By Mark Gallagher
One of the benefits of the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement is that it sets teams’ salary caps at $198.2 million.
That leaves the Eagles about $42 million under the cap.
The Eagles still need to decide whether to pick up Derek Barnett’s fifth-year option, but every player drafted in the first round from 2018 on has that fifth year guaranteed. That means last year’s first-round pick, Andre Dillard, will get that fifth year guaranteed should he still be on the roster.
As for Alshon Jeffery, the new CBA makes it easier for the Eagles to dump him.
With the old CBA, the Eagles would have had to absorb $26 million in dead money, which would be subtracted from their salary cap. Now, with the new CBA, the Eagles could designate Jeffery a post-June 1 cut and be on the hook for “only” $16.7 million.
It is still a large number and may give the Eagles reason to pause, but it’s at least more manageable.