The 2021-2022 NFL season has been a ‘Rebuild Year’ for the Philadelphia Eagles. With a number of novel players and a new coaching staff, one sure thing (whether fans like it or not), is general manager Howie Roseman.
This year, Roseman has been busy. After some surpising releases, trades, and restructured salaries, the Eagles have $19.4 million remaining in cap space, according to Over The Cap. With their top-51 players accounting for $119.4 million, is Philadelphia’s money being well spent?
Highest Paid Eagles Players 2021 – Top 10:
Below is a look at what the top 10 highest paid Eagles players will make during the 2021-2022 season, including salary and bonuses.
Fletcher Cox — $12,916,409
In 2016, Fletcher Cox signed a six-year contract extension worth $103 million with $63 million guaranteed.
He was set to go into the 2021 season with a base salary of $15,000,000 and bonuses worth $8,879,939; however, on September 11, the Eagles restructured his contract. Roseman converted $13.95 million of Cox’s base salary into a signing bonus, creating $11.14 million in cap space.
Though, the defensive tackle would have made $23.9 million this year, Cox still remains #1 on the list. There was much controversy as he remained stat-less in Week 1-4, since Week 5, he now has three sacks.
Lane Johnson — $11,056,498
First signing with the team in 2013, he 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.
There was entirely no way the Eagles were cutting Johnson. His contract was restructured on August 2, and after a series of injuries last season, he was excited to join his team.
Johnson played in Weeks 1-3, unexpectedly missing Weeks 4-6 due to a personal matter. The offensive tackle returned for Week 7, breaking his silence regarding his struggle 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.
Brandon Graham — $7,988,000
Graham has also been with Philadelphia since the start of his NFL career. In 2019, he signed a three-year, $40 million contract extension. This past season he secured his first Pro Bowl.
Earlier this offseason, the Eagles restructured his contract to help with the salary cap. Graham will make a base salary of $1,075,000 and $6,913,000 in bonuses. This helped save the team approximately $9 million.
In Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers, 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 has since been confirmed that Graham suffered an Achilles rupture.
We still about to shock the world! I will just be leading from the sidelines this year working to be great for 2022. Appreciate all the love and now it is time for guys to step it up. U have to find the treasure in every situation! #eagles
— Brandon Graham (@brandongraham55) September 19, 2021
Brandon Brooks — $7,014,235
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. Given his success in Philadelphia, the Eagles would be senseless to even think about parting ways with him. On March 12, 2021, his contract was restructured saving the team $7 million in cap space.
Along with Graham, Brooks was also injured during the Eagles’ Week 2 loss to the 49ers. In the second-quarter, he left early with a chest injury. Luckily, the pectoral strain is not season-ending; however, Brooks remains on the IR list for now.
Darius Slay — $6,610,000
Slay was traded to the Eagles in 2020 in exchange for a third-round and fifth-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. He signed a three-deal worth $50 million, with $30 million guaranteed.
On March 5, 2021, Slay’s contract was restructured. The Eagles saved $9.14 million in cap space. Slay will now enter the 2021 season sporting a new number – No. 2.
He’s had a remarkable season, making three interceptions and three touchdowns. Slay was named to his fourth Pro Bowl this season. He is the first Eagles’ cornerback to be selected since Asante Samuel in 2010.
Javon Hargrave — $5,792,000
Hargrave, who was previously with the Pittsburgh Steelers, joined Philadelphia in March 2020. He signed a three-year $39 million contract. He completed 38 total tackles and 4.5 sacks in midnight green.
Similar to his teammates, his contract was also restructured in early-March. This move saved the Eagles $9.4 million.
This season, Hargrave has been a standout on the Eagles’ defense. The tackle has surpassed his career-high in sacks, now totaling 7.5.
Jason Kelce — $5,574,000
Kelce can’t seem to part ways with the Eagles and fans throughout Philadelphia are thankful for that. In March, the center took to social media to announce that he is not retiring and will return for the 2021 season.
According to NFL’s Ian Rapoport, Kelce was reportedly supposed to be paid $9 million fully guaranteed with the potential to make $12 million. However, his contract was restructured to serve as a one-year deal.
The 33-year-old has been with the Eagles since he was drafted in 2011. He has started in 120 consecutive games and was named to his third consecutive Pro Bowl, fifth overall. Kelce was also named as Philadelphia’s nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award for 2021-2022.
Dallas Goedert — $3,687,966
Tight end Dallas Goedert is the most recent addition to the Top-10 list. After veteran Zach Ertz’s trade to the Arizona Cardinals, Goedert became TE1 for the Eagles. And, he’s been a go-to receiver for Jalen Hurts since.
In Week 10 against the Denver Broncos, Goedert was injured in the first half and placed on concussion protocol.
On November 19, 2021, the tight end scored himself a five-year contract extension worth $57 million with $35 million guaranteed , according to NFL’s Ian Rapoport. He returned for Philadelphia’s Week 11 game — their first home win in 11 months.
DeVonta Smith — $3,662,071
A newcomer to the list. Wide receiver DeVonta Smith was selected as the No. 10 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft.
From Alabama, he was awarded 14 honors, including the Heisman Trophy Award during the 2020 season. He finished his collegiate career with 235 receptions on 3,965 receiving yards and 46 touchdowns.
Known as the “Slim Reaper” due to his small build, Smith is already gaining popularity among Philadelphia fans who will make his professional debut in 2021.
On June 3, 2021, Smith a four-year contract with the Eagles. The deal is worth $20.1 million fully guaranteed with a $12.6 million signing bonus. There is also a fifth-year option which is standard for first-round selections.
Smith started the 2021 season as Philadelphia’s #1 receiver. He is now on track to finish the season with over 1,000 receiving yards, and surpass DeSean Jackson’s rookie record (912 yards) set in 2008.
Andre Dillard — $3,374,076
The Eagles drafted Dillard in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He played all 16 games as a rookie, allowing 25 pressures on 183 pass-blocking passes and 6.5 sacks.
Dillard was set to start left tackle the following season (2020), but endured a season-ending injury before the year began. Rugby-turned-football-player Jordan Mailata took Dillard’s place on the field and became a standout, earning the left tackle position for the 2021 season. After Mailata went out with a knee injury in Week 2, Dillard came back to replace him and has actually played considerably well.
Dillard is now back on the sideline.
There were rumors surrounding him as the trade deadline approached in early November, but he remains on the Eagles.
Philadelphia Highest Paid Eagles Players – Recap
- Fletcher Cox — $12,916,409
- Lane Johnson — $11,056,498
- Brandon Graham — $7,988,000
- Brandon Brooks — $7,014,235
- Darius Slay — $6,610,000
- Javon Hargrave — $5,792,000
- Jason Kelce — $5,574,000
- Dallas Goedert — $3,687,966
- DeVonta Smith — $3,662,017
- Andre Dillard — $3,374,076
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 is now the highest debt in NFL history, totaling $33.8 million in dead money.
Veteran tight end Zach Ertz held the No. 2 spot with a salary of $12,721,500 before he was traded to the Arizona Cardinals. After the trade, the Eagles incurred $7,054,833 of dead money.