Report: Danny Watkins signs

Amid all of the hype surrounding the free agent signings, hold outs and trades, the fact that the Eagles first round pick still is not in camp has gone relatively unnoticed.

Luckily for the Eagles, it has been resolved before it becomes front page news.

Watkins is slated to start for the Eagles

Danny Watkins, the rookie offensive lineman that Andy Reid said will be the times starting right guard, has signed a deal. This is according to Howard Eskin of 610 WIP. Eskin reports that the deal is a 4 year deal, with the 3rd guaranteed.

The value of the contract is reportedly worth $7.9 million.

It is interesting to see that the 4th year of the contract is not guaranteed. The majority of the first round picks who have signed deals so far have all gotten 4 years guaranteed. Why the Eagles elected not to give the final year to Watkins is unknown.

Could it be his age? Watkins would be close to 30 when the 4th year of the deal would be ending, and that is the Eagles magic number. They could be worried about getting to close to it.

Of course, it never is a good sign when a team does not want to commit more then 3 years to a first round pick.

Eskin reports that Watkins will be in camp tomorrow. With the team having the day off, his first day of practice would presumably be Wednesday.

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