3 Steps to a successful Philadelphia Eagles offseason

Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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1. The Philadelphia Eagles need to say goodbye to some expensive veterans.

It is no secret the Iggles are well over the projected cap number for the 2021 season. As of right now, they’re somewhere in the 70-million range. That’s second only to the New Orleans Saints. Most of this falls at the foot of Eagles general manager, Howie Roseman, who has constantly signed aging veterans to massive contracts.

That isn’t all. He’s also the king of restructures, which have also guaranteed that most of their contracts are back-heavy. This is a common method used throughout the league to free up some cap space in the year a team is most often currently in. Eventually, back-loaded contracts always catch up with the team that writes them as it has for the Birds.

Now, the Eagles had about 30 million dollars in available cap space in 2020 that can actually be carried over into 2021. That brings the total overage to just above forty million. It’s already been reported by Mike Garafolo of NFL Network that both Malik Jackson and Alshon Jeffery have restructured their contracts. That will free up more space, and it gives Philly a better chance of moving on from both of them seeing as how they’d be less expensive. Might that be a sign that they won’t return to the Iggles in 2021?

That would create some dead money issues with both, but it clears another 20 million dollars in cap overage. This team can also say goodbye to Zach Ertz, Marquise Goodwin, and DeSean Jackson. Trading or cutting these players would also go a long way in making the Birds cap compliant.