NFL Rumors: Eagles' Lane Johnson gives his take on possible LeSean McCoy reunion

NFL Rumors: Eagles' Lane Johnson gives his take on possible LeSean McCoy reunion

Lane Johnson and DeSean Jackson spent the better part of a half-hour chatting on Instagram Live on Friday night, discussing Jackson's early days in football, Jackson's long and successful career, and reminiscing about their first season together with the Eagles in 2013.

Towards the end, the two were searching for fan questions to answer when Jackson saw yet another comment asking about rumors of LeSean McCoy returning to Philadelphia for one last season.

Jackson, who's been busy on Instagram with athletes isolated during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, said he'd talked about McCoy enough. For the record, it seems he'd like to see McCoy return.

But then, he turned the question on Johnson: Does Lane want Shady back in midnight green?

It was a brief exchange, but Johnson - as he always is - was honest:

DESEAN: How you feel about Shady coming back?

LANE: [Laughs] Shoot, I want to see it.

Folks, there you have it. 

It sure seems like there could be mounting momentum towards a McCoy-Eagles reunion.

The Eagles are in the market for a veteran running back to spell RB1 Miles Sanders. With Carlos Hyde off the market, they've been frequently linked to McCoy and Devonta Freeman. Whether Freeman will accept a steep discount is unclear, though he made it clear this week that he won't be retiring.

But McCoy might end up being the more reasonably-priced option, and someone who already understands the franchise and city.

McCoy has made clear he'd like to finish his career by playing for the Eagles in 2020. From earlier this month:

“I could see that,” McCoy said Wednesday on NFL Network’s Good Morning Football. “On another note, since I left, you haven't seen the 25 active in green, so you never know. I’m going to keep my options open, though. I could see myself there in Philly. Like I said, that's home, so you never know.”

We'll see.

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Eagle Eye podcast: What Jason Peters move means for Andre Dillard, plus much more

Eagle Eye podcast: What Jason Peters move means for Andre Dillard, plus much more

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Barrett Brooks take a long look at the Eagles’ decision to bring back Jason Peters.

They get into what the move means for Andre Dillard, whether Peters will ultimately end up back at left tackle, how long J.P. might be able to extend his career if he stays at guard, how long it will take him to adjust to a new position and and much more. 

They also looked at defensive tackle and defensive end on the All-Time Eagles Team and whether Fletcher Cox or Jerome Brown is the greatest defensive tackle in Eagles history. 

(0:42) — Jason Peters back with the Eagles to play right guard

(27:18) — Jerome vs. Fletcher 

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Eagles fans won't be allowed at games this fall, health officials say

Eagles fans won't be allowed at games this fall, health officials say

Eagles fans should start coming to grips with watching games from their couch in 2020.

After the city of Philadelphia cancelled "large public events" through February 2021 on Tuesday, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, health officials provided an update on the feasability of fans watching Eagles games in person.

Philadelphia Department of Health commissioner Thomas Farley and Philadelphia managing director Brian Abernathy made it sound all but certain that Lincoln Financial Field stands will be empty.

Per the Inquirer:

"I do think that games can be played with the kind of safety precautions that they're proposing. I do not think that they can have spectators at those games. There’s no way for them to be safe having a crowd there," Farley said. "I can't say what the plans are for the league, but from a safety perspective, they can play games but not [have] crowds."

"The Eagles are still going to be allowed to play, although without crowds. The Phillies will continue to be allowed to play, although without crowds," Managing Director Brian Abernathy said.

Abernathy said NFL guidelines also "remind teams that local authorities have the ability to ban fans, so I don't expect any issues."

"We have been in communication with the Eagles. We have told them our expectations are that they don't have fans," Albernathy said.

Whether other teams around the country will be able to host fans, based on differing guidance from state officials, remains to be seen. Earlier this month, reports emerged claiming the NFL is considering fan waivers for those interested in attending home games this season.

A season without home fans also means the Eagles stand to lose a sizable sum of money if the NFL plays its 17-week regular season as scheduled.

As NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro noted, the Eagles will be one of the 10 teams most affected (financially) by a lack of fans at home games:

The Eagles in 2018 were tied for eighth in the NFL with $204 million in stadium revenue. Just the Cowboys, Patriots, Giants, Texans, Jets 49ers and Redskins made more.

In late June, the organization informed season ticket holders that their ticket installment payments would not be billed, fueling speculation that games would be played in empty stadiums this fall. 

Barring a drastic change in the pandemic's trajectory between now and early September, it seems that speculation was right.

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