Terrell's Payday to Shrink; LeCharles Bentley

Terrell's Payday to Shrink; LeCharles Bentley

The free agency period in the NFL was set to start today, but issues with the collective bargaining agreement has pushed it back 3 days.  What does all of this mean?  How does it impact the Eagles?  To put it simply, the Eagles are in a pretty favorable situation, being favorably under the cap.  The salary cap may or may not be bumped up this year.  If the league chose to keep the same cap as last year, this means a great number of teams will be extremely cap stricken, not including the Eagles.  This would cause other teams to cut solid players due to cap issues.  More potential talent the Eagles could bring in.  Look for the Eagles first signing to be LeCharles Bentley, former Pro Bowl Center for the Saints.

SI had Bentley on it's list of top 10 free agents:

9. LeCharles Bentley, New Orleans, C

Thought of something
as an emerging star heading into last season, it's a bit surprising the
Saints are apparently going to let Bentley get to free agency. Don't be
surprised if the Vikings make an early bid for the former Ohio State
standout, who also has experience at the guard position. At 6-2, 313,
Bentley has ideal size for an NFL center today, and he plays with
aggression. Signing a quality center in free agency isn't going to whip
up the fans' fervor and sell many season tickets, but when you don't
have somebody solid in the middle, you notice it.

I don't know about you, but LeCharles sure as hell beats out Hank in the battle of better O-linemen names.  Other names on the list which Eagles fans crave include Superbowl star Antwan Randel El and San Fran LB Julian Peterson.

The whole free agency situation is kind of wait-and-see for Eagles fans.  Terrell Owens is due a roster bonus 5 days after free agency begins, so look for him to be let go before then.  Terrell could wind up the biggest loser with the cap fiasco.  More teams will be over the cap and the list of teams which can afford Owens will get even shorter while driving his pay day down.  I wouldn't be surprised if T.O.'s time with the Eagles ended as early as sometime today.

The rich squabbling with the rich about money doesn't make for entertaining news.  As a wise Clan member once said, "cash rules everything around me."

 

Remember the Eagles fan who dumped his mother's ashes on the field at the Linc?  Looks like he only has to pick up some trash.

Former Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer Jim Bunning dies at 85

Former Phillies pitcher, Hall of Famer Jim Bunning dies at 85

LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, who pitched six seasons with the Phillies and went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.

Bunning's death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning's family.

Bunning won 224 games in a 17-year major-league career and pitched the first perfect game in modern National League history. It came with the Phillies on June 21, 1964.

He became the first pitcher after 1900 to throw no-hitters in both the American and National Leagues.

He belonged to a rare group of major league pitchers to throw a perfect game in the modern era.

A Kentucky Republican, he was the only member of the Baseball Hall of Fame to serve in Congress. He served in both the House and Senate.

Today's Lineup: Cesar Hernandez (groin) returns

Today's Lineup: Cesar Hernandez (groin) returns

Cesar Hernandez returns to the Phillies' punchless lineup on Saturday afternoon against the Reds (4 p.m./TCN).

Hernandez, who missed Friday night's 5-2 loss with a groin injury, is back at second base and leading off. Hernandez has led off in all 44 games he's started this season. The fifth-year pro has struggled after getting off to a torrid start. He's hitting just .185 (10 for 54) over his last 14 games.

After bouncing around the lineup, centerfielder Odubel Herrera returns to his customary spot in the two-hole. Herrera's season is a microcosm of the Phils' woeful offense. An All-Star in 2016, Herrera is hitting just .227 this season. Manager Pete Mackanin hopes the Venezuelan will hit his way out of it soon (see story).

Here is the rest of today's lineup:
1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Odubel Herrera, CF
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P