The Eagles focused on taking care of their own early in the off-season. Fullback Leonard Weaver signed a three-year deal that reportedly made him the highest-paid fullback in NFL history. Wide receiver Jason Avant secured a five-year deal just a few days later.
Now, the attention turns to whether two of the most integral pieces on the offense - quarterback Kevin Kolb and wide receiver DeSean Jackson - will get new deals. Kolb is signed through this upcoming season and Jackson is under contract through 2011.
Comcast SportsNet's Jordan Raanan explained that there is a potential obstacle that could for now prevent a long-term deal from getting done with either player. In the uncapped year, Raanan stated, there is a rule that a player can only receive a 30-percent raise in his base salary through a contract extension. According to Raanan, Kolb is slated to make $550,000 and Jackson's base salary for this year is $470,000. Thirty-percent won't make much of a difference.
The Eagles could, according to Raanan, offer a big signing bonus because that isn't affected by the 30-percent rule. However, there are two issues with this. The signing bonus money is fully guaranteed and depending on the language in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, whenever that is agreed upon, the bonus money could count against a cap - again, if there is one - in future years.
"We will see how things go down the road here. It's a little bit unstable right now with the CBA," head coach Andy Reid said. "We'll work that out as it comes."
Kolb isn't concerned either.
"At this point, there's only one thing on my mind and, honestly, that's going to win a Super Bowl and getting this team ready to win football games, and I mean that sincerely,"" Kolb said.. ""I've got an agent (Jeff Nalley) and that's why I hired him. Those discussions will go on but, again, my number one focus is this team's preparation to win football games."
Well, in the meantime, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported that Kolb could receive a short-term deal that would bump his pay now before a long-term deal gets hammered out next year. And, again, depending on the new CBA, Kolb may only be a restricted free agent next year.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 6:00 p.m., April 9