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Source: Details of Rasul Douglas’ restructured contract, cap savings

Source: Details of Rasul Douglas’ restructured contract, cap savings

Eagles cornerback Rasul Douglas restructured his contract last month, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. 

Douglas agreed to a pay cut for the 2020 season and will now make the league minimum of $825,000 for a player with three credited seasons, according to a source. 

NJ.com’s Mike Kaye first reported the restructure last week but the details of the contract were not available.

Before the pay cut, Douglas was set to have a base salary of $2.133 million in 2020 with a salary cap hit of $2,309,572. It seems like the Eagles were not willing to keep him at that price.  

His new base salary of $825,000, with a cap hit of $1,001,572, is more manageable. 

So this move will save the Eagles around $1 million cap space and will give Douglas a better shot at sticking on the Eagles’ roster for his fourth NFL season, although he’s still not guaranteed a roster spot. 

Douglas, who will turn 25 in August, was a third-round pick back in 2017 and has actually started 18 games in three seasons with mixed results. The West Virginia product has five interceptions and 26 pass breakups during his career, to go along with 118 combined tackles. 

With injuries to the starters in front of him during the last three seasons, Douglas became a starter in stretches but hasn’t been able to win one of those jobs outright. Coming into the 2020 season, Darius Slay will start as CB1 and it seems like Avonte Maddox and Sidney Jones will fight for CB2 duties, while Nickell Robey-Coleman and Cre’Von LeBlanc handle nickel responsibilities. 

That seemed to leave Douglas out of the equation. 

That’s why it wasn’t surprising that the Eagles were reportedly willing to trade Douglas around the the time of the draft. Instead, they kept him through the draft and restructured his contract shortly after. And based on how many injuries the Eagles have had at the cornerback position in recent years, keeping Douglas around might not be a bad idea. 

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Eagles' Jalen Reagor has perfect response for Skip Bayless criticism

Eagles' Jalen Reagor has perfect response for Skip Bayless criticism

Jalen Reagor hasn't yet set foot on a football field wearing midnight green, but the Eagles' first-round pick is already a pro at comebacks.

Professional Talker Skip Bayless popped off about Reagor's (admittedly unexpected) draft slot late last week, making fun of the Eagles for taking Reagor at No. 21 overall.

Here's what Bayless had to say:

I about fell out of my chair over that, for the wrong reason. Jalen Reagor went way higher than any draft expert had mocked him. I'm mocking that pick right now, because I thought it was a silly pick, because there were four, five other receivers I would've taken over Jalen Reagor.

There are, of course, different ways to responds when a person like Bayless (loud, looking for attention) singles out a player.

You can try to argue the points made, and point out that while Reagor going at No. 21 overall may have been a surprise, you'd be hard pressed to name four wideouts who went after Reagor and are widely seen as better players.

Justin Jefferson at No. 22? Fine. Brandon Aiyuk at No. 25 is a pick 'em, as is Tee Higgins at No. 33, and most basically everyone would give Reagor the edge over guys like Laviska Shenault, K.J. Hamler, and Chase Claypool.

You can take the petty angle and remind Bayless, a noted Cowboys fan, which team is the reigning NFC East champion. (It's the Eagles.)

Or you can be Reagor, and simply tell Bayless that you heard what he thinks, and keep it moving:

Nice and subtle. Reagor is keeping a list, but he's unbothered. Perfect.

Something tells me this clip will be re-shared plenty when Reagor scores his first touchdown against the Cowboys.

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How Tom Brady says the Eagles helped create the 'Patriot Way' in New England

How Tom Brady says the Eagles helped create the 'Patriot Way' in New England

ESPN's decision to seize on the success of "The Last Dance" by teasing a similar documentary about Tom Brady has grabbed sports fans' attention, even if the doc doesn't come out until 2021.

And while reliving Brady's greatest accomplishments isn't an ideal way to spend several hours, the way the Eagles are intertwined with Brady's Patriots legacy certainly suggests there will be tons of insights for Philly fans in the final product.

Like, maybe, Brady saying he feels the fabled 'Patriot Way' began because of the Eagles.

Here's the doc's producer Gotham Chopra, talking to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, on the way Brady viewed his time in New England:

CHOPRA: There was something we recently did on that 2004 Super Bowl, where he talked about the culture of that team. All this stuff you hear about Patriot Way, and Do Your Job, stuff that Bill has created over the years, the philosophies, this is the year that really happened.

He’s like, ‘First year, kind of a miracle. The next Super Bowl, O.K., now we’re getting our feel. And that first Eagles Super Bowl, this is where the Patriot Way was born.’

Welp.

Odds are good the Patriots would've been great for the last 15 years no matter what, but it's sort of frustrating to know the Eagles losing to Brady helped, at least in Brady's mind, establish New England's brand of success.

Who knows: If Donovan McNabb & Co. managed to pull out the win, maybe we would've had a very different last 15 years.

One thing Eagles fans can get excited for, at least, is Brady's reaction to losing Super Bowl LII to the Eagles.

It's unclear how much behind-the-scenes stuff we'll see from the game - Chopra said Brady suddenly got cold feet about filming in Minneapolis that week - but It sounds like it really changed him as a person:

CHOPRA: What he told me about that Eagles loss, it was dealing with it as a father, dealing with it as a husband. He was a very different person than with the Giants losses, he had a different perspective that I think poised him for that game. I thought, ‘Wow, it’s really interesting how a guy who’s still at it is learning like that.’ Because he’s like [Michael] Jordan, he’s incomparable. There’s no one else who has that story, has that perspective.

It's so strange to think how, despite playing in a different conference, the Eagles have played a pretty significant role in shaping the way the world sees Brady and the Patriots.

For better, and for worse.

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