4 Potential cap casualties Eagles can target at wide receiver

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The Eagles could find WR help by fishing in a pool of cap casualties.

Don’t feel like you’re alone if you’re of the mindset that there’s no point in the Philadelphia Eagles drafting a wide receiver with one of those early-round selections. History and experience are our best teachers sometimes, and both have shown us that Philly’s ability to evaluate wide receiver talent is, shall we say, lacking.

It’s for that reason that, while everyone understands they should make significant upgrades to the position, the best avenue for them to take would be to explore free agency or every team’s trade block.

Calvin Ridley and Michael Thomas are names that will pop up in your mind immediately when you think in that vein, it’s much more likely that the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints will trade them than release them.

There’s also this to consider. We hope that, while you’re dreaming about seeing them in a midnight green jersey, you’re also thinking about the $11 million that Ridley costs and the $24.7 million that Thomas represents in terms of financials. That alone will turn teams off.

Plus, we want to put on the thinking caps and dig a little deeper. There’s a chance that some of these NFL teams will surprise you by moving on from some guys we’ve gotten to know over the years. Yes, some of those guys will be wide receivers.

It’s always a position of need for the Eagles seemingly. We’re constantly tossing ideas back and forth about free agents that might be available, but Philadelphia could swim in a pool of cap casualties once they’re on the market.

Here are four that would make any team’s quarterback a happy man. Each one upgrades the Eagles wide receiver corps just by showing up.