God bless Howie. With Donnie Jones' retirement savings of about $1.8M the Eagles still need to drop roughly $8M by April 1 to meet the salary cap requirement going into 2018. They wave Torry Smith and Celek and they save $9M, many expected that would be the approach taken. So it intrigued me that there was so much recent talk about Vinnie Curry.
But look at Bennett's 2018 salary compared to the two prior and two subsequent years. Something is really goofy here. It's all roster bonus -- and $5M of the $6M bonus is non-game, so it counts against whatever year the team assigns the roster date test to. How much you want to bet a bunch of the bonus gets dated during the 2017 league year.
Now look at Curry's contract. Eagles cut him pre-June 1 and they save only $4M; and $5M if the trade him pre-June 1. But if they trade him post June 1 Eagles save $9M against the overstretched 2018 cap year.
I think Vinnie made it clear to the Eagles he wasn't interested in restructuring his deal this month, so they needed to figure out how to trade him now, with a post June 1 delivery date.
Here's a guess. Eagles already have a deal struck for Curry that will be announced after June 1 -- and if I believed in conspiracies I might even guess Vinnie will be playing in Seattle next year.
I hope on of our Eagles journalists can put down the champagne glass long enough tis month to get a serious talk with somebody who can fill in the details of how they manage the cap number because to me that is what I'd pay to read about.