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Rating the Rumor: Eagles 'aggressively pursuing' WR Calvin Johnson

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Rating the Rumor: Eagles 'aggressively pursuing' WR Calvin Johnson

The Eagles signed two free-agent wide receivers in March and invested two draft picks at the position in April, but there's only one Calvin Johnson. Unfortunately, the legendary Lions wideout is also retired, and that's the way things are likely to stay.

That's just the first of several issues with a report that the Eagles are "aggressively pursuing" a trade for Johnson. A bigger problem is that rumor has since been refuted by more authoritative sources, namely Mike Florio for ProFootballTalk.

But Johnson is on the block, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, and at least two teams have contacted the Lions about a swap. Just don't expect the Eagles to be seriously in the mix, regardless of what you may have heard.

For starters, the Eagles don't need Johnson.

Sure, the six-time Pro Bowl selection was a one-of-a-kind talent — a 6-foot-5, 237-pound target with a 42.5-inch vertical and 4.35 speed. Any offense could use that, in theory. Except the Eagles already have Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Torrey Smith and Mack Hollins playing heavy snaps, and Jeffery's and Johnson's skill sets are incredibly similar. It simply isn't necessary.

Furthermore, the Eagles can't afford Johnson. At only $4.7 million under the salary cap, according to the NFLPA, they can't afford his salary, and even if they cleared the space, they really can't afford the trade for his rights. The Eagles have already dealt their second- and third-round draft choices in 2018. Now they're going to send more picks for a receiver they don't need?

It doesn't sound like Johnson is even interested in playing. Schefter makes it sounds as if his response to inquiries about coming out of retirement has been tepid at best, which is no surprise seeing as he quit football nearly two years ago.

So you have a player who doesn't want to play, whose rights are only available in a trade, who was the highest-paid receiver in the NFL at the time of his retirement, at a position where the Eagles don't really need help. Sounds like fertile grounds for a trade.

Even assuming some of these hurdles would be easier to clear than it seems — Johnson has a change of heart, restructures his contract, and the Lions deal him for cheap — is he any good in 2017?

Johnson is 32 years old. He already appeared to be in physical decline when he last played. Now, he would need be attempting to come back with a brand new team, in a brand new offense in which he's never played.

All of that sounds like a lot more trouble than it would be worth for an Eagles team that's amassed a 7-1 record without Johnson.

Oh, and the NFL's trade deadline is on Tuesday, by the way. That doesn't leave a lot of time to persuade Johnson, figure out the money and create a roster spot, and compensate the Lions for their trouble in all of this.

If Johnson were a free agent, there's no reason the Eagles wouldn't pick up the phone, assuming there was any reason to believe he wanted to play. There's no reason to believe Johnson wants that, and there's no reason to believe the Eagles want to trade for him, pay him, and mess with the dynamics of a team that's rolling as it's currently constructed.

Rating: Calvin Johnson's couch is probably pretty comfy.

Eagles vets give rookies some bad, hilarious haircuts

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Eagles vets give rookies some bad, hilarious haircuts

These Super Bowl champions sure do know how to have fun … at the expense of the rookies.

The Eagles veterans on Tuesday took to social media to showcase their hazing of the team's rookies. Don't worry, it's not the bad kind of hazing. Except if you think bad haircuts and no eyebrows are cruel.

We're going to let the haircuts do the talking.

You can watch more of the Eagles' barbershop here.

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Eagles fans troll Patriots fans again with billboard outside Gillette Stadium

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Eagles fans troll Patriots fans again with billboard outside Gillette Stadium

The Eagles swear they've moved on from Super Bowl LII, but fans? Yeah, that's never going to happen.

With the Super Bowl rematch just two days away and the Birds heading up to Foxboro, Massachusetts, Eagles fans are making sure the Patriots and their fans remember who won the Super Bowl just a few months ago.

Gina Lewis, a Massachusetts-based Birds fan, erected a billboard at the intersection of Route 1 and North Street, which is about one mile outside of Gillette Stadium.

So folks driving to Gillette Stadium from Boston, and even up from Philly, will see the billboard as they head to the Eagles-Patriots preseason game Thursday.

In terms of billboards, it's not exactly the prettiest. The idea was fantastic, but the execution could have been better. The notion that Patriots fans will have to be reminded that the Eagles beat New England, 41-33, in Super Bowl LII is brilliant.

That's not a knock on the person who designed the billboard, though. Jordan Spector is a Philadelphia-based artist who designed the billboard.

The original text on the billboard was supposed to be: "No one likes us and we don’t care." But the billboard company forced them to change it.

To be fair to Spector, the actual design of the billboard is crisper than the one that went up. You can support Spector's work (you should because art is fun) here.

Some background as to how the billboard came to be a thing. Back in June, Lewis tweeted this:

It doesn't appear the coworker came through on his promise, but that doesn't really matter. Lewis started a GoFundMe, which remains active, to raise the $5,000 to pay for the billboard.

After it reached its goal, the GoFundMe remains active and the next $5,000 will be donated to Carson Wentz's AO1 Foundation. At the time of this posting, it's raised $6,530 out of its $10,000 goal.

If you're obliged to donate, you can here.

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