Eagles' salary cap highlights biggest assets

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Eagles' salary cap highlights biggest assets

The strength of the Super Bowl champion Eagles is their two lines, and their salary cap certainly reflects that. 

The Eagles in 2018 project to spend more on the offensive and defensive line than every other position combined and far more than any other NFL team.

Thirteen of the Eagles’ 23 highest-paid players this coming year — in terms of cap allocations — are linemen.

Of the other 10, three are wide receivers, two are quarterbacks, two are safeties, two are linebackers and one is a tight end.

According to the website Spotrac, the Eagles rank fourth among all NFL teams in projected 2018 salary cap dollars for both the defensive line ($49.7 million) and the offensive line ($42.6 million).

That adds up to $92.3 million, or more than half of the Eagles’ adjusted 2018 cap figure of $175,987,555.

Just defensive lineman Fletcher Cox and offensive linemen Brandon Brooks and Jason Peters alone — the Eagles’ three highest-paid players — have a combined 2018 cap figure of $37.7 million, which accounts for more than 20 percent of the Eagles’ total 2018 cap.

The second-highest combined offensive-defensive line cap figure belongs to the Cowboys at $80,765,140, according to Spotrac.

So the Eagles are spending $11½ million more than any other team on their two lines.

According to figures compiled by Spotrac, the average NFL team projects to have a combined offensive-defensive line cap figure of $59.1 million in 2018. So the Eagles are more than $30 million higher than average when it comes to paying linemen.

You can’t spend that much money on two position groups without going light at others.

And Spotrac stats show the Eagles aren’t even in the top 16 at any other position.

They’re 27th in running back spending, 24th in wide receivers and linebackers, 23rd at tight end, 21st at quarterback, 17th in the secondary and 31st in special teams.

Their highest-paid running back, Jay Ajayi, is the Eagles’ 26th highest-paid player. Their quarterbacks, Carson Wentz and Nick Foles, are the 27th and 28th highest-paid QBs in the NFL. And none of their wide receivers are in the top 50 among wideouts when it comes to 2018 cap figures.

Listed below are the cap figures of every player currently on the Eagles’ active roster along with a list of every player who is no longer on the roster but still counts against the 2018 cap.

The Eagles have an adjusted cap figure of $177,682,445 in 2018, and these salary cap figures add up to about $8 million more than that.

That’s because the NFL’s “Rule of 51” states that from the start of the league year, which is in early March, through the day before opening day, only the 51 highest-paid players count against a team’s salary cap.

Cap figures
$17,900,000 … Fletcher Cox, DT
$11,136,397 … Brandon Brooks, G
$10,666,666 … Jason Peters, OT
$10,100,000 … Malcolm Jenkins, S
$  8,406,250 … Rodney McLeod, S
$  8,000,000 … Brandon Graham, DE
$  7,600,000 … Mychal Kendricks, LB
$  7,600,000 … Nick Foles, QB
$  7,275,365 … Carson Wentz, QB
$  7,200,000 … Jason Kelce, C
$  5,650,000 … Michael Bennett, DE
$  5,000,000 … Tim Jernigan, DT
$  4,982,206 … Lane Johnson, OT
$  4,937,500 … Zach Ertz, TE
$  4,000,000 … Mike Wallace, WR
$  3,975,000 … Alshon Jeffery, WR
$  3,208,333 … Stefen Wisniewski, OL
$  3,100,000 … Chris Long, DE
$  2,983,709 … Nelson Agholor, WR
$  2,920,679 … Derek Barnett, DE
$  2,725,000 … Haloti Ngata, DT
$  2,070,183 … Jordan Hicks, LB
$  2,031,250 … Chance Warmack, OL
$  2,000,000 … Chris Maragos, S
$  2,000,000 … Nigel Bradham, LB
$  1,907,000 … Jay Ajayi, RB
$  1,600,000 … Corey Nelson, LB
$  1,395,470 … Sidney Jones, CB
$  1,058,139 … Ronald Darby, CB
$     955,000 … Steven Means, DE
$     854,966 … Isaac Seumalo, OL
$     756,572 … Rasul Douglas, CB
$     725,000 … Taylor Hart, OT
$     713,917 … Mack Hollins, WR
$     691,145 … Wendell Smallwood, RB
$     686,281 … Halapoulivaati Vaitai, OL
$     670,000 … Daryl Worley, CB
$     649,214 … Jalen Mills, CB
$     640,000 … Bryce Treggs, WR
$     632,668 … Destiny Vaeao, DT
$     630,000 … Marquess Wilson, WR
$     630,000 … Kamu Grugier-Hill, LB
$     630,000 … Rick Lovato, LS
$     630,000 … Nate Sudfeld, QB
$     623,972 … Donnel Pumphrey, RB
$     619,312 … Shelton Gibson, WR
$     586,803 … Elijah Qualls, DT
$     570,034 … Joe Walker, LB
$     558,333 … Corey Clement, RB
$     555,000 … De’Vante Bausby, CB
$     555,000 … Jake Elliott, PK
$     555,000 … Nate Gerry, LB
$     555,000 … Joshua Perkins, TE
$     490,000 … Billy Brown, TE
$     487,500 … Cameron Johnston, P
$     485,000 … Dominque Williams, WR
$     483,750 … Aziz Shittu, DT
$     483,750 … Greg Ward, WR
$     481,250 … Adam Zaruba, TE
$     480,666 … Randall Goforth, CB
$     480,000 … Elie Bouka, CB
$     480,000 … Winston Craig, DT
$     480,000 … Rashard Davis, WR
$     480,000 … Darrell Green, G
$     480,000 … D.J. Killings, CB
$     480,000 … Tre Sullivan, S
$     480,000 … Jon Toth, C

