The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade WR Torrey Smith to the Carolina Panthers for CB Daryl Worley. Torrey Smith played a huge part in the Eagles success this past season. Even if his participation didn’t always show up as huge numbers in the box score I liked Torrey Smith and the role he played on the team. I’m kind of sad to see him go, but we all know this is what happens when you become a Super Bowl Champion. The value of every single player on the team rises drastically. Every team is in search of that missing piece to their puzzle in the offseason, and there’s no better place to start your search than the team that won the Super Bowl the previous season, especially when the Super Bowl Champ is well over the salary cap and looking to shave a little money off of that tab……like the Eagles are.
Smith caught 36 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns with the Eagles during the 17′-18′ season. He had 13 catches for 157 yards and a touchdown in the postseason. Make no mistake about it, the Philadelphia Eagles are loaded at the Wide Receiver position. Torrey Smith is set to make a base pay of $5 million this upcoming season. Worley is in the third year of his rookie contract and scheduled to make about $650,000 this season. The Eagles are currently $14 million over the salary cap. You can see why a move like this makes sense.
Breaking news from the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks are trading DE Michael Bennettt and a 7th round draft pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for WR Marcus Johnson and a 5th round draft pick. ESPN’S Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) and Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) broke the story first.
Super Bowl victory aside, it would be hard to argue that Alshon Jeffery’s presence in the Eagles WR corps did not play a huge role in the teams’ success this season. Jeffery had 57 receptions for 789 yards and 9 touchdowns with the Birds this regular season. Even more important than Jeffery’s stat line was just his mere presence on the field. Jeffery is a known threat throughout the entire league. It was rare that a team did not game plan specifically for Jeffery when preparing to go up against the high-powered Philadelphia Eagles offense. Teams scheming and shifting their defense in Jeffery’s direction was critical in the Eagles offense being so successful. All of the attention being placed on Jeffery, allowed every Eagles WR the pleasure of single coverage. No receiver benefited from this more than Nelson Aghalor. Jeffery was a valuable piece to the puzzle that is the Eagles offense. I’ve always known and appreciated this. Hearing new news about Jeffery today, made me even more appreciative of what he has done for the Birds.
NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport, reported today that Alshon Jeffery had surgery today to repair a torn rotator cuff that he played through all season. An injury that Jeffery suffered sometime last summer during training camp. The Eagles came to realize Jeffery’s value to the team. As he played through an injury all season, the Eagles quickly came to the table with a two-year new contract that gave Jeffery $26.75 million guaranteed and $52 million altogether.
The long running joke/question every other NFC East fan base loves to throw at Eagles fans every time an argument arises is valid no more. Yeah, but how many rings your team got? WE GOT ONE NOW BIAAAATCH! It’s been a long time coming for Eagles fans all over the Country and probably the world. It’s been a long time of feeling pain at the end of every season. It’s been a long time of “wait until next year” at the end of every season. It’s been a long time of feeling like we were cursed to never win a Super Bowl. It’s over now. THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES ARE SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS! HATE IT OR LOVE IT THE UNDERDOG’S ON TOP!!!!!
That old saying “defense wins championships” may need to be re-evaluated after what happened last night. The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots 41-33 last night to bring the city its first Super Bowl title ever. There were 1151 combined yards of total offense in last night’s game. Tom Brady threw for over 500 and Nick Foles went for over 300. There was only one (1) punt in the whole game. That total of one is the combined total by both teams. The teams had a combined four (4) receivers who had more than 100 yards receiving. Nelson Aghalor had 9 receptions for 84 yards, almost making at 5. There was only one (1) interception in the game combined. And the teams combined for one (1) sack. Just one sack by both teams the entire game. That one sack and strip of the ball by Brandon Graham of the Eagles late in the fourth quarter may have been the play of the game. As a matter of fact, that play could very possibly have been the game winning play. So now that I think about it, that “defense wins championships” thing may still hold some truth to it after all. But if you’re the type of person who loves offense, you had to enjoy this game. Especially if you were just a fan of football and not a fan of the Patriots or Eagles. For fans of the two teams, this game was a heartattack waiting to happen!
If you are anything like me, you were cheering the whole game, but doing so with a very uneasy feeling the whole time. As Eagles fans, we have come to prepare ourselves for the inevitable heartbreak. I’ve been an Eagles fan since I was 7-years old. I’m 45-years old now. Every single season since I’ve been alive has ended with heartbreak. Why the hell would I believe that this season would be any different? As the game went on, the Eagles seemed to be setting its fans up for one of the biggest heartbreaks of all time. It seemed like everything was set up for another remarkable come from behind victory by Tom Brady and the unbeatable Patriots. Tom Brady would go on to become the most winningest player in any sport, surpassing Michael Jordan’s five championship wins in remarkable, comeback fashion. Everything was set up to go that way…..but strangely it didn’t. Tom Brady’s last second Hail Mary pass seemed to hang in the air forever before it came down and bounced off of a couple of players. After what felt like forever, the ball landed harmlessly on the turf. And a new Super Bowl Champion was crowned. Unbelievable! One of the most remarkable things for me, was that, even if the Eagles had lost this game, it would’ve been very hard for me to complain about the officiating. You know there’s a long running conspiracy going around that things are always twisted in New England’s favor by the refs. There were two very controversial scores in last night’s game. The Corey Clements long touchdown catch and the Zach Ertz touchdown when the ball came free after he crossed the goal line. I’ve seen many games where plays like those have went the other way. Especially when a team was playing against the Patriots. Both of those calls went our way last night. It would’ve been very hard for me to complain if either touchdown had not gone our way. I’ve seen it go against the offense many times, just this season. The most memorable was the catch by Pittsburgh’s Tight End Jesse James that ended up going against the offense. Things went our way last night. It was destiny. It was our time.
The Philadelphia Eagles are no longer the NFC East’s long running joke. The Philadelphia Eagles may be on the cusp of beginning a dynasty. The Eagles are a young team and a lot of the players are locked into contracts at this point. Most of these guys will be back next season and beyond. Nick Foles’ future may be up in the air. After winning the Super Bowl, he’s sure to have a lot of people calling and asking about inquiring the Super Bowl MVP. It will be hard for the organization not to trade him. As great as he was in Carson Wentz’s absence, Nick Foles is the Eagles backup QB. Carson Wentz is the starter, and young franchise quarterback. You may want to make an argument about that, but those are the hard facts. Nick Foles’ value will never be higher than it is at this moment, and he’s our backup QB. It may be hard not to pull the trigger on a very beneficial trade for Foles. BUT all of that that is talk for another time. Right now, it’s time for the city to finally rejoice and enjoy the feeling of being a champion. THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES ARE SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS. NOBODY DESERVES THIS MORE THAN THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA! IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING!