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Eagles Notebook: Monster deal shows Birds building around Landon Dickerson

PHILADELPHIA — A quick search of Landon Dickerson and “blows up” on YouTube provides enough viewing material to round out an afternoon.

The Eagles’ left guard is listed at 6-foot-6, 333-pounds but plays a lot larger on game days. Now he’s blown up the Birds’ team payroll, having signed a four-year, $84 million contract with a $20 million signing bonus and $50 million guaranteed.

Dickerson is grateful for the deal because it shows the trust that Eagles management and the coaching staff have in him. With center Jason Kelce retiring after a dozen seasons, the deal also confirms that the Birds are shaping the offensive line around Dickerson. It’s a challenge the big guy is looking forward to. Dickerson, who won the Rimington Award for playing the pivot at Alabama, indicated that there would be competition to figure out who really replaces Kelce.

“I know coaches are here meeting,” Dickerson said. “But OTAs roll around and Cam Jurgens, I think, is a phenomenal player. He’s done everything we’ve asked him to do. Extremely talented, extremely smart. I think there are a lot of good options in that offensive line room of guys who can move to center. I think really once we get to OTAs and training and start hammering out which guys fit best where.”

Dickerson’s performance in the second half of the otherwise meaningless regular season finale against the Giants shows how proficient he can be. There wasn’t a bad shotgun snap from him. Additionally, and this can be overlooked at the pivot, in the shotgun and with the quarterback flush to him he got the ball back quickly.

Jurgens looked decent at right guard and Tyler Steen, a third-round draft pick last season could play left guard.

Dickerson would be a significant force forming the pocket against the powerful defensive tackles and hulking blitzing linebackers who tormented Kelce late in his career.

The Eagles also agreed to terms on a one-year contract Tuesday with center Matt Hennessy, a 2020 third-round pick of the Falcons by way of Temple University.

Hennessy (6-3, 307) started all 17 games in 2021 for the Falcons, but just three of 11 games last season due to a leg injury.

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Eagles defensive end Josh Sweat posted a cryptic message on Instagram intimating he was on the trade block. Wrote Sweat, who has one year left on his contract: “I will miss you all.”

That after the Eagles agreed to terms with free agent defensive end Bryce Huff, 24, on a three-year, $51.1 million deal. Sweat is slated to earn a base salary of $1.125 million this season, plus a workout bonus of $250,000 for a cap hit of $9.07 million.

The Eagles also have a contract situation with Haason Reddick, who this year is due a base salary of $14.25 million, a roster bonus of $1 million and a workout bonus of $250,000. The Eagles can lessen Reddick’s $21.8 million cap hit by extending the deal.

Sweat, who turns 27 this month, had just 6.5 sacks last season, going eight games in a row without a sack after producing a career-best 11.0 sacks the previous season. The inside push of tackles Jordan Davis and Jalen Carter tailed off dramatically down the homestretch, and that might have impacted Sweat’s production as well.

Sweat was a third-round pick out of Florida State.

Source: Berkshire mont

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