Philadelphia Eagles grant guard Chance Warmack an extension
The Eagles acquired offensive guard Chance Warmack back in March, and they’ve already extended the former first-round draft choice for another year.
Not even six months ago, the Philadelphia Eagles signed former University of Alabama star blocker Chance Warmack to a one-year contract. The deal was worth just over $1.5 million.
On Saturday, the Eagles did it again.
Warmack is now signed through the 2018 season. He can now enjoy a little more security as he embarks on a new chapter in his career in Philly.
A brief history lesson:
As a first-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Warmack became the first offensive guard to be selected in the top ten picks since the late 1980s. Warmack was selected three slots after University of North Carolina offensive guard Jonathan Cooper. He’s also embarking on a new career path this season with the Dallas Cowboys.
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It makes you wonder of these non-offensive tackles were selected a little high, no? It’s always a concern when a first-round draft pick doesn’t earn a second contract of some kind with the team that selected them.
The current state of affairs:
Having said that, it’s important to remember that some players take a little longer to develop. That’s true regardless of where they were selected. In Warmack’s case, it seems as though injury concerns might have played the most significant role in his departure from his original team, the Tennessee Titans.
At this point, Warmack is expected to back up starting left guard Isaac Seumalo. Reuniting with position coach Jeff Stoutland might be a better situation for Warmack given the fact that Stoutland coached Warmack for a couple of years. This while the two were dominating the college football world with the Crimson Tide.
Looking past the numbers:
Warmack’s listed at six-foot-two and weighs in at 323 pounds. He certainly fits the mold of that ‘mauler’ that every good offensive line should have. The question remains just how much playing time Warmack will actually get.
The Eagles will carry only eight offensive linemen into the regular season, but things could obviously change well before next Sunday’s regular season opener against the Washington Redskins.
Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman told Philly.com on Saturday that despite the low number of offensive linemen on the current roster, the Eagles like their situation better than they did a year ago.
Here’s a quote:
"We think we have eight starters on the offensive line. We think Wiz and V and Chance are all starters in this league."
He better hope so. Entering his second season in the NFL, Carson Wentz will need the best line available in order to get the Eagles back into postseason contention.
Roseman went on to point out that continuity on the offensive line should be a strength moving ahead.
"We feel we’re very fortunate to have eight guys who can go in and play at a high level. We want to keep that as a luxury [going forward] as far as protecting our quarterbacks. It’s a major thing for us."
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The Eagles finished with a record of 9-7 last season and placed fourth in an NFC East division. They’re expected to be even better in 2017.