Philadelphia Eagles Have Plenty of Room to Wheel and Deal

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As of right now, the Philadelphia Eagles are approximately $33 million under the salary cap which ranks 4th in the NFL for 2013. That means they have plenty of room to be flexible during this offseason. You can thank the restructuring of quarterback Michael Vick’s contract and the release of veteran defensive linemen Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson among others that have placed the Eagles in such a good cap friendly position.

The 2013 NFL Draft is not projected to have a great crop of talent this year, but it is deep with quality players. The same could be said for 2013′s unrestricted free agent list. With the 4th overall pick in this April’s draft and their cap flexibility, Philadelphia has many options to play with in the coming days and weeks. Trading down is always intriguing for teams who need quantity and the  Eagles absolutely fall under that category. Top free agents are of course more expensive than rookies and with the recent history of those 2011 Dream Team busts, don’t expect to general manager Howie Roseman to go on a crazy spending spree.

A couple of things are clear and present, however. This team is in desperate need in the secondary with two bad safeties plus cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie won’t be back and Nnamdi Asomugha’s return is questionable at best. They could also use some beef on both the offensive and defensive lines. That bodes well for the Eagles as there are several good pro prospects who just happen to be linemen. Hopefully, the Eagles brass will use their available cash efficiently and wisely, but apparently, their options are limitless.


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