Eagles Undrafted Free Agent Update
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles continue to add undrafted free agents to the organization with speedy Iowa State cornerback Jomal Wiltz the latest confirmed signing on Monday.
Post-draft Philadelphia quickly agreed to terms with a number of players, according to NFL sources, some with draftable grades like West Virginia center Tyler Orlosky, Shepherd ultra-sized receiver Billy Brown, Houston quarterback Greg Ward and Wisconsin running back Corey Clement, a Glassboro native.
Brown will be moving to tight end at the NFL level while Ward will be playing WR.
Also being brought in are UCLA safety Randall Goforth, Ohio State punter Cameron Johnston, Indiana inside linebacker Marcus Oliver, Richmond defensive lineman Winston Craig and Brown's teammate at Shepherd, safety Tre Sullivan.
“What we're going to do is we're going to weigh the value of some of the undrafted free agents versus some of the guys on the roster,” executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said at his post-draft press conference. “If there's an opportunity to improve our football team, we've got to take that opportunity to do that.”
Florida edge rusher Bryan Cox also had an offer from the Eagles but changed his mind and went with the Carolina Panthers instead.
Four undrafted players spent time on the Eagles 53-man roster at some point last season: defensive tackle Destiny Veaeo, receiver Paul Turner, cornerback C.J. Smith and running back Byron Marshall.
“There's a lot of legwork that's done prior (to the draft),” Eagles personnel chief Joe Douglas said when discussing undrafted free agency. “It's an all-hands-on-deck mentality. Scouts are working with coaches. We have our list of guys and we're recruiting these guys. We're calling them; we're loving them up. (We’re) calling agents and recruiting agents, as well. So much like the draft, once the draft is over and we have our list of guys, we go by the ranking and we load the roster up. … We try to make it as controlled as possible but it does get chaotic. It’s an unbelievable process and it’s fun when it executes.”
The Eagles have yet to confirm the signings yet as each must pass physicals and the organization will also need to release a few bodies to fit the UDFA class on the 90-man offseason roster.
As usual, though, Philadelphia spent big on the UDFA market, giving Clement $35,000 guaranteed to sign as well as $20K to Craig, $17.5K to Brown and $15K to Sullivan, significant numbers for undrafted players.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen