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Philadelphia Eagles: Five biggest 2019 salary cap hits

Philadelphia Eagles WR is set to count the highest against the salary cap on the team. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles are in a fortunate situation in 2019. None of their players account for a considerable portion of their 2019 salary cap. The most significant cap hit on the team assumes just seven percent of the nearly $200 million salary cap.

Here, we’ll take a look at the five players who top the Eagles’ roster in terms of salary cap charges. We’ll also check out how the rest of their contracts look. Spotrac provides all numbers and information.

Top Five Philadelphia Eagles Salary Cap Hits

1. WR Alshon Jeffery ($14.725 million)

The star wide receiver is one of just four players on the Eagles set to count over $10 million against the salary cap. Jeffery is also the only player earning over $10 million in base salary in 2019. He is due $11.75 million.

He is also charged $1.25 million from his signing bonus as well as his prorated option bonus of $1.725 million to his cap, bringing his total to $14.725 million.

Jeffery has three years remaining on his contract. He is due yearly base salaries of $12.75 million in both 2020 and 2021. He also has workout bonuses of $250,000 each year, giving him an annual cap hit of $15.975 million. That works out to about 8.5 percent of the projected salary caps. One million of his 2020 base salary became guaranteed in March.

2. OG Brandon Brooks ($11.978 million)

Brooks is coming back from an Achilles tear and is, at best, questionable for Week 1. He is however, still getting paid handsomely.

He will be paid $8 million as a base salary. His charges also include $2.2 million from his $11 million signing bonus and $1,778,397 from the 2018 restructuring of his contract. That totals $11,978,397.

After 2019, Brooks has just one year left on his deal (2021 and 2022 are dummy years on his contract), and he is due $7.5 million and will count $11,478,397 against the cap, or just over six percent.

3. DT Fletcher Cox ($11.902 million)

2019 is the last year where Cox will work for a small base salary. Believe it or not, Cox will make just $930,000 in base salary this season due to the Eagles converting $14.67 million of his 2019 salary into an option bonus.

The rest of his cap hit comes from $5.2 million from his signing bonus, a $1 million roster bonus, $4,134,000 from the option bonus and $1,638,000 as part of the 2018 contract restructure.

With 2023 voiding as a dummy year on his contract, Cox has three years left and is due salaries of $12.9 million in 2020, $15 million in 2021 and $16.1 million in 2022. His cap hit jumps up over those three years as well, to $24.872 million (2020), $21.772 million (2021) and $21.672 million (2022). Cox is currently set to hold the highest cap charge for the Eagles in 2020.

4. S Malcolm Jenkins ($11.387 million)

There was some concern that Malcolm Jenkins would not be at the Eagles’ practice as he seeks a new contract. But, he came around and showed up to practice.

Jenkins is set to earn $8.1 million in base salary in 2019, the fifth-highest among safeties. Add in $1.5 million in prorated signing bonus charges, $250,000 from his roster bonus and $1.537 million in prorated charges from his 2018 restructuring, and that takes his total cap hit to $11.387 million.

With 2022 and 2023 voiding, Jenkins will be a free agent after the 2020 season. He is due $7.6 million in salary, plus the same charges as 2019. That means his current 2020 cap hit is $500,000 less, or $10.887 million.

5. WR Nelson Agholor ($9.387 million)

Now it gets quite interesting. The fifth-highest cap hit on the team, and second-highest among wide receivers is the receiver whose future in Philadelphia is the foggiest.

With the additions of DeSean Jackson and JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Agholor has become relegated to the fourth option among the receivers. And that’s before we talk about tight ends Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert.

Nonetheless, Agholor will make a fully-guaranteed $9.387 million in 2019. There are no other charges. The signing bonus cleared after the fourth year of his contract in 2018. This is the fifth-year option from Agholor’s rookie contract of 2015.

Agholor counts less than five percent against the 2019 salary cap, a very acceptable charge for the Eagles. They’ll take that, even with Agholor down in the pecking order.

Agholor is set to become a free agent after this season and the chances of him returning to Philadelphia are probably low. Another team will likely present an expensive offer for him.

The Eagles probably won’t be inclined to match the offer with Jeffery’s remaining money and the rest of the talent on the team. Enjoy this final run with Agholor, as it will be ending sooner rather than later.

Bill Riccette is a writer for PFN covering the NFC East. Follow him @Bill_Riccette on Twitter.

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