By Teddy Brenner
Okay, the Carson Wentz trade is in the rear-view, or it’ll get there soon.
And now we can concentrate on who exactly will make up the Eagles next season.
Defensive end Derek Barnett is scheduled to play the 2021 season on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract, with a base of more than $10 million and a cap charge to match.
While the Eagles paid Nelson Agholor the fifth-year option price a couple years ago, it’s hard to imagine them making that mistake again.
They really have two options in the case of Barnett:
Cut him and move on. The fifth-year option base salary is not guaranteed until the first day of the new league year … March 17. So if the Eagles decide it’s best to move on, there’s $10 mil in space right there.
They can reach some sort of new deal with Barnett before the new league year starts.
If Barnett wants to stay and the Eagles want to keep him, they can work out a deal.
Basically any type of agreement would significantly lower his cap hit in 2021.