Philadelphia Eagles extend MLB DeMeco Ryans

Ryans was originally scheduled to make 6.9 million in 2015. This extension is worth just 7.5 million over 2 years. However, the problem is that 6.25 million of this new deal is guaranteed, which means it’s essentially fully guaranteed (the Eagles are highly unlikely to cut Ryans next off-season with guaranteed money still owed to him in 2015). Ryan’s original 6.9 million dollar salary in a 2015 contract year was non-guaranteed and the Eagles could have cut him with no penalty and saved 6.9 million in cash and cap space.

With that in mind, they should have cut him, rather than giving him this extension. Even forgetting the fact that Ryans isn’t necessary any more with the Kiko Alonso trade (Alonso and Mychal Kendricks are more than capable of manning the two interior linebacker spots if both are healthy), Ryans just isn’t that good. He’s coming off a torn Achilles that limited him to 8 games last season and he’s going into his age 31 season. He wasn’t horrible in those 8 games in 2014, but he was Pro Football Focus’ 53rd ranked middle linebacker out of 55 eligible in 2013, his last healthy season. He also hasn’t graded out above average since 2011. For a team with limited cap space left, to the point where they’re shopping Evan Mathis, one of the best guards in the NFL, this move doesn’t make a lot of sense, outside of the fact that Ryans will provide depth and veteran leadership.

Grade: D




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