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Danny Watkins agrees to terms with Eagles

Guard Danny Watkins from Baylor University reacts as he walks onstage after being selected as the 23rd overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2011 NFL football Draft in New York Reuters

Well, one holdout in Philly has ended.  But not the one that Eagles fans wish would end.

Guard Danny Watkins, the 23rd overall pick in the draft, will sign his rookie contract tonight, according to Howard Eskin of WIP and NBC 10.

Per Eskin, the deal is worth $7.9 million over four years.  Only the first three years will be guaranteed, which means that Watkins’ camp caved on the question of whether the entire deal should be guaranteed.

Earlier today, in an appearance on PFT Live, Eagles president Joe Banner made the case for not guaranteeing all four years.  It was clear based on Banner’s comments that the Eagles didn’t plan to cave.

The move boxes in Cameron Jordan, the 24th overall pick, given that pick No. 25 (James Carpenter of the Seahawks) already agreed to a deal with three years of guaranteed money.

Six first-rounders remain unsigned.

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48 Responses to “Danny Watkins agrees to terms with Eagles”
  1. kmurph1226 says: Aug 1, 2011 7:49 PM

    Sucks for him. By the time he finishes out his 5 year rookie contract, he’ll be 32. Don’t know who would want to pay big money for a 32 year old OG.

    But was a good signing for the Eagles, considering they are in a win-now situation.

  2. botchedextrapoint says: Aug 1, 2011 7:51 PM

    Thats a lot of money for a turnstile.

  3. phillyfan4ever says: Aug 1, 2011 7:53 PM

    Niceee, another thing off the “to-do-list”

  4. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Aug 1, 2011 7:54 PM

    Take the few million your gonna get now and go make your money like everybody else.

  5. eaglesfootballfan says: Aug 1, 2011 7:54 PM

    These players don’t understand how easy they have it. There salary in 1 or 2 football sunday’s is what a hardworking man or woman make in a year’s salary.

  6. offsideburns says: Aug 1, 2011 7:54 PM

    now Philly just needs to sign Danny Noonan

  7. xstaticonradio says: Aug 1, 2011 7:54 PM

    Didn’t this guy say he wasn’t going to hold out?

  8. ICDogg says: Aug 1, 2011 7:56 PM

    Oh, we wished this one to end also…

  9. brasho says: Aug 1, 2011 8:00 PM

    The Eagles may have had a great offseason, but drafting a 27-year old OG in round 1 was not part of it.

  10. wamj2008 says: Aug 1, 2011 8:01 PM

    The Packers still have Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley, and Randall Cobb.

    I hope Danny Watkins can play corner.

  11. t16rich says: Aug 1, 2011 8:02 PM

    Getting this kid in camp is more important than Desean. Only because he needs reps more than Desean.

  12. jacksaysfu says: Aug 1, 2011 8:02 PM

    Finally! This was bigger then Djax coming in cause watkins is penciled as a starter and desean knows the system and terminology like the back of his hand. Now go sign #10 . And unless you can get a stud RT do NOT trade the best play making CB in the league! !

  13. phillychzstk2012 says: Aug 1, 2011 8:04 PM

    oh well its ABOOOT time. Sorry im Canadian

  14. derekjetersmansion says: Aug 1, 2011 8:04 PM

    @ eaglesfootballfan

    Again, they are one of 2000 people in the entire world who can do what is asked of them. And you want to pay them $50K a year? Sure glad I’m not working in your company.

  15. jacksaysfu says: Aug 1, 2011 8:04 PM

    Eagles fans. : Thumbs up if you think we should keep Asante Samuel.

  16. eaglesfootballfan says: Aug 1, 2011 8:12 PM

    His agent has had a history of letting his players holdout. That is not good.

  17. phillyrick22 says: Aug 1, 2011 8:12 PM

    finally! now its time to give D-Jax his $$$!!!

  18. milwaukeebirds says: Aug 1, 2011 8:13 PM

    Thank you!! I don’t care how much talent my Eagles have. It has to start with the lines and I have been cautiously optomistic (its easy to get excited at all of the signings, isn’t it Skins fan’s?). The Eagles aren’t going anywhere whitout that O-Line holding up. I could care less about undersized linebackers, after 12 plus years your numb to that fact. This O-Line however is a big mystery at the moment. I doubt they have time get sorted out by week one but the more bodies the better. I am crossing my fingers cause Vick could get hurt Week 1, Qt 1 if we don’t figure it out quick. Either way I am elated to get this kid into camp everyday of practice gives a chance to reduce those odds.

  19. offkiltereagle says: Aug 1, 2011 8:14 PM

    The Packers still have Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley, and Randall Cobb.

    I hope Danny Watkins can play corner.

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    He may not be able to play CB, but I think the Eagles picked up a couple of guys who can.

  20. terrellblowens says: Aug 1, 2011 8:20 PM

    DJax should get his money now. And then look at a RT upgrade and maybe Kirk Morrison… I don’t think there would be a single hole left on this roster

  21. andyreidisfat says: Aug 1, 2011 8:22 PM

    The good thing for the Eagles is they play Rams the first week and the rams dont have the greatest pass rush int he world so the Eagles line should get at least one real game against weaker competition.

    I think this kid will be good, not great but good. I still would have rather had a pouncey but this “man” will do. To bad for him that he will 31 when this deal is up but i think if he plays well given his situation the Eagles will be ok with giving him a bigger deal sooner. The great part though is how much he is being paid. Remember the days when this pick in the draft would cost more than this in bonus alone.

    Now we just need to sign Ryan Harris to play RT and were ready to go. Oh yeah and that Djax contract but thats up to him to come to camp the eagles don’t deal with holdouts. If he comes in they sit right down with him. Jus come in Djax

  22. laeaglefan says: Aug 1, 2011 8:34 PM

    Other players his age (and younger) are getting their 2nd contracts already. I don’t know why the Eagles think he’s so good that he’s going to step right in and be a starter, but I don’t blame them for not giving him more than 3 guaranteed years.

  23. seabreezes51 says: Aug 1, 2011 8:35 PM

    The wildcard for every single NFL team is injuries.
    Don’t get ‘em and you win, even if your team isn’t really good. Got a good team and don’t get hurt and you can think SB until the end of the season….

  24. wamj2008 says: Aug 1, 2011 8:35 PM

    “The Packers still have Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley, and Randall Cobb.

    I hope Danny Watkins can play corner.

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    He may not be able to play CB, but I think the Eagles picked up a couple of guys who can.”

    3 guys to cover that crew? I hope the Eagles picked up a few more corners.

  25. phillychzstk2012 says: Aug 1, 2011 8:35 PM

    @offkiltereagle ya hes really gonna have to step in and play cb. not like the Eagles have anyone at that position

  26. jimmysee says: Aug 1, 2011 8:41 PM

    Another one!

    Those Iggles will be unstoppable.

    Woe to all.

  27. indyeagle says: Aug 1, 2011 8:45 PM

    I hope Eskin isn’t the only source for this news………I’m still waiting on Desean to report today like Eskin said was going to happen.

    Also, can people please quit saying stuff like “I think this kid is going to be blah, blah, blah….” You haven’t watched every snap and you have NO idea what this kid is going to do. IF you have watched every snap, and your not being paid for doing so, please consider getting a life.

  28. offkiltereagle says: Aug 1, 2011 8:48 PM

    You can tell who has been sleeping this offseason

  29. indyeagle says: Aug 1, 2011 8:48 PM

    “The Packers still have Aaron Rodgers, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley, and Randall Cobb.”

    Yeah, because the 21 points those guys put up on our “terrible D” last year was so overwhelming. The Packers are just like any other great team, if you don’t have a pass rush to get to Rodgers, you’re in trouble. Period. End of story.

  30. thegonz13 says: Aug 1, 2011 8:48 PM

    Happy for this hard working Canadian kid!

