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Eagles, Javon Hargrave reportedly agree to contract restructure

A continued effort to get under the cap.

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Javon Hargrave and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a restructured contract to free up about $9.4 million in cap space this year, according to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport.

Hargrave was previously identified as a top restructure candidate. Here’s what we wrote about him in our offseason position outlook series:

REVIEW: Hargrave missed the entirety of training camp and Week 1 due to multiple injury issues. The lingering effects of those ailments were seemingly felt with Hargrave only logging 1.5 sacks, two tackles for loss, and four quarterback hits in his first 10 games. Hargrave’s final five games were better with three sacks, three tackles for loss, and four quarterback hits. Hargrave finished the season with PFF’s fifth-best interior pass rush grade but 111th best run defense grade, putting his overall grade 78th out of 139 players. Not exactly what you’re looking for from the NFL’s 12th highest paid interior defender at $13 million per year.

OUTLOOK: The hope is that a healthier Hargrave, who turns 28 in February, will be able to build on last year’s late-season promise. He might also benefit from having more time to adjust to Philly’s scheme. Otherwise, he’s at risk for being another Howie Roseman free agent flop.

With Malik Jackson expected to be designated as a post-June 1 cut, Hargrave is poised to see more playing time as a full-time starter next to Fletcher Cox moving forward. The Eagles will hope that Hargrave can give them more than he did in his first year with Philly.

This restructure means the Eagles are now “only” about $17.3 million OVER the cap. And that’s with the Brandon Graham and Lane Johnson restructure details yet to emerge. Those maneuvers will help the Eagles get under the cap before 4:00 PM Eastern on Wednesday, March 17.

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