Ranking the Eagles six most applaudable examples of salary cap ingenuity

A.J. Brown #11, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
A.J. Brown #11, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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James Bradberry #24, Philadelphia Eagles
James Bradberry #24, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

54. . . . A.J. Brown, wide receiver. 2. player

Two Eagles starters are the best players at their position, and the Eagles are fielding both for a bargain.

With so many families that are working their behinds off to make ends meet, it seems insensitive to state that anyone making $100 million over four years is underpaid, but that may be the case with A.J. Brown, especially when you see the rate at which his peers are cashing in.

An obvious top-ten receiver, A.J. won’t be paid like one. He represents a cap hit of $5.6 million in 2022. That includes a base salary of $986,000 and a $4.6 million signing bonus. That makes him the 31st highest-paid receiver. Again, it doesn’t seem fair, or did we miss something here?

54. . . . James Bradberry, cornerback. 1. player

Had you wagered in March that the Philadelphia Eagles would have wound up with James Bradberry two months later, you would have cashed in substantially. Had you made that claim and attached the following statement, “Philadelphia will pay James Bradberry $7.25 million for the 2022-2023 NFL season”, people would have called you some nasty names.

Who would have thunk? The Eagles signed James Bradberry nine days following his release from the Giants after New York was unable to find a trade partner. He’ll earn a base salary of $1,035,000.

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His one-year salary is fully guaranteed. 73 other NFL cornerbacks will earn higher salaries. Just when you’re ready to give up on Howie Roseman or criticize him, he does something like this, and then, we start throwing around words like ‘genius’.