When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Philadelphia, PA. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.
Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Philadelphia's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.
If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!
At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Philadelphia. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Philadelphia, PA. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.
Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:
There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.
Mediterranean countries include:
So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Philadelphia,
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Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.
This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.
If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Philadelphia, PA, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!
Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.
This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.
We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Philadelphia, PA.
Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.
If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.
Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.
So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?
It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!
Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:
Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.
In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.
First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.
Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.
Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.
Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.
They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.
Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.
Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.
Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.Free Estimate
What started as a Valentine’s Day troll by JuJu Smith-Schuster to James Bradberry has turned into a Twitter beef where Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes got involved.Mahomes was the latest to jump in on a back-and-forth exchange between players on the Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday following Super Bowl LV...
What started as a Valentine’s Day troll by JuJu Smith-Schuster to James Bradberry has turned into a Twitter beef where Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes got involved.
Mahomes was the latest to jump in on a back-and-forth exchange between players on the Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday following Super Bowl LVII.
It began with Smith-Schuster sending an ultimate troll to Bradberry, creating a Valentine’s Day card that read "I’ll hold you when it matters most" with a photo of Bradberry on it.
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"Happy Valentine’s Day, everybody," Smith-Schuster captioned it.
The troll is in reference to Bradberry’s crucial holding penalty that was called late in the fourth quarter that ultimately led the Chiefs to kick a game-winning field goal in the 38-35 victory at State Farm Stadium on Sunday.
CHIEFS' JUJU SMITH-SCHUSTER SENDS TROLLING VALENTINE'S DAY MESSAGE TO EAGLES' DEFENDER AFTER SUPER BOWL HOLD
Bradberry admitted after the game that he did indeed tug Smith-Schuster’s jersey, making it the right call despite many believing the refs should’ve swallowed their whistle there.
"First off congratulations. Y’all deserve it," Brown wrote on Twitter. "This is lame. You was on the way out the league before mahomes resurrected your career on your 1 year deal Tik-Tok boy. He admitted that he grabbed you but don’t act like your like that or ever was. But congratulations again!"
Bradberry would later send a subtweet saying "ALL-PRO #APJB," in reference to making second-team All-Pro after a fantastic first season in Philly.
But then Mahomes got involved with a subtweet of his own.
"That man must just be bored," the Super Bowl MVP said, likely in reference to Brown.
The Chiefs won their second Super Bowl in the last four seasons, and will continue their celebration tomorrow in their Kansas City parade.
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Mahomes was named MVP after throwing for 182 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 44 yards as well. His 26-yard scramble up the middle on the team’s final drive was crucial to set up Harrison Butker’s eventual 27-yard winner.
The Arizona Cardinals hired Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon as their new head coach on Tuesday, the team announced.Gannon received a five-year contract.The move comes two days after the Eagles lost Super Bowl LVII to the ...
The Arizona Cardinals hired Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon as their new head coach on Tuesday, the team announced.
Gannon received a five-year contract.
The move comes two days after the Eagles lost Super Bowl LVII to the Kansas City Chiefs 38-35 and Gannon's defense gave up 24 second-half points in letting a 10-point halftime advantage slip away.
The other two finalists for the job were Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Lou Anarumo and New York Giants offensive coordinator Mike Kafka.
Gannon, 40, had been the Eagles' defensive coordinator for the past two seasons and immediately made an impact. He turned Philadelphia into a top-10 defense in his first year, and this season, the Eagles ranked No. 2 in the league while boasting two Pro Bowlers.
Philadelphia went from allowing 26.1 points per game (20th in the league) in 2020, the year before Gannon was hired, to 22.7 in 2021 (18th) and 20.2 in 2022 (eighth). The Eagles' 78 sacks in 2022 were the third most in a season in NFL history, including playoffs.
Gannon replaces Kliff Kingsbury, who was fired in January after going 28-37-1 with one playoff appearance in four seasons, and becomes the Cardinals' fourth head coach in seven years.
He inherits a roster set for an overhaul, with 31 players expected to become unrestricted free agents.
When Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill began his coaching search in January, he said he would "cast the net far and wide." He lived up to his words, as the Cardinals are the last team to hire a coach this cycle after the Indianapolis Colts hired Eagles offensive coordinator Shane Steichen on Tuesday.
The last time a Super Bowl participant lost both its coordinators in the same offseason was after the 2016 season, when the Atlanta Falcons lost offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who became the San Francisco 49ers' coach and fired defensive coordinator Richard Smith, who later took a job as the Chargers' linebackers coach. Those changes came after the Falcons blew a 28-3 lead in a 34-28 overtime defeat to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI.
