The 2012 season is all but finished for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Baring an absolute miracle, they'll miss the playoffs for the second consecutive year, and if there is any truth to Jeffrey Lurie's mandate, Andy Reid will be replaced.
At 3-7, what more can the Eagles play for? Surely not pride, dignity or respect—those have all been beaten out of them. At this point, you'll probably find it more entertainment watching a local Pop Warner game in South Philly.
Rather than hitch any remaining hope you may harbor to the mathematical odds that say the Eagles still have a chance, embrace the reality of the situation. Accept the chaos that is the Philadelphia Eagles' organization and look forward to the future. You'll feel better.
According to Pro Football Talk, the Eagles are $20.1 million below the salary cap. No other team in the league is that far below the salary cap other than the Jacksonville Jaguars, who are also at $20.1 million.
Considering how star-studded the Eagles' roster is, you'd expect them to be closer to the bottom of the pack. This is a testament to Howie Roseman and the front office's ability to acquire cream-of-the-crop talent for reasonable prices.
The good news (for once) is that the Eagles have an opportunity to get even further under the salary cap. If they do in fact part ways with Michael Vick, who is expected to make $16 million in 2013, then $12.7 will come off of the books.
Philadelphia can shave off another $9.6 million if they release Demetress Bell, the disappointing tackle they signed to a five-year, $34.5 million deal after Pro Bowler Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles in March.
Philly.com suggested that the Eagles are likely to clean house after this season and offered up some names in addition to Vick and Bell who might not return.
The bottom line is that if the Eagles make the changes necessary to revitalize their team and bring back that winning culture, then they are going to be way under the cap, which means they'll have options.
Here are five players that should be on the Eagles' free agent wish list come this offseason: