Malcolm Jenkins skipping start of Eagles' OTAs

Malcolm Jenkins skipping start of Eagles' OTAs

Updated: 11:05 a.m.

As the Eagles begin their voluntary OTAs this morning, there is an eyebrow-raising absence. 

Malcolm Jenkins isn't here.

As ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Tuesday morning, Jenkins is skipping OTAs and his absence is certainly notable. 

Now, these OTAs are voluntary as were the previous workouts Jenkins skipped earlier this spring. The word “voluntary” seems to take on a new meaning in the NFL, where teams have near-perfect attendance and any absence is seen as a big deal by far too many. 

“Obviously, as you guys know, I’m not going to get into any personal conversations that we’ve had,” Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said. “It is a voluntary program and Malcolm is one of those guys that’s a leader of the football team and not concerned with him. We’re going to keep our focus on the guys that are here and get better today.” 

The first mandatory days don’t come until the three-day minicamp in mid-June. That’s also the first time the Eagles could choose to fine Jenkins. If he misses all three days, he would be fined $88,630, according to the CBA. If he then held out during training camp, he could be fined $40,000 per day. 

But we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves. Right now, we’re talking about Jenkins’ missing the first day of voluntary practices. 

However, Jenkins is considered to be one of the leaders of the team and it stands out that he won’t be there. It’s far too easy to make the jump to think his absence could be contract related. If Jenkins wants a new deal, it would certainly be understandable. He’s been one of the most versatile and dependable players in franchise history. 

With two years left on his deal, Jenkins has outplayed his contract. If this is about money, the Eagles really need to pay up. Jenkins is too important to the team. 

In 2019, Jenkins has a base salary of $8.1 million and a salary cap hit of $11.387 million. In 2020, he has a base of $7.6 million and a cap hit of $10.887. In terms of average per year, according to OverTheCap, Jenkins is the ninth highest-paid safety in the league. He’s better than that. 

But it’s hard to oversell just how much Jenkins means to the Eagles. Aside from his leadership, he’s also been a tremendous safety, nickel cornerback and even a linebacker. He’s made the Pro Bowl in three of his five years with the Eagles and has quickly become one of the best free agent signings in franchise history. 

Oh yeah, and he never leaves the field. 

In addition to all his time on defense, Jenkins still has a significant role on special teams. 

Last year, in a season where defensive backs got injured at an absurd rate, Jenkins was the one constant in the Eagles’ secondary. If he thinks he deserves a raise, he’s probably right. 

But how big of a deal is this right now? 

Well, in May … it seems like a big deal. It won’t become a big deal, however, unless he starts skipping mandatory days next month. Until then, it’s just something to keep an eye on. 

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10 Josh McCown stats you won't believe

10 Josh McCown stats you won't believe

Josh McCown has been around so long he's completed passes to over 100 receivers, played with a running back who's been in the Hall of Fame for nine years and once stood on the visiting sideline at ... the Vet?

The newest Eagle is one of the oldest quarterbacks in NFL history. 

McCown, 40 years and 44 days old, has now been with 11 NFL teams in a career spanning 18 years.

Here's a look at McCown by the Numbers!

1. If McCown throws a pass, he’ll be the oldest player in Eagles history to ever throw a pass in a regular-season game. Currently the oldest is Sam Baker, who was a kicker but was 39 years old when he threw one pass in the 1968 season — a 58-yard touchdown to safety John Mallory against Dallas at the Cotton Bowl in 1968. The oldest Eagles QB to throw a pass was Roman Gabriel, who was 37 when he threw three passes in 1977 — his final NFL season.

2. McCown is now the only active player from the 2002 draft. Julius Peppers played last year but retired after the season. The last Eagle from the 2002 draft who was active was Raheem Brock, their seventh-round pick that year. The Philly native never signed with the Eagles and wound up playing 10 NFL seasons.

3. The last quarterback from the 2002 draft who was active was David Carr, who retired after the 2012 season.

4. Only 18 NFL stadiums have been around longer than McCown. His career is older than Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the Linc, among others.

