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Nigel Bradham contract is actually extremely team-friendly

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Nigel Bradham contract is actually extremely team-friendly

Howie did it again.

The Nigel Bradham contract — widely reported as a five-year, $40 million deal — in reality, is an extremely team-friendly deal that gives the Eagles tremendous flexibility depending on whether they want to keep the veteran linebacker after this coming season.

The contract could be as little as a one-year, $6 million deal if the Eagles decide to move on from Bradham after the 2018 season.

According to a league source familiar with the deal, it contains only $6 million in truly guaranteed components — a $5 million signing bonus and Bradham's fully guaranteed 2018 base salary of $1 million.

The remaining base salaries are $8 million each in 2019, 2020 and 2021 and $10 million in 2022. But the last three years of base salary aren't guaranteed at all, and only $2 million of the $8 million base in 2019 is guaranteed.

And according to the source, that $2 million offsets if Bradham signs with another team after the Eagles release him. 

So if the Eagles release Bradham after the 2018 season and he signs a contract worth at least $2 million with another team, that $2 million is no longer the Eagles' responsibility. If the new contract is less than $2 million — not likely — then the amount of the deal would offset and the remainder would count against the Eagles' cap.

If the full $2 million were to offset, the only part of the contract that would accelerate into dead money would be the remaining prorated four years of the signing bonus, or $4 million.

So the Eagles would see a $5 million cap savings if they choose to release Bradham after one year — the difference between his $9 million cap figure and $4 million in dead money.

The Eagles hold options on the final three years of the contract, so if they release Bradham after the 2020 season it's a two-year, $14 million deal with only $3 million in dead money.

The Eagles have a lot of unknowns at linebacker — Jordan Hicks' health, Mychal Kendricks' future — so having a contract with Bradham that gives the Eagles flexibility is huge.

Bradham will have a cap figure of just $2 million in 2018, and if he's here beyond this coming season his cap figures will be $9 million in 2019, 2020 and 2021 and $11 million in 2022. 

The dead money hit would be $4 million in 2018 and decrease by $1 million per year — $3 million after 2019, $2 million after 2020 and $1 million after 2021.

Eagles injury update: Jason Peters, Andre Dillard injured in 1st half of game vs. Lions

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Eagles injury update: Jason Peters, Andre Dillard injured in 1st half of game vs. Lions

The Eagles are down two left tackles in the second quarter.

Jason Peters left the game on the Eagles’ first drive of the second quarter and was replaced by rookie Andre Dillard. On the next drive, Dillard hurt his leg and had to be taken out. He went into the blue medical tent and then to the locker room.

That means the Eagles are now down to Halapoulivaavati Vaitai at left tackle. I guess that’s decent depth, but this obviously isn’t ideal. Vaitai was the Eagles’ starting left tackle during the Super Bowl run a couple years ago.

Peters is standing on the sideline with his helmet on but hasn’t come back in the game. 

Peters, Dillard and defensive end Derek Barnett are all questionable to return.

The only other backup offensive lineman dressed for this game is guard/tackle Matt Pryor.

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Eagles vs. Lions live: Highlights, analysis from NFL Week 3 game

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Eagles vs. Lions live: Highlights, analysis from NFL Week 3 game

2:10 p.m.: The Lions just drove 44 yards on five plays and made a field goal to extend their lead. The Eagles need to settle things down on this next drive and get some points. 

With 3:29 left in the first half: Lions 17, Eagles 10 

2:06 p.m.: Jason Peters and Andre Dillard got injured in the second quarter and now Halapoulivaati Vaitai is in at left tackle. 

Peters (illness), Dillard (knee), Derek Barnett (ankle) are all questionable to return. 

Meanwhile, Miles Sanders just coughed up the football and the Lions got the ball back. It looked like he might have been down, but it was ruled a fumble. Lions are driving. Sanders had a problem with fumbling in college. He fumbled twice on that last drive and lost the second. 

1:50 p.m.: The Eagles responded after a 15-yard OPI against Mack Hollins and should have converted on 3rd-and-6. But Nelson Agholor dropped a first-down pass. He obviously had the bad drop last week in Atlanta. 

Still in the second: Lions 14, Eagles 10 

1:34 p.m.: End of the first quarter. The Eagles are up 10-7 but the Lions are on the 1-yard line as the teams switch sides. 

After 1: Eagles 10, Lions 7

1:20 p.m.: The Eagles’ offense responded beautifully after giving up a kick return touchdown. 

The big play came on a 19-yard scramble from Carson Wentz on 3rd-and-6. He got them down to the goal line. The Eagles ran well on that drive with Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders. Howard punched in a TD from the goal line with a nice block from Alex Ellis as a lead blocker. 

Still in the first: Eagles 10, Lions 7

1:14 p.m.: The Eagles just gave up a 100-yard kickoff return. Yikes. 

1:10 p.m.: The Eagles finally scored in the first quarter!

Carson Wentz led the Eagles on a 9-play, 69-yard drive that ended with a 25-yard field goal from Jake Elliott. The Eagles were helped by two penalties from the Lions that led to first downs. They also used some tempo on that drive. 

Miles Sanders also caught a 40-yard pass. 

11:37 a.m.: Dallas Goedert (calf) is active, but we’ll see how much he plays. 

11:15 a.m.: Alshon Jeffery is on the sideline during early warmups with a black compression sleeve on his leg and is not working out. It looks like he’ll be down today. 

11:06 a.m.: Dallas Goedert is out on the field for a second time.

11 a.m.: Rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Mack Hollins should get plenty of reps today.

10:55 a.m.: The Eagles' new Goose Island IPA is on tap.

10:25 a.m.: Dallas Goedert (calf) is questionable today, but just ran routes for a while on the field during early pregame warmups. He looked like he was moving OK, but no indication whether or not he’ll play. Inactives get released at 11:30 a.m. 

10:05 a.m.: Just got down to the sports complex. It’s already pretty warm, but it’s a beautiful day to tailgate. 

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