Rumor Mill: Eagles should not release G Isaac Seumalo
Recently, rumors have been swirling that the Eagles could release starting guard Isaac Seumalo. I’m unsure if these reports are accurate, but it seems as though people have forgotten how good the 28-year-old is.
Seumalo suffered a Lisfranc sprain just three weeks into the 2021 season, causing him to miss the remainder of the year.
Before getting hurt, he was playing at a Pro-Bowl level, only allowing a single pressure over 109 passing plays. He didn’t give up a single quarterback hit or sack and allowed just four sacks over 400 passing plays in 2020.
The main argument brought up for moving on from the left guard is for salary reasons. Seumalo has just one year remaining on his contract, valued at $5.6 million.
Howie Roseman has been known to heavily value his O-Line, so releasing a starter out of the blue is random. Starting today, the Eagles are able to release him without it all being stuck as dead cap. Instead, they would free up $5 million but incur a $2 million dead cap hit.
Right now, the Eagles have $7 million in space, according to Over the Cap. Unless they want to stockpile isaamoney for next off-season, a cap-saving maneuver makes no sense. The Eagles are done with big signings, and they have the money for whomever else they want that isn’t a star.
Unless Cam Jurgens is a stud out the gate, he isn’t starting for this team. Jeff Stoutland wants to develop his younger players before they see the field. Andre Dillard and Landon Dickerson were placed on the bench despite being high draft picks and were only thrust into action due to injury.
Following the release of Nate Herbig last month, Jurgens and Sua Opeta are the only viable backups at both center and guard. Moving on from another high-caliber guard this late into the off-season is a confusing and impractical move.
You couldn’t have asked Isaac Seumalo to do anything better last season, and he’s certain to have another big season in 2022. He’s phenomenal in open field blocking and is easily the best pulling guard on the roster.
Because of his unfortunate injury, so many Eagles fans have forgotten about him, but he will be sure to prove them wrong next season.
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