In Jordan Hicks’ first two NFL seasons, he seemed like he was about to emerge as a star linebacker. Hicks tallied 7 interceptions, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 14 passes defended in his first 24 games. However, injuries seem to have completely stalled his progression as a playmaker, as he’s only collected 3 sacks and no interceptions or forced fumbles in his last 17 games.
Hicks’ rookie campaign was cut short in 2015 when he tore his pectoral muscle, and he missed over half of the 2017 season with an achilles injury. In case you missed it, the Eagles won the Super Bowl that year, so how important is he, and how much would he cost to re-sign?
The top 5 Inside Linebackers are earning around $10 million per season, and given his pretty extensive injury history already (missing 18 games in 4 seasons so far), he might sign an affordable deal somewhere around $6 million per season, or a little more on a shorter contract to prove he’s worth the investment.
All things considered, the Eagles are also tight on cap space and could realistically give Carson Wentz his mega-contract this offseason. Yikes. It’s a very real possibility that the Eagles let Hicks walk this offseason when he is due for a new contract if his asking price is too steep and simply address the position in the 2019 draft.