Expect the Eagles to make a big splash in free agency

According to ESPN's Pat Yasinskas, the Eagles have just $80.8 million committed to the salary cap in 2011.  That's the 5th lowest of any team in the NFL, and $20.7 million less than the league average of $101.5 million.  Here are the totals for each team:

Rank Team Cap figure Rank Team Cap figure Rank Team Cap figure
1 Dallas 136.6 12 New Orleans 105.2 23 Cincinnati 90.7
2 Green Bay 129.8 13 Chicago 104.9 24 Oakland 85.8
3 NYJ 128.5 14 Tennessee 104.4 25 San Diego 85.8
4 NYG 126.3 15 Miami 103.1 26 Arizona 83
5 Denver 125 16 St Louis 102.4 27 Seattle 81.1
6 Houston 118.4 17 New England 102.3 28 Philadelphia 80.8
7 Pittsburgh 116 18 Atlanta 102.1 29 Jacksonville 78.1
8 Indianapolis 115.5 19 Baltimore 101.3 30 Kansas City 74.7
9 Washington 115.2 20 San Francisco 100.9 31 Carolina 73
10 Detroit 113.8 21 Cleveland 99.2 32 Tampa Bay 59.7
11 Minnesota 108.4 22 Buffalo 96.4    

I got into this a bit in my "Oh my God, we have to sign Nnamdi Asomugha!" post a few weeks ago, but it's no surprise that the Eagles have a payroll this low, since they dumped the contracts of Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook, Kevin Curtis, Shawn Andrews, Stacy Andrews, Darren Howard, Chris Clemons, Reggie Brown, Sheldon Brown, and Chris Gocong last offseason.

Of course, no post on BGN is complete without noting that nobody can sign free agents until a new CBA is worked out.  But if the owners and NFLPA can get it done, the Eagles have no excuse not to go out a splurge in free agency this season, even with new contracts for Michael Vick and DeSean Jackson upcoming in the near future.

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