by Mario Granata
As the NFL nears free agency, there are still some teams who have to clear some salary cap room to make sure they can even sign their rookie classes in 2019. The Eagles, Jaguars, and Vikings are three teams who could have some surprising cap cuts to clear their books and sign some new players this season. A couple of them are surprising.
Current Cap Room: 526,000
Rookie Class: 8.7m
Malik Jackson (DE) - Jackson saves the Jags 11m while imposing a 4m dead money cap hit for Jacksonville. At age 29, Jackson could be a formidable pickup if the Bills don't get any depth in the 2019 Draft. He has played 16 games over the past 6 seasons, so durability isn't an issue, and with the way that the Bills cycle their defensive line, he could extend his career coming to Buffalo.
Jeremy Parnell (RT) - With all the flashy names gone, Parnell would be a pickup for the Bills as a holdover that they could have until they develop another tackle. Parnell holds a 6m cap hit with no dead money against Jacksonville's cap, which could work in favor of the Bills. Although at age 33, the Bills wouldn't offer him anything more than a 3-year deal.
Current Cap Room: 6m
Rookie Class: 6.9m
Nelson Agholor (WR) - Agholor holds a 9m cap hit which becomes fully guaranteed when the new league year starts on March 13th as the Eagles have picked up his 5th-year option. The 25-year old wideout is more than likely staying put as the Eagles could extend him, but some other moves would have to happen if Philadelphia hopes to retain his services.
Jason Kelce (C) - At age 31 he might not be on everyone radar when it comes to cap casualties, however, he could be a nice piece for the Bills to pick up to replace Russell Bodine, if the Bills choose that path. He will save the Eagles 6.5m if they release him with no dead cap penalty and with having played 16 games the past 4 seasons, he would be a stabilizing force on the front of the Bills line.
Current Cap Room: 7.1m
Rookie Class: 6.9m
Trae Waynes (CB) - The former 1st-round pick is due his option this season at the tune of 9.09m. The Vikings could choose to extend him but they would need to make some decisions beforehand. At 26 he could be a slot-corner and provide the Bills with depth at the position that they desperately need.
Kyle Rudolph (TE) - With much of the talk about drafting a tight end or even picking up a free agent, Rudolph could be a cap casualty for the Vikings as he is due 7.625m in 2019. He has played 16 games 4+ seasons and at age 29 could be a solid pickup for the Bills if the Vikings were to let him go.