Kolb May Not Play Sunday, Temple's Jarrett Could Make First Career Start

Kolb May Not Play Sunday, Temple's Jarrett Could Make First Career Start

The much-anticipated return of Kevin Kolb may have to wait for another time. Yes, that first part was a joke.

Little more than one year removed from being Philadelphia's franchise quarterback, and roughly three months since being shipped off to Arizona, the Eagles' top pick in the 2007 draft may not be able to go for his new team this week. Kolb was sidelined against the Rams last week with turf toe, and while he has experienced some improvement, it has yet to lead to participation in practice.

If Kolb doesn't practice on Friday, the chances of him starting on Sunday are greatly reduced. Second-year quarterback John Skelton, a fifth-round pick out of Fordham, will play if Kolb can't go.

Kolb's tenure in Arizona has not exactly gone swimmingly so far. The Cardinals are 2-6 on the season, and Kolb has struggled to perform. His completion percentage has dipped to 56.8, he's thrown as many touchdowns as interceptions (eight), been sacked a total of 24 times, and his passer rating is a pedestrian 77.8.

That being said, it's hard to imagine the Cards would be better off with him out of the lineup. In six career games, Skelton's completion percentage is below 50. He has the physical characteristics of an NFL quarterback, but he's very green coming from such a small university.

Skelton was 20-35 for 222 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals 19-13 overtime win over St. Louis this past Sunday.

Meanwhile, Eagles free safety Nate Allen sustained a concussion in Monday night's loss to Chicago, and with a short week to prepare, Andy Reid admitted it would be difficult for Allen to be cleared to play in time for the game.

That would be a blow for the Birds' secondary, as Allen's play had improved in recent weeks, but his absence would give rookie and Temple product Jaiquawn Jarrett his first chance to start. It's taken some time for Jarrett to gain the coach's trust, but he replaced Allen after he went down. Jarrett finished the game with three tackles.

Also of note, left guard Evan Mathis is also battling what was described as a turf toe injury. King Dunlap, who ordinarily substitutes at tackle, has been practicing in his place, and could get the start this week if Mathis is out. It would be Dunlap's first NFL start on the interior.

>> Kolb says toe is improving, but he still hasn't practiced [PFT]
>> Jarrett could start for concussed Allen [Birds' Eye View]
>> Dunlap prepping for first start at guard [CSN]

Mike Trout wins Eagles-Cowboys bet forcing friend to look ridiculous

Mike Trout wins Eagles-Cowboys bet forcing friend to look ridiculous

Mike Trout sure does win a lot when the Eagless beat the Cowboys.

Not only did the Los Angeles Angels outfielder get a touchdown ball from Carson Wentz during the Eagles win over the Cowboys to cap off the season, but he also won a bet on the game with a friend.

Turns out, Trout had some sort of bet with DJ Cottrell, whose Twitter profile says he is from Trout's hometown of Millville, NJ. Cottrell is likely a Cowboys fan and came up on the losing end.

"The fact I have to wear an entire Eagles uniform to the gym for a week is going to be the death of me," he Tweeted on Tuesday.

Then he posted a photo of himself in the ridiculous football uniform while posing alongside Trout.

It's good to be Mike Trout. Not so much a Dallas Cowboys fan these days.

[via Cut4]

 

Eagles to receive just under $8 million in salary cap carryover for 2017

Eagles to receive just under $8 million in salary cap carryover for 2017

The Eagles are getting salary cap help. Just not quite as much as they expected.  

The NFL Players Association announced the official 2017 salary-cap carryover figures on Wednesday, and the Eagles will receive $7,933,869 in extra cap space this coming year on top of the unadjusted salary cap figure that every team begins the offseason with.

The NFL’s official 2017 salary cap figure hasn’t yet been announced, but it’s expected to be somewhere in the $166 to $170 million range, up from a record-$155.3 million in 2016.

Under terms of the CBA, teams can receive credit in each year’s salary cap for cap space that went unused the previous season. This creates an adjusted cap figure that can vary by tens of millions of dollars per team.

The Eagles under former team president Joe Banner were the first to use this once-obscure technique in the late 1990s. Today, every team uses it to some extent.

The more carryover money a team gets, the more it has to spend relative to the combined cap figures of players under contract the coming year.

The NFLPA originally estimated in the fall that the Eagles would receive $8.25 million in carryover money, so the new figure is about $316,000 less than originally expected.

It’s also the ninth-highest of the 32 teams, although below the average of $9.18 million. That’s because the top few carryover figures are so much ridiculously higher than the average (Browns $50.1 million, 49ers $38.7 million, Titans $24.0 million).

According to salary cap data tracker Spotrac, the Eagles have 52 players under contract for 2017 with a total combined cap figure of $158,040,710.

With an $168 million unadjusted cap, the Eagles would have an adjusted cap figure of $175,933,869.

They have $7,055,933 in dead money, mainly from trading Sam Bradford ($5.5 million) and Eric Rowe ($904,496) but also from departed players such as Andrew Gardner ($250,000), Josh Huff ($138,986) and Blake Countess ($98,678).

Subtract the 2017 contract obligations – the $158,040,710 figure – along with the dead money – the $7,055,033 figure – and that leaves the Eagles with roughly $10.84 million in cap space.

That figure may not include some 2016 bonuses that have not yet been made public. And it doesn’t include, for example, a $500,000 pay raise Peters got by triggering a contract escalator.

So that reduces the $10.84 million figure to $10.34 million.

From there, about $4 ½ million or so will go to the 2017 rookie pool.

So that leaves the Eagles currently with somewhere in the ballpark of $6 million in cap space.

Now, the Eagles will obviously be able to increase that number by releasing players.

They would more than double their cap space just by releasing Connor Barwin, who has a $8.35 million cap number but would cost only $600,000 in dead money for a cap savings of $7.75 million.

Jason Peters ($9.2 million), Jason Kelce ($3.8 million), Ryan Mathews ($4 million), Leodis McKelvin ($3.2 million) and Mychal Kendricks ($1.8 million) would also clear large amounts of cap space.

So for example by releasing Barwin, Kelce, McKelvin and Mathews, they would increase their cap space by a whopping $18.75 million. 

Of course, then the Eagles have to think about replacing those players with cheaper versions while still trying to build a playoff roster.

Whatever happens, the Eagles are in a unique position as they enter the 2017 offseason, with far less cap flexibility than other years.

“Yeah, it's unusual, certainly since I've been here, to have a more challenging situation,” vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said earlier this month.

“But part of our job in the front office is to look at this over a long period of time. So as we sit here today, it isn't like the first time that we are looking at that situation, and we'll do whatever's best for the football team.”