Philadelphia Eagles: 2011 NFL Offseason Salary Cap Situation Favorable

Jason KarlAnalyst IIIJanuary 17, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 02:  Head coach Andy Reid of the Philadelphia Eagles throws the red challenge flag on a play involving Brent Celek #87 in the second half as Michael Vick #7 looks on against the Houston Texans at Lincoln Financial Field on December 2, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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If there is a NFL season in 2011, a salary cap will be implemented.

Most experts agree the figure will be between $140 and $150 million, especially with the average annual raise in the hard cap.

Andy Reid has been known around the league as to when to let his players go. Such moves were trading Donovan McNabb, cutting Brian Westbrook, Kevin Curtis, Darren Howard and the Andrews brothers—Stacy and Shawn.

These cuts have helped the Eagles save close to $40 million in the 2011 NFL season.

By estimates, the Eagles payroll will sit somewhere between $60 and $65 million.

Kevin Kolb was paid like a starter this season, but next season will be paid like a backup; he is expected to make only $1.3 million in 2011.

There are only two Eagles who are scheduled to make more than $5 million in 2011: left tackle Jason Peters and cornerback Asante Samuel.

Both will make a combined $18 million in 2011.

Young stars like LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson are playing on their second-round contracts signed when drafted, which is virtually peanuts compared to what they are actually worth in the open market.

Only seven more players will make more than $2 million.

With Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson requesting new, mega contracts, the Eagles will need to pay them big bucks.

Still, though, if you estimate the combined per season contracts, it will come between $20 and $24 million.

By simple calculation, the Eagles should have about $60-$70 million in cap space heading into free agency.

Other than Vick, only a couple important players will be hitting free agency in Stewart Bradley and Quintin Mikell, who both will not garner huge contracts in the open market.

In conclusion, the Eagles have tons of cap space to sign at least two or three impact free agents, while also retaining superstar Micheal Vick and restructuring DeSean Jackson's contract. 

Maybe a Nnamdi Asomugha, Logan Mankins, Ray Edwards combination?