ITB: New Contracts, Restructures for Back Seven of Eagles Defense
The Philadelphia Eagles have been able to reload the backend of their defense with veteran additions and new contracts.
On the latest episode of “Inside The Birds,” Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher dove into the contract situations of the team’s linebackers, cornerbacks, and safeties.
Adam Caplan: “I think he went where he had a good chance to start. All he got is $1.15 million, 1.08 base which is the veteran minimum, no guaranteed money which is the shocker. If he is active game one, he gets $50,000. This is the way the league saw it. I’m sure his agent knew this at the combine who was interested and who was not.”
Geoff Mosher: “Here with the Eagles, he gets no guaranteed money but a pretty good chance to be on the 53 all year long, if not being a starter, and make that base salary that you may not have seen if you went somewhere else and got cut.”
Caplan: “A rare re-negotiation. It is for three seasons; each year has been redone through ’25, a four-year void through 2029. Three years, $42 million, $24.5 million fully guaranteed at signing. On Slay’s [original] contract, his average per season was much higher, but he had no guaranteed money left. He knows that by structure, he will be with the team for two years no matter what. Slay has a good chance to retire as an Eagle.”
Caplan: “He re-signed, three years with a four year void, same structure as Slay, three years, $38.1 million with $20 million fully guaranteed at signing. His option bonus is higher at $16.6 million, not guaranteed in year three. I just know talking to other teams, this is the guy who is going to have the bullseye on his back from other clubs.”
Caplan: “This year, a veteran minimum of $1.08 base, he has $500,000 in per game roster bonuses. To get it, he actually has to be active those games. Here is where it gets really fascinating: next year, his cap number goes from just over $4 million to just over $10 million in 2024. That is a big cap number for a slot corner. He is a good story of development, but he is hurt a lot.”
Mosher: “It feels like this could be Avonte Maddox’s last year with the Eagles unless he really balls out. And then if he does, they are going to have to redo it because they are not going to want him with a cap number that high.”
Caplan: “One year, $1.33 million, $600,000 fully guaranteed at signing. $670,000 in per-game roster bonuses, if he gets all of them, he will make a maximum of $2 million.”
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.