3 contracts holding the Eagles back right now

We take a look at three of the ugly deals on the Eagles salary cap table and throw out two other theories just for the sake of discussion.

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James Bradberry, cornerback

Well, James Bradberry sure fell apart in a hurry, didn't he? Sadly, his regression runs congruently with a three-year, $38 million extension he signed on March 15th. That deal included a $7,985,000 signing bonus, $20,000,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $12,666,667. Ouch...

Philly didn't dish out that type of coin because they thought the 2022 All-Pro would fall off a cliff. Well, we all know how that has worked out. He's now scheduled to hit free agency in 2026.

There's an 'out' worked into his deal that comes into play after next season. He'd then represent $12.5 million in dead cap space, but Philly may want to explore some other options for reworking this deal before then.

Might he be someone that Howie Roseman considers for a restructure?

Avonte Maddox, cornerback

They say availability is a skill. If that's the case, Avonte Maddox hasn't been very skillful. It isn't a matter of 'if' he'll be injured. It's a matter of 'when' he'll be injured and how long he'll be out when that happens.

Maddox is in a contract season. He represents a $9,676,910 cap hit and $7,719,532 in dead cap space. That's a lot of coin for a guy who, while talented, is unreliable.

The Birds have a lot of bodies at the cornerback position. That cap hit is expensive, but don't be shocked if you hear about Philly potentially moving on.