Signing Michael Vick, Nnamdi Asomugha, Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins, Ronnie Brown and assorted free agents has cost the Eagles almost $225 million.
For now a chunk of the money merely is on the books. For example the sixth year of Vick's deal voids if he plays 35 percent of the snaps in any of the first five years. Deduct $15 million there. There are similar circumstances with other contracts.
The new DeSean Jackson contract (http://tinyurl.com/3mmbyqu), which I've been told could arrive right around the regular season opener, will cost the Birds about $50 million. That is what Santonio Holmes, a less accomplished wide receiver, recently got from the New York Jets.
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