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Eagles Mailbag: Top needs, Golden Tate, missing Super Bowl team

Eagles Mailbag: Top needs, Golden Tate, missing Super Bowl team

We’ve made it to the end of the week and the bottom of the mailbag barrel. 

On Wednesday, we answered your questions about Carson Wentz/Nick Foles, Sidney Jones and the defensive line (see story)

On Thursday, we answered your questions about Jordan Mailata, Brandon Graham and running backs (see story)

And today, we’ll finish out the mailbags. Thanks for all your great questions. If I didn’t get to yours, we’ll do more mailbags throughout the offseason. 

Earlier this offseason, I listed my top five Eagles needs for this offseason and didn’t even list cornerback. Here they are:

DE: If Brandon Graham is gone, the Eagles need to replace him. But even if he’s back, the Eagles need to get younger at that spot. This is a draft full of defensive line talent. 

OT: Even if Jason Peters is back, he’s 37 and the Eagles need to find his replacement. Maybe it’s Jordan Mailata, but it’s too early to know that for sure. 

DT: The spot next to Fletcher Cox in 2018 was a mess. Tim Jernigan won’t be back without a restructure, so maybe they simply draft someone to line up next to Cox. 

RB: This position was kind of a mess thanks to injuries in 2018. They need a feature back and bringing back Jay Ajayi isn’t enough for me. 

WR: I’ll admit receiver isn’t high on the list, but they need a field stretcher. That was supposed to be Mike Wallace in 2018. 

It’s not completely impossible, but I don’t think it would be wise for a few reasons. The most obvious one is the Eagles never truly realized how to utilize Tate this past season because he and Agholor play the same position. If they had figured out how to make it work, maybe. But the other part of this is financial. Alshon Jeffery’s cap hit for 2019 is over $14 million. If Agholor plays this upcoming season on his fifth-year option, he’s another $9-plus million. Can the Eagles really justify paying Tate what it would take to keep him and paying between $27-30 million for three players at one position? I don’t see it. 

I agree with you that McLeod’s cap hit is too high for this upcoming season, especially as he comes off an ACL tear. His hit is over $9.3 million and the Eagles could save over $5 million cap space by cutting him. I think it would be beneficial for both sides to find some common ground and work on a cheaper deal. It would keep McLeod on a team to prove he’s truly healthy and it would help the Eagles out from a cap standpoint. 

The Birds missed him on the field in 2018, but the emergence of Avonte Maddox as a possible replacement might make him more expendable. Although, I think the Eagles ought to try to keep McLeod first. 

I like this question; good job. I’ll go with Beau Allen and Patrick Robinson and that’s not to say I fault the Eagles for letting either of them go. 

But the DT spot next to Fletcher Cox gave the Eagles nothing for most of the year and they really could have used Allen. Destiny Vaeao began the season as the starter and he’s gone. Haloti Ngata came on late, but was injured throughout the year and wasn’t great. Treyvon Hester is a playoff special teams hero but didn’t do much defensively. If the Eagles had Allen, they would have just plugged him into that DT spot and they wouldn’t have missed Tim Jernigan nearly as much. 

The other one I’ll name is Patrick Robinson. I know P-Rob got hurt in New Orleans, but we don’t know if that would’ve happened here. What we do know was that until the Eagles got Cre’Von LeBlanc in there, that nickel corner spot was a mess. Remember Dexter McDougle? Yeah, that really happened this year.

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Lane Johnson throws shade at Donovan McNabb, who keeps getting under people's skin

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Lane Johnson throws shade at Donovan McNabb, who keeps getting under people's skin

Turns out Lane Johnson is protective of Carson Wentz both on the field and on social media.

Donovan McNabb, who has become a professional annoying person since fading out of the NFL during the 2011 season, said in a radio interview with Zach Gelb of CBS Sports Radio on Saturday that the Eagles will need to start thinking about replacing Carson Wentz if the Eagles don’t reach an NFC Championship Game by next year.

Here’s Dave Zangaro’s story on that.

That didn’t go over too well with Johnson, the Eagles’ all-pro right tackle, who tweeted this on Easter Sunday: 

Ouch.

McNabb’s post-Eagles career has been a train wreck. He won only six of 19 starts with the Redskins and Vikings before drifting out of the NFL at the relatively young age of 35. 

He worked briefly for NFL Network and ESPN before losing his ESPN job following allegations of sexual harassment when he worked at NFL Network, allegations he has denied. 

And he had DUI convictions in 2013 and 2015 and served an 18-day sentence along with a 72-day house arrest sentence after the second one.

And he keeps saying dumb stuff.

McNabb was a very good quarterback. But he can’t seem to get through an interview without saying something embarrassing, inappropriate or just plain dumb.

The issue isn’t whether the Eagles would need to replace Wentz in two years — of course they won’t, if he continues to play at a high level. And of course they will if he can’t stay healthy or struggles.

The issue is that it’s McNabb saying it. Which comes across petty and passive aggressive considering Wentz plays the same position for the same team that McNabb did for 11 years.

McNabb just has a way of getting under people's skin. It’s why Philadelphia never truly embraced him even though he took the Eagles to the playoffs eight times, won nine playoff games and made six Pro Bowls. 

This time it was Lane Johnson whose skin he got under. Next time it’ll be someone else. 

Some things never change. 

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Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson troll Chip Kelly at autograph signing

Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson troll Chip Kelly at autograph signing

Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson teamed up for 13 touchdowns together during their career, and they teamed up once again to take a shot at their former coach.

On Saturday, Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson held an autograph signing at DTLR in Chester, and there was a very interesting sign posted outside the store.

No Chip Kelly allowed.

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This goes back to Vick and Jackson’s time together on the Eagles when Kelly was at the helm. The saga has been widely documented. In an interview earlier this year, Vick even told a story to Jackson about a time his relationship with his coach brought him to tears.

Jackson’s career has come full circle with his return to the Birds this offseason, but the scars, and the jabs, remain.

If you were wondering, Kelly was pretty busy on Saturday at UCLA’s spring game as he prepares to improve upon a 3-9 season in his first year in charge of the Bruins’ football team.

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