The discussion involving what to do with free agent DT Bennie Logan continues to rile opinions. The decisions for other Eagles veterans, including Connor Barwin, Jason Kelce, and Brent Celek, are met with a comparative blasé wave of the hand. The difference between those players and a commodity like Logan is dollar sign versus value. Unfortunately for Logan, the Eagles have the leverage.
One of the biggest reasons Bennie Logan wouldn’t wind up in an Eagles uniform next season is Fletcher Cox. It has nothing to do with compatibility or scheme but rather a quick glance at the salary structure.
Fletcher Cox’s massive $103 million deal hasn’t kicked in yet. Cox went for just under $6.5 million last season and will go for $9.4 next season. After that, a healthy Cox will not cost the Eagles less than $17 million per season in an Eagles uniform.
Bennie Logan is looking for a substantial contract. Many have documented his value as a run stopper and noted his value as a respected locker room member, meaning he’s plenty deserving of a big contract.
Depending on the type of deal Logan is seeking, the Eagles could find themselves spending over $25 million per season on two players on the defensive line.
It’s understood at this point that the defensive line is one of the three or four most valuable spots on the football field. However, one of the prime reasons for this is disrupting the quarterback. Logan doesn’t excel at pass rushing.
The argument on the other side is that the Eagles play in a division with the Cowboys, where the rushing offense is the number one facet to stop. While toppling the Cowboys is one of the fastest ways to make it to NFC champion, the season doesn’t end after beating the Cowboys. Sinking those types of dollars into a defensive line catering more to a defensive approach versus attacking the quarterback is a narrow approach that doesn’t serve in stopping what has become a pass first league.
From a usage perspective, Jim Schwartz didn’t favor Bennie Logan as much as the discussion surrounding resigning him would indicate. Logan played 467 defensive snaps in 2016, while Beau Allen tallied 412 and rookie Destiny Vaeao played 268. None of these come close to Fletcher Cox’s 772.
There’s no question that Bennie Logan deserves money. The Eagles should give it to him if his deal can be structured to balance the avalanche of money headed towards Fletcher Cox in the near future. But if the asking price is too large, the cost of losing him would be a lot easier to absorb knowing the flexibility left available.
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