5. McCown has had a 300-yard game for six different teams, tied with Ryan Fitzpatrick for most in NFL history. McCown has thrown for 300 yards for the Cards, Raiders, Bears, Buccaneers, Browns and Jets.

6. McCown is the 7th-oldest player in NFL history to throw for 450 or more yards in a game. On Oct. 11, 2015, at the age of 36 years and 99 days, he threw for 457 yards for the Browns in a 33-30 win over the Ravens in Baltimore. The only older QBs to throw for 450 yards in NFL history are Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Kurt Warner, Tom Brady  and Vinny Testaverde.

7. And this one from NBC Eagles producer Dave Zangaro: The youngest Eagles player, Nate Herbig, was 4 years old when McCown made his NFL debut for the Cards against the Chiefs on Dec. 1, 2002.

8.  McCown is the oldest active player in the NFL with a career rushing average of at least 4.5 yards per carry. Darren Sproles is second-oldest.

9. McCown has completed passes to 105 different receivers in his career, including Alshon Jeffery, Larry Fitzgerald, Emmit Smith, Will Tye, Johnnie Lee Higgins and Josh McCown.

If McCown gets into a regular-season game with the Eagles, he’ll be the fourth 40-year-old in franchise history. The others are punter Sean Landeta, who was 43 when he finished his career with the Eagles in 2005; punter Lee Johnson, who was 41 in 2002; and Baker, who was 40 in 1969.

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Eagles are signing veteran Josh McCown out of retirement as insurance

Eagles are signing veteran Josh McCown out of retirement as insurance

Updated: 5:08 p.m.

The Eagles are basically taking out a new insurance policy. 

With injuries at the QB position, the Eagles have signed veteran Josh McCown out of retirement. 

According to a league source, McCown’s deal includes $2 million fully guaranteed and could be worth up to $5.4 million, as ESPN first reported. The Eagles paid him enough to lure him out of retirement. 

To make room for McCown, the Eagles released WR Braxton Miller.

McCown announced his retirement in June, but his stay away from the NFL was short-lived. 

With Nate Sudfeld set to miss the beginning of the season with a fractured wrist and after Cody Kessler suffered a concussion early in Thursday night’s preseason game, the Eagles needed to sign another quarterback to back up Carson Wentz. This signing is bad news for Kessler, who might have been able to secure a roster spot with a solid preseason. It might also change the outlook for rookie fifth-round pick Clayton Thorson, who might not be on the roster at the start of the season. 

Over the last few seasons, the Eagles have been committed to putting resources into the quarterback position. That hasn’t changed. Sudfeld will still return this season and the Eagles are still high on him, but they also added a quality veteran who will at the very least hold down the backup position until Sudfeld returns and then possibly after. 

As much as the Eagles like Sudfeld, he has 25 career passing attempts. McCown has 76 career starts. Sudfeld has upside, but McCown is a proven commodity in the NFL. 

McCown is expected to be at practice on Sunday at the NovaCare Complex as the Eagles begin preparations to face the Ravens for two practice days and in Thursday’s preseason game. 

After entering the NFL in 2002, McCown has started 76 career games. The Eagles will be his 11th NFL team and this will be his 17th NFL season. And at 40, McCown will be the Eagles’ oldest player, taking that title from Jason Peters. He’ll also be the fifth-oldest player in the league in the 2019 season. 

McCown last played for the Jets in 2017-18. In his long career, McCown has completed 60.2 percent of his passes with 98 touchdowns and 82 interceptions and a passer rating of 79.7. 

The Eagles are hoping to never see McCown play this season. If Wentz stays healthy, they’ll never have to use this new insurance policy. But since Nate Sudfeld will be out until possibly October with a fractured left wrist, the Eagles will at least go into the season with a competent backup. 

Miller, 26, joined the Eagles’ practice squad last September and remained there for the rest of the season, signing a futures deal after the season was over. Miller was a third-round pick back in 2016, but the Texans cut him after just two seasons. Still, it had to be a little disappointing for the Eagles to not get more out of him this spring and summer. Miller was clearly behind Mack Hollins, Greg Ward, Marken Michel and Charles Johnson on the depth chart, so while he’s a recognizable name, his release shouldn’t be much of a surprise.

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