The NFL free agency period is approaching, and though we’ve discussed the Philadelphia Eagles cap issues over and over, there are some options to help them clear some space.
By the time March 5th rolls around and teams have to designate franchise players, you’re probably going to be sick of hearing about who might get the tag and who the Philadelphia Eagles may be interested in and how much money ‘The Birds’ have to clear up.
Philly will need to make tough decisions and say goodbye to some beloved cogs on both offense and defense,
Some of that is for no other reason than the fact that some of these guys are just too expensive to keep around. Philly could change their cap issues and do so relatively quickly with a few moves. Once that’s done, they can probably make a move or two of their own.
Here are four possible roster moves no one’s considering that might be worth mentioning.
Trade Nigel Bradham
After a great run with ‘The Birds’ in 2018, Philly rewarded Bradham with an extension. The Eagles organization can get out of the deal in 2020. If not, Bradham will make $9 million during the 2020 and 2021 seasons and $11 million in 2022.
If the Eagles are thinking ‘addition by subtraction’, Bradham may prove to be trade bait. It’s worth a thought. It clears up room, Philly can still land a linebacker, and ‘The Birds’ may never get more for Bradham than they’d get for him now.
Release Timmy Jernigan.
As hard as it is to say this, Philly may want to consider moving on from Jernigan. The final three years of the deal he signed in November of 2017 are all option years, and if the Eagles decide to part ways with him, they really aren’t responsible for what’s left on the money that they owe him.
That includes the $11 million that’s supposed to be guaranteed in 2019.
Release or trade Michael Bennett.
Two years remain on Bennett’s current deal, and in neither season, 2019 or 2020, does he earn any guaranteed money. If Philly goes the route of trading him (which will be hard to do with his impending legal issue) or releasing him, they save $7 million.
Extend or release Jason Peters.
With all due respect, it’s starting to feel like Philly’s keeping Jason Peters around because it’s the right thing to do. We all love ‘The Bodyguard, but at 37, we’re starting to see the wear and tear of 15 NFL seasons (2019 will be his 16th).
It may be time to move on. They can extend him for another year and save some money that way, or they can, simply, say goodbye. He’s scheduled to make over $13 million this season. If they decide to move on, they save $10.5 million. That would definitely help ‘The Birds’ fill a few holes.