The last Super Bowl team to lose both coordinators to head-coaching jobs was the 1994 49ers, when Mike Shanahan was hired by the Denver Broncos and Ray Rhodes was hired by the Eagles, according to NFL Research.
Bidwill hired Gannon after being connected to eight other candidates, including Sean Payton, Brian Flores and Dan Quinn.
Arizona is coming off a 4-13 season. Since reaching the 2015 NFC Championship Game, the Cardinals have made just one playoff appearance, a wild-card loss to the Los Angeles Rams after the 2021 season.
look at the Eagles’ terrible run defense, a wasted fourth-round pick and the miracle of DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown.It’s a bonus Roob’s 10 random Eagles observations and don’t get used to getting these every day like last week, but is one a week OK?1. One big focus for Howie Roseman this offseason has to be upgrading the run defense. The Eagles wound up allowing 4.7 yards per carry this year, tied for 8th-worst in the league and their worst in more than 60 years. The Chiefs h...
look at the Eagles’ terrible run defense, a wasted fourth-round pick and the miracle of DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown.
It’s a bonus Roob’s 10 random Eagles observations and don’t get used to getting these every day like last week, but is one a week OK?
1. One big focus for Howie Roseman this offseason has to be upgrading the run defense. The Eagles wound up allowing 4.7 yards per carry this year, tied for 8th-worst in the league and their worst in more than 60 years. The Chiefs hammered it down their throats Sunday to the tune of 6.1 yards per carry — the highest rushing average vs. the Eagles in a postseason game since the 1947 NFL Championship Game, when the Cards averaged 7.2, and the 8th-highest in Super Bowl history.
In the second half, they ran 19 times for 119 yards for 6.3 yards per carry. This is insane: 11 teams averaged at least 5.0 yards per carry against the Eagles this year. That ties the most in NFL history.
The thing is, with the talent the Eagles had up front, they should have been much better vs. the run. Jordan Davis will have to take on a bigger role next year, and I think he’ll be ready for it. Milton Williams, too. But that’s it as far as guys under contract.
Maybe Roseman can re-sign Javon Hargrave, but he won’t be cheap and the fact that a deal hasn’t gotten done yet doesn’t augur well. I wouldn’t mind bringing back Ndamukong Suh for another year if he wants to keep playing on a low-budget deal. But they definitely need more up front. Reed Blankenship, T.J. Edwards and Marcus Epps graded out well against the run, but Edwards and Epps are also unsigned.
Hard to believe an Andy Reid team committed to the run in a Super Bowl, but in the second half the Chiefs were 19 for 119 rushing. The Chiefs kept gashing the Eagles up front, and the Eagles had no answers. Heck, the Chiefs had more rushing yards than passing yards after halftime. That’s embarrassing. When Reid is running it at will, you know you have issues.
2. Because of the way the game ended, we didn’t spend much time Sunday marveling over Smith and Brown, but they both had massive games against the Chiefs and you couldn’t ask for more from the best Eagles 1-2 WR tandem ever. Smith caught seven passes for 100 yards and Brown was 6 for 96 with a TD, and they each had a 45-yard catch.
Smith is 24, Brown is 25, and they’re the first pair of WRs 25 or younger with 96 or more yards in a Super Bowl. They both make difficult, contested catches, they both match the physicality of even the toughest corners, they both have a tremendous connection with Jalen Hurts and they’re both signed through at least 2025.
Hard to believe we’re only two years removed from the days of Reagor, Fulgham and JJAW.
3. The Chiefs became the first team in 32 years to win a Super Bowl without a pass play over 22 yards. Their longest pass play was a 22-yarder to Travis Kelce in the first quarter. The last team to do it was the 1990 Giants, whose longest pass play was a 22-yarder from Jeff Hostetler to Mark Ingram in Super Bowl XXV over the Bills in Tampa.
The only other team to win a Super Bowl without a pass play over 22 yards was the 1981 49ers, whose longest completed pass in Super Bowl XVI over the Bengals in Pontiac, Michigan, was a 22-yarder from Joe Montana to Mike Wilson.
4. Jonathan Gannon along with Tracey Rocker and Jeremiah Washburn, the Eagles’ defensive line and edge rusher coaches, really shortened the bench Sunday. Fletcher Cox played 82 percent of the defensive snaps, his 2nd-highest total this year; Josh Sweat played a season-high 82 percent, Hargrave played 76 percent, his 2nd-highest; and Haason Reddick played 84 percent, his 2nd-highest total.
