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Eagles Cap Space: Updated after Vinny Curry signing

Eliot Shorr-Parks
March 22, 2019 - 8:29 am

Eagles top personnel executive Howie Roseman has been hard at work in free agency, and somehow, he still has way more money than you think he does. 

Adding up the cap hits for the 2019 season according to OvertheCap.com, the Eagles currently have around $162.5 million in salary cap hits for their top 51 players for the 2019 season. Using a salary cap of $188 million, the Eagles would have around $25.5 million in salary cap space despite already adding plenty of new talent to their roster. OverTheCap has the Eagles at around $25 million, while the NFLPA -- which claims to generate the reports daily -- has them at around $28 million. 

How did they get there? Here is a look at how the Eagles still have so much cap space:

Malik Jackson: The Eagles reportedly signed defensive tackle Malik Jackson to a three-year, $30 million deal for an average of $10 million per season. According to an NBC Sports Philadelphia report, the cap hit for Jackson will be $2.8 million.  

DeSean Jackson: The other big move the Eagles made was bringing in receiver DeSean Jackson.According to multiple reports the Eagles agreed with Jackson on a new three-year contract. Per NBC Sports Philadelphia, Jackson will have a $3.1 million cap hit in 2019. 

Jason Peters: One of the biggest questions this offseason facing the Eagles was what to do with left tackle Jason Peters. We got our answer last week when Peters agreed to a new, one-year deal with the team. The deal reportedly included $5.5 million in guarantees, with the chance to go up to $10 million with incentives. According to ESPN, Peters will count $8.6 million against the cap.  

L.J. Fort: The Eagles' newest linebacker reportedly (Per NBC Sports Philadelphia) got a contract with a base salary of $1.025 million in 2019. That number will be slightly higher because of his $875,000 signing bonus, so a good number to estimate for Fort should be around $1.5 million. 

Chris Long, Nigel Bradham: According to ESPN, the Eagles have created $5.03 million in cap space by restructering the contracts of both defensive end Chris Long and linebacker Nigel Bradham. How the deals are structered remains to be seen, but the moves seem pretty straight forward, and the give the Eagles $5 million more to spend. 

Ronald Darby: The Eagles announced a one-year deal for cornerback Ronald Darby on Friday, and according to NFL Network, the deal is worth $8.5 million. The cap hit, per The Athletic, however, is just $2.8 million. 

Andrew Sendejo: The Eagles signed safety Andrew Sendejo on Monday to a one-year deal, and according to NFL Network, the cap hit will be around $1.3 million this year. 

Vinny Curry: The team's decision to bring back Curry was not an expensive one, as according to NFL Network, the deal is worth $2.25 million with the potential to make $1.25 million more in incentives. Presumably, that means Curry will have a $2.25 million cap hit in 2019. 

Other moves: Two other moves the Eagles made that essentially cancelled each other out were letting offensive guard Stefen Wisniewski walk and placing a second-round tender on backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld. Wisniewski leaving opens up roughly $3 million in salary cap space for the Eagles, which is right around what Sudfeld’s new salary for 2019 should be. 

Overall: The Eagles strategy for this offseason is pretty clear -- add the talent now, deal with the cap issues later. The Eagles have managed to save so much money this offseason by having low cap hits this season, pushing back the majority of the money until later on in the contract. The result is the Eagles have been able to improve the roster while somehow having more cap space than they did when they started the offseason. 

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