Philadelphia Eagles Flushed with Cap Space, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistSeptember 4, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 20:  Andy Reid, coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, watches the action against the New England Patriots during a preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August  20, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia Eagles have more cap space than each of their three NFC East rivals combined, according to a report from's Mike Florio

Those numbers will change a tad between now and the opener Wednesday night, because it's only a 51-man measure right now. That said, Philly is one of only three teams with more than $20 million to work with after final roster cuts.

The freedom is nice, but it isn't likely to matter until next offseason. Philadelphia has most of its key players under wraps already, and the team could again have some money to spend in 2013. 

The New York Giants, meanwhile, are one of only a handful of teams that have less than $4 million to spare, which means they're likely scrambling to make some changes before Wednesday's game.


Dallas Cowboys

Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News notes that not having Jason Witten Wednesday night could have "devastating" effects on the Cowboys.

Witten, Mike Jenkins and Jay Ratliff are all making the trip to New York, according to's Calvin Watkins. Decent chance all don't play though.


New York Giants

The Giants are also worried about a top receiver, but Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News notes that Hakeem Nicks is sore, but ready to go.

From Mark Hale of the New York Post: With Will Beatty still easing back from injury, Sean Locklear will start at left tackle Wednesday. Don't be surprised if things stay that way for a while.


Philadelphia Eagles

From CSN Philly's Geoff Mosher: Rookie Brandon Boykin is set to go as Philadelphia's new nickel cornerback. It's amazing how many rookies might make a huge impact on defense this year in Philly.

Jason Babin has missed most of the preseason, but's Tim McManus reports that Babin's also set to work in Week 1 against Cleveland.


Washington Redskins

Dan Daly of the Washington Times isn't giving the Redskins a lot of leeway. He writes that the rebuilding team needs to show signs of real progress this season

This'll help: Guard Kory Lichtensteiger is 100 percent back from a knee injury. Or at least that's what he told Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Washington.