It’s official. The Philadelphia Eagles’ 2019 draft class officially put pen to paper, and once they were done, they even got some jersey numbers.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s done, and we can officially celebrate the fact that we’re one step closer to football that counts. The Philadelphia Eagles officially brought their rookies in to sign their deals, and everyone was all smiles.
Take a look at the clips, courtesy of ‘The Birds’ and their official Twitter account.
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s what Philly did in the most recent selection meeting. They moved up from 25 to 22 to select left tackle Andre Dillard. This because no one expected the guy many listed as the second-best left tackle in the draft (and possibly this class’ best pass protector) to still be available when Philly’s pick started creeping up.
There’s just one thing. They had to trade up because rumor had it that the Houston Texans wanted him too.
In the second round, Philly got running back Miles Sanders and wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside. They added defensive end Shareef Miller in Round 4 and Clayton Thorson in Round 5. You’ve seen the smiling faces. Now, let’s look at the numbers they’ll be wearing.
Let’s talk about the money. Dillard’s deal is for four years, and it will earn him $12.3 million. Sanders gets $5.3 million for the same span as time. Throw in $4.9 million for Arcega-Whiteside, $3 million for Shareef Miller, and $2.7 million for Thorson.
We shouldn’t have to talk about free agency for any of them until 2023, unless, of course, Philly re-signs them prior to that or they exercise a fifth-year option that’s worked into the Dillard deal.
According to OverTheCap.com, the Eagles have $24.9 million in cap space, but that doesn’t factor in the numbers given above or their recent undrafted free agent signings. Other additions may still be coming, but let’s switch gears for a second.
Is anyone else looking at all of this money and thinking they should have taken another career path? It’s probably too late for most of us though, isn’t it?