Eagles Sign C Molk To Futures Contract

The Eagles signed center David Molk to a reserve/future contract Thursday. The 6-1, 300-pound Michigan product was originally a seventh-round draft choice of the Chargers in 2012.

He is certainly not lacking in confidence, as Pro Football Talk noted prior to the ’12 draft.

Told by an AnnArbor.com reporter that most draftniks rank him as anywhere from the second-best to the sixth-best center in this year’s draft, Molk took exception to that. Molk, who won the Rimington Trophy as the best center in college football, says he’s clearly No. 1.

“The fact they could consider any center better than me is pretty stupid,” Molk said.




NFL Network’s Mike Mayock recently called Molk “very much a finesse guy,” and Molk took issue with that.

“He never played against me,” Molk said of Mayock. “I don’t think a finesse player has ever had defensive linemen quit during a game; quit and give up because you’re hurting them. I don’t think a finesse player has ever done what I do, which is just ground kids out of the hole. I think the fact he called me a finesse player is because he hasn’t watched me on film.”

(H/T to friend of the site, Noah Becker.)

Molk appeared in 12 games for San Diego his rookie season before being placed on injured reserve with a thumb injury. He was released prior to the start of this season and did not play for a team this season. The Eagles reportedly worked Molk out back in September.

Besides Molk, the Eagles have also signed the following to futures contracts this week:

LB Emmanuel Acho
DE Brandon Bair
T Michael Bamiro
WR BJ Cunningham
TE Emil Igwenagu
QB GJ Kinne
LB Travis Long
WR Will Murphy
LB Josh Kaddu
WR Ifeanyi Momah

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  • macadood

    can someone explain what exactly a futures contract is?

    • Adam

      Any player that was not on an active roster the season before can be signed to a future contract. They are called future/reserve contracts because the 2014 season has not begun yet. It puts them on the 90 man roster. If a guy was on the active roster they wouldn’t be able to be signed/resigned until after March 12th.

      • macadood

        thanks. do they all receive the same contract in terms of pay (if any) and length? I assume they must be resigned once again in the 2014 season if the team wants to keep them?

        • Adam

          Nope, no new contracts, I would say they are for vet/UDFA minimums. But anyone signed to one aren’t likely to make the team and are most likely going to be cut before the season and/or resigned a the practice squad, which is another contract all together. There’s a reason they weren’t on an NFL roster the previous year.

        • Corey Dawson

          It’s basically a “2013 to whenever” contract with $0 dollars in 2013 since the season is over. It’s the same as any other contract signed in 2013 except the no money this year part.

      • theycallmerob

        so essentially, they can’t be poached before TC? Lord knows I don’t want Jerrah to come along and steal Momah after we spent all this time developing him. Of course, if he wants to offer a 3rd and 6th rd pick, maybe we’ll listen. maybe.

        • Adam

          Yep they can’t be poached period, until we cut them or P/S them.

        • NickS1

          Might be able to talk ol’ Jerrah into a 2nd. Never know.

    • Corey Dawson

      Basically it’s free agency before free agency for the guys that weren’t on an active roster. Since they weren’t on an active roster, they could have been signed during the 2013 season as well, but since that season is over, they don’t get any money for it. So technically, even though they are being signed now, they get no money until 2014, hence the futures contract. Anyone who was on an active roster can’t be signed until free agency because that’s when this season’s year officially ends and their contract with that team is officially up.

  • Mr. Magee

    What the heck is a futures contract? Just curious, can a 19 yr old kid who elected not to go to college sign a contract (futures or otherwise) with an NFL team?

    • Adam

      I think you need to be 3 years removed from your high school graduating class before you’re NFL eligible. Not to mention you’d probably get broken in half coming right out of HS.

      • macadood

        I’ve always wondered how I’d hold up if I just put on some pads and got on the field with an NFL team. I played university rugby with some of the best players in Canada but I’d imagine I’d get pancaked every time, maybe make a tackle, but for the most part just get outrun by everyone, O line included.

  • GEAGLE

    Glad we will take another look at Momah…also this probably means On some level they are pleased with how Bamiro progressed this year. Really like Travis long

    • Fly High

      I think these futures contracts may be a mix of two things, long shots who could turn into something good, and good camp guys who improve the atmosphere. I am excited that we are being proactive and signing them. I would guess that Kinne and Murphy are camp bodies, and the rest are long shots. Although Kinne could be a 3rd QB if Vick leaves. I think all of the longshots are a little interesting. I think Eagles would like to replace Vandervelde, and if they can do that without a draft pick or a spendy contract, it;’s a score.

      • anon

        If Vick leaves it’d be interesting if we took a late round mobile QB. Also like to see how MB improves in the offseason.

  • GEAGLE

    Wonder how fast Brad smith is….wonder If his role as a WR increases next year…

    I will be thrilled if by some miracle Rejus Benn is done getting injured…but I’d have to be a fool to count on him. Damaris and Maehl need upgrading

    • Adam

      Did we sign him for a couple years?

      • GEAGLE

        I would assume we would have signed him for more then one year, but I’m not sure..
        ….
        You guys here about the prison inmate who filed a federal injunction to stop the NFL playoffs because the chargers shouldn’t be in the playoffs? Lol

        • Adam

          Couldn’t find anything about the terms on contract.

