Predicting five necessary moves the Eagles must make after the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine

The NFL Scouting Combine has arrived. Here's what to expect from the Eagles after that.

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Restructuring James Bradberry and Avonte Maddox

Had the Eagles entertained any options of releasing James Bradberry after June 1st, they wouldn't have saved any cap space, but they wouldn't have had so large of a dead-cap hit. In fact, his dead cap number would have been $4.3 million. We don't need to work any of that into our theory as Howie Roseman stated, during his pre-scouting combine presser, that his inclusion on the roster is a part of Philly's plans for 2024.

Trading him would mean he'd cost the Eagles over $14 million in dead cap space. Cutting him means he'd cost over $15 million. He costs Philadelphia $17.2 million by being on the roster in 2024 and another $12.5 million in 2025. Keep in mind the fact that this is a declining player who is now over the age of 30.

Avonte Maddox is in a contract season. He's decent when healthy, but we know he's never healthy. He represents a $9.6 million cap hit in 2024 and $7.7 million in dead cap money. Let's make long stories short. Philly has a mess on their hands here.

If there was ever a time for restructuring a deal or two, this would be the time. Hopefully, James and Avonte are both receptive as the Eagles have seemingly done right by both of them.

Finding an elite edge rusher in free agency

Howie Roseman stated during his pre-NFL Combine presser that he plans to "be aggressively going after" players who can help this team get better. This team needs linebackers, safeties, cornerbacks, tailbacks, and a legitimate third option at wide receiver. That probably means Philly will spend money on another defensive tackle in free agency before they draft an offensive lineman in Round 1.

We're kidding of course... sort of. We all know how things work around here. This team builds from the trenches. That's smart though. While they're at it, they'd be wise to find an edge rusher. There are quite a few available in free agency's pool. They can make a splash if they choose to do so. There are guys who fall in the cost-effective category if they elect to go that route.

Haason Reddick's future with this team is up in the air. Josh Sweat is in a contract season.