Eagles Mailbag: Wentz's next deal, Trout footballs, Pump's chances

Eagles Mailbag: Wentz's next deal, Trout footballs, Pump's chances

It’s a gloomy Friday in Philly, but I’m trying to have a little fun. 

I asked you guys for some questions on Twitter and asked that they be fun ones. Some of you obliged. As always, thank you. 

Here’s the first bunch: 

Here’s what I came up with: 5 years, $159 million, $100 million guaranteed, $45 million signing bonus. 

Now, I’ll show my work. This contract would give Wentz an APY of $31.8 million, the second-highest APY in the league behind Aaron Rodgers ($33.5M) and ahead of Matt Ryan ($30M). I think there’s a chance the signing bonus is slightly lower to allow for an option bonus somewhere in that contract. The Eagles have used team options a lot in recent contracts and it might not be a terrible idea to have a kill switch on this deal, especially considering Wentz’s injury history. 

Here’s a look at Rodgers’ and Ryan’s most recent deals: 

Rodgers: 4-year extension, $134M, $98.2M guaranteed, $57M signing bonus 

Ryan: 5-year extension, $150M, $100M guaranteed, $46.5M signing bonus

Either way, he’s going to be in that ballpark with Rodgers and Ryan. You can argue Wentz doesn’t deserve to be based on his body of work, but he’s going to get paid a huge sum of money and the salary cap rises each year. The current CBA is also scheduled to run out after the 2020 season, which could change everything and even possibly lead to an uncapped 2021. 

I know some folks have wondered if Wentz will take some sort of hometown discount like Tom Brady has for years. It’s just unfair to ask him to do that and would really be frowned upon by the NFLPA. When these kinds of deals are made, they set the market for other players. If the Seahawks redo Russell Wilson’s deal before Wentz, it could potentially reset the market again. 


I was bummed to hear the news about the AAF, but I have to be honest: I wasn’t watching it all that closely. I just thought it would be nice for there to be some sort of developmental league. 

The Browns are signing QB Garrett Gilbert, who was the one guy who came to mind first. Former Eagle De’Vante Bausby also reportedly found a home with the Broncos. 

Charles Johnson from Orlando put up some really impressive stats while catching the ball from Gilbert. He had 45 catches for 687 yards and five touchdowns. He’s a former seventh-round pick who bounced around several NFL teams since 2013. The problem here is he’s already 30. Rashad Ross, another receiver, would have made some sense, but he signed with Carolina. 

Maybe former third-round pick Damontre Moore. The pass rusher fizzled in the NFL but looked good with San Diego. Some character concerns with him but he’s still just 26 and for a test drive, might not be a bad option. 

It’s gotta be 1/2 a football, right? To be truthful, I was never a fan of giving Trout all those balls. Find a kid instead. How many damn footballs does the guy need. I’m still all for Trout’s still showing up at games and sitting in his front-row seats (no problem affording them now), but they can definitely stop giving him souvenirs. 

Yeah, Pump really is a forgotten guy. Let’s start with the first part. You’d have to be right that he’s sixth and the Eagles have six on their roster: Jordan Howard, Corey Clement, Wendell Smallwood, Josh Adams, Boston Scott and Pumphrey. I don’t like his chances. But I also think they're non-zero. There was actually a point last training camp when he looked much better and was even a possibility for that last spot on the depth chart, but then he got hurt. 

The problem is that I also think the Eagles will draft a running back this year, which would put him at seventh on the depth chart. That would be a huge jump and a lot of things would need to happen. But, for me, the only locks for the roster are Howard, Clement and possibly a draft pick. Is it completely incomprehensible that Pumphrey beats out Adams, Smallwood and Scott? No. It’s just unlikely based on what we’ve seen so far. He could give them the element of a pass-catcher, but Clement can do that and so can Scott, who is already ahead of him on the depth chart. 

I’ll give Pump a six percent chance to make the roster. 

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Source: Eagles moving on from linebacker Nigel Bradham

Source: Eagles moving on from linebacker Nigel Bradham

It appears the Eagles are moving on from veteran linebacker Nigel Bradham. 

Bradham, 30, has been with the Eagles since 2016 but it seemed highly unlikely he would be back in 2020, at least under his current contract. 

The Eagles have declined his option, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. ESPN first reported the move. 

This move will save the Eagles around $4.5 million in cap space for the upcoming season. Bradham had a team option on his current contract that would have paid him an $8 million base salary in 2020. Bradham is now a free agent.  

There’s a possibility Bradham could return on a cheaper deal but he’ll obviously want to test the free agent market first, a source said. 

At the end of the 2019 season, I spoke to Bradham about his desire to return to Philly and he expressed that he wouldn’t rule out a possible pay cut. 

“It depends on what’s right,” Bradham said in January. “Obviously, I feel like I’m going into a good situation. I just take it from there. I don’t really have a say on what should be done or what should not be done.”

But the Eagles want to get younger and paying an aging linebacker just isn’t their style. 

While Bradham never grew into a Pro Bowl player in Philly, he was a consistent player at linebacker and perhaps knows Jim Schwartz’s defense better than anybody, having played in it in 2014 in Buffalo and then from 2016-19 with the Eagles. That knowledge of the defense allowed the Eagles to use him at several different positions. 

Bradham was a key member of the Super Bowl team but the Eagles can’t keep players for sentimental reasons. 

And during his years with the Eagles, he’s also had his fair share of off-the-field incidents. But his production on the field has helped the Eagles tolerate those incidents. Since his arrival, Bradham leads the team in combined tackles with 348. He also has 21 TFLs, five sacks and 11 QB hits.

But now, for another year, the Eagles are again light at linebacker. They still have Nathan Gerry, T.J. Edwards, Duke Riley and Alex Singleton under contract but that likely won’t be enough. They will likely need to reconstruct the position again this offseason. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: Nigel Bradham’s option declined

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Eagle Eye podcast: Nigel Bradham’s option declined

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro react to the Nigel Bradham news. 

The guys try to figure if it would make sense for the Eagles to trade for Darius Slay. 

Exploring Howie Roseman’s hit rate on Day 1 and Day 2 aside from two specific positions. Ranking every one of Howie’s draft picks by round. 

• Moving on from Nigel Bradham 
• Would you trade for Darius Slay?
• Never rule out a trade with Howie 
• Top of the draft hit rate 
• Rankings Roseman’s draft picks by round
• Dave is back from Argentina 

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