Watch out, Caleb Sturgis. Philadelphia has a new kicker in town, and they are quite happy with him. In the opener at Washington, Sturgis was hurt and the Eagles announced he would be out at least 8 weeks. The Eagles held kicker tryouts, and Elliott was the winner. This is why Elliott could start instead of Sturgis.
- INJURY. By the time Sturgis is done his 8-week absence, he will have missed 11 games in just 4 seasons. The Eagles don’t want to have to be forced into action because Sturgis is out for the season.
- MONEY. Elliott makes $435,000 less than Sturgis a year, which would clear up a lot of cap space. A good year for Elliott would get him a multiyear, $1,000,000 with a bonus close to $500,000. A good finale for Sturgis would get him multiyear, $3,000,000 with a bonus of $1,000,000. Elliott would save a lot of cap space.
- STRENGTH. You don’t cut a rookie who kicked the 7th longest FG in NFL history. You can, however, cut a kicker with a max of just 53 yards.
If my predictions are right in number 2, if the Eagles added 500k per year to the contract, and each kicker played 10 more years, these would be the stats:
Sturgis Total: About $62,500,000 or roughly $6,250,000 contract value
Elliott Total: About $42,500,000 or roughly $4,250,000 contract value
So, Elliott would save us millions and be our Adam Vinatieri.