RASUL DOUGLAS — Cut or traded: $2.1 million saved ($176,572 dead money)
The Eagles won’t be cutting a 24-year-old corner to save a couple million in cap space. But a trade is something to keep in mind when it comes to Douglas. The 2017 third-round pick is entering the last year of his contract and it seems clear by now that the Eagles don’t view him as a long-term starter. They could value him as a backup, but do you really need a backup corner accounting for the 16th highest cap number on the roster? Especially when you don’t really believe in the guy as a long-term piece? And he doesn’t offer position versatility?
Perhaps the New York Jets (Joe Douglas connection) or Detroit Lions (Cory Undlin connection) come calling for Douglas. His opportunity to contribute for the Eagles figures to be limited with Philly’s rumored interest in free agent cornerbacks. The Eagles could also add a corner or two in the 2020 NFL Draft.
It remains to be seen whom the Eagles will start at cornerback opposite of Darius Slay but it’s clear it won’t be Douglas. His trade value probably isn’t much considering he’s failed to establish himself as a starter and he’s on the last year of his rookie contract. Still, getting a Day 3 pick could be worthwhile for the Eagles.
That the Eagles are shopping Douglas probably bodes well for Sidney Jones’ chances of remaining in Philly. There’s been speculation that the team could trade their 2017 second-round pick but they likely wouldn’t trade both Douglas AND Jones.
We’ll stay tuned to see if the Eagles can find a market for Douglas.
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