The reported new salary cap in the NFL for the upcoming 2014 season will have its effect on each team differently. Some will just be happy to now be under it, but others like the Philadelphia Eagles have more potential to go out and get things done, which can help improve the quality of their team more quickly.
It has been evident for some time now that the Eagles will concentrate much of their resources on bringing in players at the safety position who have an immediate effect on the play of the defense. The extra salary cap room just allows them that much more opportunity to go out and add the necessary pieces early in free agency. The ability to outbid other suitors will now be something the Eagles have as an advantage, if they choose to use it.
Philadelphia has always done a good job of managing from year to year and giving themselves the chance to roll over unused space from previous seasons. With this year being no different, and with the leeway created by the salary cap increase, the Eagles will be in great shape to give Billy Davis some upgrades to a defense which was already showing signs of tremendous improvement.
Although they’ll have plenty to work with now, don’t plan on seeing the Eagles overspend and overdo it in free agency. They tried this route in the past and things have not worked out as planned. In addition, the new era of Philadelphia football is about development and not bringing in too much premade talent.
Look for the Eagles to add the necessary pieces without breaking the bank and leave themselves plenty of wiggle room to make other moves if necessary late in the free agency window, or even to save it up for future use.