The 2018 NFL salary cap has officially been set at $177.2 million, according to ESPN. That figure is actually a little lower than what it was expected to be, but it’s still about a $10 million increase from last year’s figure of $167 million.
What this means for the Philadelphia Eagles is that they are now $11.2 million over the cap, according to Over The Cap. The Super Bowl LII champions have the lowest amount of cap space in the league. (NOTE: OTC’s figure doesn’t account for Donnie Jones’ retirement, which saves the Eagles $1.6 million. So the Eagles are really at $9.6 million over.)
The Birds clearly have some work to do when it comes to making cuts and trades. Here’s a look at nine Eagles players who have the potential to be cap casualties. There’s a relatively easy path to the Eagles clearing up at least $15 million.
Knowing that, this cap situation likely isn’t causing the Eagles to panic. Howie Roseman and company knew this day would come when they spent a lot of money in the past. It’s not like they didn’t plan for this.
With that said, the Eagles will have to be selective about the decisions they make. They clearly won’t be able to spend as freely as they have in previous years. They’ll have to be OK with losing some of their free agents and getting compensatory picks for them next year. They’ll have to do some bargain bin shopping when it comes to signing new players. The Eagles haven’t been in this exact position before so this is a new challenge for Roseman and his staff.
The NFL free agency legal tampering period begins next week on Monday, March 12. Then the new league year officially begins a couple days later on Wednesday, March 14. One week left before the action begins.