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Eagles reportedly rework contracts of Nigel Bradham, Chris Long to save cap space

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Eagles reportedly rework contracts of Nigel Bradham, Chris Long to save cap space

Howie Roseman continues to tweak contracts to carve out salary cap space. For who? For what? Only time will tell.

Roseman cleared about $5 million more in space by restructuring deals for linebacker Nigel Bradham and defensive end Chris Long, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Long had 6 1/2 sacks last year in his 11th season and has been vague about his future, so it was easy to assume this was a sign that he may be return in 2019. However, he quickly dispelled that:

The Eagles have an adjusted 2019 cap figure of $197,508,046, and according to Yates these two restructures cleared $5.032 million.

Before the restructures, Long had a cap figure of $5.6 million for 2019 and Bradham had a $9 million figure. Details of the exact breakdowns of the restructures aren't yet available.

So everybody wants to know what the Eagles have available after all their moves, and it’s a great question, but it’s impossible to answer, since details of the DeSean Jackson and Malik Jackson contracts along with the details of these restructures aren’t yet available.

It’s interesting to see Roseman clearing so much cap space — he’s also re-worked Lane Johnson’s deal to create cap space — while sitting out the expensive first wave of free agency.

It’s still possible this is all a precursor to a massive, long-term deal in the $30 million per year range for Carson Wentz, although it’s no lock that will happen this offseason.

The Eagles will need between $6 and $7 million to pay their rookie draft picks.

Beyond that? We’ll all find out soon! 

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

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Lane Johnson throws shade at Donovan McNabb, who keeps getting under peoples' 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 peoples’ 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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