D-Mac Ain't Scared

D-Mac Ain't Scared

Donovan McNabb finally broke his silence yesterday, addressing the media and offering his feelings on the Eagles' selection of Kevin Kolb with their first pick. Like the rest of us, it was a WTF moment for 5, and he had no idea what to make of it. He seems to be dealing with it well tough, at least publicly, but his appearances yesterday were not set up by the Eagles, who generally handle this type of thing. This might be an indication that the two sides are pulling apart for the first time, and maybe we'll see Donovan play with a chip on his shoulder in '07. Who knows, it could end up benefiting his game to have someone waiting to jump in. It's not that his game needs much help--the concern with McNabb is injury, not ability. But it will be good to see him playing like he's in a contract year.

It doesn't seem as though things will be awkward between the starter and the newcomer, with McNabb saying he looks forward to working with Kolb and helping him get started. Of course, he'd rather Kolb doesn't see much PT over the next half decade, as Les Bowen reports:

Asked if he expected Kolb would sit for 4 or 5 years until McNabb, 30,
is ready to retire, McNabb joked: "If it's up to me he will."

What kind of advice do you think he'll be offering? "Kevin, you have to get used to the seven-step drop," "When in doubt, throw it to Matt Schoebel," etc.?

>>McNabb: I'm not upset over draft pick [The Inquirer]

Jahlil Okafor trade watch: Bulls reportedly unwilling to trade first-round pick

Jahlil Okafor trade watch: Bulls reportedly unwilling to trade first-round pick

With the NBA trade deadline nearly upon us — 3 p.m. Thursday — here is the latest on Jahlil Okafor. (We'll update this with news on Okafor throughout the afternoon.)

• The Bulls are still pushing to acquire Okafor, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Chicago has been one of the rumored destinations for weeks — in fact, the Bulls were reported as a suitor for Okafor before the Pelicans, Blazers and Pacers.

• What's the hold-up? According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls "have shown no inclination to this point of including" their first-round pick, along with a player, which is what the Sixers have been seeking for Okafor.

Johnson notes that forward Nikola Mirotic is available. Mirotic, 26, is a restricted free agent after the season. With Ersan Ilyasova traded to Atlanta Wednesday night, perhaps the Sixers could look at Mirotic as a backup four to Dario Saric. 

Mirotic's value is in his outside shooting — he's a 6-foot-10 forward who made 39 percent of his threes last season. But his numbers have dipped across the board this season and he's shooting just 38 percent from the field and 30 percent from three.

• According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Okafor's preferred landing spot is Chicago, his hometown.

• Obviously, it's not up to Jah — the Sixers will go with whichever offer is best.

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

Eagles wise to bring Jason Peters back, even with full salary

This isn't a big surprise, but Jason Peters will be back with the Eagles — big salary and all — for the 2017 season.

While the Eagles approached the veteran left tackle about his contract in January, Peters has not restructured his deal, according to a league source. 

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Thursday morning reported that Peters will be back next season on his normal contract. 

Yes, Peters is expensive in 2017. His base salary after hitting another Pro Bowl escalator written into his contract is up to $10.45 million for next season (plus a $250K workout bonus), which comes with a big cap hit of $11.7 million. That cap hit is the highest on the team, but not outlandish for a high-caliber left tackle. 

The Eagles could have very well cut Peters and moved on. It would have saved them significant cap space to use elsewhere. They just wouldn't have found any player more valuable to pay with that money. 

Peters, 35, is still their best option to protect Carson Wentz's blind side. He made his ninth Pro Bowl in 2016 after playing all 16 games. The team hasn't been shy about wanting him back and Peters toward the end of the season said he wanted to return for another year. 

"We certainly want to have him back," Eagles vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said of Peters in early January.

“I love him. I want him on the team,” head coach Doug Pederson said with two games remaining this past season. “I don’t want him to go anywhere."

With Peters back, it means Lane Johnson's eventual trip to left tackle will be held off for another year. Eventually, he'll take over that spot … just not right now. 

During the season, Peters opened up about his future, saying he hopes Wentz can be the guy who finally gets him a Super Bowl ring (see story).