Everybody else — Brandon Graham, Williams, Suh, Davis and Linval Joseph — played between 10 and 18 snaps or 33 percent or less. During the regular season, there were only three instances of any of those four guys playing 75 percent of the snaps. On Sunday, three of them did.
Now, the Chiefs didn’t run a ton of plays — just 53. But in the second half they ran 33 plays, and if it looked like the Eagles wore down up front, it sure could be because the main group played a lot more snaps than they have been all year. The d-line rotation has been a key to the Eagles’ production. When you look at the second half Sunday, the Chiefs ran at will and the Eagles’ pass pressure dried up.
Maybe it’s a coincidence that all that coincided with those four guys playing such a high percentage of the snaps but I kind of doubt it.
5. Scanning the Eagles’ snap counts Sunday, this jumped off the page: “Robert Quinn, DE, 2 snaps, 4%.” Roseman didn’t have many missteps this year, but Quinn was a glaring one. You think about the impact Jay Ajayi made on the 2017 team and even Golden Tate in 2018 with the game-winning catch in the playoff win in Chicago.
But the Eagles got exactly nothing for a 4th-round pick. Quinn averaged 15 snaps per game during the regular season but just 8.0 in the three postseason games. And two snaps in a Super Bowl is embarrassing. Hard to believe he had 18 ½ sacks last year. His drop from 18 ½ to 1.0 this year — the one was with the Bears — is the largest sack decline in NFL history from one year to the next.
Quinn is not signed beyond this year, and I’d be surprised if he plays again. Roseman will no doubt conjure up some more draft picks out of thin air, but a 4th-round pick for zippo is a tough one.
6. You never want to put too much weight on the way a season ends when you’re making decisions about a player’s future, but I do believe Miles Sanders’ lack of consistency late in the season might cost him a new contract with the Eagles. Sanders ran for 1,200 yards, a 4.9 average and 11 touchdowns during the regular season and made his first Pro Bowl. A monster season.
But he was a non-factor Sunday with 16 yards on seven carries, a 2.3 average. He’s only the fourth running back ever to gain 1,000 yards during the regular season and average 2.3 or worse in a Super Bowl — the first in more than 20 years. Sanders was also 7 for 16 against the Buccaneers last year.
Now, Sanders did get banged up Sunday and had a wrap on his hand after the game, and although we don’t know how much it affected him, he was healthy enough to play. And injuries certainly are an important factor when determining his value. Sanders has very good career numbers — he’s one of only four players in history to rush for 750 yards with an average of at least 4.6 in each of his first four seasons. But seven of his last 11 games this year he averaged under 4.0 yards per carry, and he’s got a pedestrian 4.2 career postseason average.
I like Sanders and I think he's a good back who’s gotten better each year. But if signing him means not signing Edwards or Chauncey Gardner-Johnson or Hargrave or another key piece, then the Eagles need to move on. Spotrac projects Sanders as getting a two-year deal with over $7 million per year, and I just can’t see it. You can find running backs. Sanders is really good, but not that good.
7. We’ll find out about Jason Kelce soon and Graham as well. But Sunday was certainly Cox’s final game in an Eagles uniform and what a career. Obviously not close to the player he once was, which is always hard to watch. But only Dawk and Kelce started more games in Eagles history than Cox, his 65 sacks are 5th-most in franchise history behind Reggie, Trent, Clyde and B.G., and only Chuck Bednarik, Dawk, Jason Peters and Reggie White made more Pro Bowls. Next stop: Eagles’ Hall of Fame.
8. I know a lot of people are concerned that because of the impending blockbuster Hurts contract Roseman will be so hamstrung under the cap he won’t be able to re-sign anyone. But that’s not the case.
Will he be able to sign everyone? No. James Bradberry is likely off the table because when you have a QB on a massive deal, you just can’t have two corners each making $17 million per year.
Hargrave may be gone because as great as he’s been, do you want to pay a 30-year-old defensive tackle $20 million a year?
Sanders we talked about. Are you going to pay him $7 million a year when you have Kenny Gainwell under a rookie 5th-round contract and you can draft a cheap guy in the third round? Maybe but probably not.
Do you really want to pay Isaac Seumalo $12 million a year when Jeff Stoutland can turn just about anybody (Cam Jurgens? Sua Opeta? Jack Driscoll? Andre Dillard?) into a functional right guard? Nah.
But if Roseman prioritizes, say, Gardner-Johnson and Edwards, he can make that happen. He’s been preparing for this for quite a while and there’s no GM you’d rather have navigating a roster through the challenges of a $250 million QB contract than Roseman.
