Jaylen Watkins' time in Philadelphia might just be coming to an end.
The Eagles don't plan to tender Watkins, who is a restricted free agent, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Watkins, 26, played a decent role with the Eagles in 2017. He came into the summer as a safety, but when the team needed him at corner, he began to fill in there. He offered them a backup at multiple spots.
So why won't the Eagles tender him?
Well, if the Eagles did place a tender on Watkins, it would have been an original-round tender. He was drafted in the fourth round back in 2014. So teams could have negotiated with Watkins as a RFA but if the Eagles didn't match the offer sheet, they'd get back a fourth-round pick. Sounds great, except for one thing.
The problem with the original-round tender is that it would bring back Watkins on a one-year deal worth just over $1.9 million. That's a projection after last year's number was just under $1.8 million.
Watkins proved to be a valuable backup for the Eagles in 2017, but $1.9 million is probably just a little too pricey, especially as the Eagles are sitting around $9 million over the cap and have to trim that number down.
And the Birds should have plenty of younger depth at corner in 2018.
Not tendering Watkins doesn't necessarily mean he won't be back. What it does mean is he'll be an unrestricted free agent when the new league year starts on March 14. He will be able to negotiate with any team freely, but that will also include the Eagles, who might be willing to bring him back for a lesser price.
We now officially know Carson Wentz will be somewhere in the top 10 of the NFL Network’s top 100 players of 2018.
We just don’t know where he’ll land.
As far as the other Eagles on the list, the Super Bowl champions weren’t extremely well-represented: 68. Zach Ertz, 69. Fletcher Cox, 95. Lane Johnson, 96. Malcolm Jenkins.
Before tearing his ACL and LCL on Dec. 10 in Los Angeles, it seemed like Wentz was on his way to an MVP season. In 13 games, Wentz threw for over 3,200 yards and a franchise-record 33 touchdown passes.
Wentz is the only player in the top 10 who has never been anywhere on the top 100 list before. Can he go from off the list to No. 1?
Here’s the list of players (in alphabetical order) who will be unveiled in the top 10 on Monday night.
- Le'Veon Bell
- Tom Brady
- Drew Brees
- Antonio Brown
- Aaron Donald
- Todd Gurley
- Julio Jones
- Von Miller
- Aaron Rodgers
- Carson Wentz
In the comments below, leave your top 10 in order. We’ll see how close everyone can get.
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Carson Wentz held his inaugural AO1 Foundation softball game earlier this month and the event was a huge success, raising over $850,000 for charity.
Saturday afternoon, another Eagles player has a charity softball game.
This time, green-haired cornerback Jalen Mills will take over FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading. The home run derby starts at 1 p.m. and the softball game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Tickets are still available.
According to the website, the game will help benefit the National Youth Foundation.
As for the list of players and celebrities, several of Mills’ current and former teammates are expected to show.
Here’s the full list provided on the website:
Other NFL players
Musical artist Fat Boy SSE
Former Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis
Philly rapper Gillie Da Kid
Competitive eater Notorious B.O.B.
Sports agent Drew Rosenhaus
Radio host DJ Diamond Kuts
Super fan Barry “The Hatchet” Vagnoni