This afternoon at 4 p.m. the new league year will begin, effectively beginning the Philadelphia Eagles quest to repeat as Super Bowl champions. The 2018 Eagles will feature some new faces along with keeping some we thought might be elsewhere. Where do the Eagles stand as of right now? What can we expect going forward?
“I Make Money Moves” -Howie Roseman (Probably)
The last 24 hours or so have been busy for the Philadelphia Front Office making several moves to get them close to under the Salary Cap. Let’s recap shall we? The First move made on Tuesday was the restructuring of Right Tackle Lane Johnson’s contract to save them $7.5 Million against the cap. The Eagles also had to make the tough decision to cut the longest tenured athlete in Philadelphia, Tight End Brent Celek to save the team $4 Million against the cap.
Who’s Back & Who’s Gone?
Wednesday morning it was announced that the Eagles had reached an agreement to bring back Linebacker Nigel Bradham, who was set to test the open market once free agency began. A 5-year deal worth $40 Million, Bradham was considered by most the teams highest priority Free Agent.
– Tight End, and intricate piece in the Philly Special, Trey Burton will be signing a a 4-year, $32 Million deal with the Chicago Bears according to Mike Garafolo.
-Along with Burton the Eagles will see rotational Defensive Tackle Beau Allen sign elsewhere as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have agreed to terms with Allen.
-Given the new found depth at Cornerback & how tight the cap is for Philadelphia I would imagine the chances for Slot Cornerback Patrick Robinson to return are slim.
On Tuesday Philadelphia agreed to a One-Year deal with former First-Round pick Haloti Ngata. Ngata, a 5-time Pro Bowler, provides great depth for the interior defensive line of the Eagles.
A less recognizable name also signed was Linebacker Corey Nelson. The former Denver Bronco spent the 2017 season on the IR with an elbow injury. An interesting nugget in regards to this signing is according to the Denver Post’s Nicki Jhabvala, the Broncos matched the offer that Philadelphia had made but Nelson wanted a larger role. Regarded as good coverage weak side linebacker, the Nelson signing paired with the Bradham re-signing begs the question of what will happen to Mychal Kendricks. Kendrick’s a $7.6 Million cap hit would save Philadelphia $4.4 Million if he were to be traded or released. Kendricks, who demanded a trade last offseason only to be denied such a request, had a bounce back year after suffering through several injury riddled seasons and might not have higher value than he does now.
Bring in the Second Shift
Philadelphia having so many starters returning this season does not make Free Agency as important as in years past. There are no glaring holes in this teams roster so a big splash signing should not be expected. One thing to really keep an eye on would be the second wave of signings. The Eagles struck gold last off-season by signing intricate members to that teams success in DE Chris Long, RB Laggarette Blount, CB Patrick Robinson & bringing back OG Stefan Wisniewski. So while the big splash signing is great and all, hitting on those later signings for a team trying to repeat as Super Bowl Champions is crucial.
Philadelphia still has to clear $370,536 (as of 12pm EST) in cap space before 4 so there will be some sort or minor, or major you never know with Howie Roseman, move to get under that number.
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