Howie Roseman continued his cap space manipulation today, restructuring the contracts of LB Nigel Bradham and DE Chris Long. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Eagles added ~$5 Million in cap space with these moves.
Source: the Eagles adjusted the contracts of DE Chris Long and LB Nigel Bradham, creating $5.032M in 2019 cap space. Howie Roseman is always creative with the cap.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 15, 2019
However, it was later reported that Chris Long’s restructure was just to give him more time to make up his mind or retiring or playing one more season.
#Eagles DE Chris Long was due a roster bonus, but he didn’t feel comfortable taking it now – since he hasn’t yet made a decision about his future – so it was moved to after the draft, an NFL source said. That was the restructure @FieldYates reported.
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) March 15, 2019
After the trade of Michael Bennett, it seemed more likely that Long would be willing to stay since that would allow him to play more, but maybe he will wait to see if the team adds a pass rusher early in the 2019 draft that would take playing time from him.
Bradham’s restructure will allow the team to add another free agent this offseason if they so desire, or maybe they will hold onto the cap space and roll it over to the 2020 offseason, where Carson Wentz is expected to get his mega-contract.