Eagles Super Bowl champ receives ‘impairment’ settlement
Jay Ajayi has struggled with knee injuries throughout his career, including a torn ACL in 2018 which essentially forced him into early retirement. And now the former Pro Bowl rusher has the injury payment he was owed.
According NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Ajayi was finally granted a $5 million impairment insurance policy after “years of talks and fights”. The 28-year-old suffered a knee injury in Week 5 of the 2018 season while playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. He will only play four games before hanging up his boots for good.
But Ajayi had taken out an impairment insurance policy in 2017 to protect lost wages. He was supposed to make up the difference as follows (via Rapoport): “Let’s say he’s valued as being able to earn a four-year, $16 million deal before the injury. But now he ends up making just $8 million over four years.
Ajayi-a Winner of the 2017 Super Bowl with the Eagles – retired with 572 carries for 2,546 yards and 13 touchdowns. He only wore a midnight green jersey for 14 games, but quickly became a fan favorite due to his murderous yet edgy running style. Ajayi rushed for 184 yards in three playoff games in the team’s title chase.
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Jeffrey Lurie’s son gets an official role/title
Julian Lurie, the 27-year-old son of Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, has been put in charge of business strategy and football operations. The title “reflects his involvement in both football operations and the business aspects of the organisation”, according to The Athletic.
The move was somewhat expected after Julian was spotted on the field during Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Alabama. The Harvard graduate also spent two years working in the NFL in a junior rotation program. He now has an official title and office space at the NovaCare complex in South Philadelphia.
“Obviously he grew up in the family that owns the team,” Jeffrey Lurie said at the NFL League meeting, via Bo Wulf. “He’s a sports fanatic from Philadelphia. He loves the Eagles, loves the NFL. He really has a good idea of many aspects of the sport.
Eagles continue OTA workouts in South Philadelphia
The Eagles are taking the Club Med approach to OTAs, similar to what they did in 2021 training camp. Workouts are light – no 11-on-11 drills, extra rest days for veterans , no more guided tours for mental reps – but players practice under the scorching sun. It’s all about bonding rookies and building a team at this time of year.
“I think it’s important for the team in general to be together,” head coach Nick Sirianni said May 6. because it’s their time with the strength coach right now – but see from afar and hear how they interact with each other. It’s just important that they’re around their teammates right now. This is the time for them to bond.