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Eagles’ Ron Brooks took a pay cut, report says

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More cap space.

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Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Ron Brooks took a pay cut, according to a report from ESPN’s Field Yates. Brooks was scheduled to make $1.85 million in 2017 but now he’ll only make $1 million. Yates also notes the 2018 year of Brooks’ contract is now an option year.

This move gives the cap-strapped Eagles some more cap room to work with. It also ensures that the Eagles won’t be cutting Brooks this spring. Some reporters speculated Philadelphia might part ways with their veteran corner once Brooks was healthy enough to pass a physical.

The Eagles are obviously very thin at cornerback so keeping Brooks around at a reduced rate is ideal. The 28-year-old defender made five starts with the Eagles last year in six games played before suffering a season-ending knee injury. He mostly played in the nickel cornerback role but he also gives the team depth on the outside.

Brooks is one of seven cornerbacks currently on the Eagles’ roster. The other six include Jalen Mills, C.J. Smith, Aaron Grymes, Dwayne Gratz, Mitchell White, and recent signing Patrick Robinson. That’s not a pretty group. The Eagles are heavily expected to add more cornerback talent via the 2017 NFL Draft.