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Eagles, Rasul Douglas reportedly agree to contract restructure

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The Philadelphia Eagles and Rasul Douglas have agreed to a restructured contract, according to a report from writer and BGN alumnus MIke Kaye. The exact details of the restructure are unknown.

Douglas was previously set to carry a $2,309,572 cap number in 2020 with a $2,133,000 base salary in addition to a $176,572 prorated signing bonus. That cap hit was the 19th largest one on the team, which was a lot for a player who: 1) projects as a backup, 2) doesn’t offer the versatility to play multiple positions, and 3) clearly doesn’t seem to be in the team’s long-term plans. There’s been more than one report about the Eagles looking to trade Douglas this offseason.

Douglas has a better chance of making the 2020 roster now that his salary has presumably been lowered. Avonte Maddox is reportedly the favorite to start across from Darius Slay but Douglas can provide more depth on the outside. Then again, it’s also possible that Douglas agreed to a restructure in order to facilitate a trade down the road? We’ll see.

Douglas, the Eagles’ third-round selection from the 2017 NFL Draft, is set to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season. He’s logged 18 starts in 46 games played thus far. Douglas has had some good moments but he’s also been prone to getting beat deep, which isn’t surprising given his 4.59 speed (19th percentile). Some fans have called for the team to move him to safety but they haven’t shown any interest in doing that.

The guess here is that 2020 will be Douglas’s last season with the Eagles, assuming he even makes the roster this year.

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