Super Bowl LII

Where did the Eagles’ Super Bowl roster disappear to?

Where did the Eagles’ Super Bowl roster disappear to?

With Nigel Bradham now gone, there are only eight starters left on the Eagles’ roster from their Super Bowl triumph just 24 months ago.

And that number could continue to dwindle, depending on what the Eagles do with Alshon Jeffery, whether Jason Kelce returns for a 10th season and whether Malcolm Jenkins gets a new deal or plays under his current one.

The only other starters from the Super Bowl under contract for 2020 are Zach Ertz, Brandon Brooks and Lane Johnson on offense and Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham on defense.

There are three other guys under contract (or who the Eagles hold exclusive negotiating rights for) who played offense or defense in the Super Bowl: Corey Clement, Isaac Seumalo and Derek Barnett.

And five others played only on special teams in Super Bowl LI vs. the Patriots: Nate Gerry, Jake Elliott, Rasul Douglas, Rick Lovato and Shelton Gibson.

Of the Eagles’ eight inactives on Super Bowl Sunday, only Sidney Jones remains under contract.

And of the eight players who finished the year on Injured Reserve, only Carson Wentz is still here.

In all, only 17 players remain under contract with the Eagles of the 61 who finished the 2017 season either on the active roster or Injured Reserve.

The Eagles do have exclusive negotiating rights with their own free agents until the legal tampering period begins on March 16.

But as far as players under contract? Some 72 percent of the Super Bowl roster is gone.  

Of those 44 players, 11 are currently free agents, 15 spent 2019 on other teams, 7 formally retired and another 8 haven’t announced their retirement but weren’t on a roster when 2019 ended, two are in the XFL and one is a restricted free agent. 

Interesting to note that the Patriots' figure is similar. They have seven starters remaining under contract -- which doesn't include Tom Brady -- and a total of 16 players left from their 2017 Super Bowl roster.

Here’s a quick look at the 61 Eagles who were with the team on Super Bowl Sunday and where they are now:

Under contract for 2020 [15]: Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Malcolm Jenkins, Isaac Seumalo, Derrick Barnett, Nate Gerry, Jake Elliott, Rasul Douglas, Rick Lovato, Carson Wentz.

With other teams at end of 2019 [15]: Stefen Wisniewski [Chiefs], Nick Foles [Jaguars], Mychal Kendricks [Seahawks], Trey Burton [Bears], Mack Hollins [Dolphins], Patrick Robinson [Falcons], Beau Allen [Buccaneers], Jaylen Watkins [Chargers], Najee Goode [Jaguars], Kenjon Barner [Falcons], Marcus Johnson [Colts], Wendell Smallwood [Redskins], Stephen Means [Falcons], Jordan Hicks [Cards] and Joe Walker [Cards].

Unrestricted free agents [11]: Nelson Agholor, Halapouliivaati Vaitai, Vinny Curry, Tim Jernigan, Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Rodney McLeod, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Nigel Bradham, Nate Sudfeld, Jason Peters.

Retired [7]: Torrey Smith, Brent Celek, Corey Graham, Chris Long, Donnie Jones, Darren Sproles, Chris Maragos

Not with a team at end of 2019 [8]: Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, Chance Warmack, Dannel Ellerbe, Will Beatty, Destiny Vaeao, Caleb Sturgis

Playing in the XFL [2]: Donnel Pumphrey, Elijah Qualls

Restricted free agent [1]: Corey Clement.

Right of first refusal free agent [1]: Shelton Gibson

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Eagles fans reflect on Super Bowl LII by sharing their favorite memories

Eagles fans reflect on Super Bowl LII by sharing their favorite memories

Feb. 4, 2018.

You can recall exactly where you were, who you were with and every rush of emotions you felt when the clock finally ran out and reality set in.

The Eagles won their first Super Bowl.

They defeated a dynasty team on the biggest stage in sports.

And they did it with a backup quarterback.

Of course, these are all things you know. Yet somehow, even though two years have passed, every time the thought of the Eagles being Super Bowl champions crosses your mind, a smile comes across your face.

This is probably one of the most important anniversaries in Philadelphia history, aside from when the Declaration of Independence was signed. Non-Eagles fans would probably read that sentence and think it’s an exaggeration … but we all know it isn’t.

