10 Philadelphia Eagles who might not return in 2018
Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham (53) runs back a fumble recovery for a touchdown as defensive end Chris Long (56) protects against pressure from Dallas Cowboys’ Jonathan Cooper (64) in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
The Philadelphia Eagles pieced together a top-notch roster to win their first Super Bowl championship this month, but it’s unlikely the group stays entirely intact for next season.
More than a dozen Birds can enter unrestricted free agency in March, others stand as possible salary cap casualties and a few might wind up as bargaining chips in trade negotiations. While the Eagles have set themselves up to contend for titles for the foreseeable future with a stable core, they won’t stop tweaking their roster.
So here’s a look at a few notable players from the Super Bowl run who might not be on the team by the end of the offseason.
Bradham is probably the most important Eagles player facing unrestricted free agency. He’s been a lynchpin of the defense the past two years, and this season he led the team in tackles while also taking on signal calling duties after Jordan Hicks ruptured his Achilles.
The issue here for Philadelphia is that Bradham’s strong play might have bloated his value in free agency, and the Eagles don’t have much cap space to work with. Bradham makes the Birds better; it’s just that they might not be able to keep up in a bidding war for his services.
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