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I'm simply amazed that our friend tr1 didn't bring this article to everybody's attention. I mean, amazed.

Expect a flurry of contract extensions soon

Expect a flurry of contract extensions soon

By Adam Schefter

NFL Analyst

(Oct. 27, 2005) -- This week alone, San Diego has signed offensive tackle Roman Oben and fullback Lorenzo Neal to contract extensions. Now, don't be surprised if the Philadelphia Eagles are the next team to jump into the fray, signing players such as running back Brian Westbrook to a long-term extension.

Between today and Nov. 7, the Eagles and any team in the league can apply money used on long-term deals to the 2005 salary cap. And as today, no team in the league had more salary-cap room than the Eagles, who are $9.5 million under the cap.

Other teams with plenty of cap room:

Houston -- $6.3 million

Dallas -- $4.5 million

Jacksonville -- $4.1 million

Cleveland -- $4.1 million

Kansas City -- $4.1 million

St. Louis -- $3.8 million

Chicago -- $3.8 million

Arizona -- $3.1 million

N.Y. Giants -- $3.0 million

But the Eagles usually are the most aggressive this time of the year, partly because of all the room they have saved. Dating back the past five years, the Eagles regularly have extended players' contracts at this time of the year.

At this time last year, the Eagles extended the contracts of cornerbacks Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown, wide receiver Greg Lewis and defensive tackle Sam Rayburn. It is the reason the Eagles now have 19 of their 22 starters under contract through at least next season. The exceptions are Westbrook, offensive tackle Jon Runyan and defensive end N.D. Kalu.

cheap sons of bastages...

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The Villanovan - Sports

Issue: 10/28/05

Eagles fans, it's time for a gut check

By Santo Caruso

http://www.villanovan.com/media/paper581/news/2005/10/28/Sports/Eagles.Fans.Its.Time.For.A.Gut.Check-1037284.shtml

The inguinal canal: A natural passage or opening through the abdominal wall.*

See Also: anterior abdominal wall, rectus abdominus muscle and sports hernia

Sports hernia: disruption of the inguinal canal without a clinically detectable hernia. During coughing and straining, intra-abdominal pressure threatens to force some of the abdominal contents through the canal, producing a hernia. Insidious onset of unilateral groin pain is the most common symptom. *

See Also: torn external oblique aponeurosis, torn conjoined tendon, and literally gut-wrenching tear-inducing pain.

See Also: Donovan McNabb (Sorry, I had to channel Chuck Palahniuk to get my point across. Point taken, I hope.)

If you are a guy and you read that, did you wince? I didn't even mention where the inguinal canal is (It is where your testicles drop from and where the spermatic chord is.) Now are you cringing a bit? Have a better idea what number five is playing through, or at least the general region from which his pain is deriving? I've seen the pictures, and when I discovered what the euphemism "sports hernia" protected the groin-having public from, I made the same face I make when watching "America's Funniest Home Videos" do the sporting equipment to the genitals montage.

So what is it like to be internally kicked in the nuts every single day? How does it feel after 54 passes, each one twisting his midsection in such a way as to inflame the injury ? I don't think anyone knows because the rest of us would be in bed crying for Mommy and complaining that "my tummy hurts" any time you had to so much as roll over. I include myself in this group with only a little bit of shame.

Fans and announcers worry about the big hits 300 lb defensive tackles lay on him, but this doesn't compare to the pain another heavyweight is putting him through. McNabb calls this bucket of fun (and cheesesteaks) "Coach" and Andy Reid has done everything but punch his quarterback in the area and ask him if he felt it.

McNabb set a record both for completions and attempts in Sunday's miracle win over San Diego, and the Eagles led for most of the game. I only expect that kind of play calling from three people: the hospitilized and criminally insane ego maniac Mike Martz, Peyton Manning trying to set a record before the Patriots strip him of all his dignity again or the Vikings after all of their running backs get lost on Gilligan's Island during another sex cruise. Not from a team with a Pro Bowl running back in the backfield.

