The Philadelphia Eagles are fresh off a divisional round playoff run. A team that was at less than 100% took the 13-3 Saints down to the wire. But that was then and this is now. And now the Eagles have just signed Carson Wentz to a contract extension through 2024. With Wentz locked in as well as a lot of other key components of the Super Bowl 52 team, the Eagles Super Bowl window is wide open.
Building a dynasty
When any team’s window for winning a Super Bowl opens key things need to happen. One you need to have the right coach. two you need to have a franchise quarterback. And three you need core guys signed for the long haul. Over the last 18 years, the New England Patriots have been the prime example of this. The constants have been Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. Even if the Patriots weren’t in the Super Bowl they were winning 11 or 12 games and in the playoffs. The point is with just two constants in place Brady and Belichick have dominated like we’ve never seen before.
Wentz and Doug Pederson have the opportunity to do the same thing. Now although Nick Foles was the one leading the Eagles to victory in 2017 Wentz was still a vital factor of getting there. Now fully healthy and surrounded with a plethora of weapons Wentz is destined to return to MVP form. The Eagles dominated in the early to mid-2000s essentially doing everything but win a super bowl. Now that they’ve captured the ring this team has a chance to dominate the mid to early 2020s and add to their trophy case.
Key players locked up
With Wentz signed the Eagles now have 11 key veteran players locked up for at least the next three years.
The team currently has 22 million in cap space as Wentz deal doesn’t really start until 2021. With the cap space to sign more key parts and extend players the time is now for the Birds. Currently, the Eagles have the seventh-best odds at winning the Super Bowl this year at 15/1.
Winning is hard
It’s hard to stay at the top in the NFL. Since 2000 only four teams have won two or more super bowls. Teams like the Seattle Seahawks and the legion of boom as dominant as they appeared only came away with one super bowl as well as teams like the Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers. But that is why the game isn’t played on paper.
Super Bowl or Bust
When the stars align and you have a Super Bowl caliber team you have to get while the getting is good. We’ve seen the Packers have Brett Farve and Aaron Rodgers over the last 25 years and only have two Super Bowls to show for it. The key to everything is staying healthy. With a franchise quarterback, you always have a chance.
Windows can close just as fast as they open. However, as long as Pederson is around and as long as Wentz remains healthy there is no reason why the Eagles can’t come away with a few more titles. How many Super Bowls do you think the Eagles will win by 2024 when Wentz’s deal is up?
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