JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In an age of salary caps, the Eagles use a visor. Not all of their overhead is covered by signing bonuses.
Unlike most teams that spend right up to the cap, the Eagles save cap space by minimizing the use of huge signing bonuses to squeeze star players onto the payroll. It's smart business. The formula they used to build a four-time NFC championship game finalist was to draft wisely and get long-term deals with good young players before their rookie contracts expired.