Hello, Eagles fans. I know you’re still smarting from Sunday’s loss, so I’ll skip the usually cheerful greeting. The Eagles’ players have cleaned out their lockers and gotten the offseason going. There’s a lot up in the air, with some major players becoming free agents and others going into the final year of their contract seeking new deals. Be sure to read up on all the goings on with the links below.
Brandon Brooks’ future is a lot more certain than most. He’s under contract through 2024. He’s completely unafraid of his upcoming shoulder rehab and has some newfound wisdom on life on and off the field. More on that later.
— EJ Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Brandon Brooks described the gruesome process of his arm being ripped out of its socket and breaking a bone, but then took a pause to give some perspective.
“I tore my Achillies [last year], this is way easier than that,” Brooks said on Monday before cleaning out his locker. “This is all right. Not a big deal.”
Brooks is headed for surgery to repair a separated shoulder and a broken bone in his shoulder socket. He was hurt against the New York Giants when two players ran into him on an extra point, bending his arm backward and requiring him to be carted off. He was placed on injured reserve last week and watched the Seahawks game from the sideline.
It will be the second straight offseason of rehab for Brooks, who tore his Achilles last January against the New Orleans Saints and made a remarkably quick recovery to be back for Week 1 this season against Washington. Brooks said he will have surgery later this week to repair the broken bone in his shoulder socket. The recovery process shouldn’t take as long as last year’s Achilles, he said, but it will be a familiar process of returning to the field.
The 30-year-old guard had a career year. Pro Football Focus gave him the highest grade for an offensive lineman this season, and he was voted to his third straight Pro Bowl.
Brooks first revealed that he struggles with anxiety in 2017 when he missed two games that season. He left the Eagles’ first game against the Seahawks this season after vomiting before and during the game left him exhausted and unable to play.
The guard said he learned two things about himself this season.
“Confidence goes a long way,” Brooks said. "I was really confident going into this season based on all the work I did; I think it really showed. I was able to play and move around and do what I needed to do.
“The second thing is, you know, nothing’s ever perfect,” he added. "Nothing’s ever guaranteed to you, but life is good enough. I think people always try to figure how to get something super perfect or exactly this way, when in actuality, the [stuff] is good enough, man. I mean, people stress over a lot of little stuff.”
Do you think Peters would accept to come back as a mentor/backup? — Kurt Nudel (@KurtCNudel) via Twitter.
Thanks for the question, Kurt. Jason Peters’ situation is going to be interesting to watch this offseason. I don’t think Peters is interested in coming back just to mentor Andre Dillard while he tries to replace the 37-year-old tackle. Peters said he thought he played at an elite level this season and thinks he’s got another year or two at that level. Clearly he struggled mightily with false-start penalties. He had 11 this season, including the playoffs, and had seven false starts in the last six games of the season.