Jan 21, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles executive vice president Howie Roseman walks off the field after win against the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field.

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Best and worst deals on Eagles' roster

November 23, 2018 - 5:28 pm
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By: Eliot Shorr-Parks

PHILADELPHIA (94.1 WIP) — With a top-heavy roster in terms of salary cap hits, and an Eagles roster that has underperformed, it is hard to find many players that have been bargains this season for top personnel executive Howie Roseman. 

Instead, the Eagles have more players who they have overpaid for this season than gotten good value on. 

Looking at only their cap hits for this season, and not the overall contract, here are three of the best and worst deals on the Eagles this season:

Bad Deal: Nick Foles, QB, $13.6 million — The Eagles’ decision to bring back Foles on a massive one-year deal was tied to the health of starting quarterback Carson Wentz. That decision ended up being a mistake, as Wentz returned in Week 3 and has looked completely healthy since. Foles did not play well in his two games as the starter, going just 1-1 and looking nowhere near the player he was on the Eagles’ magical playoff run last season. Could Nate Sudfeld, the team’s third-string quarterback, have played as well as Foles did? Probably, and his cap hit — $630,000 — is far cheaper. 

Good Deal: Avonte Maddox, CB, $636,478 — The best deals on any roster should always be rookies. That is the case with the Eagles. Maddox has been a steal for the team as a fourth-round pick, stepping in at both nickel and safety when needed this season. He has played as well as you could hope for considering he is new at both positions and this is his first year in the NFL. Maddox might be injured now, but overall the Eagles have gotten great value out of the fourth-round pick. 

Bad Deal: Jason Peters, OT, $10.6 million — Peters is not extremely overpaid for a starting left tackle in today’s NFL, but he is overpaid considering his level of play this season. Peters has improved lately, but his poor start to the season is a big reason why the team stands at 4-6. Not only did Peters struggle, but he also was unable to stay on the field for the most part, going in-and-out of the lineup throughout multiple games. Peters deserves credit for playing through injuries, but for $10.6 million the Eagles shouldn’t have a question mark at left tackle each week like they do with Peters. 

Good Deal: Jalen Mills, CB, $649,214 — Like Maddox, Mills is now on the list of injured players. His trip to the sideline, however, has only made it more clear how important he was to the Eagles’ secondary. With Mills on the sideline the Eagles gave up 27 points to a bad Cowboys’ offense at home, and then got embarrassed by the New Orleans Saints to the tune of 48 points. Mills isn’t the only reason that happened, but the secondary has fallen apart in his absence. Mills has had his poor moments this season, but overall, he has outplayed his cap hit.  

Bad Deal: Golden Tate, $3.7 million + a third-round pick — The reasoning behind trading for Tate — trying to help a bad offense and save this season — was a good one. It could still end up working out, as the Eagles are very much in the playoff picture. As of right now, however, Tate has been a complete non-factor for the Eagles in the two games he has played, and offensive coordinator Mike Groh said it has been a challenge to integrate him into the offense. Add in the third-round pick the Eagles sent to Detroit to get him, and Tate could end up being one of the worst investments the Eagles made this season.  

Good Deal: Zach Ertz, $4.9 million — As bad as the Eagles’ offense has been, it would be far worse if they didn’t have Ertz on the roster. Ertz has 77 catches for 804 yards and five touchdowns this season, and has been arguably the only reason the Eagles’ offense has been able to move the ball up-and-down the field. Ertz’s cap hit is so low because of Roseman pushing the money back, which could be an issue later on, but for now his $4.9 million cap hit is one of the best on the roster. 

Bad Deal: Darren Sproles, RB, $1.43 million — Sproles’ hit of $1.43 million isn’t terrible. The issue is he very well could end up only playing one game this season, and only making one big play in that game. If Sproles’ doesn’t return, the Eagles will essentially end up paying him his entire salary for one game. That is far from a good deal. 

Good Deal: Malcolm Jenkins, $3.9 million — As bad as the Eagles’ secondary has been at times this season, it would be far, far worse if Jenkins weren’t playing at the high level he is, or were to go down with an injury. Jenkins is the glue that holds the Eagles’ secondary together, and he has been especially important this season as the other members of the secondary have dropped like flies around him. Like Ertz, Jenkins’ cap hit is so low because of a restructured deal, but the Eagles have certainly gotten their money’s worth from Jenkins this season. 

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