Eagles take a break from coaching camp to boost cash for necessary trigger

PHILADELPHIA – At 6:30 am on a Saturday, the area near Pattison Avenue and 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way is usually quiet. The paved parking lots around Lincoln Financial Field remain uncovered, no car or person in sight. However, this was not a typical Saturday.

With the on-site DJ who plays an eclectic mix of remixes by artists such as Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Johnny Cash and Chumbawamba, Eagle Players and fans from all over the area came to bike, run and hike together for 2021 Eagles Autism Challenge.

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Events included a sensory walk for families with people with autism, a 5 km run and walk, and bike rides 15 to 80 kilometers in length.

The event was organized by the Eagles Autism Foundation, the benefactor of the fundraiser. All proceeds from the Challenge, which raised more than $ 2.5 million this year, will go towards autism research and support.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said when he first imagined the Eagles Autism Challenge years ago, he never imagined that our community would become what it is today.

“It’s not a one-day event anymore,” Lurie told the crowd that had gathered on the stadium field. “It’s a year-round commitment that has raised nearly $ 12 million since 2018, all of which has been reinvested in the autism community. None of this would be possible without you. “

Managing Director of the Eagles Autism Foundation Ryan Hammond was pleased to attend the event on Saturday, mainly because the COVID-19 pandemic forced last year’s event to be held virtually.

“What we went through last year to produce a virtual event to stay together while apart and then be able to be physically present and be side by side with our entire organization with the community unite is just amazing. It’s emotional. It’s just overwhelming, and I’m just humbled by the generosity that we people can show up, raise money, and be leaders and advocates again in this community. “

One of the players in attendance to cheer the contestants on was Defensive End Brandon Graham. Graham, a cycling enthusiast who rides 15 to 20 miles per trip in the off-season, said he was happy to see people early this morning to raise funds for the foundation.

Graham also said that his time organizing it helped him learn more about autism and the families it affects.

“This is definitely special because I’ve been here for so long and the story of Mr. Lurie and how it came about just opened my eyes because I’ve never had anyone with autism, but I’m just learning about it I want to give something back and help as best I can. It’s a great event. “

Rookie wide receiver DeVonta Smith took part in his first challenge, took selfies with cyclists and wished them all the best on their journey.

“It’s amazing to be out here this morning,” said Smith. “Mr. Lurie did a good job raising money for autism. It’s great to be out here for a cause like this.”

The Eagles will raise money again when they hold their second and final open practice Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Tickets to the exercise are $ 10 and all proceeds will go back to the Eagles Autism Foundation.

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Chris Franklin can be reached at cfranklin@njadvancemedia.com.

Eagles focusing on big-money deal for tight finish Dallas Goedert as Zach Ertz prepares to maneuver on, per report

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The expected split between Zach Ertz and the Eagle has been postponed for months as Philadelphia hopes for better compensation in a potential deal, but for anyone skeptical of Ertz’s future exit, John McMullen of SI.com’s EagleMaven reports that the team has already taken several steps to prepare for 2021 and beyond without the long-term tight end. This also includes striving for a “big money contract extension” for Ertz’s tight-end colleagues Dallas Goedert, as well as informing Ertz that Goedert will take the majority of the snapshots at the position, regardless of who is on the list.

“Both sides want to move on,” McMullen wrote this week, “but Eagles (General Manager) Howie Roseman has continued to play hard when it comes to Ertz’s worth … What we do know is that the Eagles plan for life to Ertz and tries to work out a (deal) with Goedert. What’s more, the team has informed Ertz that Goedert will definitely get the lion’s share of the snapshots at the position. “

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Meanwhile, New Eagles coach Nick Sirianni wants to “get away from a two-tight-end-centered offensive and get more speed on the field,” reported McMullen. Philadelphia recently re-signed the Veterans Reserve Richard Rodgerswho would likely open as the team’s # 2 tight end in 2021 if Ertz is dealt or released.

The reasons for Ertz’s expected departure have been amply set out this off-season; the three-time pro bowler will forever be a Philadelphia legend for eight years of consistent production Super bowl LII performance, but at 30, after an injury and looking for a new setting and maybe a new contract, the ship has already sailed unofficially. As for Goedert, the former second-round pick admitted in June that he was hey Talks about a new deal started.

Goedert, 26, will join the Free Agency after this season. The Eagles could potentially use the 2022 Franchise Tag. forecast to be $ 11.3 millionto keep it after 2021. A long term contract could net him something on the order of $ 12 million to $ 14 million per season, making him one of the NFL‘s four highest paid players in his position, according to other tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith redeemed on deals Pay $ 12.5 million a year this off-season. The Eagles would save $ 8.5 million this year by cutting or bargaining Ertz.

Philadelpha Eagles hamstrung by lifeless cash; can they compete in 2021?

PHILADELPHIA – Now that the NFL teams have essentially budgeted for the 2021 season, it’s worth looking back at the historic cash deadline the Eagles suffered in their divorce from Carson Wentz, a high-profile, precedent-setting number of 33.8 Million dollars.

