Eagles Cap Space: Latest after release of Bradham

Eliot Shorr-Parks
February 18, 2020 - 1:40 pm
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The Eagles made an expected move on Tuesday, releasing linebacker Nigel Bradham, according to an ESPN report. 

Bradham has been with the team since 2016, coming in to be with defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, who coached him in Buffalo. Bradham was a key member of the defense during their Super Bowl run. 

The move saves the Eagles $4.46 million in cap space, but leaves $5.3 million in dead money on the books. 

Here is the latest look at where the Eagles stand in terms of salary cap space after the decision to release Bradham, and what moves could be coming next:

*** Note: Numbers used are from a combination of NFLPA and Over The Cap ***

Current Projected Salary Cap Space: $44.8 million 

NFL Rank In Cap Space: 19th

NFC East Rank In Cap Space: 4th

Potential Cap-Saving Moves: Most years, Roseman has the ability to add a ton of space if needed. This year, he is starting with a large amount of cap space, so he doesn’t need the flexibility. That is good news, since past years, the Eagles don’t have much wiggle room. Of the the top-10 cap hits on the Eagles for the 2020 season, only two can actually be released and save the team money. 

Cut/Trade Malcolm Jenkins: What the team does with safety Malcolm Jenkins will be one of the biggest of the offseason. The team would gain $5 million in cap space if they either traded or released Jenkins, which is possible if they don’t come to an agreement on a new deal with the starting safety. 

Trade Sidney Jones: It is hard to say what kind of market would be out there for Jones, and it is possible that if they don’t get much in return, they will decide to bring Jones back and give him another chance at carving out a role on the team. Cutting or trading Jones would give the team around $1 million in extra salary cap space. 

Trade Rasul Douglas: There will likely be more teams interested in Douglas than Jones, who has played more and has shown he can be a quality starting cornerback when he is given the chance. Douglas might return more in a trade, but he is also a more valuable part of the roster, as he has been the team’s go-to starter on the outside when they have had injuries at cornerback. Trading Douglas would save the team around $2 million. 

The Alshon Jeffery Question: In terms of salary cap space, the biggest decision the Eagles will have to make this offseason is what to do with with receiver Alshon Jeffery. Coming off of a serious foot injury, and already appearing to be on the decline, there are obvious reasons to move on from Jeffery. Howie Roseman has said he wants to get younger and faster, and moving on from Jeffery would help make both of those things happen. If the Eagles decide to outright cut Jeffery they would lose around $10.5 million in salary cap space, a pretty big blow to their available space, but one they could absorb and still make plenty of moves. 

Ideally the Eagles would able to trade him. If they can find a taker for Jeffery the Eagles would only lose around $1 million in salary cap space. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Eagles package a pick with Jeffery to convince another team to take on his contract.

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