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3 Players Who Won't Be on the Eagles Roster Next Season

Jason Schandl
3 Eagles players who won't be on the team's roster next season, including Alshon Jeffery.
3 Eagles players who won't be on the team's roster next season, including Alshon Jeffery. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images
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After entering the season as hopefuls to win the NFC East, Philadelphia Eagles fans can't be happy with how the 2020 NFL season played out.

This team still has plenty of obstacles to overcome if they want to climb back to the top of the division, and one of the first steps to any successful offseason is determining which players aren't part of the team's long-term plans.

With that in mind, here are three players that won't likely be suiting up in Philly next season.

1. Zach Ertz, Tight End

Zach Ertz is coming off the two worst seasons of his career.
Zach Ertz is coming off the two worst seasons of his career. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Zach Ertz's production has absolutely fallen off a cliff. Through his first six NFL seasons, he had never averaged fewer than 7.5 yards per target. Then in 2019 he averaged 6.8 and in 2020 that mark plummeted to an egregious 4.7 — ranking 11th among the 12 Eagles who saw double-digit targets. Dallas Goedert, for comparison, averaged 8.1. The Eagles would save $4.7 million in cap space if they cut Ertz (and $8.3 million if they do it as a post-June 1st release), and that making Ertz a free agent is a no-brainer.

2. Avonte Maddox, Cornerback

Avonte Maddox was PFF's lowest graded corner in the NFL this season.
Avonte Maddox was PFF's lowest graded corner in the NFL this season. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Avonte Maddox was one of the worst players in the NFL this season. There were 121 cornerbacks who played enough snaps to qualify for Pro Football Focus' leaderboards, and Maddox's overall grade of 37.8 ranked dead-last in that group. He's never posted a grade above 57.6 in an NFL season, and while the cap savings of cutting Maddox are just shy of $1 million, simply freeing up the roster space for someone who may become a legitimate contributor is more than worth it.

3. Alshon Jeffery

The Philadelphia Eagles could finally release Alshon Jeffery this offseason.
The Philadelphia Eagles could finally release Alshon Jeffery this offseason. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

The Eagles couldn't find a willing trade partner to take on Alshon Jeffery's salary last offseason, and releasing him would have incurred so much dead money that the Eagles would have lost cap space in the move. Parting with the perennial disappointment is much easier this offseason, as a post-June 1 release would spread the dead money out to save them about $1 million in 2021.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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