Despite report, 'long-term' deal for Robinson seems odd

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Despite report, 'long-term' deal for Robinson seems odd

Despite numerous factors pointing to Patrick Robinson’s departure, the Eagles have “begun talks” with the free-agent cornerback, according to a report.

Per Matt Lombardo for, the Eagles have approached Robinson about a “long-term” contract, hoping to complete the deal before the veteran of eight seasons officially becomes a free agent.

The Eagles have exclusive negotiating rights with Robinson until March 12, when NFL teams can enter into contract talks with a free agent’s representation. Free agency officially opens March 14.

It’s not unusual for teams to approach their own free agents ahead of time, even in cases where an agreement seems unlikely. This might be one of those situations.

Robinson far exceeded expectations for the Eagles in 2017. Signed as a stopgap solution last offseason, the journeyman defensive back matched career highs with four interceptions and 18 pass breakups, and ranked 19th among qualifying corners with a 70.1 opponents’ passer rating in coverage, according to ProFootballFocus.

It was legitimately a performance worthy of Pro Bowl consideration. Still, the prospect of the Eagles' re-signing Robinson — particularly to a long-term deal — raises some questions.

Once considered the biggest weakness on the team, the Eagles suddenly have a logjam at cornerback. Jalen Mills and Ronald Darby are both under contract, while the club used second- and third-round draft picks on Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas in last year’s draft.

The Eagles are also currently over the projected salary cap for 2018, so even if finding playing time for everybody wasn’t a concern, allocating more money to another cornerback would be.

Given his tremendous campaign and playoff run, attempting to re-sign Robinson at a discount should prove challenging, too. Though the thought of chasing another Super Bowl is no doubt appealing, he turns 31 in September, and this could be his last shot at a big payday.

Robinson’s age is yet another reason for the Eagles to proceed with caution. He managed to suit up and perform at a high level in all 19 games last season, but injuries and consistency have been issues throughout his career.

While it’s unclear how many years constitutes long-term in this case, any more than two is probably rolling the dice.

It makes sense the Eagles would explore retaining Robinson after he played like one of the best cornerbacks in the league last season. There’s a sentimental side here as well after winning a world championship.

But the Eagles typically deploy a maximum of three cornerbacks at a time. Mills and Darby are both 24, and Jones is ready to contribute after missing almost the entirety of his rookie season with an injury. Where exactly does Robinson fit into this picture, in either the immediate or long-term future?

Maybe that’s a question the Eagles will answer once Robinson is under contract. Until then, it’s only natural to regard his potential return with a healthy degree of skepticism.

Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

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Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

Kevin Hart finally has his Lombardi Trophy.

Hart, a comedian and a native of Philadelphia, had a few too many adult beverages during Super Bowl LII and attempted to get to the stage for the presentation of the trophy. He was unsurprisingly denied.

But Hart refused to accept "no" for an answer.

The lesson here is, if you're big enough of a celebrity to get on the field after your hometown team wins the Super Bowl, you probably have enough coin to just buy your own trophy instead of trying to drunkenly crash the trophy presentation.

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

Most Sixers fans probably could've predicted the 2-0 result of the Sixers' back-to-back swing against the Knicks and the Nets, but the expenditure of energy it'd take to get there was hard to see coming. One night after needing a fourth-quarter comeback to escape from New York, the Sixers went even further down to the wire against Brooklyn at home, needing a huge final-minute three from Robert Covington and some savvy playing of the foul game from T.J. McConnell to squeak out the 120-116 win.

Both one of the biggest reasons the Nets were able to hang around and one of the biggest reasons the Sixers won anyway was the birthday boy himself, Joel Embiid. JoJo turned 24 yesterday, and he matched that with a 24-point performance -- though he needed 23 shots to get there, only hitting a Kobe-like six of them. But The Process was eminently trustworthy elsewhere in the box score: a career-high 19 boards, four assists (with only one turnover), and most importantly, an immaculate 11-11 from the foul line, where he'd been struggling recently (just 63% from the stripe this month previously). It was about as dominant a performance as our big guy could submit while being an absolute mess from the field.

And he was matched along the way by Ben Simmons. The Fresh Prince didn't notch his third consecutive triple-double, sadly, but he came damn close with his 21-8-12 line -- to go with three big steals and just two turnovers -- his highest-scoring night since he hung 32 on the Bulls in February. We've said it before, but having a superstar to carry your team when they're struggling is the ultimate luxury; having two feels downright immodest. (Simmons since All Stars were announced in late January, btw: 16-8-9 on 58% shooting and under three turnovers, with four triple-doubles and double-digit scoring in 25 out of 25 games.)

So the Sixers move to 38-30, two games up on Milwaukee in the seventh seed, half a game behind Washington at five, a full game behind Cleveland at four, and 1.5 behind Indiana at three. While the Sixers have struggled some against top-level teams in the past month -- going 1-5 in their last six games against playoff-bound opponents -- they've kept pace in the East by taking care of business against the sub-.500 teams, winning their last eight against losing squads, dating back to them taking an L against these Nets in Brooklyn at the end of January. Now they get a couple hard-earned days off before two more home games against lottery-bound squads in Charlotte and Memphis. Trust -- and celebrate -- The Process.