9. Dallas Goedert quietly had a monster game Sunday. He caught six passes and every one was contested. He just made tough catch in traffic after tough catch in traffic and finished 6 for 60.
He’s always been a big-time postseason player. Get this: Goedert now has six straight postseason games with at least five catches, which is tied for the eighth-longest streak ever. Behind people like Jerry Rice, Travis Kelce, Ja’Marr Chase and Tyreek Hill. Goedert’s streak is second-longest ever by a tight end.
Goedert is also the only Eagle ever with five postseason games with five receptions. Harold Carmichael, Duce Staley and Zach Ertz had four apiece. Second-best tight end in football.
10. Hurts is going to win a Super Bowl.
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Well, the 2022 NFL season is officially over, and one the Eagles most talented and dynamic teams in franchise history will look at least somewhat different in 2023.The good news, when Howie Roseman decided to focus on younger talent a few years ago, he also secured most of the offensive weapons for several years — like, Jalen Hurts and DeVonta Smith. The team also already signed A.J. Brown to a four-year deal through 2026, and Dallas Goedert signed an extension through the 2025 season. So, the core offensive group is still in ta...
Well, the 2022 NFL season is officially over, and one the Eagles most talented and dynamic teams in franchise history will look at least somewhat different in 2023.
The good news, when Howie Roseman decided to focus on younger talent a few years ago, he also secured most of the offensive weapons for several years — like, Jalen Hurts and DeVonta Smith. The team also already signed A.J. Brown to a four-year deal through 2026, and Dallas Goedert signed an extension through the 2025 season. So, the core offensive group is still in tact, plus, regardless of what they do with Miles Sanders, Kenny Gainwell still has a couple years on his rookie contract.
Of the 19 free agents heading into the offseason, 11 are on defense, so that is probably going to need to be the focus both in free agency and the draft. Three of those players are highly unlikely to be back, including Linval Joseph, Ndamukong Suh, and Robert Quinn — all were older veterans brought in late in the season to help with the Super Bowl push.
Technically Jason Kelce isn’t a free agent this offseason, but it’s well-known that the veteran center and team re-work one-year deals for him as he mulls retirement annually. His post-game comments didn’t imply that he was likely going to hang up his cleats this year, and the Eagles would be insane not to keep him around as long as possible. (They do have Cam Jurgens waiting in the wings, though he could potentially play at guard until Kelce is no longer around.)
One player the Eagles are might have to say goodbye to is Brandon Graham. The 13-year veteran has been inching closer to retirement the past couple years, and it’ll be interesting to see what he chooses to do based on the high level he was able to play at this season and how the season ended. It might be a joint decision with Graham and the team, in that I would doubt BG plans to play anywhere else, but it’s also not a given that Roseman would give him another contract. The DE has talked about wanting to work with the team on staff once he does retire, so at least, either way he should still be around in some capacity.
It would be expensive, and I’m sure controversial, but I’d personally love to see Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave back in 2023. Cox and the team have had an up and down relationship over the years, but his stability in the DL room shouldn’t be under-appreciated. Sure, he didn’t put up ground-breaking numbers this season, but he often drew double teams that opened things up for other guys to get to the quarterback. Hargrave was habitually overlooked this season, but was dominant all year and would be a big loss for the Eagles.
As for the secondary, it would be great to have C.J. Gardner-Johnson back in the fold — his energy and attitude certainly fits in well with the Eagles and Nick Sirianni. It would be tough to imagine both he and Marcus Epps re-signing, and James Bradberry could be out of the question depending on what kind of money he’s looking for — Spotrac has Bradberry’s market value at about 3-year, $51.5 million, which could be way more than Roseman wants to spend. Feels important to note that Spotrac also has CJGJ’s market value at 5-year, $70 million... which is awfully high.
Who do you want to see back in 2023?
The doctors for former Eagles team captain Chris Maragos exhibited “medical negligence” in treating the 2017 career-ending knee injury, a Philadelphia jury found Monday, ordering them to pay the ex-NFL All-Pro player $43.5 million.Shortly after his 2019 retirement from the NFL, Maragos sued his ...
The doctors for former Eagles team captain Chris Maragos exhibited “medical negligence” in treating the 2017 career-ending knee injury, a Philadelphia jury found Monday, ordering them to pay the ex-NFL All-Pro player $43.5 million.