Dead money
$  6,000,000 … Vinny Curry
$  1,000,000 … Brent Celek 
$     250,000 … Ron Brooks
$     250,000 … Donnie Jones
$     175,000 … Jon Dorenbos
$     151,461 … Nate Gerry
$       35,684 … Alex McCalister 
$       25,000 … Justin Hamilton
$       25,000 … Dallas Thomas
$         9,375 … Dexter McDougle 
$         8,750 … Mitchell White
$         6,667 … Bill Brown
$         5,000 … Tre Sullivan
$         3,334 … Craig Winston
$         3,334 … Dillon Gordon
$         3,334 … Cameron Johnston
$         3,334 … Tyler Orlosky
$         3,334 … Greg Ward
$         3,334 … Jomal Wiltz
$         1,334 … Victor Salako

One company offering Super Bowl ticket loans at 30% interest (P.S. -- dont do this)

One company offering Super Bowl ticket loans at 30% interest (P.S. -- dont do this)

It’s “easier than ever” to attend the Super Bowl, according to a Stub Hub press release.

It may also be easier than ever to go into debt doing it.

StubHub this week announced a program that allows fans to finance ticket purchases — including Super Bowl tickets — and pay for them over a period of 3, 6 or 12 months.

All at the bargain-basement price of up to 30 percent interest.

Stub Hub, in conjunction with financial firm Affirm, introduced a program this week that allows consumers to use Stub Hub to purchase tickets and during the check-out process elect to finance the purchase through Affirm. 

Although ticket buyers can use Affirm for most Stub Hub purchase, the company is rolling out this program as a way to encourage fans who can’t afford Super Bowl tickets to buy them at potentially exorbitant interest rates.

According to financial web site The Balance, the average credit card interest rate as of December was 21.26 percent.

“Just in time for the Super Bowl, consumers can purchase event tickets now and pay over time,” reads a joint press release from Affirm and Stub Hub. 

The StubHub-Affirm joint press release makes it sound like paying 30 percent interest is a financially sound idea: “With U.S. credit card debt at an all-time high and many consumers looking to kick off the new year with better financial habits, they’re demanding more transparent financial products that align with their interests.”

According to a CBS News story that examined the Stub Hub program, two lower-level end-zone tickets selling on Stub Hub for $15,760 on a 12-month, 30-percent loan would cost the buyer an additional $2,676 in interest.

The story also said that unlike credit cards, there’s no financial benefit for consumers to pay this sort of loan off early. 

Ted Rossman of creditcards.com appeared on CBS MoneyWatch and warned consumers against using this sort of financial plan to pay for tickets makes no financial sense.

"It is a huge risk to make any type of discretionary purchase with something that carries a rate of 10 percent to 30 percent,” Rossman said on the show, according to the CBS News story. "It's risky to buy it now and think you are going to pay it later."

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After egregious All-Pro snub, Brandon Brooks named top OL in NFL

After egregious All-Pro snub, Brandon Brooks named top OL in NFL

Earlier this month, Jason Kelce called Brandon Brooks “the best offensive lineman in the NFL.” 

Turns out, ProFootballFocus agrees.

On Thursday, PFF named Brooks the winner of its annual Bruce Matthews Award, given to the best offensive lineman in the NFL. The Eagles were also named the best overall offensive line in the league. 

It’s an honor Brooks deserves after he was egregiously snubbed by voters for the Associated Press All-Pro team earlier this month. It was an absolute joke that Brooks wasn’t even named to the second team. No disrespect to Zack Martin or Marshal Yanda but Brooks was better than both of them this year. 

There’s no doubt that Brooks is the best right guard in the NFL. PFF thinks he’s the best overall OL in the league too. 

Here’s what they said about him:

“Brooks has been a perennially underrated player throughout his NFL career, whether it was playing in Houston or Philadelphia. Aside from a rookie season in which he played just 173 snaps, he has earned overall PFF grades of at least 74.0 every season since. Four of those six seasons before this one saw him top 80.0 overall, but this year he took his game to another level, earning an overall grade of 92.9. For years we have been making the case that he deserves Pro Bowl, and then All-Pro, recognition, and now he deserves to be acknowledged as the best offensive linemen in the game.”

While opinions are split on ProFootballFocus, their evaluations for offensive linemen are incredibly valuable. PFF has been able to give stats to a position that was previously stat-less. No, they don’t necessarily know assignments or the exact designs of plays, but they grade each and every play and that detailed analysis can take some of the human element out of giving these awards. 

When the All-Pro voters made their selections, they picked two guys at right guard in Martin and Yanda who have a longer history of playing at an elite level. PFF doesn’t care about that. They did their game-by-game, play-by-play evaluations and came to the conclusion that no other offensive lineman was better than Brooks this season. 

According to PFF, Brooks gave up just one sack and and 19 pressures on 647 pass snaps. That’s pretty impressive. But it’s even more impressive that Brooks was that dominant eight months after suffering a torn Achilles. 

For the start of next season, Brooks will be coming off a shoulder surgery, but there’s no doubt he should be able to return to his dominant form in 2020. 

The Eagles know what they have in Brooks. They signed the three-time Pro Bowler to a four-year extension during the season that made him the highest-paid guard in the NFL and will keep him in Philadelphia through 2024.

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