The following is a position-by-position breakdown of how the Philadelphia Eagles are spending their money at each position in 2014 and where that ranks compared to the rest of the NFL. All dollar amounts and rankings come via the good folks over at Overthecap.com. This week we’ll look at the offense, and the defense will follow next week.
The Eagles have 25 players that are being paid a total of $64,128,649. This ranks 8th in the NFL in terms of most money spent on offensive players.
Money Spent: $4,085,137
NFL Rank: 28th
Quarterback is arguably the most crucial position in all of sports, and the Eagles are reaping the benefits of Nick Foles’ emergence as they move into year two under head coach Chip Kelly. According to Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com, Foles ranks an astounding 60th in average annual salary among active NFL quarterbacks. Although that doesn’t seem possible, with the new CBA, teams cannot renegotiate with a player until after the player’s 3rd year.
This financial flexibility is one of the primary reasons the Eagles have been able to make so many solid off-season moves. They’ve acquired electric running back Darren Sproles. They took care of their own when they handed out contract extensions to All-Pro LT Jason Peters, All-Pro LG Evan Mathis, and C Jason Kelce. They re-signed WR’s Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin. The Eagles are building a championship caliber foundation, and much of it has been possible because of Foles’ rookie contract.