Originally written on Eagles Addict  |  Last updated 4/1/15
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When Joe Banner and Andy Reid used to run the show for the Eagles, they developed a relatively new strategy for how to deal with managing the salary cap and retaining their top talent. What they would do is identify young players that they felt were on the rise and offer them a contract extension before they had a “breakout” season.  In other words, they wanted to get them at a more affordable, cap-friendly price before they could demand top dollar. It was a calculated gamble by the Eagles’ front office.  From their stand point they could secure a potential rising star at a managable price and the player would get the security of a long term contract with a signifcant raise in pay while not having to worry about being injured before free agency. At first, the Eagles were revered for this practice because it seemed like a great solution to the salary cap/retaining-top-players issue that has plagued many teams.  However, it was ultimately risky business. With the exception of a few, t...
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