Spotrac released their final 2013 NFL All-Value Team on Monday. Here's an explanation of how the rosters were selected:
Our final list of the 2013 season takes a look at the best value player at each position for both the AFC and NFC conferences. Our selections were based on cash compensation in 2013 (not cap figures), and positional rankings from Pro Football Focus. We’ve also included the player’s free agent season to assess who may be inline for new deal in the near future.
Two Eagles made the NFC All-Value Team and both of them were offensive linemen. First up was Evan Mathis at guard. Mathis not only finished as the best graded offensive guard in the league but as the best offensive lineman overall. Mathis only earned $3M in 2013. That's quite a bargain for a player who was named AP First Team All-Pro, PFWA All-NFL Team, and made the 2014 NFL Pro Bowl roster.
The other Eagle to make the cut was center Jason Kelce. Kelce didn't earn any honors like Mathis did, but finished as the top ranked center per PFF. Kelce, a former sixth round pick who's still on his rookie contract, only earned $555,000 in 2013. Kelce is deserving of a contract extension.
While only two Eagles were recognized on Spotrac's list, you could argue a few more are deserving. Nick Foles's 27 TD to 2 INT performance was certainly a bargain at $500,000. On the defense, Cedric Thornton was one of the best 3-4 defensive ends in the league for a salary of only $555,000. Richard Sherman was the best bargain at CB, but Brandon Boykin, who recorded 6 interceptions, deserves an honorable mention having only earned $480,000.
The majority of bargain players are usually former draft picks who are way outperforming their rookie contract. That's exactly why hitting on draft picks is so important. It's unlikely to find players at such a bargain through free agency.
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