On Saturday 'Nova retired Brian Westbrook's number (although the retirement is a joke since the number remains in circulation. At least make anyone who wants to wear number 20 change his name legally to Brian Westbrook, Jr. We could make it a tradition, like Jim Brown's 34 at Syracuse. By 2020, I expect the number of Brian Westbrooks to have passed the amount of Rockys, assuming I take out Stallone before Rocky 6.) If Villanova recognizes his abilities, why can't a supposed professional judge of talent like Reid see it? I bet if Westbrook were a hoagie, he'd get more notice from Andy. :laugh:

Still despite Reid treating him like a human ball machine, McNabb has responded with his best performance to date. Even in 2000, when the Eagles didn't even bother sending anyone else out on the field for offense, they at least ran some of the time. Now the onus has been on his right arm all season, and the Chicago-born, New Jersey native leads the NFC in completions and attempts, is third in yards, second in touchdowns and basically third in interceptions (Kurt Warner doesn't count because he is no longer starting.) He has led all of these categories in previous seasons, but the circumstances, the injury, the lack of a running game and the Terrell Owens situation makes this rival anything he has ever accomplished. This from a guy who threw three touchdowns with a broken leg.

Admittedly the offense has looked dysfunctional at times, but even in the jaded metropolis of Philadelphia, none of the blame falls on Donovan. His injury, Reid's play calling, a lack of a running game and the disaffected play of TO (when the ball is not coming his way, I'm more convinced by his route than an Eagles play fake.

Speaking of play fake, they have become as effective as play action in Madden. All it does is give the defense more time to get the sack.) If even fickle Philly fans aren't willing to blame the player, you know something is up.

What is the point of all this? Did I just want to throw around a bunch of medical jargon that has no meaning to me, like an actor playing a doctor on a Fox drama? Or am I an overly-praising Eagles fan? Or am I part of the secret media, conspiring to raise up a black quarterback (no, but I do think Donovan McNabb is already the best African-American quarterback to ever play in the NFL)? The answer is none of the above, as it always is on those damn multiple choice tests. All I really want is some recognition for the effort this, for lack of a better word, warrior has put forth thus far. Like in the Teddy Bruschi situation, where the decision to play despite the potential for a more serious injury, my opinion has no weight. But I know for sure, if it were me, not only would I have had the surgery, but I would have retired and bought a Porche dealership on Lancaster Ave. But that is what makes Donovan J. McNabb (its J for Jamal, Wilbon) so special.

*All medical definitions taken from webmd.com and physsportsmed.com

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So why isn't Westbrook signed already....it ain't gonna happen...

tr1, I'm hearing that the deal is very close and could be done in the next few days....

I haven't heard the numbers but apparently it's being reported that the offer is a significant upgrade over the previous ones and is in line w/ what Westbrook was looking for. Apparently the signing bonus is more than he originally asked for...

This is just a friendly fyi, nothing is done yet... I'll keep you posted should it get signed... ;) I know how much you care about the subject. :cheers:

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Westbrook might be smart enough to see that the Eagles run is over. He might then wish to head to a team where he can win a Super Bowl.

No guarantee he'll sign anything.

The Eagles are dead, they just don't know it yet.

:eaglesuck :eaglesuck :eaglesuck

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tr1, I'm hearing that the deal is very close and could be done in the next few days....

I haven't heard the numbers but apparently it's being reported that the offer is a significant upgrade over the previous ones and is in line w/ what Westbrook was looking for. Apparently the signing bonus is more than he originally asked for...

This is just a friendly fyi, nothing is done yet... I'll keep you posted should it get signed... ;) I know how much you care about the subject. :cheers:

Eskins announced the deal is right where Westbrook has been asking for with more than an 8 mil signing bonus. Should be signed by the end of the week.

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Westbrook might be smart enough to see that the Eagles run is over. He might then wish to head to a team where he can win a Super Bowl.

No guarantee he'll sign anything.

The Eagles are dead, they just don't know it yet.

:eaglesuck :eaglesuck :eaglesuck

According to a lot of you Skins fans, the Eagles were done in '03, '04, and now again in '05... and yet the Skins have yet to beat them in the last, what, 7 games they've played against each other.

I'm sure you are aware that the Eagles have 18 of their 22 starters UNDER CONTRACT and my prediction is that it'll be 19 by Friday. The 19th being Westbrook. They may not be playing great yet so far this year, but they are built to be competitive for years to come.

The rest of the division is much improved, but to say the Eagles are done is just blind hope on your part.

The next 3 games will probably determine the outcome of the Eagles year this year. I respect that fact that you at least let your feelings be known prior to the game as opposed to after. Good luck on Sunday.

Don't forget, the Eagles are already done w/ the AFC West portion of the schedule and came out of it 3-1.

Skins still have to play the Chargers and Raiders and are 0-2 so far vs AFC West.

Cowboys still have to play Denver and KC and are 1-1 so far vs AFC West.

