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Eagles get another bargain with Zach Brown contract

Eagles get another bargain with Zach Brown contract

Zach Brown’s one-year contract with the Eagles pays him $1.4 million but with a chance to make another million in realistically obtainable incentives.

The Eagles signed Brown to a one-year contract last Friday. He was released by the Redskins March 13.

Brown’s deal, according to a league source familiar with the details, includes a $400,000 signing bonus and $1 million base salary, and those are the only guaranteed components of the contract.

It also includes a $100,000 workout bonus and $1 million in playing-time and performance-based incentives that could raise the total value up to $2.5 million if he meets every one.

Brown’s 2019 cap figure is $2.5 million. Since that includes the full value of the $1 million in incentives, that means the plateaus are ones he reached in 2018. Only incentives considered “likely-to-be-earned” count against a player’s cap figure, and only plateaus that the player reached in the previous year are considered likely to be earned. 

Brown, a 6-foot-1, 250-pound inside linebacker, has played in 94 games with the Titans, Bills and Redskins, with 74 starts. 

With Jordan Hicks gone and the Eagles thin at linebacker, Brown projects to fill an important role with the Eagles this year. 

Brown’s contract is far smaller than the one he signed with the Redskins on March 16, 2018. That was a three-year deal that included $10 million in guaranteed money and a $4.5 million signing bonus and was worth $21 million.

But Brown only played one year of that deal and counts $3 million in dead money against the Redskins’ 2019 salary cap. That’s the pro-rated portion — two-thirds — of Brown’s signing bonus.

So Brown is playing for the Eagles at a cap figure significantly less than his cap figure for a division rival that he doesn’t play for.

That’s HowieBall.

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Eagle Eye podcast: Should the Eagles bring back Shady?

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Eagle Eye podcast: Should the Eagles bring back Shady?

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro figure out if the Eagles should sign LeSean McCoy or another veteran running back. 

Looking closer at the all-Andy Reid vs. all-Doug Pederson teams. Roob’s dispels some long-standing Eagles myths. And the guys continue better or worse with a deeper dive into the cornerback position. 

It’s all right here: 

  • (1:55) — Carlos Hyde will not be joining the Eagles.
  • (8:28) — Available veteran running backs.
  • (16:41) — All-time Andy Reid Eagles vs All-time Doug Pederson Eagles.
  • (32:13) — Debunking 10 Eagles myths.
  • (39:57) — Better or Worse: Cornerback.
  • (47:06) — Brian Dawkins advocates for mental health. 

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ESPN unveils new 2020 projections with Super Bowl chances, playoff predictions

ESPN unveils new 2020 projections with Super Bowl chances, playoff predictions

With June almost here, we're a little more than three months away from the start of football, which means it's time to fire up the arguments about which teams will dominate the 2020 regular season.

ESPN unveiled its 2020 Football Power Index rankings on Tuesday, an analytics-based look at all 32 teams, and no one should be surprised by the No. 1 team, defending champion Kansas City. Good for Andy Reid.

But outside the top two teams - the Chiefs and the No. 2 Ravens - it's clear ESPN's rankings believe the NFC is the stronger conference, with six of the top eight teams hailing from the NFC.

Including, you guessed it, the Eagles.

The Eagles rank No. 6 in the league, according to ESPN, one year after they won the NFC East despite a rash of injuries and setbacks. It feels fair: the Birds didn't even reach the Divisional Round of the playoffs, but this year they'll (hopefully) be healthy and ready to make some noise.

The problem for Eagles fans, however, comes when you look one spot above the Eagles to No. 5 and find... the Cowboys.

Rough.

ESPN's projections basically have the Eagles and Cowboys in a dead heat - which is fair - but they give Dallas the slight advantage instead of the Birds, an interesting decision considering the ways both teams finished their respective seasons last year.

Here's a look at a few of ESPN's more interesting projected stats:

5. Dallas Cowboys
Projected wins: 9.3
Chance to reach playoffs: 69%
Chance to win NFC East: 48%
Chance to win Super Bowl: 4.8%

6. Philadelphia Eagles
Projected wins: 9.1
Chance to reach playoffs: 66%
Chance to win NFC East: 44.7%
Chance to win Super Bowl: 4.3%

ESPN's Seth Walden explained Tuesday that the relative consistency in Dallas's offensive personnel, plus the addition of Mike McCarthy as the team's new head coach, gives the Cowboys the advantage.

It's certainly an explanation. 

One might imagine that, given the teams' fairly even offseasons, these projections would take recent history into account and give the Eagles the slight upper hand. Alas, it's the other way around.

I know I'll gladly take the coach with a more recent Super Bowl win, and the team with the more recent division championship, until proven otherwise.

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