Eagles might have to let these veterans go as cap casualties this offseason

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As the Philadelphia Eagles work to get right with the salary cap, these three players are likely cap casualties.

The Philadelphia Eagles are turning things over after a 4-11-1 campaign in 2020, with a new head coach (Nick Sirianni) after firing Doug Pederson and a new quarterback (Jalen Hurts?) after trading Carson Wentz. The latter move left behind a $33.8 million dead money hit.

The Eagles have serious salary cap issues, sitting more than $40 million over current projections in the $180-$185 million range. The anticipated post-June 1 cuts of wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and defensive lineman Malik Jackson after recent restructures will help, but there’s still a lot of work to do. An expected trade of tight end Zach Ertz will clear some room too, albeit with dead money left behind.

The Eagles have some difficult decisions to make, after being somewhat all-in the last few years. On that note, leaving out Jeffery and Jackson, these three players are likely additional cap casualties.

3. WR Marquise Goodwin

The Eagles acquired Goodwin during last April’s draft. He opted out of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in late-July to focus on his family, with a just-born daughter at the time. His desire to play next season is unclear, in a broad sense, but the Eagles would presumably welcome him back with the departures of Jeffery and DeSean Jackson.

But Goodwin carries a cap hit just shy of $4.3 million for this year. The Eagles can clear it all, with no dead money left behind, but cutting him. It’s surprising it hasn’t happened already, but Goodwin is an easy cap casualty for the Eagles.

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