Maneuvering cap space availability is one of the most important aspects of an NFL team's offseason. The Philadelphia Eagles were recently able to free up a ton of money by restructuring the contracts of offensive lineman Lane Johnson and defensive lineman Derek Barnett.
By converting a part of each player's base salary into a signing bonus, Philadelphia was able to save over $14 million in cap space for the 2021 season. That money can also be pushed into 2022.
While this may not seem like huge news, that cap space will come in handy if the Eagles want to sign a free agent or make a trade during the season. Philadelphia could also use this money to make a move right away, but it is yet to be seen if that'll be the case before kickoff in September.
Johnson will now earn $11.06 million against the cap in 2021 and that number will jump to $15.763 million next year as well as $23.017 million in 2023. On the other side, Barnett will count $2.80 million against the cap in 2021 and could leave next offseason unless the Eagles sign him to an extension.
It was crucial for the Eagles to create some wiggle room given the team is currently taking on $49 million in dead cap this year. A bulk of that number is due to Carson Wentz' contract, but it also takes into account the contracts of other former players including DeSean Jackson and Alshon Jeffery.
As it stands now, Philadelphia has just around $16 million in cap space. It's worth keeping an eye on whether or not general manager Howie Roseman makes any more moves to increase that mark.
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