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Eagles CBs most likely to be traded

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Eagles CBs most likely to be traded

The Eagles have a logjam at the cornerback position and a dearth of draft picks coming up in a couple months. 

Hmmm.

Appearing on 97.5 on Tuesday, ESPN's Chris Mortensen hinted that the Eagles might have a way to make this all work. 

It would seem to make some sense. Right now, the Eagles have Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, Rasul Douglas and Sidney Jones all ready to battle for playing time and that's before the possibility of Patrick Robinson's coming back in free agency.

For the sake of possible trades, let's assume Robinson leaves in free agency. Either way, he's not going to be traded. 

That would leave Mills, Darby, Jones and Douglas as the remaining corners available. And all three would presumably have trade value. 

The Eagles used a second-round pick on Jones last year and helped him rehab from an Achilles tear; he's not going anywhere, especially not for a third-round pick. His potential is the whole reason a trade might be possible. 

Mills played really well during the 2017 season and still has two more seasons left on his rookie deal after being a seventh-round draft pick. Jim Schwartz loves him and because he was a seventh-rounder, Mills is still incredibly cheap. It wouldn't make a ton of sense to trade him. 

Maybe the Eagles look at Rasul Douglas and decide that because things worked out at the position, they can basically get back what they paid for him last year and take a player at a different position. That could be a possibility but Douglas was good as a rookie and is under contract for three more seasons of his rookie deal. 

Darby is probably the most logical corner to get moved. He has just one year left on his rookie contract and the Eagles could get something back and save just over $1 million in cap space by moving him. Darby had an up and down season but is still just 24. He could still be in the Eagles' long-term plans but they're going to have to pay him way before Jones or Douglas. 

It is pretty incredible how Howie Roseman flipped a huge weakness into a strength in a short amount of time. It's such a strength that the Eagles could actually be willing to give one of these guys up to strengthen another part of the roster.

Eagles are raffling off a real deal Super Bowl ring for charity

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Eagles are raffling off a real deal Super Bowl ring for charity

Jeff Lurie has turned into Willy Wonka for a good cause. 

The Eagles on Wednesday announced that they’re going to raffle off a Super Bowl ring and all the proceeds will go to the Eagles Autism Challenge, Inc. 

This is pretty cool. 

Click here to donate and enter.  

The coolest part is that the ring the Eagles will give away on Dec. 3 before Monday Night Football against Washington at the Linc, is the real deal ring. The one the players got, with all 219 diamonds and 17 green sapphires. And it'll be personalized. 

The contest is underway and runs through Sept. 30 at 11:59 p.m. Fans can enter the contest by making a donation to the Eagles Autism Challenge, starting at $10 for 100 entries. The fan who wins will also get 50-yard line seats to that Dec. 3 game. 

There are also other incentives for fans who submit 2,500 entries or more. 

The Eagles have already done incredible work through their autism challenge, raising over $2.5 million at the inaugural event in May. This is a pretty cool way to raise even more money for a good cause.

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On his 35th birthday, a look at possible Darren Sproles milestones

On his 35th birthday, a look at possible Darren Sproles milestones

Generally speaking, running backs either begin to decline or hit a wall around the time they turn 30. 

That hasn’t happened to Darren Sproles. 

In fact, today is Sproles’ birthday. He turns 35 and after rehabbing his way back from a torn ACL and a broken forearm, he still hasn’t shown signs of slowing down. That, in itself, is pretty incredible. 

Since it’s Sproles’ birthday, it seems like a good time to look into the elite company he can join this year as a productive 35-plus-year-old in the NFL. 

Sproles will enter the 2018 season with 19,155 all-purpose yards. He’s already eighth in NFL history and has a chance to surpass quite a few names on this list with a productive season. There are just seven players in front of him and five of them are already Hall of Famers: 

Jerry Rice: 23,546
Brian Mitchell: 23,330
Walter Payton: 21,803
Emmit Smith: 21,564
Tim Brown: 19,682
Marshall Faulk: 19,190
Steve Smith Jr.: 19,180

It’s impossible to know just how productive Sproles will be in 2018, especially as he’s coming off a significant knee injury. Last year, he had only two healthy games and he had just 88 all-purpose yards in them, putting him on pace for 704. That would have been significantly lower than his three previous seasons with the Eagles. 

In those three previous seasons, we saw a very slight decline from 1,237 in 2014 to 1,171 in 2015 to 1,108 in 2016. 

But if Sproles can return to form and is able to eclipse 1,000 all-purpose yards in 2018, he’d become just the eighth running back in NFL history to do it at age 35 or older. A search of Pro Football Reference shows the top mark ever for a running back over 35 (must be 35 or older on Dec. 31 of that year) was Herschel Walker’s season in 1997 (1,336). 

If Sproles eclipses that 1,000-yard mark, he’d also become just the second Eagles player (any position) to do it at 35 or older. The only other Eagle to do it was Irving Fryar, who had 1,316 back in 1997 too. 

He’d also move past Smith, Faulk and Brown into fifth all-time in all-purpose yards, becoming just the fifth player in NFL history to surpass the 20,000-yard mark. 

Even in 2016, when he had a down year as a punt returner, Sproles still had 224 punt return yards. If he surpasses the 200-yard mark this season, he’d be just the third player in NFL history to do it at 35 or older. The other three are Michael Lewis (336 in 2007), Leo Lewis (225 in 1991) and Mel Gray (205 in 1996). 

And this year, with the new kickoff rules, there’s a chance the Eagles might use him as a kick returner too. More chances to pile up yards. 

The man himself doesn’t care too much about individual achievements; he’d rather win another Super Bowl. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy tracking his progress. 

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