Eagles, Reuben Randle Agree to One-Year Contract

March 24th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Filed under Eagles, Football, General, NFL, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly.

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Since the initial Free Agency Frenzy, things have been quite boring for the NFL. Teams have now shifted their focus towards the NFL Draft in April, and have started attending pro days to scout incoming talent. Things got a little more interesting on Wednesday, though. As teams continue to do research on the incoming pool of talent, the Philadelphia Eagles swooped (See what I did there?  Haha) under the radar, announcing that the team has come to terms on a one-year contract with former New York Giant Reuben Randle.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport was the first to report the terms of the deal, as a one-year contract in excess of $3 million. “Rap Sheet” also noted that Randle will be receiving $500k in guaranteed money.

NJ.com’s Giants reporter Jordan Raanan later clarified that only $1.025 million of that is his base salary, while the rest can be earned through incentives.

This signing may come as a surprise to some, but only the timing of the deal surprised me. Back when free agency began, there was initial rumblings of the Eagles having interest in Randle, yet nothing developed of it. Lo and behold, something eventually came of it. While Randle may not be the “flashiest” signing, he does provide the Eagles some much-needed depth at the receiver position.

Some will be quick to point out, that he failed to meet expectations in New York as a former second-round pick. While that’s partially true, Randle lost snaps to the likes of Victor Cruz and Odell Beckham Jr. during his run with the Giants. In his four seasons with New York, Randle compiled 2,644 yards and 20 touchdowns on 188 catches. Almost 1,700 of those yards came during his final two seasons, with his best overall year coming in 2015 when he caught 57 passes for 797 yards and 8 touchdowns.

The presence of Randle affects the Eagles in a number of ways. First off, it provides them with veteran depth. While a 24 year-old is technically not a veteran, with a group this young Randle can be considered a vet. Additionally, Randle will bring a sense of competition to the locker room. Last year, it didn’t seem like Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor felt much pressure to perform well, because there was no one to really challenge for their jobs. This year, they have Randle that could potentially be breathing down their necks. Finally, the former LSU Tiger provides Sam Bradford with another option to stretch the field. In his career, Randle has an average of 14.1 yards per reception. The Eagles finished 2015 with the third-worst average YPC as a team, with an anemic 10.7 YPC. This signing should allow them to stretch the field further.

By signing Randle, the Eagles have now rounded out their receiving corps. This was once viewed as a position of need entering the offseason, and that talk was only fueled by the release of Riley Cooper. Many speculated that the Eagles would feel pressure to draft a wideout during the draft. Over the past two weeks, the Eagles have added Reuben Randle and Chris Givens to a position that already had Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, and Josh Huff. While it ultimately seemed like the Eagles were going to draft a receiver, I believe that this signing would change that notion, in addition to the Eagles mindset entering the draft.

As the NFL Draft approaches, it’ll be interesting to see what the Eagles plan to do with the eighth overall pick. Will they address the offensive line?  Should they strengthen the secondary? Might they choose to add a possible franchise running back? Time will only tell, but stay tuned to TSP for further updates on the Birds, as further news becomes available.

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