Eagles expected release of safety Kevin Byard gives Philly a little more wiggle room

As expected, the Eagles are releasing Kevin Byard.

Kevin Byard, Philadelphia Eagles
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The Kevin Byard era in the City of Brotherly Love is reportedly over. It was to be expected. We didn't necessarily expect the news to come on the first day of March, but it made too much sense for the Philadelphia Eagles to move on. Here's the skinny.

Per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, Philly is expected to move on from the former two-time First-Team All-Pro (2017, 2021). The move will save them millions as he represented a 2024 salary cap hit of $14,417,088 while only representing $346,500 in dead cap space.

Kevin Byard's expected release frees up a ton of coin for an Eagles team expected to be aggressive in free agency.

The 'say people lie, but numbers don't'. With the new league year approaching and tons of roster decisions to make, the Birds are seemingly willing to do a little addition by subtraction, and the additional $14,070,588 will certainly help them do so. The extra coin will help the Eagles hang on to some of their talent with the looming free agency frenzy.

Eagles Vice President/General Manager Howie Roseman spoke with the media at the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine before the on-field workouts began. He promised his team would "be aggressively going after" players who can help this team get better. This is stacking up to be a very interesting offseason.

Time will tell how that newfound money is spent. One thing is certain as we approach one of the more intriguing offseasons of recent memory. Everyone in Eagles Nation will be watching closely to see what happens.

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