Eagles biggest Super Bowl underdog in nearly a decade

Eagles biggest Super Bowl underdog in nearly a decade

Two weeks is a loooooong wait, but if the opening line doesn't move between now and Feb. 4, the Eagles will be the biggest Super Bowl underdog in nearly a decade.

The Eagles open as 5½-point underdogs against the Patriots, according to Bovada. No team has been a bigger Super Bowl underdog since the Cardinals, who were 7-point dogs against the Steelers after the 2008 season.

The line could move, though. It already has, in a way. Last week, Bovada's pre-championship weekend odds pegged the Eagles at plus-7 if they were to face the Patriots in the Super Bowl.

If you got your money in on the Eagles last spring, you're loving life right now. The Birds were 50/1 to win the Super Bowl until the season began, and they were 40/1 as late as Week 3.

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Courtesy of Odds Shark:

• Tom Brady: -150

• Nick Foles: 6/1

• Rob Gronkowski: 10/1

• Danny Amendola: 14/1

• Jay Ajayi: 16/1

• Dion Lewis: 16/1

• Brandin Cooks: 16/1

• Zach Ertz: 20/1

• Chris Hogan: 20/1

 Alshon Jeffery: 25/1

• James White: 25/1

• Rex Burkhead: 25/1

• Nelson Agholor: 33/1

• Torrey Smith: 33/1

 LeGarrette Blount: 33/1

Eagles' Paul Worrilow reportedly out for season with torn ACL

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Eagles' Paul Worrilow reportedly out for season with torn ACL

On the first day of spring workouts, the Eagles have already lost a player for the season. 

Veteran linebacker Paul Worrilow collided with a teammate during a 7-on-7 red zone drill on Tuesday and the news isn’t good. 

Worrilow is out for the season, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. ESPN and NFL Network first reported Worrilow's season was over. 

Based on Worrilow's reaction earlier in the day, that’s not much of a surprise. As soon as Worrilow went down after colliding with Corey Nelson on the pass to Donnel Pumphrey, Worrilow clutched at his right knee and began to pound his fist on the ground. 

The entire NovaCare Complex’s practice bubble became silent while players took a knee and waited for the cart to arrive after the music was turned down almost completely. Worrilow’s right leg was stabilized by an aircast as he was helped onto the cart. 

Worrilow, 28, was signed to a one-year deal worth $790,000 this offseason. He was brought in to provide some depth. 

Worrilow, a Wilmington, Delaware, native, started 43 games for the Falcons from 2013-15 before becoming a rotational player for Atlanta in 2016 and then the Lions last year. He started eight games in Detroit in 2017. 

Eagles release Mychal Kendricks

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Eagles release Mychal Kendricks

Updated: 5:17 p.m.

The Eagles cleared significant 2018 cap space Tuesday by releasing linebacker Mychal Kendricks.

Kendricks, whom the Eagles have been shopping for the last couple offseasons, was due to earn $5.85 million in base salary this year with a $7.6 million cap figure. According to ESPN, the Eagles have designated Kendricks as a post-June 1 cut, which means they'll eventually have more cap savings this season. 

While they can designate Kendricks as a post-June 1 cut, they won't get that cap savings until after June 1. At that time, they'll get an extra $6 million in cap space instead of $4.4 million now. Instead of $3.2 million in dead money this year, the Eagles will have just $1.6 million. Basically, it allows them to spread the cap hit out over the next two seasons. 

Kendricks, the Eagles’ second-round pick in 2012, started 74 games and played in 85 for the Eagles. He had three interceptions — all in 2013 — and 14 sacks, including two last year, when he started 13 games and played well in the postseason.

"I love the Philly fans and I love Philly," Kendricks said to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark.

"We did something special this past year that no one can ever take away.

"All good things have to come to an end and it's time for myself to start the next chapter of my career."

Kendricks was not on the field during Tuesday’s OTA practice.

The Eagles lost veteran linebacker Paul Worrilow to a serious injury during practice Tuesday (see story), and the two moves combined leave the Eagles somewhat thin at linebacker.

Nigel Bradham and Jordan Hicks are expected to start, and Corey Nelson is likely the next man in. Nelson spent his first four years with the Broncos before signing with the Eagles. All six of his NFL starts were in 2016. Nelson played only 44 snaps on defense last year but played 545 snaps in 2016.

Other linebackers on the roster include veterans Kamu Grugier-Hill and LaRoy Reynolds, who are considered mainly special teamers, Joe Walker, Nate Gerry and undrafted rookies Danny Ezechukwu and Asantay Brown.

According to the NFLPA website, the Eagles had an NFL-low $102,558 available under their 2018 adjusted salary cap figure of $177,890,151 before the move.

That’s based on the combined cap figures of their 51 highest-paid players. The NFL’s rule of 51 states that during the offseason only the 51 highest-paid players on each team count against the cap.

With this move, there are only five players remaining on the roster that played for Andy Reid — Jason Peters, Brandon Graham, Jason Kelce, Fletcher Cox and Nick Foles.