What was supposed to be a “Rebuild Year” for the Philadelphia Eagles wind up being a more successful season than fans originally imagined. The Eagles finished 9-8, making it to the playoffs under a new coaching staff and a new-ish quarterback and his surrounding weapons.
Philadelphia is now entering the postseason with ten total 2022 NFL Draft picks, including three first round selections and a hefty cap space, totaling $21.5 million. According to Over The Cap, the Eagles’ top-51 players account for $170.9 million, including some changes to the top-10 salaries since last season.
Their available cap space stands at $16.98 million (as of April 5, 2022).
Highest-Paid Eagles Players 2022 – Top 10:
Below is a look at what the top-10 highest paid Eagles players will make entering the 2022 season, including salary and bonuses (barring they remain on the team).
Javon Hargrave — $17,802,000
Hargrave, who was previously with the Pittsburgh Steelers, joined Philadelphia in March 2020. He signed a three-year $39 million contract, which was restructured in early-2021. The move saved the Eagles $9.4 million; however, now he moves up five spots on the top-10 list.
This season he completed a career-high in combined tackles (63), assisted tackles (36), and sacks (7.5). Hargrave was also named to his first Pro Bowl, replacing Kenny Clark from the Green Bay Packers who was injured.
It’s likely we’ll see Roseman restructure his contract this offseason to free up more cap space.
Lane Johnson — $15,762,998
First signing with the team in 2013, Lane Johnson signed a six-year contract extension worth $63 million with $35.5 million guaranteed in 2016, becoming the highest-paid right tackle in the NFL. The Eagles revised his contract again in 2019; a four-year $72 million deal with $54.6 million guaranteed. He is now the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL.
Early in the 2021 season, Johnson dealt with some personal issues, unexpectedly missing Weeks 4-6. He later broke his silence stating he was struggling with anxiety and depression.
In Week 16 against the New York Giants, Johnson scored his first touchdown. In a play now deemed “East Texas”, Hurts faked a pass to running back Boston Scott, throwing the ball to Johnson who was wide open in the end zone.
Fletcher Cox — $14,946,820
Formerly the highest-paid Eagles player, Cox drops down the list to #3.
Fletcher Cox has been with Philadelphia since 2012, quickly becoming one of the team’s best players. There was much controversy as he remained stat-less in Weeks 1-4; however, he finished with 35 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
On March 17, Cox’s previous $18 million contract would have been guaranteed, so instead, the Eagles released him with a post-June 1 designation. The following day, Cox agreed to a one-year deal worth $14.9 million (much of which is a bonus).
Darius Slay — $9,731,00
Slay was the fifth-highest paid player on the Eagles last season. Last year, he restructured his contract, saving the team $9.14 million in cap space. At the start of the 2022 offseason, he held the No. 1 spot; however, his contract was restructured again on March 18.
His cap hit is down from $22.035 million, saving the Eagles $11.9 million in cap space.
Slay was traded to Philadelphia in 2020 in exchange for a third-round and fifth-round selection in the NFL Draft. The 2021 season was remarkable for the cornerback who made three interceptions and three touchdowns.
He was named to his fourth Pro Bowl, becoming the first Eagles’ cornerback to be selected since Asante Samuel in 2010.
Brandon Graham — $9,413,000
Brandon Graham has also been with Philadelphia since the start of his NFL career. In 2019, he signed a three-year, $40 million contract extension, securing his first Pro Bowl in 2020.
In Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers in 2021, Graham was carted off the field with an ankle injury. He took to social media following the game hinting at his season-ending injury. It was later confirmed that Graham suffered an Achilles rupture and would not return.
Jason Kelce — $8,045,000
The 34-year-old has been with the Eagles since he was drafted in 2011 and has become one of the best players in franchise history. Kelce has played in 122 consecutive starts. He was also named as Philadelphia’s nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award for the 2021-2022 season.
This season, Kelce was named to first-team All-Pro and his third consecutive Pro Bowl (fifth overall); however, the week before, he dropped out. Many fans have been concerned that the 2021 season would be his last after numerous retirement rumors year after year. Luckily, they were just rumors.
Kelce recently announced he would be back for his 12th season with Philadelphia. The Eagles posted the video to their Twitter.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 10, 2022
Kelce’s new contract makes him the highest-paid center in the NFL, bypassing Lions’ Frank Ragnow. His one-year deal can increase to $14.5 million with incentives.
Isaac Seumalo — $7,668,000
The Eagles selected Seumalo in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft. His time on the field has been short-lived after suffering a series of injuries. In 2018, he had a pectoral injury, followed by a knee injury in 2020 and Lisfranc injury in 2021.
Brandon Brooks — $7,059,235
In 2016, Brandon Brooks joined the Eagles, signing a five-year, $40 million deal. His contract was extended in 2019 through the 2024 season and came with a $54.2 million salary.
Brooks was named to the Pro Bowl in 2017, 2018, and 2019. On March 12, 2021, his contract was restructured saving the team $7 million in cap space.
Along with Brandon Graham, Brooks was also injured during the Eagles’ Week 2 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. In the second-quarter, he left early with a chest injury. His pectoral strain was not supposed to be season-ending; however, Brooks never returned.
In January 2022, Brooks signed a new contract reducing his cap number from $19.4 million to $7.1 million. Later that day, he announced his retirement from the NFL.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) January 26, 2022
Brooks stated, “These past six years I wouldn’t trade for the world. I attacked my rehab with the passion and intensity I always do, but making it back just wasn’t in the cards. It didn’t end the way I would have liked it, but to me it’s never about the ending. It’s about the journey.”
One day later, the Eagles signed him to a new one-year deal worth $14 million, (up to $14.5 million with incentives). The contract made Kelce the highest-paid center in the league.
A.J. Brown — $6,213,597
One of the newest additions to the list is former Tennessee Titans’ wide receiver A.J. Brown. The Eagles acquired Brown during the 2022 NFL Draft when they traded away their No. 18 and No. 101 overall picks.
Brown was originally drafted in 2019 in the second-round. He’s had a successful career thus far, finishing with a career-high 70 receptions, 1,075 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns during his second season. Last year, Brown put up his lowest stats, but still played better than all of Philadelphia’s wide receivers except for DeVonta Smith.
He will now play alongside Smith, giving quarterback Jalen Hurts another throwing option. Brown signed a four-year, $100 million contract extension with $57 million guaranteed.
Jake Elliott — $5,086,000
Rounding out the top-1o is kicker Jake Elliott. The Eagles signed Elliott off of the Bengal’s practice squad in 2017.
In 2020, he had his least productive season of his career; however, he regained his success this past year. He finished with his first-year of converting 100% of his extra-point attempts. He also broke Philadelphia’s franchise record for the best field goal percentage in a single season (90.9%).
He was named to his first Pro Bowl, replacing Matt Gay who was unable to play due to the Super Bowl.
Philadelphia’s Highest Paid Eagles Players — Recap
- Javon Hargrave — $17,802,000
- Lane Johnson — $15,762,998
- Fletcher Cox — $14,946,820
- Darius Slay — $9,731,000
- Brandon Graham — $9,413,000
- Jason Kelce — $8,045,000
- Isaac Seumalo — $7,668,000
- Brandon Brooks — $7,059,235
- A.J. Brown — $6,213,597
- Jake Elliott — $5,086,000
** Prior to Carson Wentz’s trade to the Indianapolis Colts on March 12, 2021, he previously held the No. 1 spot on the list with a salary of $34,673,536. This was the highest salary in franchise history and is now the highest debt in NFL history, totaling $33.8 million in dead money. Wentz has since been traded to the Washington Commanders.