Another player who could be released is Connor Barwin. Barwin is a better fit in a 3-4 defense as an OLB, so Philly and their 4-3 scheme could be better off without his cap hit. Barwin is set to make $8.35 million in 2017, and if the Eagles cut him they could save $7.75 million.

By Lewis Gould

Releasing Leodis McKelvin saves the Eagles $3.2 million, but they do have to pay $250,000 in dead money.

The 2017 salary cap is projected to be in the $166 and $170 million range. That’s a jump from last year, going up from $155.3 million. Let’s assume the cap will be at $170 million, for the sake of this article, as projections have ended up being low in some prior years.

The Eagles will be rolling over $7.9 million from the 2016 season. This rollover will help them overcome the amount of dead money they will likely be paying to released veterans.

Between Sam Bradford, Eric Rowe, McKelvin and others, the Eagles will be paying about $7 million in dead money. That number will only continue to go up.

$170 million in total space – $155.9 million in current contracts + $7.9 million rollover from 2016 – $7 million in dead money = $15 million

Some of that $15 million in space will go to keeping free agent players.

Bennie Logan and Trey Burton are the only impending Eagles free agents who were impact players last year. Nolan Carroll, Stefen Wisniewski, Jaylen Watkins and Kenjon Barner could potentially be re-signed for depth.

The cap hit of drafted rookies is yet to be determined, but the Eagles will need to keep cap space free for them. Only the top 51 players count against each team’s cap. So when the Eagles sign their first pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, that player will likely knock a player with a lesser contract off of Philadelphia’s books.

There’s no definite effective cost to those rookies, yet. After free agency and the draft we will know more about how much the Eagles draft picks impact their cap.

Jason Peters is the Eagles highest-paid player, with a cap hit of $11.7 million. They would save $9.7 million by cutting the tackle, but would have to pay $2 million in dead money. Right now it seems unlikely they cut Peters.

Darren Sproles only has a $4 million cap hit, but the Eagles could get all of that back if they cut him. The explosive veteran running back has had an incredible career, but the Eagles will have to decide if his production and leadership is worth the cap hit.

Another running back, Ryan Mathews, could also be cut by the Eagles. He is due $5 million next season. Philadelphia would save $4 million and pay $1 million in dead money if they release Mathews.

Jason Kelce helped Carson Wentz a lot in his first year, but the Eagles may have their future center in Isaac Seumalo. Kelce has a cap hit of $6.2 million and the Eagles would save $3.8 million if they cut him. If Philadelphia goes that route, they would have to pay $2.4 million in dead money.

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