A few weeks ago, I used my weekly Mock Draft Monday piece to lay out a scenario where Alabama Middle-Linebacker C.J. Mosley fell to the Philadelphia Eagles at the number 22 pick, and the Eagles selected the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year. With the move, DeMeco Ryans became expendable, and the Eagles released him realizing that paying him nearly $7 million in 2014, wasn’t worth it just to have his presence and ability to slow down the run.
Today Philly.com’s Jeff McLane squashed the idea that the $6.9 million cap hit that Ryans owns next year, would keep the Eagles from bringing him back in 2014.
1. DeMeco Ryans isn’t going anywhere.
McLane did address the issues that Ryans had in pass coverage in the latter part of the season, but believes that the front-office and coaching staff understand the value of Ryans’ presence in the locker room to even make it realistic that they ask him to take a paycut, let alone release him.
As much as they need Ryans lining the defense up and making stops against the run, they need his leadership perhaps even more. Ryans commands the most respect in the Eagles locker room and “forcing” him to take a pay cut would not go over well with the other players.
The idea that Ryans won’t get cut doesn’t necessarily come as a surprise, but could mean that the team gives other veterans, such as Trent Cole, the ultimatum of either taking a paycut or being released.