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Eagles storylines at 2019 NFL owners meetings

Eagles storylines at 2019 NFL owners meetings

PHOENIX — Free agency has finally cooled down but it’s still gonna be hot in Arizona this week … like high-80s hot. 

It’s time for the NFL’s annual league meetings at the luxurious Arizona Biltmore. It’ll be our first chance to talk to the Eagles’ decision-makers since the new league year and it’ll be one of our last chances to talk to them before April’s draft. 

Here are some of the biggest Eagles storylines for the week ahead: 

Dust settles on moves 
The Eagles didn’t make a ton of huge splashes in free agency, but they were active. They brought in Malik Jackson, DeSean Jackson, Vinny Curry, Andrew Sendejo and L.J. Fort. They brought back Ronald Darby and Jason Peters. They traded Michael Bennett. They re-signed Brandon Graham and extended Isaac Seumalo and Jason Kelce. Plenty to talk about and this is our first chance to find out why the Eagles made these moves. 

Hints at draft  
Do any of those moves change the Eagles’ philosophy in the draft? They shouldn’t. But with the draft about a month away, there might be some hints about where the Eagles are looking. 

Time with Lurie  
We don’t get to talk to owner Jeff Lurie very often, but this is the one time per year he always speaks with reporters. He watched as the Eagles talked about the new norm, got off to a slow start and then went on a run in 2018. Are you wondering what he thought of all that? Or what does he think about all the moves made by Howie Roseman? 

Hey, Howie!
Speaking of Roseman, I have some questions about philosophy this offseason. As you might have noticed, the Eagles have signed a good number of older players and haven’t really signed many young ones. I don’t think it’s as big a deal as some have made it out to be, but it’s still worth figuring out. 

And, is he ever going to add a running back? 

Time with Doug 
We also get our hour-long breakfast with Doug Pederson. The top question on my mind for the head coach surrounds his offense. After adding Jackson, the Eagles have a talented trio of receivers and a pair of really good tight ends. As far as problems go, this is a good one to have. But it’s up to the play-caller to get everyone involved. 

New rules
As always, the annual league meetings are a chance for the NFL to vote on new rules for the following season. Many of the rule proposals this season deal with replay, including the two submitted by the Eagles. 

One would add review of player safety-related fouls as subject to coaches’ challenge rules. The other would add scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul to the replay system. 

The Eagles did submit a proposal that would force the Cowboys and Lions to play every other Thanksgiving game on the road. But the Eagles withdrew that proposal. 

Kraft services 
Even after his apology (?), Robert Kraft is going to be the big story at this year’s event. He will be in Phoenix and is expected to remain on all his committees. 

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How Jeff Lurie almost bought the Patriots

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How Jeff Lurie almost bought the Patriots

For most of his life, it looked like it was Jeff Lurie's fate to own the Patriots.

"I was an obsessed Patriots fan growing up … the Pats were my team," Lurie said in an interview with ESPN's Adam Schefter. "Not anymore.” 

Lurie, who grew up in West Newton, Massachusets, told Schefter that his love of football and the Patriots came from his father, who passed away from kidney cancer when Lurie was 9 years old. 

Lurie bid for the Patriots, but was beaten out by current New England owner Robert Kraft, who bought the team for $175 million in Jan. 1994. Three months later, Lurie purchased the Eagles for $195 million.

In his conversation with Schefter, Lurie recalls he initially thought he made a big mistake in buying the Eagles. 

“I do remember when I made the investment, I think the Wall Street Journal said this was the dumbest investment of the year. It was an emotional investment, it had no basis in reality," Lurie said. "And the crazy thing is, I thought they were right.” 

Twenty-three-plus years later, it looks like Lurie made a genius move. He'd love to beat out Kraft and bring the Lombardi Trophy to Philadelphia for the first time tonight.

The most fun and ridiculous Super Bowl prop bets

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The most fun and ridiculous Super Bowl prop bets

As always, the prop bets ahead of the Super Bowl are a combination of fun, ridiculous and challenging.

Here is a sampling of some of the best from Bovada:

• How many clips of Super Bowl XXXIX between the Eagles and Patriots will be shown?
The over/under is 2.5.

• How many times will Carson Wentz be mentioned?
Over/under 3.5.

• Which owner will be mentioned and/or shown first?
Robert Kraft is -130. Jeffrey Lurie is -110.

As a reminder, this means it would take $130 to win $100 on Kraft; $110 to win $100 on Lurie.

• Which QB will be shown first during the national anthem?
Tom Brady is -200, Nick Foles is +150. 

The odds here tell you to go Foles ... $100 wins you $150. With how many Super Bowls Brady has made, the bigger first camera shot during the anthem might be Foles, who improbably got this far.

• Will Donovan McNabb's vomiting incident be mentioned? 
Yes is -150. No is +200.

• Will Terrell Owens' name be mentioned?
Yes is +150, no is -200.

• Will Foles have a higher QB rating than Brady?
Yes is +150, no is -200.

• Will either team use a flea-flicker?
Yes is +300. No is -500.

• How many times will the Rocky statue be shown?
Over/under 1.

• How many times on the day of the Super Bowl will President Trump tweet?
Over 5 pays out -140. Under 5 is even money.

And last but not least ...

• Will Tom Brady's jersey be stolen again?
The odds are 10/1.