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Recent Eagles trade could be template for Foles

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Recent Eagles trade could be template for Foles

While the Eagles decide whether or not to trade Nick Foles, the name that keeps popping up is Sam Bradford.

According to multiple reports, the Eagles are using the 2016 deal that sent Bradford to the Vikings for first- and fourth-round draft picks as a template for discussions involving Foles. Peter King of SI.com goes on to say NFL teams may not be willing to meet such lofty demands this time around.

“The Eagles got first- and fourth-round picks for Sam Bradford 17 months ago and feel Foles is better, so it’ll likely take at least that to pique their interest, and that’s likely not happening,” King writes.

King adds the Eagles already received at least one offer for Foles termed “respectable” by league sources, though clearly less than the current asking price. Geoff Mosher for FanRag Sports reports a second-round pick was on the table.

Of course, nobody expected the Eagles to negotiate the haul they did for Bradford, either.

The circumstances are obviously different. Bradford was the starting quarterback at the time of the trade, while Foles is expected to reprise his role as backup next season — King says the Eagles are “confident” Carson Wentz will be healthy in time for Week 1. Bradford was also under contract for two years whereas Foles has only 2018 remaining on his current deal. Even then, the price for Bradford was too high until Vikings signal-caller Teddy Bridgewater suffered a catastrophic injury months later at training camp.

That doesn’t mean the Eagles are crazy to request a similar return. In fact, they might be content to work from the same playbook that led to that set of circumstances — wait it out and see what happens.

Unlike Bradford, Foles isn’t clamoring for a way out of Philadelphia, nor does he have a history of serious knee injuries. At an affordable $7.6 million, Foles also accounts for significantly less against the salary cap than Bradford’s $18 million in 2016. From another team’s vantage point, the fact that Foles only has one year left is a non-issue, as a contract extension would surely follow a swap. And while the Eagles hope Wentz is back for Week 1, there’s still no guarantee, perhaps creating some semblance of leverage.

The Eagles can slow-play Foles talks the same way they did Bradford. If teams aren’t willing to play ball for a first-round pick now, circumstances can always change after free agency and the draft play out, come training camp or as late as mid-season.

Why settle now? The Eagles will have to pay Foles a roster bonus worth $3 million on March 18, so there is some coin on the line. But the Eagles were willing to eat $11 million of Bradford’s contract in ’16, as long as the right deal came along.

Other than money, the Eagles have nothing to lose by sticking to their guns. If they wait, a desperate team may eventually come around. Should a deal never come to pass, they have the best backup quarterback in the NFL — which worked out pretty well last season.

Fan injured by Phillie Phanatic's hot dog cannon during game

Fan injured by Phillie Phanatic's hot dog cannon during game

This is taking food delivery a bit too far.

A woman suffered facial injuries when the Phillie Phanatic fired a hot dog into the crowd with his cannon during Monday night’s game at Citizens Bank Park.

“And then the next thing I know he shot it in our direction, and bam! It hit me like a ton of bricks. My glasses flew,” Kathy McVay, a Plymouth Meeting resident, originally told 6 ABC’s Sarah Bloomquist about the incident.

McVay said she went to a hospital and underwent a CAT scan to make sure that she didn't suffer a concussion.

“I have a small hematoma in my eye,” McVay said. “And mostly, it's going to get worse before it gets better. It's going to go down the side of my face.”

Per the report, the Phillies did reach out to McVay to apologize and “the Phanatic feels terrible about what happened” (although we’re not exactly sure how he explained that sentiment).

To her credit, McVay understands the ridiculous nature of her injury and is taking it all in stride.

"When I tell my brothers, they started laughing," she said to NBC10. "It's funny, it's a story I can tell people. My only thing is just to warn people just to be careful. Because you would think you'd get hit by a baseball instead of a flying hot dog."

Now that people know she’s OK, McVay can bank on people getting a decent laugh out of this one.

Rocky and Adonis return to Philadelphia in new Creed II trailer

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Rocky and Adonis return to Philadelphia in new Creed II trailer

The latest chapter in the Rocky Balboa saga is coming to theatres this Thanksgiving and the trailer for it dropped this morning.

Creed II picks up with Michael B. Jordan reprising his role as Apollo Creed's son, Adonis, coming to grips with fighting someone with the last name Drago — clearly a flashback to his father getting killed in the ring at the hands of Russian Ivan Drago.

Sly Stallone returns as the old and wise Rocky Balboa, dropping knowledge bombs instead of left hooks.

At least part of the movie takes place in Philadelphia, with a skyline shot showing up in the trailer. The first Creed movie had plenty of Philly flavor, so we're hoping we'll get a bit more in the sequel.