DeSean Jackson and Carson Wentz show love for kelly green with baller suits

DeSean Jackson and Carson Wentz show love for kelly green with baller suits

It's well known that the Philadelphia Eagles fan base has an almost unhealthy obsession with the throwback look and feel of the old kelly green uniforms of yesteryear.

Owner Jeff Lurie said back in March that there is still hope to bring them back in the not-to-distant future.

“We’re working on that hard. High priority,” Lurie said. “I don’t know if it’ll get done for the 2019 season, but I have some hopes for the 2020 season.”

But even the Eagles players like to show a little love to the kelly greens every now and then. Take Carson Wentz and DeSean Jackson upon their arival to Atlanta this weekend.

Carson showed off the old helmets with the single wing on each side on the inside of his suit while DeSean wore the brightest green suit a man can find. And they both looked baller doing it.

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Eagles mailbag: Derek Barnett's potential breakout, Carson Wentz's durability and contract concerns

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Eagles mailbag: Derek Barnett's potential breakout, Carson Wentz's durability and contract concerns

Part 1 touched on Sidney Jones, Josh Adams and my pick for Eagles Rookie of the Year.

Part 2 answered questions about Corey Clement, UDFAs and Big V’s future as a guard.

Here’s Part 3:

I guess this answer depends on your definition of “break out year.” Barnett’s 2018 season ended prematurely with a shoulder injury that hampered him before the Eagles shut him down. But early in the year, I thought he was the best defensive end on the team (by that point Michael Bennett hadn’t played well and Brandon Graham was getting over his ankle injury). In six games, Barnett had 2 1/2 sacks. But before the shoulder injury, he had 2 1/2 in four games before he missed Week 5 with the shoulder injury that eventually ended his season. So Barnett was on pace for 10 sacks before the injury. With plenty of opportunity this season, I think Barnett can be a double-digit sack guy. Sure. That’s a good bar to set. Before Fletcher Cox did it in 2018, the last Eagle to top 10 sacks was Connor Barwin in 2014.

One thing is for sure: this is a big year for Barnett. The Eagles traded away Bennett, Chris Long just announced his retirement (see story) and the Eagles passed on taking an edge rusher early in what was supposed to be a historically deep class. Barnett needs to not just be a starter, but be extremely productive in Year 3.

This is an interesting question and there really aren’t many contracts from this offseason that even qualify. So many of these contracts done by Howie Roseman are one-year deals. The long-term ones were: DeSean Jackson, Malik Jackson, Brandon Graham, Isaac Seumalo. Seumalo’s deal is cheap enough that I won’t count him.

If I had to pick the most likely, it would be DeSean Jackson’s deal. He’s 32 and his game is predicated on speed. So even though we haven’t seen it, there’s a chance that speed disappears and the Eagles are left with a speed receiver sans speed. That’s possible. For the record, I’d be willing to take that risk, as the Eagles did, because Jackson’s speed was exactly the element the Eagles needed. I was tempted to say Graham because the Eagles did kind of overpay him, but even if he can’t get after the QB, he can at least stuff the run. If Jackson loses his speed, what good is he?

Yeah, eventually they’ll return as an alternate in my lifetime, which would make me thrilled because I could finally stop reporting on a jersey color. (Just kidding, love you guys.) The hold-up here is that the NFL has this antiquated rule that won’t allow teams to have more than one helmet for each player. It’s an old safety rule. Jeff Lurie says he wants kelly green jerseys, but they don’t want them without matching helmets. Before you bring up the Rams, they use the same helmets with different decals. The Eagles say decals aren’t an option for them. It’s alternate helmets or bust. A couple of years ago, competition committee chairman Rich McKay told me he was optimistic this rule would eventually be changed. For now, we wait.

I’ll say 14 or 15. I really don’t know. I think he’ll be healthy at the start of the season but maybe he gets hurt during the year and misses a game or two. I can’t see the future.

It’s fair to say the Eagles are in win-now mode, but none of their contracts really tie their hands long-term. That’s the interesting thing about what the Eagles have done. They have some real flexibility with their roster. They are clearly playing to win a Super Bowl this year, but they’ll have the ability to keep signing free agents and should have plenty of draft picks coming up. That’s important because they’ll need cheap talent to surround Wentz when he’s making $30+ million per year soon enough.

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Jeff Lurie says bringing back kelly green jerseys still a ‘high priority’

Jeff Lurie says bringing back kelly green jerseys still a ‘high priority’

PHOENIX — The kelly green dream is still alive. 

At his annual availability with reporters at the NFL owners meetings, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said the Eagles are still working on finding a way to bring back the very popular kelly green jerseys. 

“We’re working on that hard. High priority,” Lurie said. “I don’t know if it’ll get done for the 2019 season, but I have some hopes for the 2020 season.” 

Lurie again confirmed their goal is to bring back kelly green jerseys as an alternate, “at this point.” 

This is a saga that has been ongoing for the last couple of years, dating back to a rule proposal from the Eagles back in 2017 that would allow teams to use multiple helmets. They withdrew the proposal before it reached a vote. That’s the holdup right now; the league prohibits teams from using multiple helmets and the Eagles’ helmet is midnight green, an obvious fashion clash with a kelly green jersey. 

This is the second year in a row, Lurie said he thought it was somewhat doubtful the jerseys would be brought back for the next season but was optimistic about the following season. 

At least one prominent player would clearly be on board. 

At last year’s owners meetings in Orlando, I tracked down competition committee chairman Rich McKay, who said the opposition to a new rule was a safety issue. It’s an antiquated rule from when the league was worried that every player be fitted correctly for just one helmet. It seems crazy that the NFL, with it’s billions of dollars, couldn’t maintain standards for multiple helmets per player. 

Last year, McKay seemed optimistic the rule would eventually change. 

Lurie, in recent years, has consistently said he wants to bring back the kelly green jerseys, but only if they have helmets to match. 

At this point, I’ll believe it when I see it. But Lurie annually keeps hope alive. 

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