Now Or Later?
ITB: Birds Right To Extend Hurts Early
With the NFL Draft just one week away, the Philadelphia Eagles are staying busy by making major roster moves.
On the latest “Inside The Birds” podcast, Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher discussed the team’s most recent transactions.
Adam Caplan: “I’m fully expecting the typical Eagles structure that agents talk about. It saves you cap space. The Eagles are a super-big cash over cap team, their cash numbers are way bigger because they manipulate the cap by using these option bonuses…I don’t think it was risky for the Eagles. They could have waited, but this is not the way they do business. Their bets on extending players are mostly good.”
Geoff Mosher: “The deal made sense for both sides. When you talk about risk, obviously the risk is more on the Eagles than Jalen Hurts, only because he plays the game in such a physical style. He has already had an ankle injury and surgery. He has already had a shoulder injury. He’s going to carry the ball more than your traditional QB.”
Caplan: “If he is off to a crazy year again, it would not surprise me if they went to him in November for an extension. This dude is such a perfect fit for the scheme. That $15 million a year is such a bargain. If I’m [Reddick’s agent], I want a Myles Garrett deal, well into $20 million.”
Caplan: “He’s smaller. I’m told by a personnel source that he is a movement ‘Z’ or a slot. He has outstanding quickness and burst, but he’s small. They needed a veteran backup receiver, he is that guy. Quez (Watkins) is not a lock to make the team anymore, the guy has to produce.”
Mosher: “They lost Zach Pascal and there were times during the year where Pascal pilfered time that would ordinarily go to Watkins for other reasons. I think Zaccheaus has even more of an opportunity to pilfer time from Watkins because he is more suited for the slot. He is also not afraid to block.”
Caplan: “He wants a new deal. We see a lot of players try this stuff – they look at their deal and the club is not willing to [extend] to this degree and so they start going on social media. Here’s the problem: Budda Baker is making $13.1 million dollars this season. The Cardinals have not shown any interest in trading him at this point. Personally, I would do something with him, but I don’t know if the Eagles want to tie up a lot of money in the safety situation.”
Mosher: “He’s a top-five safety in the league. The question is what it would cost you. You don’t have a fourth, fifth, or sixth round pick.”
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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