Mathews has unsurprisingly struggled with injuries, and in a year with an excellent draft class of running backs, Philly could look for a cheaper option to work alongside Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood.
Kendricks fell out of favor and is too expensive, given how the Eagles avoid using him in their sub-packages or as a blitzer. He played only 26.8 percent of the defensive snaps this past season. If the Eagles designate Kendricks as a post-June 1 release and trade or cut Mathews and Barwin, they would free up $16.8 million in 2017 cap space.
Explore the possibility of re-signing Bennie Logan. The Eagles already are spending a lot on their defensive line. They handed out a massive deal to Fletcher Cox and have Brandon Graham and Vinny Curry locked up on second contracts. Including Barwin, four of the seven largest cap hits on Philadelphia’s balance sheet in 2017 belong to defensive linemen. (The other three are offensive tackles Lane Johnson and Jason Peters and backup quarterback Chase Daniel.)
“In the heat of the battle, they revert to what they know, and thatâ€™s the hard thing if theyâ€™re not trained through your system,’ he said. “When you play on bad teams you think you have to do something supernatural to make a play happen. No, just do your job. If you do your job and the other 10 guys do their job, youâ€™re going to be OK.”
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Don’t expect the Bengals to deviate from that philosophy this year. Though they might go after a mid-range free agent or two, it’s unlikely they’ll be making a big splash when free agency opens in March.
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Unfortunately, his career took a hard turn south in 2014. During a Week 6 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Cruz went down with a torn patellar tendon, ending his season early. Itâ€™s one of the hardest injuries for an athlete to come back from, although Cruz was nearly set to make his comeback at the start of the 2015 season. However, he picked up a calf injury while rehabbing the knee, and that resulted in him sitting out the entire year once again.