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Super Bowl window wide open right now for Carson Wentz and Eagles

Super Bowl window wide open right now for Carson Wentz and Eagles

There will be no excuses for Carson Wentz. 

The Eagles’ franchise quarterback got paid on Thursday night, to the tune of a four-year extension worth a reported $128 million. And the expectation will be that the Eagles win — and win big — immediately. 

Because not only did the Eagles pay Wentz, they have also put him in a great position to succeed. 

Based on the talent around Wentz, if he can get back to his MVP-level play from 2017, there’s no reason the Eagles shouldn’t have a shot at another parade down Broad Street at some point in the next few years. 

Take a look at notable players the Eagles have locked up for the next three seasons, through 2021: 

Offense
Carson Wentz
Alshon Jeffery 
Lane Johnson
Zach Ertz
DeSean Jackson
Jason Kelce
Isaac Seumalo
Andre Dillard
Dallas Goedert
Miles Sanders
JJ Arcega-Whiteside
Jordan Mailata 

Defense
Fletcher Cox
Brandon Graham 
Malik Jackson
Nigel Bradham 
Avonte Maddox
L.J. Fort 
Josh Sweat 
Shareef Miller

(I didn’t include Derek Barnett in the list, but 2021 will be his fifth-year option season, so the Eagles can own his rights for the next three years too.) 

The obvious takeaway from that list is that the offense is stacked. Imagine if the top three picks from this past draft class pan out. The Eagles would have found the guy to protect Wentz’s blindside for the next decade and two weapons who will thrive during his prime. 

The other takeaway is that the Eagles might need to start drafting more defensive players at premier spots. But as far as Wentz is concerned, his offense is loaded with talent. 

Having a quarterback taking up such a big chunk of the salary cap makes it harder to build a team around him. But with the four-year extension, Wentz’s six-year average per year is actually under $26 million per season. There’s a chance this deal ends up becoming a bargain if he turns back into the guy we saw for most of 2017. That was also the guy who had the Eagles in position to make their Super Bowl run. 

With the talent assembled around him, it’s realistic to have similar expectations for at least the next few seasons. 

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Watch Carli Lloyd hit a looong field goal after Eagles practice

Watch Carli Lloyd hit a looong field goal after Eagles practice

There are plenty of world champions on the field on a given day at the NovaCare Complex.

On Tuesday, there was one out there not wearing pads. USWNT star Carli Lloyd was out on the field while the Eagles and Ravens held joint practices. 

Lloyd, a Delran, New Jersey native and diehard Eagles fan, even got to try her hand at a couple field goals with Eagles kicker Jake Elliot and Ravens kicker Justin Tucker. Lloyd enjoyed getting an inside look at the team she grew up rooting for.

“It’s great. It’s obviously something you don’t get to see very often,” Lloyd said. “You see the guys playing on a week-to-week basis, but to kind of see what goes into it all – the staff, some of the guys doing extra stuff afterwards – it’s cool. It’s different. This is when all the real stuff happens. This is what people don’t see and I was glad I can be a part of it and thanks to the Eagles for having me out.”

Spoiler alert: Carli can boot it.

Of course, this isn't the first time she's shown NFL players how it's done.

Watch Lloyd nail a long field goal and hear her thoughts on the Eagles’ Super Bowl chances in the video above. 

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Eagle Eye podcast: Takeaways from Eagles’ joint practices vs. Ravens

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Eagle Eye podcast: Takeaways from Eagles’ joint practices vs. Ravens

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro give their takeaways from the practices with the Ravens and Ray Didinger stops by to talk about the preseason vs. joint practice dilemma. 

Also, the guys talk about the Eagles’ running back situation and Josh Perkins as TE3. 

And Roob and Dave pick one surprise player and one disappointment each from watching practice all summer! 

• Overall impressions from joint practices 
• A closer look at the RB position 
• Josh Perkins as TE3
• Ray Didinger on preseason vs. practice 
• Biggest surprises and disappointments from summer 

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