2017 Salary Cap Total: $186,573,690; Projected 2017 Salary Cap Space: $-31,303,690 2017 Dead Money: $0
By Martha Sullivan
The Eagles’ salary cap situation for the 2017 season looks disastrous. However, they are two or three key moves away from being in decent shape.
First, there is virtually no chance that the team will enter the 2017 season with quarterback Sam Bradford carrying a $22.5 million cap hit. The Eagles will likely attempt to trade Bradford following the 2016 season. If they are unsuccessful, he will almost surely be released, which would come with a hit of $5.5 million in dead money.
Second, Philly will likely free up another massive chunk of salary cap space by trading or releasing offensive tackle Jason Peters (above) next offseason. Obviously, the preference would be to trade him, but should they choose to release the six-time All-Pro, the dead money hit would be minimal ($2 million).
By cutting ties with Peters — who turns 35 years old this January — and Bradford, the Eagles could clear $26.2 million in cap space.
Last, they can also restructure the contracts of defensive end Connor Barwin, quarterback Chase Daniel, and outside linebacker Brandon Graham to free up additional cap space. It won’t be easy, but the Eagles’ 2017 salary cap situation is definitely salvageable.