This offseason for the Eagles will be heavily based on how much cap space they can create for themselves as the offseason begins.
The Eagles started that process by releasing cornerback Leodis McKelvin on Wednesday. Another member of the Eagles defense could be on the way out as well.
According to a report from Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice, the Eagles are likely to trade linebacker Mychal Kendricks this offseason.
Kendricks has a $6.6 million cap hit for next season. A release or trade would save the Eagles $1.8 million in cap space with $4.8 million in dead money.
Kendricks has 382 tackles, 12 sacks, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and three interceptions in his time with the Eagles. The linebacker was a 2012 second-round pick by the Eagles.
For his first four seasons, Kendricks had emerged as a quality starter on the Eagles defense, but with Jim Schwartz taking over for 2016, Kendricks saw his snap count diminish heavily. While it had already been a steady decline in snaps per season for Kendricks, his 273 snaps in 2016 -- 26.8 percent -- were a 25 percent decrease from the 2015 season.
This is just one of several ways the Eagles are looking to free up cap space. They are also reportedly still deciding the fate of Jason Kelce and are exploring the possibility of Jason Peters taking a pay cut.
The extra cap space will primarily go to the search for new wide receivers. The Eagles have already been linked to several free-agent receivers, including Kenny Stills and DeSean Jackson.