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Jason Kelce goes in on the Cowboys and their fans

Jason Kelce goes in on the Cowboys and their fans

If there wasn’t enough on the line when the Eagles take on the Cowboys in the spotlight that is Sunday Night Football on NBC, Jason Kelce is making absolutely sure to fan those flames.

He went in on Dallas Wednesday while on the WIP Morning Show, as he discusses the Cowboys about halfway through the nine-minute clip.

While it may feel like the rivalry has lost a little bit of its luster recently than maybe in decades past, Angelo Cataldi started by asking if there’s still a special feeling of beating the Cowboys.

Kelce’s answer didn’t disappoint.

"I would say I don't think a lot of players, in particular, me, don't really like the franchise, the organization, what it stands for, what it's always stood for,“ Kelce said.

He justified that feeling by going back to the days of the NFL lockout, which even pre-dates owner Jerry Jones, and how the franchise used replacement players.

He had even harsher words for the Cowboys' fans, too, saying, “A lot of fair-weather people from across the country that just kind of fell in love because they're winners instead of having any type of emotional connection to the team whatsoever.”

Ouch.

Kelce did say that he has respect for many of the players on their current roster, including former Penn State Nittany Lion Sean Lee, but comments like the ones Kelce made about the franchise and the fans are exactly what the rivalry needs ahead of a big game.

At 4-4, if you can’t get excited about a major conference game against a team in your division, then there’s a problem, but I have no problem with adding a little juice to the matchup with some words off the field if you can back it up on the gridiron.

We’ll see if there’s any response from anyone in Dallas, or perhaps more from the Eagles as we lead up to this weekend’s game.

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Lane Johnson replaces Tyron Smith on NFC Pro Bowl roster

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Lane Johnson replaces Tyron Smith on NFC Pro Bowl roster

Lane Johnson finally got the Pro Bowl nod he deserves.

Johnson will replace injured Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith in the annual AFC-NFC All-Star game, scheduled for this weekend in Orlando, Florida. Johnson was originally snubbed when the team was announced in December.

This is Johnson’s second straight Pro Bowl selection. He was unable to play last year because the Eagles were on their way to the Super Bowl.

Johnson is the fifth Eagle now represented on the NFC Pro Bowl team. Brandon Brooks, Zach Ertz and Fletcher Cox were on the original roster and Malcolm Jenkins was also an injury replacement. 

The Eagles’ current starting line now has a total of 13 Pro Bowls to their name. Jason Peters has been picked to seven and Johnson, Brooks and Jason Kelce two apiece.

That’s a far cry from the nearly two-decade period from 1982 through 2000, when the Eagles didn’t have a single offensive lineman selected to a Pro Bowl.

After serving a 10-game suspension for a positive test for a banned substance in 2016, his second suspension, Johnson vowed that he would be as good a player without taking supplements as he was before his suspensions.

Since then he’s played two full seasons and made the Pro Bowl in each one.

The Eagles are 26-9 with Johnson in uniform during the regular season since 2016 and 50-29 with him in uniform since the Eagles drafted him in the first round in 2013. Including the playoffs, they’re 54-30 when Johnson plays. 

Johnson has a Pro Bowl escalator in his contract, which increases the base salary of each remaining year of his contract by $500,000, so his base goes from $790,000 this year to $840,000 and increases by $500,000 the next three years also — to $11,150,000 in 2019, $9,335,000 in 2020 and $8,815,000 in 2021.

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