The Philadelphia Eagles haven’t stopped working. Shortly after signing 12 undrafted free agents after the conclusion of the NFL Draft, they announced three more roster moves.
We’re a long way from the start of the 2020 NFL season hopefully, and though the Philadelphia Eagles have made several additions to their roster with the help of the most recent NFL Draft, they aren’t sitting idly. The added 12 undrafted free agents on Saturday night. They added a former quarterback that they intend to convert to wide receiver on Sunday. The announced two more roster moves on the following Monday.
Are you having fun yet? You should be! Here’s what they’ve done and a reaction to each move.
1. Let’s start with the former quarterback.
On Sunday, the Eagles announced right around dinner time on the East Coast that there were signing former Arizona Wildcats quarterback Khalil Tate to a one-year deal. He’s an athlete in every sense of the word.
At the prep level, he threw for 2,000 yards, added another 2,000 with his legs, and racked up 43 total touchdowns in his senior season with the Junípero Serra Cavaliers in Gardena, California. He was solid for Arizona as well. Add him to an Eagles receivers room that’s suddenly stocked with speedsters.
2. The Eagles acquire Matt Leo.
On Monday, NFL.com announced that Philly was among four teams that added a prospect to their roster by way of the league’s International Player Pathway Program. Matt Leo comes to the nest by way of the Iowa State Cyclones. He’s a defensive end that originally hails from Australia.
Hey, they’ve added rugby guys to play both tight end and offensive tackle. There’s no reason to stop the experiments now, right? The jury is still out on Jordan Mailata, but let’s hope Leo is better than him and Adam Zaruba. We’ll have to wait and see if that’s the case.
3. Derek Barnett’s fifth-year option is exercised.
This one’s a biggie. We’ve known for quite some time that both Derek Barnett and Brandon Graham‘s futures were uncertain past 2020, but on Monday, according to a report by the Philly Voice’s Jimmy Kempski, a source has told him that Philly has taken care of the 2017 draft’s 14th-overall selection by picking up the fifth-year option on his rookie deal.
They’ve shown a lot of faith in this guy on multiple occasions. There is no more time to wait. 2020 must be his breakout season.