2 Reasons Philadelphia Eagles were wise not to pursue Leonard Fournette

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1. The Philadelphia Eagles need to take their salary cap situation seriously.

Unless you’re coming back from a trip from Mars you’re well aware of the Eagles financial miscues and how they have had mismanaged their salary cap over the course of the last few years. If you are indeed from outer space, let us know next time you take a trip. In the meantime, let’s talk a few figures.

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The Eagles currently have $23.588 million in cap space according to Over the Cap. Certainly, that isn’t bad. It’s nice to know that, heading into the season, they can add a player in if one of their own goes down with an injury. That money also would come in handy just in case in case, well you know, ‘someone’ wanted more money to switch from right guard to left tackle.

Nevertheless, the Eagles would probably prefer to keep as much cap space as they can. Whatever amount they don’t spend will roll over to next year, when they will definitely need as they are currently $52.1 million over the cap in 2021. Saving money this year will help ease whatever overbalance the ‘Birds’ have in 2021.

Had the Eagles signed Fournette, they would have been paying for a luxury they can’t afford knowing they have more pressing expenses. It could have also created friction in Philly’s locker room as players wouldn’t probably have liked to see outsiders getting paid instead of them. Plus, when we say Fournette is a luxury the Birds don’t need, we do so because this team’s running back room is one of the more impressive that we have seen during the Doug Pederson era.