Five members of the Eagles’ 2013 draft class will be bringing signed contracts with them to the start of the rookie minicamp.
The Eagles announced that they have reached agreement on contracts with tight end Zach Ertz, safety Earl Wolff, defensive end Joe Kruger, cornerback Jordan Poyer and defensive end David King. That leaves three picks unsigned, including first-round tackle Lane Johnson.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly is very familiar with Ertz, who played his college ball at Stanford. The second-round pick made the All-America team in 2012 and joins Brent Celek and James Casey at tight end in Philadelphia. It remains to be seen how Kelly will deploy all of them with Ertz looking the kind of player who can make for a tough matchups on defense.
The team has talked about Wolff, a fifth-round pick, focusing on special teams as a rookie while he familiarizes himself with the responsibilities of a safety in the Eagles defense. After signing Patrick Chung and Kenny Phillips, the Eagles hope to have the defensive needs covered for the short term.
Kruger (the younger brother of Browns linebacker Paul Kruger), Poyer and King are all seventh-round picks. Kruger and Poyer also went to Pac-12 schools, joining Ertz and fourth-round pick Matt Barkley as players known to Kelly before they all arrived in the NFL.