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Lane Johnson promises beers on him when Eagles win Super Bowl

Lane Johnson promises beers on him when Eagles win Super Bowl

If and when the Eagles finally win the Super Bowl, beers are on Lane Johnson.

Without the threat of a lengthy suspension hanging over his head, Johnson is a rejuvenated player at Eagles training camp this summer. The fifth-year veteran has been wearing a blonde wig under his helmet at practice to keep the mood light, but is also highly motivated, constantly talking about this being the best offensive line and most talented team he’s been a part of.

You can tell how excited Johnson was to be at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday, practicing in front of 23,000 fans.

“You get to the see the fans, they’re excited about the season,” Johnson said after practice. “I just want to deliver. I’m tired of not making the playoffs. If you make the playoffs, everybody’s day around here is better, and life around Philly is just sweeter.”

Johnson was suspended 10 games last season for a violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. The ban was a blow for the Eagles, who had a 5-1 record in games with their starting right tackle but went 2-8 without him.

Yet, the process clearly took a toll on Johnson as well. Report of he would be suspended first hit in August, but it didn’t become official until October, a full two months later.

With the entire mess finally behind him now, Johnson has no problems setting his goals high – and making the playoffs is only the tip of the iceberg.

“I have a lot to prove to this city,” Johnson said. “I think if we have a few big years and make the playoffs if we win a Super Bowl, I’m giving out beer to everybody."

“We just have to worry about Week 1 and focus on that right now.”

Focus on Week 1? That’s easy for him to say. We’re just counting down the days until Lane Johnson gives everybody free beer.

Nnamdi Asomugha ... the movie star?

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Nnamdi Asomugha ... the movie star?

Eagles fans certainly know that Nnamdi Asomugha knows how to be a part of drama. So given his experience with the Birds' 2011 "Dream Team," it's only fitting that the former cornerback is still starring in dramas.

Only now, he's doing so on the big screen.

In a lengthy feature published by Bleacher Report Tuesday afternoon, the former Eagle talked in depth about his transition from being an NFL player to a big-time actor, and Asomugha specifically hit on some of the problems from his time in Philadelphia. After the 2011 NFL lockout, the Eagles signed him to a $60 million contract that never panned out, with the team sputtering to an 8-8 season and eventually cutting him just at the beginning of the Chip Kelly era in 2013.

“It wasn’t like I could spend much time talking about defenses and schemes,” Asomugha told Bleacher Report's Joon Lee of the free-agent frenzy following the lockout. “It was ‘pick the team, the head coach and make a decision.’ And that’s what we did.”

Asomugha, who married Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actress Kerry Washington in 2013, made his acting debut on an episode of Friday Night Lights back in 2009 and will star in the upcoming film, Crown Heights. The full-length feature won the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Flim Festival and will be released August 25.

But the piece also spends a significant chunk of time on Asomugha's fateful two seasons in the City of Brotherly Love. Apparently, he was good friends with Jason Babin and according to Lee, the former Pro Bowl corner would rather not talk about his years with the Eagles (yet, still does at length...).

Here are some quick hits from Asomugha in the story:

 On why the "Dream Team" never panned out:

“We all just came in trying to learn and trying to pick it up as quickly as possible. It was never a feeling of ‘I’ve been here before. We’ve done this before. I can come in with the same confidence that I had before.’”

On the controversial report that he was eating lunch outside the NovaCare Complex in his car:

“It was interesting that that came out because guys would go home, guys would eat in their car. It’s not an abnormal thing on any team. We’d eat in the training room. We’d eat in the locker room. We’d eat in all sorts of places.”

On leading a quiet life:

“I’m really bad at self-promotion. I know that about myself. People told me all of the time, ‘You could be such a big star if you just talked about yourself more,’ but I’m not good at that. It’s always been about team.”

If you want to read the full story, click here. If you want to instead reminisce and cry about the "Dream Team" that never was, watch this mini-doc from the Eagles' 2011 season:

Cole Hamels' ridiculous mega-mansion is up for sale

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Cole Hamels' ridiculous mega-mansion is up for sale

Have $10 million and need 19 bathrooms? Then Cole Hamels’ Branson, Missouri mansion can be yours.

According to Realtor.com, Hamels and his wife Heidi are selling one of the most over-the-top homes you’ve ever seen. The listing price is for a cool $9.75 million and the inside is completely unfinished, so you’re going to need a few more bucks to finish the job.

Hamels began building the 32,000 square-foot home in 2012 while he was still with the Phillies, but the couple has decided to relocate to the Dallas area rather than Missouri, where his wife is from.

Sitting on 104.7 acres of land with more than 1,700 feet of shoreline, this one-of-a-kind residence boasts some ridiculous features. In addition to the 10 bedrooms, the home has 13 full bathrooms and six half bathrooms. There are four separate living areas and includes a second kitchen, exercise room, wine cellar, elevator and a massive three-car barn/garage. There would have been plenty of room for Cole to display his World Series ring, and MVP trophies from the NLCS and World Series.

Hamels has one year left on the 6-year, $144 million contract he signed with the Phillies with a club and team option for 2019. After the 2019 season, Hamels will be 35 and a free agent. Perhaps he’ll need a new place to live.