ITB: Who Could Get Extensions in Crowded D-Line Room?
After a historic season of 70 sacks, the Philadelphia Eagles have been able to keep many of their best pass rushers.
On the latest episode of “Inside The Birds,” Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher discussed the contract situations of the team’s pass rushers and pondered what the defensive line room could look like in the near future.
Adam Caplan: “It’s one-year, salary is low with a signing bonus. The signing bonus creates a three-year void. 2024 is a placeholder, if he wants to play, he’s not playing on that number. He gets $5 million this year. It’s very fair for a bench player.”
Caplan: “He has the veteran minimum for this year, but he has a fully guaranteed option bonus which really serves as a signing bonus. His cap number is really good this season, $6.957 million, but here is why something is going to have to happen next year: his cap number in 2024 is $20.877 million, they have a bunch of these contracts like that.”
Geoff Mosher: “You can’t have seven guys with cap charges over $20 million. They will have to do something. Let’s say Nolan Smith has a really good rookie year. If you’re thinking about extending Haason Reddick after this year, you also have Josh Sweat, I don’t know if you envision a team that has Reddick as one overhang and Smith as the opposite, because then you are very light on the edges. I don’t see all three of those getting huge contracts at the same time.”
Caplan: “It’s a good problem to have. They were never planning on drafting Smith, it’s just because he dropped so far…if [Reddick] puts up the numbers he did last year, he will be here his whole career.”
Caplan: “He signed a three-year extension through ’24 and has a three-year void through ’27. The fully guaranteed money expires after the season.”
Mosher: “It will be pretty interesting to see what direction the Eagles have to go into if you get a really good year again out of Sweat and Reddick because both of those guys are going to want their contracts redone. And the Eagles are going to want to redo them because their cap numbers get really high.”
Caplan: “I don’t see him getting a big deal. He has been a very good player in that role. If he’s even better than last year, to they extend him if Cox is gone after this year? How do you pay a third defensive tackle”
Mosher: “If he gets around 7.5 sacks and 20-25 pressures as a rotational defensive tackle and the Eagles try to give him an extension that’s rotational tackle money, he might wait another year.”
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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