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Source: Jordan Hicks going to Cardinals as a free agent

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Source: Jordan Hicks going to Cardinals as a free agent

Former Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks is heading to play for the Arizona Cardinals after four seasons in Philly, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. 

The deal is a four-year contract that can be worth up to $36 million including incentives, according to a league source. It includes a $12 million signing bonus and $20 million guaranteed. NFL Network first reported the deal. 

That’s a nice deal for Hicks, 26, who has been a productive player in the NFL when healthy, but his availability has been a problem. Of his four NFL seasons, he’s played just one complete year. He tore his Achilles in 2017 and missed more time with a calf injury in 2018. 

Hicks played and started 12 games in 2018, but once he returned from his calf injury, he was in a more limited role. He played every defensive snap before the injury, but Nigel Bradham took over that responsibility and never gave it up. 

Through his first two NFL seasons, Hicks had seven interceptions and four fumble recoveries. In the last two seasons, he had zero INTs and two fumble recoveries. Hicks was a third-round pick made by Chip Kelly in the 2015 season. 

Without Hicks, the Eagles are left with Nigel Bradham, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nate Gerry and Paul Worrilow at linebacker. LaRoy Reynolds and D.J. Alexander are also set to become free agents. 

These days the Eagles aren’t in their base defense very often. Instead, they are normally in nickel, which means two linebackers on the field. For part of the 2018 season, that meant Bradham and Grugier-Hill. That is likely the answer for now unless they replenish in free agency or the draft. 

The only player left from Chip Kelly’s 2015 draft class is first-round pick Nelson Agholor, whose future is at least up in the air. 

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Eagles open as big favorites over Washington in Week 1

Eagles open as big favorites over Washington in Week 1

If you quickly thought “W” when you saw the Eagles were hosting Washington at the Linc to open up the 2019 regular season, you’re not the only one. 

The Eagles opened up as eight-point favorites on FanDuel. That’s pretty consistent with other sports books too. I’ve also seen them at 8 1/2. 

That eight-point spread is the biggest of Week 1 in the NFL, but that shouldn’t be too surprising. Maybe if Washington trades for Josh Rosen, that changes. Maybe if they draft a quarterback in the first round, that changes. But for now? That seems about right. 

Washington fell apart last year, but the Eagles beat them 28-13 in Week 13 and 24-0 in Week 17. In the last two seasons, the Eagles are 4-0 against the Skins and have beaten them by an average of 15 1/2 points per game. If that continues, they'll cover easily. 

Elsewhere in NFL Week 1, the Seahawks are 7 1/2-point favorites over the Bengals, the Cowboys are 7 1/2-point favorites over the Giants and the Saints are 7 1/2-point favorites over the Texans. Those three favorites are also at home. 

Taking a quick look at FanDuel’s futures odds, the Eagles are tied for the seventh-longest odds to win the Super Bowl at +1,600. That means if you bet $100, you’d win $1,600. 

Here are current Super Bowl odds: 

Patriots: +700
Chiefs: +800
Saints: +850
Rams: +900
Browns: +1400
Chargers: +1400
Bears: +1600
Colts: +1600
Eagles: +1600
Packers: +1800
Vikings: +2000
Steelers: +2000
Cowboys: +2300
Falcons: +2600
Texans: +2800
Seahawks: +2900
49ers: +3000
Jaguars: +3300
Ravens: +3400
Panthers: +5000
Titans: +5000
Raiders: +5500
Broncos: +6000
Giants: +6000
Jets: +6000
Buccaneers: +6000
Bills: +8000
Lions: +8000
Redskins: +8000
Bengals: +10000
Cardinals: +11000
Dolphins: +12000

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Phillies are to blame for Eagles' 3-game road trip in October

Phillies are to blame for Eagles' 3-game road trip in October

You know that three-game road trip the Eagles have in the middle of October? 

You can blame Bryce Harper, according to NBC Sports’ Peter King. 

Really. 

This is kind of wild. The NFL schedule makers really looked at the Phillies’ roster and decided they might be a team to go deep in the playoffs. It does seem possible, but we might be jumping the gun a little. Although, on our Eagle Eye podcast last night, Reuben Frank did say the Eagles wouldn’t be at home in October because the Phils would be in the World Series. (I thought he was joking.) 

But here’s the Eagles’ schedule. After a home game against the New York Jets on Oct. 6, the Eagles are on the road for three straight weeks, when the Phillies could theoretically be in the playoffs: 

Week 6 — at MIN on Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.
Week 7 — at DAL on Oct. 20 at 8:20 p.m.
Week 8 — at BUF on Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.

For reference, the 2018 World Series wrapped up with a Game 5 on Oct. 28. The Eagles host the Bears at 1 p.m. on Nov. 3, so maybe we’ll have an NFL playoff rematch and Game 7 of the World Series in South Philadelphia later this year. Are we getting ahead of ourselves a bit? 

After the Eagles have these three road games, they are home for three straight too. Still, the three-game trip on the road isn’t ideal. At least there’s not a west coast trip in there somewhere. 

In September of this year, the Eagles host games on Sept. 8 (Washington) and Sept. 22 (Detroit). The NFL has the benefit of seeing the MLB regular season schedule before putting out theirs. So on Sept. 8, the Phillies are at the Mets and on Sept. 22, they’re in Cleveland. This is the way the NFL always handles these two teams. They make sure the Eagles are away when the Phillies are home. 

The last time the Eagles and Phillies played on the same day in South Philly was Oct. 2, 2011. That was also the last year the Phillies were in the playoffs. 

On that day, the times were staggered. The Eagles kicked off at 1 p.m. against the 49ers at the Linc and the Phillies’ first pitch against the Cardinals in the NLDS was at 8:37 p.m. (The Eagles lost 24-23 and the Phillies lost Game 2, 5-4.) 

There were 69,144 people at the Linc that day and 46,575 at Citizens Bank Park that evening. I’d guess a lot of folks pulled the sports complex double-header that day. It won’t be possible this year.

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