The financial lessons of Philadelphia

Mailbag: The NFL's biggest trend, coaches' challenges and expanding rosters

Originally Published: November 28, 2012
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

With Tuesday's release of Jason Babin, the Philadelphia Eagles are breaking up their dream team -- a dream that turned into a nightmare.

What looked to be a great idea collapsed in mediocrity and is now an embarrassment. Great cap planning by an aggressive organization allowed the Eagles to jump into free agency in 2011 in the hopes of grabbing a championship. The Redskins and Cowboys were trying to do the same thing, but the league robbed them of $46 million of cap space in 2012 and ...

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