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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Worth mentioning: Lane Johnson, right tackle

It may seem sacrilegious to believe anything related to Lane Johnson hinders the Eagles as an organization. He's one of the best examples of Howie Roseman's oft-criticized business strategy of 'kicking the can down the road.'

His $16,142,000 cap hit doesn't seem all too concerning. Actually, that feels like a discount for someone so talented, but anytime you see a $45,065,000 dead cap hit (2024), another $30,383,000 hit (2025), and three 'dummy years baked in at the end, you have to admit it's worth mentioning.

Lane will be around, but it will be interesting to see if Philly needs to work around his deal at some point.

Worth mentioning: Jason Kelce and Fletcher Cox will return if they choose, but these guys are expensive.

It stands to reason that Jason Kelce and Fletcher Cox will be around if that's their desire. They are aging and very expensive though, and some have even asked if it's time for Philly to abandon their emotional ties to both guys and move on. We disagree with that theory, but it is a discussion.

No one's complaining about their pay structure. Both are team captains and still effective. Both are valuable to the team's culture and locker room. Still, at the risk of sounding disrespectful, knowing two guys potentially represent a $24,478,000 total in dead cap money raises the antenna, even if those guys are Cox and Kelce.

We hope they return, but both are beginning to think about life after football and rightfully so.

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