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Pass Rusher Connor Barwin Wants Back with the Eagles in 2019

Veteran free agent pass rusher Connor Barwin would like to return to the Philadelphia Eagles for the 2019 according to Mike Greger of Heavy.com.

That wish come with the caveat that he wants to return if GM Howie Roseman and company are willing to have him back. “I’m trying to come back and play for the Eagles,” Barwin said this week. “I’m training right now and I’ve talked to Howie and they’re going to see if they need any depth on the edge and so I’m going to wait until camp starts before I sign anywhere else, but obviously I’m not going to wait too long. But the Eagles know that’s where I want to be.”

Barwin has been without a team since the New York Giants released him at the end of the 2018 season. The 11-year veteran was a major force for the Eagles from 2013-2016, posting the best numbers of his career and making the Pro Bowl in 2014 on the basis of his career-high 14.5 sacks.

Baewin realizes that he would not be a star on his return to Philly but instead would play the kind of supporting role he has for the past two seasons for the Rams and the Giants.

The veteran played on a $2 million contract last season with New York. Philly has more than enough cap space to accomodate such an addition. Now Howie just has to decide if he wants to get it done.

Eagles DT Tim Jernigan Doesn’t Want to Look Back at Awful 2018

Eagles defensive tackle Tim Jernigan says he is only looking forward after a miserable 2018 season according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.com.

“I’d rather not look back on that situation. It is what it is. It’s over,” Jernigan said, via the team’s website. “My focus is on what’s going on now. I’m just excited about what we’ve got going on here.”

Jernigan took a pay cut to return to the Eagles this season-a drastic pay cut that likely would not have been necessary if he could have stayed healthy in 2018. A back injury kept Jernigan out of the first 10 games of the season and he then missed three more after making his 2018 debut in Week 12. The Eagles opted not to pick up his $11 million contract option early in the offseason and he wound up signing back for a base salary of $1.25 million.

The 26-year-old can bump that compensation up significantly with per-game roster bonuses and other incentives, which gives him all the more reason to focus on the future. And if he can return to his 2017 form, Jernigan will likely cash in during free agency next spring.

Miles Sanders the Feature Back in 2019 for the Eagles? Not So Fast

It is “premature” to expect rookie running back Miles Sanders to become the Eagles No.1 back according to Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com.

Drafted in the second round out of Penn State, Sanders has a ton of potential but has been unable to display it thus far as he has been sidelined with a hamstring issue since the start of OTAs. Sanders has been sidelined since the start of OTAs, and Rosenblatt believes he’s now “behind the eight-ball.” Coach Doug Pederson said the plan is to “slowly work him into the mix and see just how he can help us on game day.”

The Eagles have a stable of veterans — Jordan Howard, Wendell Smallwood, Corey Clement, etc. — but none are good enough to keep Sanders off the field when he is caught up and healthy. Pederson has always favored the committee approach, however, so it is unrealistic to expect even a healthy Sanders to get the touches required to become a No.1 fantasy back.

Carson Wentz Says His Deal with the Eagles Was a ‘Win-Win’ for Everyone

Carson Wentz said he believes his $128 million contract extension is a “win-win” for both him and the Eagles, ESPN reports.

The four-year extension the team announced Thursday lasts through the 2024 season and includes $107.9 million guaranteed, including $66 million due at signing, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“It’s something both sides wanted to get done. I knew I wanted this to be home for a long time, and ever since being drafted, it’s felt like home,” the quarterback said at a news conference on Monday. “So as soon as we found something that was a win-win, a really fair opportunity, I jumped at it, just because I love this place and I want to be here for a while, so I felt it was a good time.”

Wentz’s extension came after the Seattle Seahawks gave Russell Wilson a four-year, $140 million extension with $107 million in guarantees in April.

And while the going market value for a starting quarterback is likely to rise between now and 2024, Wentz said his level of comfort in Philadelphia eased any concerns about signing a long-term deal.

“You can play the ‘what-if game’ a million different ways — and I don’t get too caught up in that — we talked through it, we talked through it, wanted to reach something that was fair both for me and my family, but also for this team, this organization for the future, and I don’t think I’ll have any regrets.”

Wentz said he could see himself living in Philadelphia for a decade or more after his first meeting with the team ahead of the 2016 draft, when the Eagles moved up to select him with the second overall pick.

“From the moment they traded up for me, they saw something special in me, and that means a lot,” Wentz said. “And at the same time, I saw something special in this place. I could see the chemistry, the culture, the makeup from the moment I came here on my visit before the draft even. I knew there was something different here, something special.”

Eagles and Carson Wentz Agree on Mega Four-Year Extension

The Eagles and quarterback Carson Wentz have gotten their contract extension done, a four-year extension that will keep him in Philadelphia through the 2024 season.

THe money that is involved in the extension is rather staggering.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter states the deal is worth $128 million over the four new years of the deal.

That comes out to $32 million per year. The contract also carries a maximum value of $144 million. Most importantly, over $107 million is guaranteed.

Schefter noted that Wentz’s new deal set the record for the most guaranteed money ever given to an NFL player.

Wentz won’t have the security blanket of Nick Foles behind him this season, and while injuries have been an issue for him since early in his career, the team has always felt that Wentz was one of the best players in the league.

Eagles Coach Doug Pederson Expects All Players to Be at Next Week’s OTA’s

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson is sending out the message that he expects every player in the organization to attend next week’s three-day mandatory minicamp according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Four veterans have not participated in the past few weeks of OTAs, preferring to work out on their own away from the team.

Those four players are left tackle Jason Peters, right tackle Lane Johnson, wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and safety Malcolm Jenkins.

This offseason is the first one that has seen Jenkins opt out of the voluntary workouts and there is some thought that he may be looking for a revised contract before the start of the season. Pederson has had no issue with his veterans but is making it clear he expects to see them next week.

Report: Huge Deal Coming for QB Carson Wentz and the Eagles

The Eagles have been expressing their commitment to signing Carson Wentz to a long-term deal all offseason, and by the sounds of it, they could have their franchise quarterback locked up before the 2019 season kicks off, Tim McManus of ESPN reports.

“My belief is that deal will get done at some point this offseason,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter said this week on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia. “From everything I’ve gathered, I think the two sides have begun talking. I think that both sides are motivated to get it done. I don’t think they’re close right now to getting it done, but when I talk to people around the league who look at that deal, they believe it’s going to get done.”

That lines up with the signals the Eagles front office has been sending in recent months. Howie Roseman, the executive vice president of football operations, said at the owners meetings in March that “having Carson here long term is our goal” and the organization will “work toward that.”

Chairman/CEO Jeffrey Lurie added he would “absolutely” be comfortable extending Wentz this year, even though Wentz is coming off two significant injuries and is under contract through 2020.

Eagles Ink OL Stefen Wisniewski to One-Year Deal

Monday, the Eagles re-signed offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski to a one-year deal, Zack Rosenblatt of NJ Advance Media reports.

The deal is worth $1.5 million with another $500,000 in incentives.

The Eagles had declined Wisniewski’s nearly $4 million option earlier this offseason, but ultimately he returned to fill one of the team’s last remaining needs.