To explain how crippling this is, understand that it’s $ 11.6 million more than the second-highest dead money hit in league history, the $ 22.2 million suffered by the Los Angeles Rams have to switch from Jared Goff to Matthew Stafford.

Ironically, of course, Goff was voted No. 1 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft just before the Eagles voted Wentz to No. 2 overall and both players helped get their organizations into the Super Bowl.

Put simply, dead money is the salary cap money a team spends on players who are no longer in the roster.

For the Eagles’ future in 2021, they have an adjusted salary cap of $ 206,998,775 due to a rollover of $ 22,756,775 but $ 49,363,201 of dead money to deal with, the 33rd , $ 8 million for Wentz and over $ 15 million more on top of most in the NFL.

By comparison, the best organization when it comes to dead money this season is Wentz’s new team, the Indianapolis Colts, which have a paltry $ 408,000 in poorly managed funds.

With the Eagles’ dead money, nearly a quarter of their maneuverability went up in smoke for 2021.

You don’t need Ben Affleck as your accountant to find out this isn’t good for the season ahead, but Andrew Brandt, the ex-Packers manager who once advised Jeffrey Lurie and the Eagles, has the riddle in conversation with SI .com clearly formulated Eagle Maven via BIRDS 365.

“Imagine these wage cap fantasy football leagues where everyone plays. Imagine playing in a league with $ 200 and starting with $ 164, 165, ”Brandt said. “Yes, that stinks.”

Brandt cited another example to explain how massive the organizational failure was at Wentz.

Carson Wentz

“You have to balance Wentz’s number with young players,” said Brandt. “I mean, you think of rookie contracts – conservatively on the high end say their cap numbers are $ 1 million – you know that’s at least half of your team. So remember that you have 35 players on your team and they correspond to Carson Wentz. “

The top 51 rule is in the off-season and in reality Brandt speaks with a list of them: Sua Opeta, Travis Fulgham, Marcus Epps, Alex Singleton, TY McGill, Jordan Howard, Greg Ward, Nate Herbig, TJ Edwards, John Hightower, Jordan Mailata, Richard Rodgers, Jack Driscoll, Boston Scott, Craig James, Genard Avery, Le’Raven Clark, Milton Williams, Hassan Ridgeway, Matt Pryor, K’Von Wallace, Nick Mullens, Andrew Adams, Davion Taylor, Josh Sweat, Rick Lovato, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Kerryon Johnson, Jalen Hurts, Eric Wilson, Miles Sanders, and Joe Flacco.

The Eagles pay the entire group less money than they had to eat so that Wentz could play for the Colts in 2021.

You can add another range of names like Anthony Harris, Rodney McLeod, Dallas Goedert, Jake Elliott, Avonte Maddox, Ryan Kerrigan, and Isaac Seumalo to get the total dead money.

Yeah, that stinks.

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The ultimate goal of taking that big gulp of tasteless medicine is now to get Wentz off the books quickly and better maneuver his crudest in 2022 and 2023 after firing Doug Pederson.

“I think we have gained from the short term decisions we made [from 2017 to 2020] But there wasn’t a phase where we didn’t know that a lot of those decisions and resource allocations and the lack of volume of draft picks weren’t going to ultimately create a real low, a real transition period, and I think that’s what we’re about in, “Lurie said.” We are in a real transition period and it is no different from 2016.

“We have to cut down and reallocate and reallocate resources, which can make us the best team possible in the medium and long term and hopefully make us competitive in the short term because I think we can, but honestly, that’s really where we are I’m there. “

Lurie believes the Eagles are in a transition and the upbeat section of the fan base may want to believe him.

John McMullen provides Eagles coverage for SI.com’s EagleMaven and is an NFL insider for JAKIB Media. You can listen to John along with legendary sports talk host Jody McDonald every morning from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Birds 365, which is broadcast live on both PhillyVoice.com and YouTube. John is also the host of his own show “Extending the Play” on AM1490 in South Jersey. You can reach him at jmcmullen44@gmail.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen

Ed Kracz is editor of SI.com’s Eagle Maven and co-host of the Eagles Unfiltered Podcast. Check out the latest Eagles news at www.SI.com/NFL/Eagles and follow him on Twitter: @kracze.

Carson Wentz amongst $49M in useless cash cap hits for the Eagles in 2021

As the Eagles begin a massive roster rebuild, Howie Roseman has given fans hope with several high-quality signings during the free agency’s off-season.

Whether Ryan Kerrigan, Eric Wilson or Anthony Harris, Philadelphia’s General Manager has taken the steps to keep the roster competitive as Nick Sirianni’s young team evolves along with its players.

Roseman’s penchant for pushing back money, restructuring, or manipulating the salary cap will continue to bite the Eagles into the future, and a Pro Football Focus breakdown over a three-year period puts things into perspective.
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