Eagles Trade NT Isaac Sopoaga To Patriots
By Allen Kim
In one of the most uneventful trade deadlines in recent memory, the only trade to happen before the 4 p.m. cutoff did little to quicken the pulse of those around the NFL. The Philadelphia Eagles have traded NT Isaac Sopoaga and a 2014 sixth-round pick in exchange for a 2014 fifth-round pick from the New England Patriots.
For New England, the deal makes some sense as they were desperate to bolster their defensive line. With Tommy Kelly still recovering and Vince Wilfork out for the season, Sopoaga adds a big body in the trenches. He’ll be expected to help shore up their run defense, which has been gashed over the past four games. They’ve given up a total of 646 rushing yards over that span, which accounts for 156.6 yards per game.
The Patriots only have to pay Sopoaga $529,000 for this year, and the two remaining years left on his deal are non-guaranteed. He’s all but assured to be cut after the season, making him a minimal investment from their standpoint.
As for Philadelphia, the move officially signals their offseason signing as a bust. He was given a $2.75 million signing bonus, and he has been paid half of his $1 million base salary already. That means that they paid Sopoaga a whopping $3.25 million for only eight games. However, this clears up $3.75 million off next year’s cap and $3.5 million in 2015.