Brandon Brooks explains why he restructured his contract with the Eagles

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - FEBRUARY 04: Brandon Brooks /

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Brandon Brooks restructured his contract to free up cap space.

Before the 2018 offseason had begun, the Philadelphia Eagles were in bad shape financially. Unlike like the rest of the NFL teams, the Eagles were slightly over the cap. With a ‘cap guru’ like Howie Roseman, though, anything is possible. All it took was a little negotiating and convincing to get player’s to restructure their contracts and just like that; the Eagles are under the cap limit.

Lane Johnson and Zach Ertz were the first set of guys who have decided to change some figures on their contract to help the Eagles out. Now, Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks is more than willing to re-work his contract. Although the first set of restructures was so the Eagles could add some veteran free agents, Brooks makes it very clear that his restructured salary was based on one thing, and one thing only.

Brooks did it for Foles:

For those who are out of the loop, the Eagles decided to issue Nick Foles a ton of rewards and bonus incentives this past Friday. There were plenty of questions raised about how the Eagles could afford it and what not, but now we know. Brooks wanted to make sure that the Super Bowl MVP got paid more than just your average backup quarterback would.

The Eagles were able to free up close to $8 million in cap space recently. It’s doubtful that they plan on spending much more on free agents. But the Eagles also needed to make sure they could have the funds to sign some of their future rookies. Also, an extension for defensive end Brandon Graham could be in the works as well.

After all, it looks like the Eagles have shifted their focus to taking care of their own by rewarding some of their Super Bowl heroes. We all know that Graham forced the sack-fumble on Tom Brady, so it could be the final move that is worthy of a more significant payday for the veteran.

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