Easy trades that would save Eagles over $16 million in salary cap space

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Andre Dillard, Philadelphia Eagles
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77. player. 54. . . . Andre Dillard, left tackle

Andre Dillard’s 2022 Eagles cap hit: $3.9 million

Well, you had to know that Andre Dillard would make the list. The 22nd-overall selection in 2019’s NFL Draft enters the 2022 regular season knowing that it’s the final year of his rookie deal. That is unless, of course, Philly exercises a fifth-year option to keep him around in 2023.

Here’s what might be the most frustrating thing about the man that this organization drafted with hopes that he’d be the heir apparent to Jason Peters. He never earned the job, and on top of that, he let a former rugby star that never played the game before 2018 beat him out for the starting left tackle position.

That never should have happened, so if it seems like people are hard on Andre Dillard, it’s because they should be. He enters the 2022 NFL season with a price tag of $3.9 million if he’s kept around. The Birds don’t save a dime of that money if he’s cut, so that shouldn’t be a part of the thought process.

Dillard gives the Eagles some depth along their offensive line, and that’s always a necessity. Still, in all honesty, if that’s all that he’s capable of being, the Birds can move him elsewhere and find someone to do the job for less money. Keep in mind the fact that they already have some young talent like Le’Raven Clark.