After what seemed like an eternity between transactions, the Eagles made their first signing in a while by picking up veteran WR Miles Austin. They also restructured the contract of DeMeco Ryans, suggesting he’s here to stay for this year. The draft nears closer and closer and the Eagles are beginning to target certain players or do private workouts, but this update will focus on the players actually on the team. Here are some links from the past week:
By Kevin Patra, via NFL.com
Well, the Eagles finally added another wide receiver to the roster, but I’m not really sure this is going to be a good move. He signed his one year deal for $2.3 million with another $700,000 in incentives, but either way that seems like a bit high for a guy that’s really no better than Riley Cooper. I don’t expect Austin to have much of an impact on the team anyway, which makes it strange that he’d get more than triple the veteran minimum. If he is any higher than the WR4 on the roster, it would prevent other guys from getting more snaps. He’s also an injury machine. I have low expectations though, so maybe he can do well in a new system.
By Les Bowen, via Philadelphia Daily News
When Chip Kelly said that LB DeMeco Ryans was coming back next year, he really meant it. The Eagles extended his contract by a year in order to create some more cap space for this year. He will receive a max of $10.25 million over the next two years, $6.25 million of which is guaranteed as opposed to none of it being guaranteed in his original deal. The Eagles save about $3.9 million in cap space with the move. Because it seems unlikely that Ryans, Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks will all be able to stay healthy for the whole 2015 campaign, it’s still good that they have all three guys. I’m interested to see who starts (or if Kendricks is traded before the season starts), but either way, inside linebacker is one of their strongest positions.
By Sheil Kapadia, via Philly Mag
A Dolphins writer reported that Miami may be interested in Eagles CB Brandon Boykin, who has the chance of being lost in the shuffle next season with a lot of cornerbacks on the current roster vying for one starting job. Boykin’s going into his final year of his deal and the Eagles have been stubborn with playing him on the outside despite his great success in the slot. I wouldn’t be devastated if they traded him and got a mid-round pick in return, but I think it may be more worthwhile to see how he does on the outside before giving up. Remember, newly slot corner Walter Thurmond is only on a one-year deal as well.
By Josh Alper, via Pro Football Talk
Well, just looking at the headline, that could scare or confuse quite a few Eagles fans. The headline itself is a bit misleading, but Matthews does make a good point. He says that he’d rather be part of a receiving corps instead that all works together instead of him just being the top guy. He made a great point that neither Super Bowl winning team in the past two years has had a No. 1 receiver on its team. Both the Patriots and Seahawks have a group of a bunch of guys who can get it done. Of course, they succeed that way because they both have excellent quarterbacks. The Eagles just have Sam Bradford.
By Brandon Lee Gowten, via Bleeding Green Nation
This is the type of thing I like to hear. The bottom line was that Huff struggled in his rookie year, whether it was with a shoulder injury in the beginning of the season or with dropping passes. He has the potential to be a great, speedy slot receiver if he can get better, and it seems like Kelly is high enough on him that he can perform well and get on the field more. Whether he will live up to the praise is obviously to be determined, but I’m feeling a little bit better about him being the No. 3 receiver on the team next year. They need production from him.
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