Eagles restructure two contracts to create cap space for 2022

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 22: Philadelphia Eagles Offensive Tackle Lane Johnson (65) celebrates a touchdown in the first half during the game between the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles on September 22, 2019 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire)

Howie Roseman and the Eagles’ front office have long been known for manipulating the salary cap to their advantage.

Days before the team is set to kick off their 2022 season, it appears the Eagles are at it again.

According to reports, the team restructured the contracts of Lane Johnson and kicker, Jake Elliot to create over $7 million in cap space for the upcoming season.

Johnson had close to $6 million converted into a bonus while Elliot had $2.715 million converted as well. The Eagles now have about $9 million in cap space heading into the start of the 2022 season.

With the way the salary cap, injuries, and practice squad roles change, the extra cap space can go into improving the roster throughout the season.

What’s next for the Eagles?

Philadelphia can also look to use some of that new cap space to begin contract extension talks with a number of key players that are set to hit the open market after the season ends. It also opens up room for a potential quarterback extension for Jalen Hurts pending his performance in the upcoming season.

Johnson was the fourth overall pick in 2013 and has been one of the most consistent right tackles in the game. Pro Football Focus graded Johnson at an elite, 82.4 last season.

Jake Elliot, like Johnson, has been a hero of sorts for the Eagles over the years. After joining the team off the Bengals practice squad, Elliot made clutch kick, after clutch kick during the Eagles Super Bowl run in 2017. Elliot was a pro-bowler last season and set an Eagles record with a 90% successful field goal percentage.

Elliot and Johnson are expected to be key cogs in the Eagles’ 2022 season, and their ability to open up cap space will only help the Eagles keep pace with their loaded roster in the future.

Photo by Kyle Ross/Icon Sportswire