In this edition of Mosher’s Mailbag, I answer questions about which Eagles might be asked to take a pay cut and who the team should target in the draft.
Here we go:
Q. Do you see the Eagles releasing any veteran player due to salary?
- Jerome (@romedamarco)
A. I wrote about this last month (see story). To me, the veterans likeliest to take a pay cut are Trent Cole, who’s expected to make $5 million in base salary but might have his role reduced, and DeMeco Ryans, who is slated to make $6.8 million. The Eagles don’t want to let either go, but they have some contract extensions on the horizon and expect to be active in free agency this offseason.
Others who could be asked to accept a reduced salary are right guard Todd Herremans ($3 million in 2014), tight end Brent Celek ($4 million), wideout Jason Avant ($3.25 million) and tight end James Casey ($3.985 million, $2 million of which is guaranteed).
Q. Who would be an ideal draft pick for the Eagles?
- Bryan Fernandes (@Fern_Bryan)
A. I’m a firm believer in the best-player-available approach, keeping in mind areas on the team that are already deep and talented. Outside of quarterback, running back and kicker, there isn’t a position I would suggest the Eagles ignore in the first round.
Several fans have e-mailed or tweeted me that the Eagles must use their first-round pick on a safety, but if the Eagles have a wide receiver, linebacker, cornerback or offensive lineman rated higher when they pick, then don’t reach for the safety. That’s the kind of habit that landed them Jaiquawn Jarrett in the second round and Danny Watkins in the first.
Just get the most talented player on the board at any of those positions. That’s what the Steelers, Packers, Ravens, 49ers, Seahawks and other annual playoff contenders do.
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