OK, I imagine your Le’Veon Bell boner is firmly suppressed until someone can actually explain to you how the Eagles can get him under the cap and or retain him.
Good news: They can.
Former NFL agent and salary cap expert Joel Corry broke down in deep, satisfying detail how the Eagles do it, over on ClaytonFootball.com, John Clayton’s new site which I’m a partner in. Here’s one way:
Pro Bowl defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is the most logical contract restructure candidate for cap room. His $17.9 million cap number is the largest on the team. Offensive guard Brandon Brooks, tight end Zach Ertz, safety Malcolm Jenkins, and offensive tackle Lane Johnson have already created cap room by restructuring.
Lowering Cox’s $11.5 million base salary to just under $800,000 and releasing a player at the back end of the roster would give the Eagles approximately $5.85 million of additional cap room. That’s barely enough for Bell. The Eagles would have the second tightest cap situation in the NFL behind the Vikings with a just over $200,000 of space.
Cox’s remaining contract years, 2019 through 2022, would each increase by $1.385 million in the restructure. His $22 million 2019 cap number would become $23.385 million. Cox would have the second largest 2019 cap number for a defensive player. His is currently third.
Obviously there’s a lot more that can be done. But this is the best breakdown on how the Eagles could do it.
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