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Rating the Rumor: Eagles to 'make a push' for Kenny Stills

Rating the Rumor: Eagles to 'make a push' for Kenny Stills

Among the more intriguing free agents this offseason is Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills. Last month, Eliot Shorr-Parks for NJ.com reported the Eagles will "make a push to sign" the four-year veteran when the market opens on March 9.

That’s assuming Stills reaches the market, of course. The Dolphins are interested in re-signing the speedy wideout, who was acquired from the New Orleans Saints in a trade for a third-round draft pick and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe in 2015.

Although preventing Stills from testing free agency might not be easy. Armando Salguero for the Miami Herald is hearing contract offers could be in the $12-million-per-year range, in which case, both player and front office would be wise to see what materializes.

Salguero also corroborates stories that the Eagles would target Stills, describing their interest as "an open secret" around the NFL.

There's no doubt Stills would fill a glaring hole for the Eagles, and not merely the need for a receiver. More specifically, the offense lacks speed on the outside, and Stills is a proven deep threat. He led the league as a rookie with 20.0 yards per reception and finished third with a 17.3 average just this past season.

That being said, $12 million per year seems pricey. Stills’ most productive season was in 2014, racking up 63 receptions for 931 yards, with Drew Brees playing quarterback, mind you. In two years since, Stills only has 69 catches for 1,166 yards for the Dolphins, although he did score a career-high 9 touchdowns in ’16.

Yet $12 million may not be an unrealistic figure, either. Wide receivers had a big year financially in 2016, with the likes of Doug Baldwin, Keenan Allen, Tavon Austin and Allen Hurns all signing long-term contracts that average between $10 and $11.5 million per year. Austin’s case, in particular, might be relevant here, as Stills has produced more yards from scrimmage and the same number of rushing and receiving touchdowns over as many seasons.

These are extensions, too, and not players who reached free agency, where overpaying is the name of the game more often than not. When multiple teams are bidding on Stills, the price will only go up.

Is Stills worth that kind of money? That’s debatable, but he has some things going for him. He only turns 25 in April, and again, fits a very specific need as somebody who can stretch the field. All but one of Stills’ 9 touchdowns last season went for at least 24 yards or more, and since he’s come into the league, only two players have more – Antonio Brown and DeSean Jackson.

Stills also flashed the capability to be more than just a deep threat when Brees was under center. That’s a Hall of Fame-caliber signal caller we’re talking about, so whether Carson Wentz can utilize Stills similarly is unknown, but the ability is there.

Is it worth the monetary risk? Look, the salary cap is going up and receivers are getting paid. It’s impossible to say what the Eagles would be comfortable spending, but it will almost have to be upwards of $10 million annually for anybody who’s actually a difference maker.

The bigger question is whether the Eagles will see Stills as that difference maker. The potential is certainly there, and his speed is enticing.

The initial reaction is to call this a huge overpay if estimates are correct. Then again, if the Eagles view Stills as a young DeSean Jackson in the making, you can understand why they would be willing to take that chance.

Rating the Rumor: Can’t and shouldn't rule it out

Philly fan takes one last jab at his beloved Eagles' futility in his obituary

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Philly fan takes one last jab at his beloved Eagles' futility in his obituary

Jeffrey Clayton Riegel was a wonderful husband, uncle, brother, and son. He was also a Philadelphia Eagles fan with a pretty good sense of humor.

At least according to his obituary.

Mr. Riegel died on Aug. 18, 2017, at 56 but it appears he had enough time to have some fun on his way out.

His obituary reads relatively standard on the Wimberg Funeral Home website, naming all of the family he leaves behind as well as mentioning some of his favorite greetings for different people and some of his nicknames — some people called him "Toad."

But it's this part that will have Jeffrey smiling in the great beyond:

God gave Jeffrey the miracle of time to prepare which allowed him to verbalize his last wishes. He requested to have 8 Philadelphia Eagles as pall bearers so the Eagles can let him down one last time.

Touche, Mr. Riegel, touche.

Say hello to Reggie, Jerome, and Buddy for us. Maybe they haven't heard a boo in a while, who knows.

Lane Johnson on The Players' Tribune: Don't mess with Eagles fans

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Lane Johnson on The Players' Tribune: Don't mess with Eagles fans

We're two weeks out from the Eagles' season opener at Washington.

Fantasy football is back. Sunday afternoons will be fun again. All (not really) will be well in the world again. And count Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson as excited as we all are.

Johnson on Wednesday penned an article on The Players' Tribune that touches on everything from his 10-game suspension last season for performance-enhancing drugs to the Dallas Cowboys to Washington, which has beaten the Eagles five straight times — the Birds' longest losing streak to the Washington football team since a six-game streak 1981-84 (h/t to CSNPhilly's resident stat guy Reuben Frank).

We have gathered our favorite tidbits from Johnson's piece below:

On his 10-game suspension and the aftermath:
"That experience of being on the sidelines — and the humiliation of being asked about it on a daily basis (and I’m still hearing about it from fans on Twitter) — hasn’t been for nothing. It forced me to reevaluate not just my suspension, but also how I carried myself in general. At times in my career I’ve lost focus. Well, I’m done with that.

In other words, this situation has lit a fire under my ass."

On the season opener in Washington
"Let me tell you what’s going to happen in a couple of weeks: This team is going to go down to D.C. and whup some ass against the Redskins. We’re going to surprise some people."

On Cowboys fans in Philly
"I realized that if you want to be a Cowboys fan, that that’s something between you and your maker. But never be a Cowboys fan dumb enough to mouth off at an Eagles tailgate in Philly."

On what he wants from Eagles fans 
"Come out to the games, drink some beers and raise some hell. Make this a place where our team loves to play and everybody else hates — especially Cowboys fans."

To read Johnson's full piece, click here. It's quite entertaining.