Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com, citing a person familiar with the situation, reports that the Eagles plan to meet with the agents for DE Connor Barwin and C Jason Kelce at the Scouting Combine this week.
The goal to get some clarity regarding the future of both players in Philadelphia. As of now, Shorr-Parks mentions that no final decisions have been made regarding Barwin or Kelce.
Both players have been tossed out as potential cap casualties for the Eagles this offseason, but of the two, Shorr-Parks says that Barwin is far more likely to have his contract reworked or be released outright. There’s also a chance they could make him available for trade.
As for Kelce, Shorr-Parks says it’s “very possible” they keep him at his current salary, given that he’s coming off of a good year and is an asset to QB Carson Wentz.
Barwin, 30, is a former second-round pick of the Texans back in 2009. He will be entering the fifth year of his six-year, $36 million contract that included $8 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $7 million for the 2017 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, trading or releasing Barwin would free up $7.75 million in available cap space while creating $600,000 in dead money.
In 2016, Barwin appeared all 16 games for the Eagles and recorded 34 tackles, five sacks, a forced fumble and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 100 edge rusher out of 109 qualifying players.
Kelce, 29, is a former sixth-round pick of the Eagles back in 2011. He’s entering the fourth year of his seven-year, $40.11 million contract that included $13 million guaranteed and stands to make a base salary of $5 million for the 2017 season.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Kelce would free up $3.8 million in available cap space while creating $2.4 million in dead money.
In 2016, Kelce appeared in all 16 games for the Eagles and is rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 27 center out of 38 qualifying players.