The Eagles had the biggest payroll in the NFL in 2016, which reflects in the lack of projected cap room next year. The team had a fast start but fell as the year went on and likely will look to upgrade their skill-position players to help quarterback Carson Wentz develop.
Doing that will require more cap space than what they currently project to have. Releasing Connor Barwin would save nearly $8 million, and one of their running backs would open up $4 million, which should be enough to make a run at some receivers.
Pro: Thomas, a 6-3, 271-pound defensive end, is rising up draft boards after an impressive season with the Cardinal. He had 24.5 sacks the last two seasons, including 14 in 2016. He was dominant in the Hyundai Sun Bowl victory against North Carolina.
Con: There aren’t a lot of cons to drafting Thomas, who appears to be a solid pro in the making despite just two full seasons at Stanford. That might be it. He might not be an instant-impact player in the NFL, and the same comparisons to Brown would be there again.
Pro: It likely wouldn’t cost the No. 1 pick, but the Browns could probably offer the No. 12 pick for Garoppolo, who reportedly has generated interest from multiple teams. If the Browns go here, that means Robert Griffin III’s days in Cleveland are numbered. Garoppolo has learned as a backup the last three seasons behind Tom Brady. Aaron Rodgers did just fine after three years behind Brett Favre.
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Game Mens Demarcus Lawrence Jersey Con: Cleveland goes into another season with another quarterback and even more questions. What combination of draft picks would it take to get a backup quarterback? Would the No. 1 pick be involved somehow? Would the Browns really give all that up to the Patriots?