If the Philadelphia Eagles draft a quarterback with the No. 2 pick in the draft, as expected, they will have approximately $22.7 million in salary cap space – roughly 15% of all their cap space – devoted to just their quarterbacks.
The $22.7 million cap figure would rank seventh among NFL teams (see below), according to data obtained from Spotrac, and that doesn’t take into consideration that Drew Brees and the Saints are working on a new deal that will lower his number.
As the second pick in the draft, Jared Goff or Carson Wentz will sign a contract worth approximately $25 million over four years. That will come two months after the Eagles also gave Sam Bradford a 2-year $35 million contract and Chase Daniel a deal worth $21 million over three years.
While that is a lot of money for three unproven quarterbacks this season, things get much worse in 2017. That’s when Bradford’s cap hit alone jumps to $22.5 million and the three quarterbacks together would take up roughly $36 million in cap space. In other words, even if the Eagles don’t trade Bradford this summer, there is very little chance he is back with the Eagles in 2018.
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