          • cliff henny

            benn has another yr, 1m, no dead. bring him to camp, see if he’s dragging that leg around. hopefully he worked on his hands too, the guy has serious case of the drops. have zero faith in Benn. camp body at this point.

          • GEAGLE

            Thought he was asking about Brad smiths contract..
            ….
            No one is counting on Benns knees any more then people count on Andrew Bynums…but getting a healthy year out of him would be a pleasant surprise..but you certainly can’t count on it…don’t hold your breath or anything like that lol

          • cliff henny

            brad’s signed for 1.3m, dont know about dead, be shocked it there was much if any

    • RIP illa

      Smith is probably running high 4.4s now. He’s not the blazer he once was, but dude is hella smart when he runs and has some shifty-ness to him. Love when we just would give him quick hits in space and let him run…easy 5-6 yards. I think his role should expand as a WR. Nothing major, just a little more of the little he has shown. Plus nobody bothered to mention or even pay attention, but when Colt was out, Smith was usually the 1st guy down on kickoffs. If not making the play/tackle, at least making the runner reroute and adjust enough for others to come and make the play/tackle. So hopefully DJax, Mac, Coop, Smith, and Draft pick for our WR corp. if we carry 6, then that spot should go to Avant or my wishful thinking and dreaming says Momah!!! Super longshot…I know!!!

      • anon

        momah not making the squad to many actual wrs coming out of school

        • RIP illa

          Hence…wishful thinking/dreaming/longshot!!!

          • DmanPhilly

            6 foot 7 is still 6 foot 7 !!!

          • anon

            With that logic we should bring Bynum back.

      • GEAGLE

        He really did bring it on ST..I’m excited about his future

  • theycallmerob

    I’ll take him. I remember him coming out of Michigan, made some headlines for trying to break the bench press record that year. Apparently, also has a ridiculous neck.
    http://www.freep.com/article/20120223/SPORTS06/202230549/Michigan-s-David-Molk-plans-to-show-off-neck-bench-press-at-NFL-combine

    If nothing else, he should be able to offer Mathis a workout buddy.

    • GEAGLE

      I’m pleased with this signing…not sold on our backup center..vandervede needs competition

      • Corey Dawson

        Atheletic centers also make good guards. He could serve as backup center and guard and eventually take over for Herremans in a few years if it pans out.

    • macadood

      Go Blue! He’ll take over Jason Avant as our one mandatory Wolverine if Avant doesn’t make the cut.

  • Andy

    My only question is what kind of beard can Molk grow?

  • JofreyRice

    Oh! I like Josh Kaddu. Could eventually back up good old Berwin on the strong side of the formation. Some upside in coverage.

  • BleedGreenJames

    PASS THE MOLK!

  • cliff henny

    Guy goes from winning remmington to 7th rounder, serious red flags here. he might be a fun camp guy follow though.

    • Andy

      He tore something in his foot during his bowl game and couldn’t do anything at the combine other than the bench press, but he did more reps than everyone except Dontari Poe. Then he didn’t get on the field much for the Chargers. Seems to have interesting physical attributes and the right attitude for a lineman. He could surprise and become the back-up center. And if not, he didn’t even cost a draft pick.

      • cliff henny

        eagles are not scared of damaged goods.

        • Andy124

          They’ve got custom smoothies specifically designed for damaged goods.

        • NickS1

          As stated earlier, he has contracts waiting for injured guys with blanks at $ and yrs

          • cliff henny

            howie shows them x/y graph chart, type of injury vs age…there’s your money

      • JofreyRice

        He might actually be competent. The Chargers offense didn’t seem to miss a beat when Nick Hardwick went down with the concussion, or whatever he had, in the Bengals game, and the Ornsberger kid came in.. Seems like SD are pretty high on him; maybe there was just no way to break through at that position, with that club.

  • Andy124

    Got Molk?

    • Andy

      He’s six feet flat. Andy Reid would immediately move him to tackle.

  • RIP illa

    DEPTH DEPTH and yes…more DEPTH!!! Love this signing. Kid is a natural beast. Just gotta see how he handles the mental side of things and if he can have the agility and athletic ability to handle things and become as good as he talks. Was really interested in him coming outta of last years draft. And let’s face it…Vandervelde or however you spell his name SUUUUUUCCCCKKKKKSSSS!!! And that’s from the 2012 camp/preseason to 13’s. always hated that we kept him around. I’m rooting for you Molk!!!

    • GEAGLE

      We could use a few psychos

  • RIP illa

    Besides Bair and Iggy, I could live w/ that as our practice squad list for next season. Maybe replace Momah and Cunningham w/ DBs and I could get real excited.

  • Maggie

    I the statements he allegedly made are accurate, he sounds like an idiot. I love self-confidence, but he blows his own horn (now, now) without any real evidence.

    • cliff henny

      evidence? he won the trophy for best college center. guess i’d think i was pretty good too

      • Maggie

        Manziel just won the Heisman, too. No way is he the best player coming out of university this year.

    • Corey Dawson

      Won the trophy for best college center and at the combine, only doing the bench due to just getting over foot surgery, had the second highest reps. He backs it up.

  • GEAGLE

    How much does a NT like Paul Soliai cost? What wAs a comperable NT signed for last offseason?
    I know recently BJ Raji turned down an extension that would have paid him 8mil per year..
    Soliai cap figure for this year was $5mil

  • Dr Rick

    I don’t see any safeties on the list.