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Philadelphia Eagles Poised To Benefit From New Salary Cap

Details of what could potentially be the new salary cap for the NFL next year leaked out last week and it was pretty good news for the Eagles. If the numbers are to be believed, the Birds should be well positioned to not only lock up their young talent but also be major players in free agency. ESPN's John Clayton lists them as one of the five teams that will most benefit from the new rules.

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Among last year's playoff teams, the Eagles may have one of the best chances to upgrade their roster and bring in stars. They have $13 million of cap room, and their payroll is a modest $95 million. They could try to bring in defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, wide receiver Plaxico Burress and maybe running back Reggie Bush if the price were right. They would have enough cap flexibility to even go for Nnamdi Asomugha or a top cornerback, if they like.

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Clayton's math actually seems to be a bit off. He reports that the cap should be around $120 million. So if the Eagles payroll is currently $95 million, that would give them $25 million of cap space. Of course, they do have some players scheduled to be free agents that could be re-signed (Stewart Bradley & Quintin Mikell), DeSean Jackson is likely to get a new contract and it's not clear whether Michael Vick's franchise tag was factored into the expected payroll for next year.

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So they won't have $25 mil to spend, but they will be flush with cap space, unlike a team like the Cowboys, who are currently almost $19 million over the proposed cap and have to re-sign LT Doug Free.

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