Eagles awarded two compensatory picks for 2021 Draft
Ahead of the start of free agency next week, the NFL has awarded the compensatory draft picks for the 2021 NFL Draft. The Eagles are recipients of back-to-back picks in the sixth round, picks 223 and 224.
These two selections bring the Eagles up to ten total selections in this year’s draft. The Eagles have one other sixth-round pick. Alongside that they have an extra third from the Carson Wentz trade, and a fifth from the Dallas Cowboys.
Philadelphia receives these picks due to the losses of Ronald Darby, Jordan Howard, Kamu Grugier-Hill, and Halapoulivaati Vaitai in free agency. Darby left for the Washington Football Team after a disappointing season with the Eagles. Both Howard and Grugier-Hill went to Miami while Howard returned to the Eagles later in the season. After a standout season, Vaitai left for Detroit, where he received a massive payday from the Lions. Compensatory picks are calculated based on playing time, salary, and postseason honors.
Alongside the allocation of compensatory picks, the NFL announced the 2021 salary cap is set at $182.5 million, where it has been roughly estimated to be for the last several months. The 2021 cap is down from the $198 million from 2020.
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