.”

As Humble’s cellphone — and likely Worley’s — began to get flooded with text messages and phone calls, memories began to flood back for Humble.

Like this one: When Humble first saw Worley play CYO football, he realized he was special. But it wasn’t until Worley’s freshman season at Penn Charter when he got a closer look. Early in the season, the Quakers were facing The Hun School, which allows post-graduate players. While it had guys who could have been as old as 20, Worley was a 14-year-old freshman more than holding his own. Unfortunately, Worley hurt his ankle pretty severely, but he refused to leave the field. Eventually, he did and missed a few games.

“One of my fondest memories was just the passion he had,” Humble said. “He did not want to come out. He did not want to miss games.”

Eventually, Worley grew into a star at Penn Charter. He was a do-it-all receiver and a safety. Humble remembers when Worley was a senior and got some reps at quarterback in the preseason. But QBs take a beating running the option, so one day Humble was at home when he got a text from Worley declaring that his days at QB were over.

Then there was the time when Worley gave up a touchdown late in the first half at Interboro and was nearly inconsolably angry with himself. That’s when it clicked for Humble: Worley realized his role as the defensive leader.

Worley was a leader but he was never very vocal. Humble still classifies Worley as a pretty quiet guy. Last summer, Worley attended an athletic camp Humble hosted at PC to speak with campers. The talk lasted just a couple minutes.

Pretty soon, Humble should finally have a chance to speak with Worley and thinks he knows how Worley will react to the trade.

“He’s really a kid that has taken advantage of his opportunities and I think, I haven’t spoken to him about this,” Humble said, “but I think this trade and him being in Philadelphia, I think he’ll look at it as the course that it was supposed to be and, ‘I’m to take this opportunity and make the best of it.’”

Pretty soon, Worley will be back in Philly. And Humble will be eagerly waiting with phone in hand.

Eagles trade Torrey Smith for promising young CB

Eagles trade Torrey Smith for promising young CB

Another day, another trade.

This time, the Eagles are shipping expensive wide receiver Torrey Smith to Carolina for promising young cornerback Daryl Worley, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. ESPN first reported the news.

The trade won’t be official until the league year starts on March 14.

Basically, the Eagles are getting a cheap young defensive back who has shown flashes for nothing. It seemed very likely the Eagles were going to cut Smith to save $5 million in cap space.

Instead, they get back a 23-year-old corner who was drafted in the third round in 2016. The West Virginia University product is also from Philadelphia and went to Penn Charter (see story). More importantly, he has a base salary of just $650,000 in 2018 and will make $735,000 in 2019, the final year of his contract.

This move will clear over $4 million in a cap-strapped time for the Eagles.

It could also help with the possible departure of slot cornerback Patrick Robinson in free agency. If Robinson leaves, the Eagles will still have Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas and now Worley. That’s a stable of young, talented cornerbacks, so it’s possible Howie Roseman isn’t done dealing yet.

In two seasons in Carolina, Worley (6-1, 198 pounds) played in 31 games with 25 starts. He has three interceptions, two sacks and 19 passes defended.

Smith, 29, was a valuable member of the Super Bowl-winning team, but bringing him back on his current deal wasn’t really feasible. He had an up-and-down season with too many drops but seemed to pick up his play in the playoffs. Still, he didn’t seem to offer the Eagles the deep threat they desired, averaging just 11.9 yards per reception, the lowest average of his career.

This is now Roseman’s 15th player trade since being reinstated to his position of power. That’s the second-highest number in the NFL during that span.