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

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Isaac Seumalo, Philadelphia Eagles
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Isaac Seumalo’s 2022 Eagles cap hit: $7.6 million

In one of the more underrated moves of the 2021-2022 Eagles regular season, the Eagles moved their highly-touted rookie offensive lineman, Landon Dickerson, from the right guard position to left guard, and the results were extraordinary.

It doesn’t sound like much of a move, but Philadelphia reaped some immediate rewards simply by making that decision. Dickerson, who had struggled on the right side of the offensive line, flourished on the left. An injury to Isaac Seumalo opened the door, and as good as Seumalo is (he’s one of the better and most underrated offensive linemen in the game), the Birds proved they can be just as effective along the offensive front without him.

Now, why is that important? It’s simple. If nothing changed between now and the start of the 2022 regular season, Seumalo would walk into the campaign as the seventh-highest paid player on the Eagles roster. His salary counts as over $7.6 million versus the cap. He also represents $5.8 million in dead money.

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The Birds have some good young stars in Dickerson and Jack Driscoll though the latter gets hurt a lot, and with 11 picks in the coming selection meeting, Philly has some draft capital to find another interior lineman or two if need be.