Eagles linebacker Nakobe Dean officially signs his rookie deal

Nakobe Dean (Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports)
Nakobe Dean (Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports) /

Based on our calculations, if we did a quick roll call for this Philadelphia Eagles team, everyone should be present and accounted for now, with the exception of Cam Jurgens (as he’s the last of the team’s five draftees who needs to sign his deal). Sure, Nakobe Dean, as he and Howie Roseman promised, was a full go at rookie minicamp, but he wasn’t officially a member of the Birds yet.

Now, he is. Remember May 16th as it will go down as one of the important days of what began a promising future. Dean put pen to paper on his first NFL contract.

If everything goes according to plan, he’ll be a key contributor to this Eagles team through the 2025-2026 NFL season. Rook was all smiles as the Birds took a moment to capture his big day.

Mr. Dean, we can never state that we’re as happy as you are, but trust us on this one. We’re pretty doggone close.

The entire 2022 Eagles draft class is signed now as Nakobe Dean officially inks his deal.

Nakobe Dean is the last of Philly’s five-man 2022 draft class to sign his deal following Cam Jurgens, Jordan Davis, Grant Calcaterra, and Kyron Johnson. He inks a four-year deal worth $5,204,639.

That includes a signing bonus of $965,192, an average salary of $1,301,160, and $965,192 guaranteed at signing. We fully expect the conversation, at some point down the road in the near future, to be about how he’s outperforming his price tag and how much of a steal it was for the Birds to land him in the third round.

In 36 career games at the collegiate level, he racked up 168 total tackles. That includes 89 of the solo variety. Add that to 7.5 sacks, two interceptions, seven pass breakups, and three forced fumbles.

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A College Football Playoff National Championship ring, the Butkus Award (2021), and a Unanimous All-American nod were the result of a phenomenal final season. (2021). Something tells us that we won’t have to complain about those Eagles linebackers in 2022.