Eagles Mailbag: Trying to predict the team in five years

Eagles Mailbag: Trying to predict the team in five years

We got to the first batch of your questions (including my confidence level in Carson Wentz) Saturday (see story), but we have plenty more to get to.

Let’s hop in:

That means in February of 2024, so we’re through the 2023 season, which sounds like it’s about 50 years in the future. Will there be flying cars yet?

Anyway, here’s my answer: Carson Wentz, Derek Barnett, Fletcher Cox.

Wentz was the easiest one. He’s going to get a mega deal this offseason or next offseason and if he’s as good as the Eagles think he’s going to be, he’s not going anywhere for a long time. Don’t even worry about the contract. If he’s an MVP-level player, the Eagles will pay.

Barnett might be an interesting answer, but his contract runs through the 2020 season and since he was a first-round pick, he’ll have a fifth-year option for 2021. Then I’m kind of assuming the next contract extension would get him to this target date.

And Cox is under contract through the 2023 season, although he’d probably need to extend before then. He’s 28 but just had the best season of his NFL career in 2019. His cap number goes kind of crazy over the next three years, but the Eagles can’t afford to lose him.

(I thought about Zach Ertz or Dallas Goedert but decided to stay away from both of them because even though Ertz is suddenly on pace to possibly become a Hall of Famer, the Eagles might eventually have to choose between them. So I just stayed away from both.)

Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins are the ones I’m most confident in. I still think there’s a chance they bring back Mike Wallace on the cheap and then look for another free agent to pursue. Shelton Gibson is under contract, but he’s anything but a given. I don’t see Golden Tate or Jordan Matthews returning, but if I had to guess on one, I’d say Matthews because he’d be cheaper and has a connection with Wentz.


I got into this question in a little more depth earlier this offseason, when I listed five on defense (see story) and five on offense (see story).

I think the most likely position they’ll get in the offseason is a receiver. They need to round out that unit and they’ve been doing that for the last couple offseasons.

I think there’s a chance the Eagles sign a running back, but I don’t think either of those guys will be it for different reasons. I could see the Eagles bringing in a running back, but I can’t see them spending a ton of money to do it. It’s also possible they leave the draft with one in a mid-round.

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Jon Runyan's former estate, with hefty price tag and insane bar, is for sale


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If you’re in the market for a home with the most insane bar you’ve ever seen and have a cool $5 million budget, former Eagle Jon Runyan’s house could be the perfect fit.

Located in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Runyan’s old digs are for sale and, according to listings on Zillow, is nearly eight-times more expensive than any of the other 70 homes on the market in Mount Laurel. 

Despite being a massive 14,000 sqft property, this house only has five bedrooms, but you’ll see where all that square-footage is being taken up. The area set aside for entertaining is just ridiculous.

Runyan, an Eagle from 2000 to 2008 and a congressman thereafter, was not the most recent tenant, he sold the house in 2015, but the home is back on the market for an elevated price of $5.6 million (see listing). The beautiful white interior and custom designs are ever-present throughout the home, which sits at the back of a long driveway and grand gated entrance. The house boasts a master kitchen, ample closet space and an awesome master bath with custom tub.

The backyard, though, is the most incredible part. Forget the pool with diving board, artsy palm trees and pavilion, the bar is something out of an expensive wedding. It’s ridiculous.

Wooden beams stretch throughout this rustic barn-themed entertainment area, which boasts a giant circular bar with fireplace and two bathrooms. It looks like the bar area could host a 100-person wedding instead of being in the backyard of someone’s single family home.

It also looks like there’s seven garages, so, there’s one for you to drive a new car for every day of the week.

Here’s a look at some photo of the inside and outside of this insane estate.

If you’re wondering, Runyan moved into a $1.3 million home in Moorestown home in 2015, but sold the home in March for $1.2 million.

Eagles fans will love this new play addition to 'Madden'

Eagles fans will love this new play addition to 'Madden'

Philadelphia fans have been running the Philly Special at weddings and in their living rooms for the better part of the past year and a half.

Now, they can officially run it in the Madden video game when it's released this summer.

We learned of this news today on the "The Eagle Eye in the Sky Podcast" where EA Sports' Anthony White shared the exciting news.

"It's under the pistol formation," White said. "One play is the 'Philly Special' and the other play is called 'Fake Philly Special."

He added it'll remain "Philly" regardless of what team you're playing with.

"A couple of other teams ran it last year. I know the Dolphins ran it. I think the Falcons ran it. Do we call it the 'Dolphins Special' or the 'Cleveland Special?' We're actually just going to call it 'Philly."

Sadly, Nick Foles is no longer on the Eagles' roster so when you run the play with the Birds' you may have to pray that Carson Wentz's hands are just as good.