Mike Wallace actually more expensive for Eagles than reported

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Mike Wallace actually more expensive for Eagles than reported

Turns out recently acquired wide receiver Mike Wallace is more expensive than initially reported.

According to a copy of his contract obtained by NBC Sports Philadelphia, Wallace's salary cap figure on the one-year contract he signed with the Eagles last week is actually $4 million, or $1.5 million higher than was widely reported when the Eagles signed him as an unrestricted free agent.

It includes just under $2 million in guaranteed money.

It's also only $1 million less than the 2018 cap figure of Torrey Smith, who the Eagles traded to the Panthers in a cost-cutting move. Smith did not have a very good regular season in his one year with the Eagles but caught 13 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown in the postseason.

Wallace, like Smith a former Raven, is two years older than Smith and has been generally much more productive.

His 2018 deal includes only a $915,000 base salary, but it also includes more than $3 million in various bonuses that will count against the Eagles' adjusted cap of just under $176 million.

$1 million is in the form of what is called "other amounts treated as signing bonus," or OATSB in NFL salary cap parlance.

And $2.085 million is in the form of what are considered "likely to be earned incentive bonuses," or LTBE, which are incentives that count against a team's cap because they reflect performance plateaus that the player reached one year earlier.

If a player does not trigger some or all of the incentives, his team regains some or all of its cap money but not until after the season.

For now, the $1 million in OATSB and that $2.085 million both count against the cap, and the combined three components — $915,000 in base, $1 million in OATSB and $2.085 in LTBE bonuses — combine to give Wallace a $4 million cap figure.

That is actually highest on the roster among wide receivers, a bit higher than Alshon Jeffery's cap figure in 2018 ($3.975M) and about a $1 million more than Nelson Agholor's ($2.98M)

Nonetheless, the Eagles still rank in the bottom 10 in the NFL in cap allocations devoted to wide receivers.

According to Spotrac, the Eagles are devoting $14,667,302 in 2018 cap allocations to receivers, 24th-most in the NFL.

Since entering the NFL in 2009, Wallace ranks ninth in the NFL with 8,072 receiving yards and seventh with 57 touchdown catches. 

Roob Knows Podcast: Which Eagles' free agents will be here next season?

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Roob Knows Podcast: Which Eagles' free agents will be here next season?

On the latest edition of Roob Knows, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro discuss the Carson Wentz story from earlier in the week. What journalistic problems came from that story? How much of it is believable?

The guys discuss which free agents will return next season and answer questions from the audience.

1:00 -  Thoughts on the Carson Wentz story.
5:00 - Story was framed improperly.
10:00 - Factual errors took away from potentially relevant parts of the report.
14:00 - Confident that the locker room will be fine.
21:00 - Which free agents will be back next season?
32:00 - Guys answer twitter questions.
46:00 - How amazing is Tony Romo at calling games?

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Malcolm Jenkins says Wentz is ‘assertive’ and that’s what you want

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Malcolm Jenkins says Wentz is ‘assertive’ and that’s what you want

Malcolm Jenkins and Lane Johnson already responded on Twitter about the PhillyVoice story that characterized Carson Wentz as “selfish” and “egotistical” but now we have some more of their thoughts from the Pro Bowl in Florida. 

While Johnson said he saw it as nothing but “drama,” Jenkins got a little further into it and said some interesting stuff. 

He was asked if there was some truth to what was reported in the story. Here was his answer:

Well, I didn’t read the whole article. I only started responding when people tried to say I was the one making the quotes, which is crazy. I think any great player is going to be confident. Any great player is going to know what he likes, is going to be demanding. I’m the same way with the D coordinator, where I can go say ‘no, I don’t want to run this.’ So I think him being assertive or anything like that is what you want out of your starting quarterback. He’s a leader.

That’s kind of what I wrote when the story first came out as I tried to put some of the claims and anonymous quotes into context (see story). While a lot of the qualities that story described were framed as negative character attributes, there are plenty of people inside and outside of the NovaCare Complex who think they’re positives. 

“I think at any point in time when you don’t understand something, you start to speculate,” Jenkins said. “And I think it’s been hard for people to grasp how we’ve had two starting quarterbacks both contribute to success the last two years and not have any issues. But Carson’s a good teammate. I have nothing bad to say about him. … He’s a great player on the field, a great teammate off.”

Jenkins and Johnson were just a few of the many teammates who took to Twitter on Monday to defend Wentz (see story).

Here’s what Lane said Wednesday:   

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