Eagles players who could get big money elsewhere after cap increase

The enhanced salary cap could help the Eagles make some big free-agency decisions, but it will also help some stars find big money elsewhere.

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Shaquille Leonard, EDGE/linebacker

Ah ha! You forgot about this guy, didn't you? Don't beat yourselves up too badly if you did. Shaquille Leonard's tenure in the City of Brotherly Love has been... well... forgettable. The gamble didn't pay off.

He appeared in five regular-season games with three starts this past Eagles season. He racked up 23 tackles and a sack, and truthfully, we don't remember any of them. A few things are working in his favor though. He's a three-time Pro Bowl nod and three-time First-Team All-Pro who still hasn't reached 30 years of age.

He turns 29 years old on July 27th, and NFL teams always think they can get something out of a guy that another couldn't. Don't be shocked if he earns a nice payday on a 'prove-it deal.

Quez Watkins, wide receiver

It's been a long and winding road for one Quez Watkins. A former sixth-round draftee, he was the last of three wideouts the Eagles drafted in 2020. He also enjoys the distinction of being the only remaining receiver from that draft class. It's funny how things work out, right?

'Fast Batman' has gone seemingly from the outhouse to the penthouse and back. Here we sit. He's seemingly sitting atop Philly's scrap heap.

Again, NFL coaches always believe they can get something out of a guy that his last team didn't. Let's put things this way. If Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins can find new homes, Quez will as well.

As far as the financials go, he should be able to eclipse the meager salaries the Birds have paid him though he did stack $2.7 million in 2023.

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