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Chip Kelly saved the Eagles a lot of money by signing with the 49ers

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Chip Kelly spent a lot of Jeffrey Lurie's money last offseason when he signed players like DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell to big contracts. Now that he's gone, Philadelphia's former head coach is actually saving the Eagles money.

According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, Kelly signed a four-year deal with the 49ers worth $24 million, which comes out to $6 million per season. As Andrew Brandt notes, Kelly's new salary offsets what the former Eagles coach is due over from Philadelphia over the next two years.

Kelly is owed $6.5 million through 2017, so that's a total of $13 million. With Kelly set to make $12 million of Jed York's money over the next two seasons, that means the Eagles will only owe Kelly a mere total of $1 million ($500K per year).

Now, this doesn't necessarily matter a lot. Coaching contracts don't count against the salary cap. But it's still money Lurie can focus elsewhere instead of paying someone to not coach the team.

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