The Philadelphia Eagles head into the start of the new year with quite a few needs on the roster, and not much cap space to make a big move in Free Agency.
On Tuesday they kicked the proverbial can down the street a bit by restructuring the contract of right tackle Lane Johnson’s earlier in the week. Moving a mass of the money he’ll make to the end of his contract, freeing up $8.2 million in cap. Before that, they freed up $4 million by extending center Jason Kelce for one year, which keeps him in Philadelphia through 2021.
Onto Today’s transactions. The Philadelphia Eagles have traded defensive end Michael Bennett to the New England Patriots just hours after saying he wants a pay-raise, not a pay-cut (which is what the Eagles wanted).
Though the Eagles were already shopping him, they heard that and reacted swiftly, sending Bennett and a 7th-round draft pick to the Patriots in exchange for a 4th-round draft pick. This move frees up an additional $7 million for them this year and $8 million the following.
In total, the Eagles have freed up roughly $19.2 million in cap space for 2019, giving them the money they’ll need to make a big move in Free Agency.
The move to trade Michael Bennett wasn’t exactly a popular one among Eagles fans, as he was arguably their best pass rusher in 2018, totaling nine sacks and making his presence felt on numerous of other occasions. But the move was smart in the long run, as they can draft a replacement in this year’s DEEP defensive draft class and focus on finding another wide receiver or a bell-cow running back in Free Agency.