Last week we chronicled the Chip Kelly and the Eagles work to gain as much salary cap space as possible. After Tuesday’s purge, the Birds entered free agency with an excess of $50 million in salary cap space. Today, during the tampering period of free agency, Chip Kelly showed the NFL that he’s up to the task of head coach and general manager.
Kelly was able to agree to potential deals with former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Byron Maxwell and former San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore. The Eagles also re-signed quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Despite the fact that deals were “agreed to” between the Eagles and their new players, those deal cannot become official until 4 pm Tuesday, the official signing period. Because of that, we see tweets like these from Maxwell’s agent:
The Eagles deal with Sanchez can be announced because he was still property of the team. The former USC quarterback re-upped with the Birds for two years and $9 million, with incentives that can raise the deal to $16 million.
Despite all the good that Kelly has done since the tampering period began, news recently broke that Jeremy Maclin will be leaving the nest and teaming up for former head coach Andy Reid in Kansas City.
The Eagles will now enter the wide receiver market as they continue to retool their defense.
Stay tuned to PattisonAve.com for continued updates during free agency…