By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor
The Eagles are getting some relief for their cap space issue in 2019.
According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the NFL and the Players’ Association, teams can carry over any cap space that they did not use into the next season. On Thursday, the official numbers were announced by the NFLPA.
The CBA allows teams to carry over unused salary cap space from the previous year. Below are the amounts that each team chose to carry into the 2019 season. pic.twitter.com/Uvf4rA2TMS— NFLPA (@NFLPA) January 31, 2019
According to the association, the Eagles will be able to carry over $6.1 million into 2019. While the number isn’t anywhere near that of the 49ers, Colts and Browns (who are all carrying over more than $35 million this year), there are only five teams in the NFC who gained more cap space, including the Dallas Cowboys.
The Eagles are still over the cap in 2019 and will need to do something to create room, but rather than being around $15 million over the cap, they are only $9 million over the cap.
With nine draft picks in the 2019 draft, the Eagles will likely need around $8 million in additional cap space to sign the players they draft. The Eagles will need to make many moves if they intend to sign any free agents or re-sign their own players expected to hit the free agent market.
When the Birds move on from Nick Foles, they can clear between $18-20 million in cap space, depending on whether his option is declined by the team or if he is traded. That alone will not be enough.
Tim Jernigan is the player who is most likely to become a cap casualty if he does not restructure his deal, especially after playing fewer than 50 snaps over the entirety of the 2018 regular season. The Eagles could save $11 million by declining his option. Rodney McLeod ($5 million) and Jason Peters ($8 million) would likely be the next two most likely.
Other potential cap casualties, although less likely, include Michael Bennett ($7.2 million), Chris Long ($5.3 million), Nelson Agholor ($9.3 million), Stefen Wisniewski ($3 million) and Nigel Bradham ($5 million). It is more likely that Long would retire than be cut and the Eagles will attempt to sign Agholor to an extension, lowering his cap hit in that way.