Eagles name 5 captains for 2018 season

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Eagles name 5 captains for 2018 season

The Eagles have voted on team captains for the second straight year and there are some new faces in the mix this time around. 

As the team did last year, it again picked two offensive captains, two defensive captains and one special teamer. 

Here are the 2018 captains: 

- Carson Wentz

- Jason Kelce

- Malcolm Jenkins

- Fletcher Cox

- Kamu Grugier-Hill 

This is the second straight year being named a captain for Wentz and Jenkins, but this is the first year for Kelce, Cox and Grugier-Hill. The other three captains last year were Jason Peters, Brandon Graham and Chris Maragos. 

You’ll notice in this photo that there are little stars under the patch Wentz and the other captains wore last season. Wentz had one gold star last year and will have two this season. 

That’s represented here in this tweet from the Eagles: 

Wentz and Jenkins were probably easy decisions for the rest of their teammates. They are really the unquestioned leaders on both sides of the ball. 

As Jason Peters spent the end of his 2017 season out with a torn ACL, Kelce was a rock for the offense. As one of the longest-tenured players on the team, making him a captain is a good call. 

Cox isn’t necessarily the most vocal guy in the locker room, but he’s obviously respected by his teammates. And he also happens to be the best player on the defense. His quest this year is to win Defensive Player of the Year. He’s also talked in recent years about becoming more of a leader. 

Since Maragos is starting the season on the Non-football Injury list, the Eagles needed a new special teams captain. KGH is a good one. He’s a do-it-all man on teams, even showing off his leg in a pinch last season. We’ll see if his special teams snaps drop this year, though, with his likely playing a bigger role on defense. 

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Eagles release popular special teamer Chris Maragos

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Eagles release popular special teamer Chris Maragos

Chris Maragos, the popular special teams ace whose career has been derailed by a serious knee injury, was released Friday by the Eagles.

Maragos, 32, played in 47 of 48 games from 2014 through 2016, mainly on special teams but a significant amount at safety in 2015. But he suffered a career-threatening knee injury against the Panthers in Charlotte on Oct. 12, 2017, and hasn’t played since.

Maragos, who won a Super Bowl ring with the Seahawks in 2013 in addition to one with the Eagles in 2017, made all the road trips with the Eagles this past season even though he had no chance of playing simply because he was so respected in the locker room and such an effective leader.

“I’m really more of a coach and cheerleader these days than anything else,” he said with a smile before one game this past season.

Maragos went undrafted out of Wisconsin in 2010 and after a season with the 49ers played three years with the Seahawks before signing with the Eagles before the 2014 season.

He was signed through 2019 and will count $250,000 in dead money against the Eagles’ salary cap, which gives the Eagles a $2 million cap savings.

Maragos earned over $10 million in his career, including over $7 million from the Eagles, according to Spotrac. His career earnings high of $2.5 million came in 2016.

Maragos has had two knee operations since originally getting hurt against the Panthers, most recently this past fall. 

Even healthy, Maragos probably wouldn’t have fit in the Eagles’ plans this coming season.

Since re-signing Rodney McLeod to a contract restructure that lowered his 2019 cap figure from $.9 million to $4.84 million, the Eagles have safeties Malcolm Jenkins, McLeod and Tre’ Sullivan under contract, along with Avonte Maddox, who can play either safety or cornerback. 

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Eagles sign Jake Elliott and Rick Lovato to one-year deals

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Eagles sign Jake Elliott and Rick Lovato to one-year deals

The Eagles will have all three of their specialists back for the 2019 season. 

On Friday afternoon, the Eagles announced they signed kicker Jake Elliott and long snapper Rick Lovato to one-year deals that will take them through the next NFL season. 

Both players were set to become exclusive rights free agents, so the Eagles basically controlled their rights. It should have been a no-brainer to bring both back. 

The deals are just one-year contracts similar to what the exclusive rights deals would have been, according to league sources. 

Punter Cameron Johnston was already under contract for the 2019 season, so the trio of specialists will be intact for at least one more year. 

Elliott, 23, joined the Eagles in Week 2 of the 2017 season when Caleb Sturgis was injured. The Eagles signed him off the Bengals’ practice squad; the Bengals had drafted him in the fifth round. With the Eagles, Elliott went on to have a really good rookie season, highlighted by the 61-yard game-winner against the Giants in Week 3. He also hit a 42-yarder and a 46-yarder in Super Bowl LII. 

In both of his first two seasons with the Eagles, Elliott has made 26 of 31 field goal attempts. He is 7 of 11 from 50-plus during his first two NFL seasons. 

Lovato, 26, joined the Eagles in Week 15 of the 2016 season after Jon Dorenbos broke his wrist. The next year, Lovato beat out Dorenbos for the long snapper job. When Lovato was signed during 2016, he had been working at his family’s restaurant in New Jersey. 

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