It’s quite a nostalgic day on social media, as everyone is sharing their favorite memories:


And of course, the two most iconic plays from that game can be found just about everywhere you look.

41-33. Go birds.

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Time to say goodbye to the Super Bowl Eagles

Time to say goodbye to the Super Bowl Eagles

It’s time to say goodbye to the Super Bowl champs. Time to say hello to an uncertain future.

When Howie Roseman said last week that one of his weaknesses is that he gets too attached to players, you can understand where he’s coming from.

Heck, who didn’t get attached to the Super Bowl champs?

That 2017 Eagles team took the city on a ride none of us will ever forget. 

But it’s time to move on. It’s past time.

And the only way the Eagles will ever get to another Super Bowl is if they put that team to rest and build a new one.

That’s what this offseason is all about.  

Roseman spent 2018 and 2019 trying to take the 2017 nucleus and tweak it, trying to recapture that 2017 magic. 

And honestly, it made sense. The Eagles didn’t have enough draft picks to rebuild the roster the right way — just four picks in the first three rounds over the last two years coming off the disastrous 2017 draft.

Some of the moves didn’t make sense – another year of Nelson Agholor at $9.4 million, Ronald Darby at $6 ½ million, Jason Peters at $6 million, bringing back Darren Sproles, guaranteeing Alshon Jeffery.

But it was Roseman trying to squeeze as much as possible out of the Super Bowl roster without the benefit of a ton of draft picks. 

Trying to win off the Super Bowl momentum.

And it worked, to an extent. The Eagles did reach the playoffs the last two years. But the whole thing was trending in the wrong direction. We all saw it. The roster got older, more injury-prone, and so many of those Super Bowl heroes just weren’t the same players as they were in 2017.

Now there’s 10 draft picks waiting in April, a boatload of cap space and a real chance to reshape the roster.

Taking into account compensatory picks as projected by Over the Cap, the Eagles should have their own 1st- and 2nd-round picks, two 3rd-round picks, three 4th-rounders, two 5ths and a 6th.

All of this means that by the time the Eagles make their final cuts on Sept. 5, 2020, it’s conceivable there could be as few as eight position players on next year’s roster who were part of the 2017 Super Bowl run.

The actual number will be closer to 12 or 15, but it’ll still be a far cry from this past year, when the Eagles gave that Super Bowl LII nucleus one last shot.

Some 30 players who played here in 2017 spent at least some time on the 53-man roster this year. They didn’t all play in the Super Bowl, but they were part of that team, part of that run.

Let’s look at that group and their chances of coming back:

DEFINITELY NOT BACK: Darren Sproles, Jay Ajayi, Nelson Agholor

PROBABLY  NOT BACK: Ronald Darby, Jason Peters, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Kamu Grugier-Hill

JURY IS OUT: Jalen Mills, Nigel Bradham, Rodney McLeod, Rasul Douglas, Alshon Jeffery, Nate Sudfeld, Corey Clement, Tim Jernigan, Vinny Curry

PROBABLY BACK: Jason Kelce, Malcolm Jenkins, Sidney Jones, Nate Gerry

DEFINITELY BACK: Brandon Graham, Fletcher Cox, Lane Johnson, Zach Ertz, Carson Wentz, Isaac Seumalo, Brandon Brooks, Rick Lovato, Derek Barnett, Jake Elliott

We only put Kelce and Jenkins in the “probably back” category since Kelce at this point in his life ponders retirement every offseason and because of Jenkins’ contract situation.

Roseman spoke about all this Wednesday, and NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Dave Zangaro wrote about it:

When we look at our team from 2017 to 2019, we knew that we had one team -  really, a team that we were basically going to stick with,” he said. “We didn't have a lot of resources in terms of draft picks. That's on me. We made trades for some veteran players to go win. We stick to that. We're glad of those decisions. But going forward we need to infuse youth in this team.

It's tough moving on from veterans who’ve meant so much to this franchise, veterans who had a role in the Eagles’ greatest triumph of the last 50 years, veterans who rode a float up Broad Street while close to a million fans stood and cheered.

It’s even harder replacing them.

And that’s the challenge now. If you look at that group of players the Eagles are certain or likely to move on from, it includes a bunch of former Pro Bowlers, some long-time starters and a few all-time Eagle greats.

All Roseman and his crew have to do now is find a bunch of new legends to replace them.

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