Eagles' quandary — Nigel Bradham or Mychal Kendricks?

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Eagles' quandary — Nigel Bradham or Mychal Kendricks?

Would you rather have Nigel Bradham or Mychal Kendricks playing linebacker for the Eagles next season?

The same question is probably being asked in the Eagles’ front office right now.

Why not keep both Bradham and Kendricks? The makeshift linebacker tandem turned out to be a successful part of the formula for an Eagles’ world championship, so what's wrong with the status quo?

Bradham is set to become a free agent in March, and will likely command a significant pay raise from the cap-strapped Eagles. As for Kendricks, he undoubtedly isn’t excited over the prospect of returning to the bench once Jordan Hicks recovers from a ruptured Achilles tendon.

If Bradham, Kendricks and the Eagles were on NFL Facebook, their relationship statuses would be set to, “It’s complicated.”

The Eagles are currently over the projected salary cap for 2018. Bradham has surely earned better than the two-year deal worth $7 million he signed in ’16. Kendricks is set to cost the club $7.6 million against the cap alone next season. And while Hicks is still on his rookie contract, he’s entering the final year and a candidate for an extension.

Even if the club can somehow afford to pay all three, that doesn’t seem like a judicious use of resources. The Eagles defense employs two linebackers roughly 75 percent of the time, which means one of the trio isn’t on the field very often. Injury took care of that last season. The previous year, it was Kendricks.

Faced with the prospect of a limited role for a second season straight season, Kendricks requested a trade last offseason. The Eagles denied him, and it was a lucky thing – for everybody.

Though Kendricks was obviously happy to be an integral part of an Eagles Super Bowl run, he hinted a lack of playing time could once again become a source of frustration in ‘18.

"After this season, we'll be right back at square one, right? Every season is a new season," Kendricks said in January.

If the Eagles want to retain Bradham and eventually extend Hicks, as many observers suspect, Kendricks may finally get his wish.

Kendricks winds up on the hypothetical trade block every offseason, to the point where the mere suggestion is akin to crying wolf. The 27-year-old is also coming off of a strong year after a couple of disappointing campaigns for the Eagles, and actually might be of value to another team this time around.

That assumes the Eagles prefer Bradham to Kendricks, which isn’t necessarily the case. Both were highly effective. Including playoffs, Bradham finished last season with 103 tackles, 2.0 sacks, nine pass breakups and one forced fumble; Kendricks with 93 tackles, 2.0 sacks, seven pass breakups in one fewer game.

Either way, the Eagles should priotize one over the other.

Hicks’ recovery may be a factor. If the Eagles are at all concerned he won’t come back 100 percent, Bradham and Kendricks could both return

In any other scenario, retaining all three is just overkill.

Newest Eagle rocks fabulous furry Gucci sneakers


Newest Eagle rocks fabulous furry Gucci sneakers

Daryl Worley was introduced to Philadelphia on Monday at a press conference at the NovaCare Complex and he showed up in style.

The newest member of the Eagles linebacking crew was rocking some high fashion Gucci sneakers with a little bit of a ... hairy accent. You can own your very own pair for a cool $830.

If you're curious on what to wear these sneaks with, Net-a-porter has you covered:

When Alessandro Michele stepped in as Gucci's Creative Director in Fall '15, his shearling-lined shoes were part of the movement that ushered in a new relaxed era for the label - these 'Ace' sneakers are a cool, sporty take on the now iconic style. Made in Italy from pristine white leather, they have the instantly recognizable navy and red webbing that's embroidered with a gold bee, representing abundance, love and community. Wear them with cuffed denim or a midi dress.

It may not surprise you at all that a guy with this kind of flair had a somewhat curious answer when asked who his favorite Eagle of all-time was.

His answer? Terrell Owens. [insert thinking-face emoji]

[h/t Meech]

Carson Wentz bouncing around on road to recovery


Carson Wentz bouncing around on road to recovery

Not only did the Philadelphia Eagles win the Super Bowl last month, but their fans were also treated to an encouraging site on Monday morning: Carson Wentz throwing a football.

Wentz shared some video to his Instagram story in which you can see him throwing a football from multiple angles while wearing a brace on his knee.

Back in January before the Super Bowl, the Eagles quarterback revealed that the knee injury he suffered in December was worse than originally thought. He tore his left LCL in addition to his ACL but he said then that he hoped to be back for Week 1.

"My goal is to be ready for Week 1," Wentz said. "I'm going to push and do everything I can to be ready. And I'm very confident in that."

"I'm feeling confident with it and I said it in the video I posted right after the injury — I 100 percent believe I'll be back better than ever, stronger than ever, with no looking back." 

No reason to believe any of that has changed over the last month and a half and it sure looks like he's progressing.