8 former Eagles who won’t live up to their new contracts in 2024

Former Eagles cashed in during free agency. Good for them, but if we're being honest, we're confused by the price tags.

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New faces... New places... That's the vibe around this time of the year. Former collegiate stars are wrapping up Pro Days and enjoying Top-30 visits. The 2024 NFL Draft approaches. The Philadelphia Eagles enjoyed one of the league's best showings during free agency. The mojo must be resting on former Birds as well because they've also cashed in.

While we congratulate them on new chapters, it's hard not to throw on those imaginary GM caps. We're confused by the price tags and how some of them got their new teams to believe in them so much.

Then again, that isn't true. This is what happens during free agency. B-plus talent is given A-plus salaries. More often than not, the teams those guys play on become irritated when those guys play like B-plus talent.

Here are a handful of Eagles that stood out as we updated every team's depth chart. They earned some pretty decent paydays, but we're glad they weren't with Philly.

Kevin Byard, safety, Chicago Bears

Philly saved more than $14 million by letting Kevin Byard walk. He bounced back by signing a two-year, $15 million deal with the Chicago Bears. That includes a $3 million signing bonus, $7.39 million guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $7,500,000.

Byard is clearly declining, but he's also a two-time First-Team All-Pro. Those guys can always seem to luck their way into some cash even if they're relying on reputation more than what they're accomplishing currently.

Mack Hollins (wide receiver) & Nicholas Morrow (linebacker), Buffalo Bills

Nicholas Morrow signed a 1 year, $1,500,000 contract with the Buffalo Bills. That includes a $250,000 signing bonus and $750,000 guaranteed.

Mack Hollins signed a one-year, $2.6 million deal of his own. That isn't a ton of money for either guy, but it's easy to argue the Bills could have done better.

Jalen Reagor, wide receiver, New England Patriots

Jalen Reagor is STILL in the NFL. He signed a one-year, $1.292 million deal with the New England Patriots, and we're baffled how it happened.

NFL GMs and coaches know more about what they're doing than any of us. That's a fact even if we don't want to acknowledge it.

Reagor's continuing NFL career falls under another category. It's beginning to feel like he's holding a secret over someone.

Jordan Hicks, linebacker, Cleveland Browns

Jordan Hicks signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Cleveland Browns. Before last season, one where he missed four games because of injury, he had proven to be more durable than he was when he was in Philly.

Hicks missed 21 regular-season games between the 2015 and 2018 Eagles seasons. He was available for every game during the four seasons that followed. Three were spent with the Arizona Cardinals (2019-2021). He's been with the Minnesota Vikings since then.

Hicks will be 32 when the 2024 NFL season starts. That alone is cause for concern, but even if it wasn't, $4 million per season seems steep.

Nelson Agholor, wide receiver, Baltimore Ravens

How on Planet Earth does Nelson Agholor's career keep continuing? We have no idea how much he's paying his agent. We never did the research, but whatever it is, it truly isn't enough.

Free agency comes every March. Every April we're introduced to a new draft class. Teams have an opportunity to find wide receivers using either avenue, but for some reason, the Ravens extended Agholor for another season and paid him $3.75 million. All of that money is guaranteed.

His dead cap value is $5.418 million. What in the world was Baltimore thinking?

Gardner Minshew, quarterback, Las Vegas Raiders

It's signings like this one that make you think that regardless of when your football career ended
(high school, Division 1, whenever) you could have cashed in at some point had you dug deeper. Maybe you wouldn't have seen $25 million, but if Gardner Minshew can make this type of coin, we all should be more inspired.

'The Mustache' signed a two-year, $25 million contract with the Las Vegas Raiders. That includes a $6 million signing bonus, $15 million guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $12.5 million. Heck, if they were going to do that, they could have stuck with Jimmy Garoppolo.

Maybe you value Jimmy G over 'Minshew Mania' Maybe you don't, but here's a serious question. If you were a GM, would you invest that much in either of them? Yep! That's what we thought.

D'Andre Swift, running back, Chicago Bears

D'Andre Swift cashed in on a three-year, $24 million deal to join T.J. Ewards and Kevin Byard in Chicago with the Bears. That includes a $4 million signing bonus, $15.3 million, and an average annual salary of $8 million.

He will earn a base salary of $3.89 million and a signing bonus of $4 million in 2024. We love the guy. Yes, he's coming off a Pro Bowl season, but he isn't worth that much.

If you need a comparison, check this out. Saquon Barkley signed a three-year, $37.75 million deal with Philly. His signing bonus was $11.625 million. He commands an average salary of $12,583,333, but his base salary In 2024 is $1.375 million.

He stacks a signing bonus of $11.625 million and a workout bonus of $250,000 this season. His cap hit is $3.95 million. All of that makes the Swift deal seem worse.

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