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nephillymike
We essentially gave up Foles plus a 2nd round pick this year and 11.4M of cap room for Bradford.

Yes, 11.4M of cap room.

Because he is not healthy yet, and not proven IMO, there are two good reasons NOT to extend/restructure Bradford's contract.

However, the Eagles are close to unchartered waters with the cap this year.

They are currently 22nd in the NFL in cap space with 12.6M left. They're in the deep end of the pool !!

Them being them, they will likely either do one of two things:

1. restructure/extend Bradford

or

2. cut or trade more performing veterans with decent cap values to clear up space.

Here are the top 11 candidates based on their current cap detail, with their cap value this year, the year their current contract runs through, their cap savings if cut before 6/1 and their cap savings if traded:

Name...........'15 Cap.........Signed Thru........Savings/Cut.......Savings/Trade
Bradford..........12.9.............2015....................12.9....................12.9
Peters..............9.0..............2018......................1.0......................5.
0
Barwin.............7.0..............2018......................5.2......................5.2
Ryans...............6.9.............2015......................6.9......................6.9
Mathis..............6.5.............2016......................4.5......................4.5
Celek................4.8.............2016......................4.8......................4.
8
Sproles.............4.1.............2016......................0.6......................2.1
Carroll...............2.9............2015......................2.9......................2.
9
Boykin..............1.6.............2015......................1.5......................1.5
Polk..................1.5.............2015......................1.5......................1
.5
Kendricks..........1.4.............2015......................1.0......................1.0

Chip has said that everyone is on the trading block. It would be stupid to extend Bradford, but that is the biggest bang for the buck. Maybe lower Ryans deal and I'm sure that will promote harmony. Polk and either Carroll or Boykin can clear a little but not much. He loves Celek. Peters, Barwin and Mathis are too good to cut or trade IMO.

Tough spot.

Here's the information on our backfield:

Name..............'15 Cap............Guarantees
Murray...............5.0....................21.0
Sproles...............4.1......................1.5
Matthews...........2.0......................5.0
Polk....................1.5......................N/A
Total..................12.6....................27.5

This handcuffs us in pursuit of a S or WR or OG as we lost flexibility. Need to resort to trading quality players or cuts to free up cap room.

It will be interesting to see what they do. Not necessarily sound football moves, but interesting.
Zero
They've got about $12 mil of cap available and about half of that needed for rookies. They have enough to make a couple of moves if they step out of character. Otherwise, doesn't restructuring Bradford makes some sense to cut that cap hit and give them more space?
Eyrie
Restructuring Bradford makes sense for this year, but would also commit us to him for the next 2-3 years so any change there will be a declaration of intent by Kelly.

I think the most likely outcome is that Ryans will be restructured but don't overlook the rumours about Mathis being shopped around.

That said, who is left out there that we would have any interest in? I had a look on NFL.com at their top FAs and the pickings are slim at WR (#20 Crabtree, #44 Bowe, #44 Shorts), S (#57 Lewis) and G (#56 Blalock).
Zero
QUOTE (Eyrie @ Mar 14 2015, 08:10 AM) *
Restructuring Bradford makes sense for this year, but would also commit us to him for the next 2-3 years so any change there will be a declaration of intent by Kelly.

I think the most likely outcome is that Ryans will be restructured but don't overlook the rumours about Mathis being shopped around.

That said, who is left out there that we would have any interest in? I had a look on NFL.com at their top FAs and the pickings are slim at WR (#20 Crabtree, #44 Bowe, #44 Shorts), S (#57 Lewis) and G (#56 Blalock).

Kelly has already stated his commitment to Bradford and even if Mariota falls or they go Hundley/whoever that would give the kid 2-3 years to be Rogers to Favre. There's been chatter that the Eagles are trying to trade Mathis for a deal that would include a WR.
nephillymike
They could extend Bradford, but you would need him to agree to either take less, or you would be guaranteeing his money via a signing bonus.

It doesn't make football sense, but it may make cap sense.

Also, Bradford would need to agree to less upside in the future when if he is healthy and we DO get Mariota, he may want some more upside.

Say we do a 3 year deal.

What salary does he want year two and three?

Let's say first thing is we make sure he gets his 13M salary this year as a combo SB/Sal.

So, I pay him a $11M SB and $2M salary.

And what does a guy with a 13M salary think he should get in 2016-17. Let's say $10M per with upside performance bonuses.

So his cap hit by year would be:

'15 = 3.67 SB + 2M sal = 5.67
'16 = 3.67SB + 10M sal = 13.67
'17 = 3.67SB + 10M sal = 13.67

That may be doable and could save us 7.3M of cap this year. In year two, we'd take a 7.3M hit but save 10M salary for a net savings of 2.7M.

So we could do it if we wanted to, mathematically that is.
BirdsWinBaby
QUOTE (nephillymike @ Mar 14 2015, 10:37 AM) *
They could extend Bradford, but you would need him to agree to either take less, or you would be guaranteeing his money via a signing bonus.

It doesn't make football sense, but it may make cap sense.


why would he agree to take less for an extension? Bradford has his money coming to him already....PLUS he has the option of the open market next year where ALLLLLLL those teams that where slobbering over themselves for Sam friggin Bradford will get their shot and he will get tons and tons of money. whether its the Eagles or the Packers cut Rodgers to make room for him, Bradford would have the sky as the limit next year

unless...

this immense market of teams doesnt actually exist. in which case striking while the iron is hot isnt next year...its right now. in that case Bradford signs an extension FAST! and HAPPILY!
Zero
I'm in complete awe of the amazing depth of knowledge of some people. Humbling.
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