Eagles’ Sign Jones, Majority of Rookie Class
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles signed their entire rookie class with the exception of first-round pick Derek Barnett on the eve of the team's rookie camp Thursday.
Everyone from injured second-round pick Sidney Jones all the way to sixth-round defensive tackle Elijah Qualls inked the standard four-year rookie deals.
Also agreeing to terms were third-round cornerback Rasul Douglas, fourth-round picks, receiver Mack Hollins and running back Donnel Pumphrey, fifth-round receiver Shelton Gibson, and fifth-round safety turned linebacker Nathan Gerry.
The current CBA, which kicked in 2011 after the lockout, has virtually eliminated rookie holdouts and the only hurdle for any pick is generally offset language so Barnett will likely be signing shortly. First-round picks get four-year deals with a fifth-year team option.
Whether he signs or not by Friday Barnett will be in Philadelphia throughout the weekend for the team’s rookie minicamp.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen