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Who's still left? Updating statuses for all Eagles' free agents

Who's still left? Updating statuses for all Eagles' free agents

The craziness of free agency has finally died down, so it’s time to take a breath and take stock of the Eagles’ free agents. 

So far, several Birds from the 2018 team have re-signed, others have signed elsewhere and plenty are still on the open market. 

Here’s a complete look: 

Brought back 

Brandon Graham: Graham never made it to free agency, signing a three-year, $40 million deal before the new league year. Just the first two years of the contract are guaranteed, but it was still a nice payday for the 30-year-old defensive end. 

Ronald Darby: He’s still rehabbing from a torn ACL, but Darby is back for the 2019 season to join a crowded cornerback room. His deal is reportedly worth $8.5 million. There’s some question as to whether or not he’ll be ready for the opener. 

Paul Worrilow: Worrilow didn’t make it to free agency either. The veteran linebacker was re-signed back in January. He tore his ACL early in OTAs, so he’s far along and could factor into the linebacker rotation. 

Nate Sudfeld: The Eagles slapped a second-round tender on the restricted free agent. It all but guarantees he’ll be back for 2019 at a salary just north of $3 million.  

Rick Lovato: The long snapper signed a one-year deal. He was an exclusive rights free agent. 

Jake Elliott: Ditto. Elliott signed a one-year deal too. 

Signed elsewhere 

Golden Tate: Tate talked a lot about wanting to win, but then cashed out with a four-year, $37.5 million deal to join the directionless Giants. He spent just half a season with the Birds, but will now see them twice per season for the next several years. 

Jordan Hicks: The Eagles would have welcomed Hicks back, but not with the deal he got. Hicks signed a four-year, $34 million contract to join the Arizona Cardinals. It includes $20 million guaranteed for the former third-round pick. 

Jordan Matthews: Matthews’ second stint as an Eagle came to a close when he agreed to a one-year deal with the 49ers. The Eagles brought back Nelson Agholor for $9.4 million and he will be their slot receiver. 

Nick Foles: The inevitable happened and Foles is no longer an Eagle. He got a huge four-year, $88 million contract with over $50 million guaranteed with the Jaguars. At least he left the NFC.  

Still available 

Jay Ajayi: He’s recovering from an ACL tear and had knee issues before the injury, but Ajayi might be a cheap option for 2019. We’ll see where he ends up, but the Eagles will at least know how his recovery is going.  

Haloti Ngata: The 35-year-old played better down the stretch, but he wasn’t worth the $3 million the Eagles paid him in 2018. Can’t imagine he’ll be back. 

Mike Wallace: For a while, I thought maybe Wallace would be back on a cheap deal. But after trading for DeSean Jackson, the Eagles have found their deep threat. 

D.J. Alexander: Alexander was a key special teams contributor when healthy, but he missed four games in 2018. He is a former special teams Pro Bowler, but the addition of L.J. Fort might not bode well for the 27-year-old’s chances to return. Still a chance, though. 

LaRoy Reynolds: Another special teams linebacker, at least Reynolds played limited snaps on defense in 2018. Wouldn’t be the worst thing to bring him back. 

Darren Sproles: Sproles is 35 now and his initial plan was to retire. We haven’t heard otherwise yet, but we know he was thinking about one more season. Doug Pederson said he would welcome Sproles back, but I wouldn’t count on that happening. 

Richard Rodgers: The Eagles might sign a veteran tight end to be their third behind Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, so Rodgers is still a possibility. But maybe the Eagles would be happy with Josh Perkins or Will Tye, who are already on the roster. 

Chance Warmack: The Eagles need depth on the interior of their line, but I don’t want to hear the collective groan from all Eagles fans if they bring Warmack back. 

Corey Graham: My guess is Graham finally retires. He was really close after the 2017 season and I think this time it sticks.  

Tim Jernigan: The Eagles didn’t pick up Jernigan’s option, a move that saved them $7 million in cap space. Perhaps they could bring him back on a cheaper deal, but Malik Jackson is definitely the new starter next to Fletcher Cox. 

Chris Maragos: A significant knee injury suffered in 2017 kept Maragos out all of last season and he needed another surgery late in the year. Heckuva career for an undrafted safety.  

Stefen Wisniewski: The Eagles declined Wiz’s option and will save $3 million because of it. He’s on the market and maybe he’ll find that starter job he’s been coveting since he arrived to Philadelphia.

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Golden Tate is getting ripped on social media for comments he made in January

Golden Tate is getting ripped on social media for comments he made in January

Golden Tate is getting destroyed on social media for comments he made earlier this year. However, if I was in his position, I would have done the same exact thing.

As a pending free agent, here’s what Tate said two days after the season ended about where he’d like to end up playing this season.

“I want to get back to going deep in the playoffs and winning Super Bowls. In Detroit, I’ve had a bunch of really great stats but no playoff wins. I know what talent I have and I know what I bring to the table, but at the end of the day, it’s about winning playoff games and getting to Super Bowls. And that’s what I want to do. With me going into Year 10, the stats … they’re whatever.”

Golden Tate has reportedly signed a four-year, $37.5 million deal that includes $23 million guaranteed with the New York Giants. According the Fan Duel, the New York Giants have 60/1 odds to win the Super Bowl next year. That’s ninth worst in the NFL.

People didn’t forget what Tate said.

 

How can you blame the guy, though? Of course he wants to win; who doesn’t? However, he’s 30 years old and already has a Pro Bowl and Super Bowl to his name. Getting a four-year deal from any team worth $37.5 million is probably the best thing for his future and his growing family, even if it’s with the New York Giants.

It looks like Tate is also kind of playing into that, too, with the video he posted on his Instagram (see above for video).

At the end of the day, Tate will probably have a weird relationship with Philadelphia. He underperformed his trade worth initially and is going to a division rival, but he made a few huge plays in the playoffs, and will ultimately bring a fourth-round compensatory pick back to the Eagles when he cost them a third in the trade. I’d say that’s not too bad at all.

I’m not mad at all at Tate for wanting to play for a contending team and ultimately taking the biggest payday sent his way. Think about yourself and your own family — would you have done the exact same thing?

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Former Eagles WR Golden Tate signs with Giants

Former Eagles WR Golden Tate signs with Giants

We all realized Golden Tate wasn’t going to be back with the Eagles in 2019, but he isn’t going far. 

The former Eagles receiver has agreed to a four-year contract with the New York Giants, who just shipped Odell Beckham Jr. out of town. The Eagles will see Tate twice next season. 

Tate will help the Giants, but he isn’t OBJ and he got a pretty significant contract. 

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Tate’s deal is worth $37.5 million and $23 million guaranteed. Not a bad deal for a 30-year-old slot receiver whose production dipped in 2018. But it is good news for the Eagles, who should get back a nice compensatory pick in 2020 because of this contract, barring future signings. That will lessen the blow of giving up a draft pick to acquire Tate. 

The Eagles acquired Tate in the middle of the 2018 season for a third-round pick, but never really figured out how to use him. In eight regular season games with the Eagles, Tate averaged just 3.75 catches and 34.75 yards per game. He did have the game-winning touchdown in the playoff game against the Bears. 

Once the Eagles traded for DeSean Jackson and decided to bring back Nelson Agholor on his $9.4 million salary, there was no chance they were going to re-sign Tate, who seemed like he wanted to return. As it is, the Eagles will likely head into the 2019 season with Alshon Jeffery, Jackson and Agholor, which is a really formidable group of receivers. 

While Tate wasn’t very productive in Philly, he did go over 1,000 yards in three of his previous four seasons in Detroit. It seems like the Giants paid him expecting that kind of production. 

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