  31. offkiltereagle says: Aug 1, 2011 8:51 PM

    Wamjam you talk like your Packers just throttled us, but in all actuality if Akers hits on those two field goals your sitting at home for the Super Bowl

  32. fillyfan9988 says: Aug 1, 2011 9:03 PM

    The Eagles agreed to pay him in Canadian Dollars.End of holdout.

  33. vicktator says: Aug 1, 2011 9:05 PM

    finally, the eagles did something

  34. wamj2008 says: Aug 1, 2011 9:12 PM

    “Wamjam you talk like your Packers just throttled us, but in all actuality if Akers hits on those two field goals your sitting at home for the Super Bowl”

    —–

    Right, because Rodgers definitely wouldn’t have driven down the field for the go-ahead score. Not saying he would have, but football is full of coulda-woulda-shouldas. The only thing that matters is what happened.

    What happened is we beat you last season. Twice.

  35. eaglessuperfan says: Aug 1, 2011 9:34 PM

    The Pack will slide back to the “Pack” just like every team that wins the Super Bowl does. You all have very short memories don’t you? They barely made the playoffs last year. Yeah they had a great run. So do all the teams who win the Super Bowl.

  36. pjxii says: Aug 1, 2011 9:44 PM

    This is gonna be fun to watch!

  37. laeaglefan says: Aug 1, 2011 9:51 PM

    I’m tired of hearing how great the Packers are. Sure, they beat the Eagles twice last year, but both games were very close and the Eagles almost pulled out both of them at the end. I’m not worried about the Packers. If the Eagles play up to their talent, they can win.

  38. slothcat says: Aug 1, 2011 10:03 PM

    Did you really throw James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Donald Driver, and Randall Cobb onto a list of people that the Eagles can’t cover?

    Somewhere, Asante Samuel, Nnamdi, and DRC just fell out laughing.

  39. paulbrownsrevenge says: Aug 1, 2011 10:04 PM

    The Packers are better than the Eagles plain and simple. Traditionally, and Currently. Currently the Eagles have a bunch of smurfs playing linebacker. Don’t get too excited Philly fans.

  40. getitdoneplz says: Aug 1, 2011 10:12 PM

    Eagles paid a little extra to get er done but didnt give the 4 year guarantee all these guys are holding out to get. smart move by Watkins cuz eagles never budge

  41. wamj2008 says: Aug 1, 2011 10:28 PM

    We’ll see you in January.

  42. docredskin says: Aug 1, 2011 10:34 PM

    I guess all my complaining about how vastly underpaid firemen are reached Jeff Laurie’s office.

  43. stevincinci says: Aug 1, 2011 10:35 PM

    jacksaysfu says: Aug 1, 2011 8:04 PM

    Eagles fans. : Thumbs up if you think we should keep Asante Samuel.

    No, trade him to Cincinnati.

  44. tonithgren says: Aug 1, 2011 10:52 PM

    Wam, Go give aj hawk another extension. We’ll continue to sign players who can actually play.

  45. Little Earthquake says: Aug 1, 2011 10:53 PM

    The Eagles are stacked with talent. Then again, you also have Andy Reid. Better pray a game doesn’t come down to a 2 minute drill, OT, or a coach’s challenge!

  46. greengob1in says: Aug 1, 2011 11:21 PM

    wamj2008, yeah because i’m so scared of an unproven rookie receiver and a 36 year old receiver who can be covered by Joselio Hanson at this point in his career. BTW that playoff game, Driver was your top receiver with 56 yards. You didn’t have Finley, but somehow i think we’ll manage with these 2 new CBs.

  47. melonnhead says: Aug 2, 2011 9:38 AM

    The Pack will slide back to the “Pack” just like every team that wins the Super Bowl does. You all have very short memories don’t you? They barely made the playoffs last year.

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    You could say that about the Eagles.

  48. melonnhead says: Aug 2, 2011 9:39 AM

    Wam, Go give aj hawk another extension. We’ll continue to sign players who can actually play.

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    … like Stacy Andrews.

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