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Eagles should get DeSean Jackson back, if they can win next 2 games

Eagles should get DeSean Jackson back, if they can win next 2 games

Will we see DeSean Jackson play football again this year?

It’s possible.

If the Eagles can get past the Giants Sunday and then win their home wild-card round playoff game at the Linc, they should get Jackson back for a conference semifinal round playoff game the weekend of Jan. 11-12.

Jackson popped in on John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia and all-time great Eagle Mike Quick, the team’s radio color commentator, during Eagles GameDay Final Sunday evening, and Clark reported that Jackson will be ready to play in a possible conference semifinal playoff game, which would be about two months after he underwent a core muscle surgery.  

Players on Injured Reserve must miss eight games before they’re eligible to return. The Eagles placed Jackson on IR on Nov . 5, and he missed the Eagles' last six games. The Giants game Sunday will be his seventh, and the potential wild-card game would be his eighth. That would allow the Eagles to activate him in time for the conference semifinals.

Jackson had two 50-yard touchdown catches in the Eagles’ season opener against the Redskins, and those remain the only pass plays of 50 yards or more the Eagles have hit on this year.

The Eagles have also lost Nelson Agholor and Alshon Jeffery to injuries this year, and they released Mack Hollins.

For the first time in franchise history, the Eagles will finish a season without a receiver with 500 yards.

He suffered an abdominal injury in the opening minutes of the Eagles’ Week 2 game in Atlanta and elected not to have surgery. He returned for the Bears game in Week 9 but after a five-yard reception he left the game after aggravating the injury and suffering a complete tear of the abdominal muscle.

The Eagles issued a statement the next day saying Jackson had consulted a specialist, who recommended surgery. Noted sports hernia specialist William Meyers performed procedure place on Nov. 5.

Jackson is in his first season back with the Eagles after spending the 2008 through 2013 seasons here and making three Pro Bowls. 

He has 365 catches for 6,276 yards and 34 touchdown catches as an Eagle. He trails only Harold Carmichael, Pete Retzlaff and Quick in Eagles history in receiving yards.

Including his years with the Redskins and Buccaneers, Jackson has 598 catches for 10,420 yards and 55 touchdowns. 

He ranks 41st in NFL history in receiving yards and 10th with 17.4 yards per catch.

Including returns and running plays, Jackson has 31 career touchdowns of 50 yards or more, second-most in NFL history behind only Jerry Rice’s 36. Jackson’s 24 TDs of 60 yards or more are most ever.

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Andy Reid has jokes about a crucial lesson he learned from Eagles tenure

Andy Reid has jokes about a crucial lesson he learned from Eagles tenure

Andy Reid is working on defending his first Super Bowl title, if the NFL does in fact hold a full 2020 regular season this fall, but he still has time for a few one-liners.

Reid conducted an offseason conference call with reporters on Thursday, and he made a few typical Reid jokes (we'll get to those in a minute) and stopped, for a second, for a quick remark about his time with the Eagles.

You see, Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins is due to cost $21 million against the Chiefs' cap space this year, a number the team would obviously like to be smaller.

Reid was asked if the team had any progress in contract restructuring talks with Watkins, but according to Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star, good ol' Big Red is staying far away from personnel matters:

During the end of Reid's time with the Eagles, he had final say over most personnel decisions. Reid said years ago that he wasn't focusing enough on coaching in those years, which he feels ultimately cost him his job here in Philly, a sentiment his successor Chip Kelly can probably share. (The difference being, of course, that Reid was at least a good coach.)

Now, with a Super Bowl title in tow and years of distance from his firing, Reid is happy to joke about his past mistakes. Good on you, Big Red.

For anyone wondering, Reid hasn't changed too much else of what makes him a lovable NFL figure. This week, he was grinding tape:

And he gave this classic Reid answer to a question about how he's dealing with social distancing mandates during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic:

Yep, Andy is still Andy.

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How much cap space do the Eagles really have?

How much cap space do the Eagles really have?

A detailed look at the Eagles’ cap figures really provides a fascinating look at how Howie Roseman likes to build a roster.

Now that we have detailed — and accurate —contract information about all 66 players the Eagles have under contract, let’s take a look at some of the trends that jump out.

The basics: The Eagles as of Thursday morning had $27,869,777 in cap space under their adjusted 2020 cap figure of $222,776,734, which includes a carryover from 2019 of $21,484,051. The Eagles have 66 players under contract, but only their 51 highest cap figures count against their cap. From that, approximately $9 million will be set aside to cover rookie wages. Roseman likes to keep at least $15 million in cap space going into the season, so they are right where he likes to be.

What Howie learned from Big Red: From the day he got here, Andy Reid preached the importance of both lines, and Howie and Doug Pederson both believe in that philosophy. The Eagles offensive and defensive linemen have a combined cap figure of about $86.4 million, or nearly 40 percent of their total cap allocation. That's the 4th-highest combined o-line / d-line figure in the league (behind the Chiefs, Colts and Raiders).