Giants still have to play KC and Oakland and are 1-1 so far vs. AFC West.

Not to mention, 5 of the last 8 games for the Eagles are at home.

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Don't forget, the Eagles are already done w/ the AFC West portion of the schedule and came out of it 3-1.

Skins still have to play the Chargers and Raiders and are 0-2 so far vs AFC West.

Cowboys still have to play Denver and KC and are 1-1 so far vs AFC West.

Giants still have to play KC and Oakland and are 1-1 so far vs. AFC West.

Not to mention, 5 of the last 8 games for the Eagles are at home.

AFC games are worthless. Head to head will determine things between us, and since we're sweeping you guys this year, we're in...you're out.

The Eagles are dead, they just don't know it yet.

:eaglesuck :eaglesuck :eaglesuck

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Eskins announced the deal is right where Westbrook has been asking for with more than an 8 mil signing bonus. Should be signed by the end of the week.

You know, of course, that should they sign WB (and there's still some doubt in my mind) my next question will be why'd they take so long...

Any ideas?

Never mind...let's see if he signs first.

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I dunno, I'm probably in the minority here, but I don't think WB is worth the money.

I think the market for RB's is flooded, and I think there are several backs that Reid could plug into that spot, and be just as successful.

I'm not taking anything away from WB, I think he's good, but I wouldn't call him the key to that offense by any stretch.

As long as the Eagles have a healthy McNabb they will be a contender. As he goes, so go the Eagles.... philly's front office was smart to pay him the big money.

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I dunno, I'm probably in the minority here, but I don't think WB is worth the money.

I think the market for RB's is flooded, and I think there are several backs that Reid could plug into that spot, and be just as successful.

I'm not taking anything away from WB, I think he's good, but I wouldn't call him the key to that offense by any stretch.

As long as the Eagles have a healthy McNabb they will be a contender. As he goes, so go the Eagles.... philly's front office was smart to pay him the big money.

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I need to disagree. Without WB, the Eagles are 2-5, if not worse.

I think the Eagles won't do well with a grind it out runner, because the offensive line is better at pass protection (though, McNabbs shiftiness helps there considerably.)

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I need to disagree. Without WB, the Eagles are 2-5, if not worse.

I think the Eagles won't do well with a grind it out runner, because the offensive line is better at pass protection (though, McNabbs shiftiness helps there considerably.)

DUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCEEEEEEEEEEEE!

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The Eagles O-Line CAN run block. Certain players are made for run blocking, yet we always pass. The Eagles ran great against Denver when they did run the ball. I hope we attack the left side of the Skins defense, which has been prone to giving up big runs this year.

BTW, tr1, will I get an apology if Westbrook signs the first week of November, LIKE I PREDICTED weeks ago? ;)

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The Eagles O-Line CAN run block. Certain players are made for run blocking, yet we always pass. The Eagles ran great against Denver when they did run the ball. I hope we attack the left side of the Skins defense, which has been prone to giving up big runs this year.

BTW, tr1, will I get an apology if Westbrook signs the first week of November, LIKE I PREDICTED weeks ago? ;)

Yes, you will if he does...

But why did they take so long, if they do? Why piss him off?

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Why give out your highest offer early when you can sign the guy for your max offer right before the deadline?

Sorry, still doesn't make sense to me.

Now, maybe they were gambling he could get hurt...I could see that...but I think the reason was that they (the Eagles) at the time of negotiating with WB thought they would be keeping TO...

I think their thinking about TO has changed...and so have the numbers they're willing to pay WB.

But I'm still not sure WB will sign....we'll see.

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I would much rather lock up Mike Lewis than Westbrook right now.

Now saying I don't want to bring Westbrook back, but I'd like to see the market set his price tag. I'm still not sure exactly what he's worth.

He's worth more to Reid than any other team. That's the point, he's too crucial to the Eagles offense. DO you really think you can just plug Mahe in where Westbrook goes? Or Gordon catching balls out of the backfield?

It doesn't matter what value other teams place on him. It matters what his value is to the success of the team. It matters what value he has for Reid. He knows Reid's offense well, unlike Mahe, unlike any receivers Reid drafts. The offense is complicated and Westbrook is a perfect fit.

He is involved in too many plays for him to be playing at the middle tender level. That tender was insulting, and if teams didn't have to give up a 1st rounder he would have been snapped up.

Another thing, if he had been injured in the last 8 weeks, they would not be talking about an 8 million dollar signing bonus. That front office treats players like crap. I hope Michael Lewis skips town.

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