Eagles news roundup: Special teams coach receives extension & Commanders release Carson Wentz

FILE -Los Angeles Rams linebacker Bobby Wagner (45) waves towards the stands during an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. Linebacker Bobby Wagner is leaving with the Los Angeles Rams after just one season, a person familiar with the decision said Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Wagner’s release won’t be official until after the start of the new league year next month. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong, File)

Monday was a busy day as far as Eagles-related news went. From a former player being released to a slightly surprising extension, here is all you need to know.

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Eagles sign Michael Clay to an extension

According to Aaron Wilson, the Philadelphia Eagles have given their special teams coordinator a one-year extension and a raise.

This move is interesting given that the unit was polarizing throughout the 2022 campaign. Whether it was a lack of production on the return game or punting struggles, the special teams group was often the most criticized on what was otherwise an exceptional Eagles team.

With that said, they still really got better over the second half of the season and even if you’re not the biggest fan, the fact that the team is able to retain coaches is huge as far as stability goes. It’s something the Eagles have lacked in recent years across the board and allowing a coach to be able to build on early foundations is a promising sign that the front office trusts in Clays’ ability.

Let’s just hope that there’s some extra burst in the return game and that Siposs doesn’t get injured next year…

Eagles among favorites to land Bobby Wagner

According to CBS, the Eagles are among the favorites to land former Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner.

This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise given that the team has craved a dominant middle linebacker for quite some time and Wagner is among the most experienced and accomplished out there.

Wagner is also a notable leader and someone that has been to the Super Bowl and won it. This young Eagles team would benefit from his leadership, but he will be 33 going into the new season and one has to wonder whether he will be worth the likely large price to pay.

He will probably come at a hefty cost and the Eagles already have plenty of tricky free agent and contract-related decisions to make this year, meaning that this move is probably more unlikely than CBS thinks.

Commanders release Carson Wentz

The downfall of Carson Wentz took another twist on Monday afternoon as the now-former Washington QB was released by the Commanders.

The move isn’t exactly a shocking one. Wentz struggled during his time as a starter and missed a huge chunk of time due to a minor injury. With a 2-5 win-loss record and an 11-9 TD/INT ratio, it was clear that Wentz simply wasn’t worth the whopping $26M cap hit he was about to cost the Commanders.

He could end up in Carolina with former coach, Frank Reich, but it’s hard to see many teams viewing the once-elite quarterback as a starting option.

It’s a shame to see the career of Carson Wentz fall off such a steep cliff. His efforts in 2017 will always be nothing short of heroic, but it only makes every year after that much more confusing.

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