Shortly after his 2019 retirement from the NFL, Maragos sued his acclaimed Pittsburgh-based surgeon, James Bradley, and Rothman Orthopaedics Institute, whose physicians serve as the Eagles’ orthopedic doctors and who oversaw Maragos’ knee surgery rehabilitation.
The lawsuit alleged the special teams ace’s NFL run was cut short by “medical negligence” from his doctors who operated on and rehabilitated Maragos’ torn posterior cruciate ligament following an injury during the Eagles 2017-18 Super Bowl season. While addressing his PCL, the doctors, Maragos’ attorneys say, ignored damage to the player’s meniscus — leading to a premature end to his professional career, and causing ongoing knee issues.
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Attorneys for Bradley and Rothman denied the allegations, saying that they were cognizant of Maragos’ meniscus tear, but that the tissue was “stable” and that surgery would have caused more harm than good.
After less than three hours of deliberations, the 12-member panel found Bradley and Rothman negligent, ordering Bradley to pay roughly $29.2 million to the former NFL player, and Rothman to pay around $14.3 million.
As the foreperson read the verdict, Maragos and his wife, Serah, embraced, quietly crying. After the jury concluded, the couple stood, hugging each other and their attorneys.
Outside the courtroom, Chris and Serah Maragos hugged the jurors in the City Hall hallway, thanking them. “Thank you for fighting the man,” one juror told them.
“We’re really grateful and thankful for the outcome,” Maragos told The Inquirer outside the courtroom. “We had the truth on our side and the jury saw it.”
In a statement, Maragos’ attorney, Dion G. Rassias, said that “this case and this jury may have changed the course of history by now forcing these team doctors and trainers to stop worrying about when a player might return to play and start thinking about the next 50 years of a player’s life.”
The verdict comes following a star-studded, two-week trial before Common Pleas Judge Charles J. Cunningham III, featuring testimony from former Eagles stars Nick Foles, Trey Burton, and Jordan Hicks, and amid the Eagles’ run-up to Super Bowl LVII.
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In acute detail, jurors were shown reams of doctor’s notes, MRIs, medical charts, a video of a surgery, and a photo taken from inside Maragos’ knee as the lawyers sparred over the treatment of his meniscus during surgery and rehabilitation.
From the witness stand, Maragos, 36, told the jury about life following his 2019 retirement, the two knee surgeries he had following the one performed by Bradley, how he is looking into a knee replacement, and the pain he faces in daily activities.
“I’m the only dad who is not out there playing flag football,” he said.
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Serah Maragos, too, told jurors her husband’s decline was “devastating.”
“I watched someone that was confident and strong and secure completely deteriorate,” she testified. “You watch someone ... from being a professional athlete to being unable to get up without a limp.”
Bradley — who has operated on the knees of high-profile NFL players and served more than 30 years as a team doctor for the Pittsburgh Steelers — told the jury that he was using his judgment when Maragos came to him in 2017, and that if the player needed a second surgery, “I would have done it.”
“I’m a surgeon, that’s what I do,” he testified. “If I had to operate on that, I’d operate on that in a heartbeat.”
Two of Maragos’ Eagles doctors defended their actions during the player’s rehabilitation, and a Houston Texans team physician testified he believed the safety was treated appropriately.
Attorneys for Rothman and Bradley also argued that Maragos was healing well from his PCL reconstruction, and that damage to his meniscus was caused in a separate instance in the weight room months after the surgery. Furthermore, they contended Maragos had a lengthy eight-year run in the NFL — more than double the average NFL career of 3.3 years — and that, at 31, with Maragos’ arthritis and bowed legs as well as the injury, the doctors could not do more to extend his professional career.
“Unfortunately,” Rothman attorney Melissa L. Mazur told the jury at the start of the trial, “[Maragos] just had a really, really bad injury that he couldn’t come back from.” Leaving the courtroom Monday, attorneys for Rothman declined to comment.
John C. Conti, who represented Bradley in the trial, said that while he “very much respect[s] the jury’s verdict and of course wish[s] the best for Serah and Chris,” he believes that the doctors couldn’t have prevented the injury “no matter what they did.” Conti added that the timing of the trial, between the Eagles’ NFC championship and Super Bowl loss, as well as the star-studded witness list, had “enormous impact.”
“That’s an awful strong tide to swim against,” he said.
For Maragos, the verdict is the first step in putting the injury behind him. From the stand, he told the jury that he has had trouble trusting people, and that mistrust also shaped his marriage.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done between the relationship between my wife and I, and our kids, and me physically,” he said outside the courtroom Monday. “This is just a start of a long road ahead unfortunately, but definitely a stepping stone.”