According to resources like EaglesCap.com, the Philadelphia Eagles are a healthy $20 million under the salary cap heading into this offseason. With that kind of scratch, the organization could be among the biggest spenders when free agency opens on March 13.
That being said, the Birds will most likely take a restrained approach to the marketplace this spring. Some of that $20 million should go toward re-signing their own impending free agents such as wide receiver Jeremy Maclin and punter Donnie Jones, or extending center Jason Kelce. It would be wise to carry over a bit of cap space into next year as well.
General manager Howie Roseman has also said the Eagles have learned their lesson about going on free-agent shopping sprees. The front office is trying to supplement the existing talent on the team, not build a contender that way—that’s what the draft is for.
Finally, when you look at the current state of the depth chart, there are very few places where the franchise can make a splash. The Eagles have starters penciled in and signed at quarterback, running back, tight end, all five spots on the offensive line, defensive end, inside and outside linebacker and cornerback.
There are limited spots for expensive free agents.
Because the club is $20 million under the cap though, and the roster does have a couple of glaring needs particularly at nose tackle and safety, Philadelphia will be a player in free agency. We take a look at areas where the Birds could make a splash, meaning by potentially bringing in a big-money starter this offseason.