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Who's still left? Updating statuses for all Eagles' free agents

Who's still left? Updating statuses for all Eagles' free agents

The craziness of free agency has finally died down, so it’s time to take a breath and take stock of the Eagles’ free agents. 

So far, several Birds from the 2018 team have re-signed, others have signed elsewhere and plenty are still on the open market. 

Here’s a complete look: 

Brought back 

Brandon Graham: Graham never made it to free agency, signing a three-year, $40 million deal before the new league year. Just the first two years of the contract are guaranteed, but it was still a nice payday for the 30-year-old defensive end. 

Ronald Darby: He’s still rehabbing from a torn ACL, but Darby is back for the 2019 season to join a crowded cornerback room. His deal is reportedly worth $8.5 million. There’s some question as to whether or not he’ll be ready for the opener. 

Paul Worrilow: Worrilow didn’t make it to free agency either. The veteran linebacker was re-signed back in January. He tore his ACL early in OTAs, so he’s far along and could factor into the linebacker rotation. 

Nate Sudfeld: The Eagles slapped a second-round tender on the restricted free agent. It all but guarantees he’ll be back for 2019 at a salary just north of $3 million.  

Rick Lovato: The long snapper signed a one-year deal. He was an exclusive rights free agent. 

Jake Elliott: Ditto. Elliott signed a one-year deal too. 

Signed elsewhere 

Golden Tate: Tate talked a lot about wanting to win, but then cashed out with a four-year, $37.5 million deal to join the directionless Giants. He spent just half a season with the Birds, but will now see them twice per season for the next several years. 

Jordan Hicks: The Eagles would have welcomed Hicks back, but not with the deal he got. Hicks signed a four-year, $34 million contract to join the Arizona Cardinals. It includes $20 million guaranteed for the former third-round pick. 

Jordan Matthews: Matthews’ second stint as an Eagle came to a close when he agreed to a one-year deal with the 49ers. The Eagles brought back Nelson Agholor for $9.4 million and he will be their slot receiver. 

Nick Foles: The inevitable happened and Foles is no longer an Eagle. He got a huge four-year, $88 million contract with over $50 million guaranteed with the Jaguars. At least he left the NFC.  

Still available 

Jay Ajayi: He’s recovering from an ACL tear and had knee issues before the injury, but Ajayi might be a cheap option for 2019. We’ll see where he ends up, but the Eagles will at least know how his recovery is going.  

Haloti Ngata: The 35-year-old played better down the stretch, but he wasn’t worth the $3 million the Eagles paid him in 2018. Can’t imagine he’ll be back. 

Mike Wallace: For a while, I thought maybe Wallace would be back on a cheap deal. But after trading for DeSean Jackson, the Eagles have found their deep threat. 

D.J. Alexander: Alexander was a key special teams contributor when healthy, but he missed four games in 2018. He is a former special teams Pro Bowler, but the addition of L.J. Fort might not bode well for the 27-year-old’s chances to return. Still a chance, though. 

LaRoy Reynolds: Another special teams linebacker, at least Reynolds played limited snaps on defense in 2018. Wouldn’t be the worst thing to bring him back. 

Darren Sproles: Sproles is 35 now and his initial plan was to retire. We haven’t heard otherwise yet, but we know he was thinking about one more season. Doug Pederson said he would welcome Sproles back, but I wouldn’t count on that happening. 

Richard Rodgers: The Eagles might sign a veteran tight end to be their third behind Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, so Rodgers is still a possibility. But maybe the Eagles would be happy with Josh Perkins or Will Tye, who are already on the roster. 

Chance Warmack: The Eagles need depth on the interior of their line, but I don’t want to hear the collective groan from all Eagles fans if they bring Warmack back. 

Corey Graham: My guess is Graham finally retires. He was really close after the 2017 season and I think this time it sticks.  

Tim Jernigan: The Eagles didn’t pick up Jernigan’s option, a move that saved them $7 million in cap space. Perhaps they could bring him back on a cheaper deal, but Malik Jackson is definitely the new starter next to Fletcher Cox. 

Chris Maragos: A significant knee injury suffered in 2017 kept Maragos out all of last season and he needed another surgery late in the year. Heckuva career for an undrafted safety.  

Stefen Wisniewski: The Eagles declined Wiz’s option and will save $3 million because of it. He’s on the market and maybe he’ll find that starter job he’s been coveting since he arrived to Philadelphia.

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Avonte Maddox loses memory to come up clutch in Eagles' win over Redskins

Avonte Maddox loses memory to come up clutch in Eagles' win over Redskins

LANDOVER, Maryland — As Nigel Bradham sprinted down the right sideline to cap off the Eagles’ 37-27 win at FedEx Field with a defensive touchdown, Avonte Maddox was running too and began to look for Eagles fans in the first few rows of the stadium. 

After the play, he jumped into the stands to celebrate. He deserved it. 

Maddox made some huge plays down the stretch … a little redemption. Because earlier on Sunday, he missed a few big ones. 

So what does it take to rebound from bad plays? 

“Short-term memory loss,” Maddox said. “That’s what it take. Don’t worry about what happened earlier and go on to the next play.”

The Eagles’ second-year cornerback missed a tackle on Terry McLaurin’s 75-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter and Steven Sims caught his 15-yard touchdown over him in the second quarter. He was on the wrong side of two huge plays. 

But Maddox made up for it late. 

On the Redskins’ penultimate drive, he broke up a deep pass on 2nd-and-10. On 3rd-and-10, he tackled Sims for a 9-yard gain to force Washington to kick a game-tying field goal. That gave the Eagles the ball back for the game-winning touchdown. 

And on the Redskins’ final drive with 32 seconds remaining, it was Maddox who flew into the backfield for a near sack on Dwayne Haskins on the aborted third-down play when Bradham took it to the house. 

That’s three huge plays in the game’s most critical moments. 

“I don’t think anybody in this locker room questions Avonte at all,” safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “He missed a tackle early in the game, they made a really good catch in the end zone. Avonte is a really consistent player, makes plays all the time. I don’t think anybody is surprised that he made those plays down the stretch.”

We always hear how important it is for cornerbacks to have that short-term memory loss, but it’s probably problematic just how often the Eagles feel the need to bring that up. You only need to have that memory loss when there’s something to forget. There’s been plenty for these corners to forget this season. 

Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Maddox and others have given up big plays all season. The Eagles’ defense has been good at times and bad at others. The secondary continues to be just as inconsistent. 

And this hasn’t really been a very good season for Maddox. Even aside from the friendly fire hit he took in Green Bay that forced him out for a month, he hasn’t been nearly as good as he was as a rookie in 2018. There’s probably some reason for concern. 

But on Sunday night, none of that seemed to matter. They won the game. 

Sure, the Eagles needed a comeback to take down a lowly Redskins team and have now been in close games against a bunch of bottom-feeder teams in the last three weeks. 

Sure, in those three weeks, the defense has given up an average of 27 points per game. 

“We really don’t care,” Jenkins said. “We’re not out here trying to be the 2000 Ravens or the (1985) Bears or anything like that. We are the 2019 Philadelphia Eagles. And right now, we just have to show up and be good enough to give our team a chance to win and we’ve done that the last two weeks.”

Even after giving up plays early, Maddox made plays with the game on the line. So he’ll look back at the tape and try to correct those mistakes, but on Sunday night, he got to enjoy the afterglow of a win. And he deserved it.

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'Foles this, Foles that:' Brandon Brooks' passionate defense of Carson Wentz

'Foles this, Foles that:' Brandon Brooks' passionate defense of Carson Wentz

LANDOVER, Md. — Brandon Brooks was marveling about Carson Wentz after the game.

How he could go out and throw for 266 yards, throw 3 TDs and no interceptions and rally the Eagles to a late win in the final seconds for a second straight week.

And how he could do it without Alshon Jeffery, without DeSean Jackson, without Jordan Howard, without Nelson Agholor.

And still not be appreciated?

Because ... because who knows.

I think the thing that’s hard for him,” Brooks said, “is being the face of the franchise and everybody remembering him being the MVP in the 2017 season and that’s the bar that he’s being held to that’s set and it doesn’t matter what he has around him.

Wentz the last couple weeks has played at a high level — granted against losing opponents — while working with a rookie running back and three receivers and a running back who were on the practice squad earlier this year.

No, Wentz isn’t perfect. The fumbles are an issue. He did miss a few open guys Sunday in the first half of the Eagles’ 37-27 win. 

But to do what he’s done with what he has around him? Brooks thought it was important to remind Wentz a couple weeks ago that if he's hearing outside noise he needs to ignore it. 

I just told him, ‘Don’t ever think that any loss we ever have as a team is solely on you,’ because it’s not,” Brooks said. “The world makes it seem that way because he’s the franchise guy and he’s got all this money and he’s supposed to be X, Y and Z and Foles this, Foles that. But don’t think for a second any loss is all you. Because it’s not. And I just wanted to let him know what he’s been able to do with what he has? He’s been playing well. He’s been balling all season. So it’s really just hat’s off to you. His resilience. His toughness. His mental toughness. You name it.

Wentz was out there Sunday without a single receiver or running back that was in the NFL last year. 

That’s not actually true. Josh Perkins caught five passes last year.

But let’s be honest. Wentz is the least of the Eagles' problems.

The last couple weeks, he's made plays and found ways to win game at the end, and he's done it with a bunch of guys nobody had heard of a year ago.

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