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Eagles expected to trade Mychal Kendricks, per report

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The Eagles are expected to trade linebacker Mychal Kendricks, according to Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice:

According to a source, the Philadelphia Eagles are willing to move on from Mychal Kendricks this offseason, and it is anticipated that teams around the league will have interest in acquiring Kendricks via a trade.

While this news isn’t surprising—Kendricks played just 28% of snaps in 2016 and is scheduled to count for $6.6 million against the cap in 2017—it’s noteworthy in that we’ve moved from speculating and assuming that Kendricks could be traded to a sourced report that he is very likely to be traded.

The Eagles save just $1.8 million on the cap by trading (or releasing) Kendricks, but that might actually work to the Eagles advantage. With relatively little cap savings and no current depth at linebacker, the Eagles could have some leverage in trade talks. Moving on from Kendricks would incur a $4.8 million dead cap hit, to get nothing in return through a release means it’s feasible that they could opt to keep him if they don’t get an offer they like.

While a trade can be worked out at any time, no roster moves involving players under contract can formally be made until the start of the new league year, which is March 9th.