Free agency is fast approaching, and the Eagles have a important decision to make with outside linebacker Mychal Kendricks, who continues to be a name regarded as a release or trade candidate.
Kendricks carries a cap hit of $6.6 million, a hefty figure considering his playing time decreased last season as he struggled in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 defensive scheme. The problem with releasing Kendricks outright is that he carries $4.8 million of dead money. Finding a trade partner would make more sense, and that has been reported by several outlets in recent weeks.
Yes, trading Kendricks and getting a late-round draft pick in return is the most ideal scenario for the Eagles. His base salary increases during the next three seasons on his contract, plus he has an $8 million signing bonus that is being paid out in increments during the length of the four-year contract extension and a $150,000 workout bonus each of those years. But where will that leave the Eagles, who could be overlooking the need for linebacker depth?