The new guys: The Eagles have signed nine players this offseason — five defensive backs, two defensive tackles, a linebacker and a quarterback — and they have a combined 2020 cap liability of just $20,831,875, and the highest cap figure of the bunch is Darius Slay's $4.3 million. It’s rare to be this active in free agency without using up a ton more cap space.

Cheap-o linebackers: All six linebackers under contract have cap figures under $900,000, and their cap figures average $773,661. According to Spotrac, only the Bengals have a lower composite cap figure for their linebackers (and they only have four under contract).

What's important to Howie? The Eagles currently have 19 players with cap figures of at least $2 million, and 15 of them are linemen, receivers or corners.

Looking down the road: The Eagles have 36 players signed through 2021 but only 14 through 2022 and only six through 2023.

Bargain basement: The projected 2020 starters with the lowest cap figures are Nate Gerry ($825,000) and Miles Sander ($1.2 million). If either T.J. Edwards or Jatavis Brown starts at inside backer, they're also under a million.

Dead money: The Eagles have over $15 million in dead money in 2020, most of it coming from voiding the Malcolm Jenkins, Nigel Bradham and Ronald Darby contracts. Those three count over $14 million against the Eagles’ 2020 cap. When a team adds dummy years to a contract to pro-rate the initial signing bonus over more years and lessen the initial cap hit, they pay on the back end when they release that player because the remaining pro-rated bonus amounts accelerate into the next year’s cap.

Here are the 2020 cap figures for everybody the Eagles currently have under contract:

Quarterbacks [$21,345,065]

$18,656,536: Carson Wentz
$2,000,000: Nate Sudfeld
$688,529: Kyle Lauletta

Running Backs [$2,619,351]

$1,218,234: Miles Sanders
$750,000: Boston Scott
$651,117: Elijah Holyfield

Wide Receivers [$30,112,831]

$15,686,205: Alshon Jeffery
$8,609,000: DeSean Jackson
$1,125,278: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
$750,000: Shelton Gibson
$750,000: Robert Davis
$697,348: Jordan Mailata
$675,000: Deontay Burnett
$675,000: River Carcraft
$675,000: Greg Ward
$610,000: Marcus Green
$610,000: Marken Michel

Tight Ends [$15,665,395]

$12,481,500:Zach Ertz
$1,533,895:Dallas Goedert
$825,000: Alex Ellis
$825,000: Josh Perkins

Offensive Linemen [$38,798,277]

$15,686,205: Lane Johnson
$7,790,632: Brandon Brooks
$7,414,000: Jason Kelce
$2,811,730: Andre Dillard
$2,326,000: Isaac Seumalo
$783,196: Matt Pryor
$697,348: Jordan Mailata
$679,166: Nate Herbig
$610,000: Keegan Render

Defensive Ends [$13,514,947]

$6,288,000: Brandon Graham
$4,088,951: Derek Barnett
$898,398: Josh Sweat
$825,000: Daeshon Hall
$797,098: Shareef Miller
$617,500: Joe Ostman

Defensive Tackles [$34,068,000]

$22,847,000: Fletcher Cox
$4,661,000: Malik Jackson
$3,450,000: Javonte Hargrave
$1,010,000: Hassan Ridgeway
$750,000: Bruce Hector
$675,000: Albert Huggins Jr.
$675,000: Anthony Rush

Linebackers [$4,641,666]

$887,500: Jatavis Brown
$825,000: Nate Gerry
$825,000: Duke Riley
$750,000: Genard Avery
$679,166: T.J. Edwards
$675,000: Alex Singleton

Safeties [$5,334,375]

$2,350,000: Rodney McLeod
$1,484,375: Will Parks
$825,000: Rudy Ford
$675,000: Marcus Epps

Cornerbacks [$16,110,730]

$4,300,000: Darius Slay
$4,000,000: Jalen Mills
$2,309,572: Rasul Douglas
$1,953,658: Sidney Jones
$1,100,000: Cre’von LeBlanc
$1,097,500: Avonte Maddox
$1,350,000: Nickell Robey-Coleman
$775,000: Trevor Williams
$750,000: Craig James
$750,000 Tremon Smith

Specialists [$4,476,000]

$2,629,000: Jake Elliott
$1,097,500: Rick Lovato
$750,000: Cameron Johnston

Dead Money [$15,471,695]

$6,111,000: Malcolm Jenkins
$5,302,500: Nigel Bradham
$2,800,000: Ronald Darby
$583,334: L.J. Fort
$205,776: Clayton Thorson
$158,917: Mack Hollins
$150,000: Richard Rodgers
$64,312: Shelton Gibson
$47,353: Jordan Matthews
$16,667: Aua Opeta
$6,667: DeAndre Thompkins
$6,667: Kevin Wilkins
$5,000: Joey Alfieri
$3,334: Ryan Bates
$3,334: Keegan Render
$3,334: Anthony Rush
$2,500: Alex Singleton
$1,000: Jay Liggins

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