After starting the season on a high note, the Philadelphia Eagles suffered a devastating 32-9 defeat at the hands of the Buccaneers in the wild-card round. The loss marked a disappointing continuation of their season following a promising 10-1 start towards their Super Bowl bid.
As the team works to put the painful memories behind them, attention is now on Eagles edge rusher Hasason Reddick, who has been given clearance to talk trades.
Why Eagles allowed Haason Reddick to seek trade?
Haason Reddick has stirred up trade talks after receiving permission from the team to explore his options, as reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The decision appears to stem from the Eagles’ reluctance to commit to a hefty new deal for the soon-to-be 30-year-old, who is already slated to earn a substantial $14.25 million salary in 2024.
Entering the final year of his current contract, Reddick’s desire for a trade signals his ambition for a more lucrative deal than the $16 million he is set to earn next season, albeit not fully guaranteed.
Meanwhile, Reddick’s stellar performance with the Eagles has propelled his quest for a new chapter in his career after being originally chosen as the 13th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
As the Eagles’ top sack leader for two consecutive seasons, the 29-year-old has been a standout performer in an otherwise inconsistent defense. With a total of 27 sacks over his two Pro Bowl seasons with the Eagles, including a remarkable 11 sacks in 2023, along with 23 quarterback hits and 13 tackles for loss, Reddick’s impact on the field has been undeniable.
Haason Reddick’s contract situation
Hasson Reddick made headlines when he inked a three-year, $45 million deal with the Philadelphia Eagles as a free agent in 2022. Despite his stellar performance, his average per year (APY) salary of $15 million ranks 17th among NFL edge rushers.
In his first two years with the Eagles, Reddick’s base salary paled in comparison to his on-field production. With a meager $1.04 million in his debut season and a slight bump to $1.08 million the following year, his contributions far exceeded his modest paycheck.
Nevertheless, the narrative changes drastically for the 2024 season, with the Eagles’ player set to earn a hefty $14.25 million in base salary and count $21.88 million against the cap.
While acquiring the Camden native via trade before June 1 presents an enticing opportunity for teams, it comes with a hefty price tag. Any team trading for Reddick would inherit a significant $15.5 million salary cap hit, with $1 million attributed to a roster bonus due on March 15, per Saints Wire USA Today.
Amidst the potential financial burden, teams may explore options to negotiate with the Eagles to offset Reddick’s salary, albeit at the cost of sacrificing better draft picks in the trade.
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