NFL Free Agency 2013: Eagles' Salary Cap Situation Gives Team Edge

The Eagles cut offensive tackle Demetress Bell yesterday, saving $9.5 million against the cap this offseason. Still, that’s not the only way the team has created more spending power as it attempts to revamp a roster filled with glaring holes.

The Eagles can carry over $23 million of unused cap space and apply it to this year’s number which is currently projected to be set at $121 million, according to Mike Florio That could give the Eagles up to $143 million to spend, but don’t count on that happening.

Per Florio:

“Under the current labor deal, teams may carryover over any, some, all, or none of their cap surplus…The fact that cap money is available to be carried over doesn’t mean it will be. Last year, the Cardinals left $5 million on the books, and the Chargers and Texans carried over none of their excess cap space from 2011.”

This will obviously be something fans keep a close eye on in the wake of last month’s announcement from the team that ticket prices would be raised coming off of a 4-12 season.

While it’s not expected, nor is it prudent that the team spend to the cap ceiling, the front office does need to be both aggressive and wise in its free agent pursuits this year. As in the, like, the opposite of 2011.

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