It has been a very active offseason to this point for the Eagles, as they’ve made multiple significant moves to bolster the roster. However, with $19.3 million in cap space remaining, the Eagles will be able to stay aggressive, and there are a few more key moves they could make.

From the start of the offseason, Howie Roseman and the rest of the front office has opened up around $50 million in cap space. Thanks to those magician-type moves, the Eagles have been able to re-sign Brandon Graham, sign Malik Jackson, trade for DeSean Jackson, and trade for Jordan Howard, among other quality acquisitions.

With the NFL Draft set to be held at the end of the month, sights have been set towards who the Eagles could select this year, but that doesn’t mean other moves will be put to a halt. Here are three moves the Eagles could make in the coming days, weeks or months:

Carson Wentz Gets a Contract Extension

This situation has been one echoed by the entire Eagles organization: signing Carson Wentz to an extension is one of the top priorities remaining this offseason. Wentz, including his fifth-year player option, is still under contract until the end of the 2020 season, but he is now eligible for an extension.

Over the past few years, quarterback’s have been coming to agreements on record-setting deals, including Kirk Cousins signing a fully-guaranteed deal that pays him $28 million per season, and Aaron Rodgers signing an extension that pays $33.5 million per season, the highest annual salary in the NFL. It is also worth noting that Russell Wilson gave the Seahawks an April 15 deadline to sign him to an extension, which has the potential to reset the quarterback market. The Chiefs are also rumored to be looking to sign Patrick Mahomes to an extension worth $200 million in the coming future.

It is under the expectation that a Wentz extension would be somewhere around $30 million per season, or even possibly more. Wentz’s struggles of staying healthy the past two seasons could play a factor in discussions, but they ultimately won’t stop the Eagles from extending the cornerstone of their franchise. Plus, it would be in the best interest of the Eagles to get an extension done before Wentz’s value goes up any more, which is sure to happen if he stays healthy in what should be one of the most prolific offenses in the NFL.

The majority of moves the Eagles made this offseason have been short-term deals, which is a clear sign they are planning ahead in terms of a Wentz extension. Assuming Wentz is also interested in an extension with the Eagles, it would be a bit of a shock if the two sides don’t come to an agreement by the start of the 2019 season.

Jalen Mills or Rasul Douglas Gets Traded

With Ronald Darby returning on a one-year deal, the Eagles now have a whopping six starting-caliber cornerback’s in their secondary. Along with that, the Eagles seem to be interested in a number of CB’s in this year’s draft, including Greedy Williams, Deandre Baker and Rock Ya-Sin.

Considering that, it only makes sense that the Eagles look into trading one of their current CB’s. The two who seem to be at most risk of being dealt are Jalen Mills and Rasul Douglas. Both of which could be in the running to win one of the outside CB spots this training camp, but moving on from one of them would open the door to the Eagles taking a CB high in this year’s draft, which has been a popular pick in many mock drafts.

Mills is entering the last year of his contract and is by no means guaranteed to be retained following this season. Mills is still recovering from a foot injury, but he is expected to be ready for training camp, and his dominant play in the red-zone will likely give him some type of market in trade discussions.

Douglas, meanwhile, had a breakout season in 2018, where he emerged as one of the Eagles best CB’s following the injuries to Darby and Mills. Douglas is also set to make just $846,572 (per Spotrac) in 2019, which is an incredibly cheap deal for a player of his caliber, and he isn’t set to hit free agency until 2021. Douglas won’t reward a day one or day two pick in the draft, but he certainly has some intriguing values to other CB-needy teams.

Through their moves in free agency, the Eagles have given themselves an incredible amount of flexibility when it comes to their draft strategy and will be able to pick the best player available at virtually every pick. If Williams or Baker falls to them in the first round, or if the Eagles would prefer taking Ya-Sin in the second round (if he makes it that far), they could justifiably do so, contingent upon trading Mills or Douglas.

Bringing Back Tim Jernigan on a Cheap Deal

The Eagles declined Tim Jernigan’s 2019 option in order to dodge his $13 million cap hit prior to the start of free agency. The move allowed the Eagles to sign Malik Jackson to a three-year deal worth $30 million. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean Jernigan’s time in Philadelphia is completely shut.

The Eagles are reportedly open to bringing back Jernigan on a much cheaper deal. Jernigan would obviously have to be open to that idea as well, but considering his lack of a market, that may not be the worst scenario for him.

Jernigan’s stock took a significant hit after he suffered a herniated disc in his back during offseason workouts, causing him to miss the first 10 games in the 2018 season. Including the playoffs, Jernigan logged an underwhelming five tackles, including just one for a loss, and three QB hits on the year. The injury combined with his lack of production has likely scared away more than a few teams when it comes to a deal worth more than the veterans’ minimum for Jernigan.

As it stands, the Eagles currently have Fletcher Cox, Treyvon Hester, Bruce Hector and Jackson at defensive tackle. The starting rotation with Cox and Jackson is solid, but the depth is fairly lacking. The Eagles may draft a DT in the first or second round this year in what is regarded to as one of the deepest classes in years at that position, but even that wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Jernigan returning.

Jernigan’s free agency situation is fluid, and there is by no means nothing in concrete yet, but Jernigan returning to the Eagles isn’t out of the picture.

None of these moves are sure things, but each one has a chance of becoming reality by the time the 2019 season gets underway. The Eagles will be busy with the NFL Draft coming up, but they still will also have their sights set on other moves as well.

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