Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Eagles sign eight of their 11 picks


The Philadelphia Eagles now have eight of their 11 draft picks signed, but first rounder Danny Watkins is not among them. However, second-round safety Jaiquawn Jarrett is.

Jarrett got a four-year deal, as did third-round corner Curtis Marsh, LB Casey Matthews, K Alex Henery, RB Dion Lewis, G Julian Vandervelde, C Jason Kelce and LB Brian Rolle. By my math, that means only Watkins and the two seventh rounders, LB Greg Lloyd and FB Stanley Havili, are left unsigned.

I’m not sure exactly why the seventh rounders aren’t signed, but I’d tell them the Raheem Brock story. Remember he was a seventh-round pick of the Eagles back in 2002 and one of the last to sign? The Eagles ran out of rookie money and cut him before he signed. Whoops.

It’s not known what’s holding up the Watkins deal, but the first rounders are probably looking around for someone to sign first and then use the slotting system to gauge their value.

Joe Panos (yes, that Joe Panos. Former Eagle who helped protect some Wisconsin students when they all crushed one another going down on the field) told that, “Nothing’s imminent, but we’re working on it.”

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