After trading for wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham yesterday, the Eagles have made another, slightly less impactful adjustment to their roster.
Eagles OL Andrew Gardner took a pay cut from $1.2M to the vet min of $760,000K, per source. Gets $300K added in 2018 incentives in return.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) August 17, 2016
According to Field Yates of ESPN, backup Offensive Lineman Andrew Gardner has taken a pay cut in order to stay with the team.
The 30 year old was signed two season’s ago as a backup and ended up becoming a crucial part of the Offensive Line. However, after the huge addition of Brandon Brooks, Gardner’s starting bid at RG has been eradicated and he will instead likely serve in the role he was originally signed for.
Gardner could well have become a cap casualty when the cuts to the 90-man roster began and was set to make more than any Guard on the roster this season with the exception of Brandon Brooks.
Considering that Dennis Kelly was traded to the Titans yesterday, a pay cut was probably wise for both parties. The Eagles are said to be “keeping tabs” on Free Agent Will Beatty and with the talent at depth positions becoming an issue, it secures Gardner’s role regardless of if the Eagles strengthen the line, as well as helps lift some of the weight off of an ever shrinking amount of salary cap space.
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