Edge Of Uncertainty
ITB: Haason Reddick Allowed To Seek Trade
The Philadelphia Eagles are facing major personnel changes on the defensive side of the ball.
On the latest episode of “Inside The Birds,” Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher discussed the news surrounding All Pro edge rusher Haason Reddick being given permission to seek a trade as well as the contracts of other players.
Adam Caplan: “I was pessimistic this situation was going to end well. I hinted that we could see a permission to seek a trade coming. Something I heard at the Senior Bowl put it over the top that this could actually happen.”
Geoff Mosher: “He is in his third year of a contract that pays him $15 million annually. He has certainly outperformed that and the market has been reset a couple of times since…when you look at the situation, I don’t know if Reddick has a whole lot of leverage. He enters the last year of his deal at 30-years-old in September and there are penalties for holding out.”
Caplan: “To think if they trade Reddick that Nolan Smith is the answer, that is really forward thinking.”
Mosher: “He needs to get stronger. There were times during the season where he was easily blocked by tight ends and bigger, physical receivers in the run game. He needs to find a position.”
Caplan: “Sweat’s contract is coming up, this is the last year of his extension. If I’m Josh, I would probably want more money, but if you are the Eagles he is not coming off a great year. He is still a young guy through everything he has been through physically. The Eagles don’t need to do anything because what leverage does he have?”
Mosher: “It wouldn’t surprise me if the Eagles didn’t do anything. It would have made sense if he was coming off a great year to get an extension now…He has always been a speed-to-power guy, but when I watched him at the end of this year, I see him throwing his body into the tackle but not moving him back the way he used to be.”
Caplan: “If they cut him, they owe him $10.8 million, fully guaranteed. That is the option bonus plus the base salary. The scheme is a very good fit for Bradberry, but he dropped off and was so bad. Sometimes you just have to eat the money, it would be a miracle if someone traded for him.”
Mosher: “They are not going to pay the money that is on his deal, but I don’t think anyone is. Maybe you can find a way to bring him back at a much better price, otherwise you are going to have to bring in another safety.”
Caplan: “This is the final year of his deal. No guaranteed money, his base salary is $9.3 million with a $4 million roster bonus due on March 17th which they have to decline…I would look to bring him back at an inexpensive deal, lower his cap number, cash and work with the guy.”
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.