Eagles Re-Sign Arrelious Benn

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles-Minicamp
Three days after being cut, Arrelious Benn is back in the fold. The Eagles announced on Monday that they have re-signed the receiver.

The decision to release him was financially-driven. Benn was scheduled to make $1 million in 2014 and carried a cap hit of $1.1 million. The Eagles were hoping he would agree to a pay cut, and it appears he has.

The 6-2, 220- pound wideout was acquired last offseason from the Bucs along with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a sixth-rounder. He tore his left ACL during training camp and missed the entire season. The former second-round pick has 59 catches for 862 yards and five touchdowns since joining the league in 2010.

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  • JosephR2225

    Sweet. Super Bowl Train back on the tracks.

    • JettMartinez

      On an internet full of dumb comments these sarcastic “Now we’ll win the championship!” ones on every single move back end of the roster may be the dumbest. There’s 90 people on the training camp roster. Not every move can be a blockbuster. It’s like the expect a team with 11 superstars and no bench/camp bodies.

      • Andy124

        And not every joke can be the epitome of wit. Read it as a good-natured chuckle instead of a derisive eye roll. It’s not so bad.

        • JettMartinez

          True enough. I just see the same type of comment when the Phillies sign a long reliever or the Sixers bring in a tryout on a 10 day contract. I guess this one was just the drop that made my frustration bucket overflow.

          • Andy124

            Yeah, I don’t deny that the joke is made pretty regularly, perhaps too much so. I can honestly say that I avoid such easy punchlines like the plague. But on the plus side, we signed Taylor Hart today… championship.

  • Bdawk20

    Maclin, Cooper, Matthews, Huff, Benn, Johnson, Smith, Maehl, Celek, Ertz, Villanueva (counting him as a TE). Crowded!

    • Ian Farley

      Villenueva is playing DE. won’t see him at TE.

      • Richard Colton

        that’s what he wants you to think. then when you least expect it…he’ll drop down from a tree like a ninja and hang 140yards and 2TDs on you.

        “All football is based on deception” – Sun Tsu or Chip Kelly

    • myeaglescantwin

      the ranger is going DE. potentially gadget plays. But his number is in the 70’s and that’s not recognized as TE. He’d need to report eligible each down.

    • John E. Zang

      I don’t see Damaris Johnson lasting too long. They should express ship him right to Kansas City marked “caution: HIGH MOTOR”.

  • Chris Jones

    If he can stay healthy he will be a fantastic rotational player / depth guy.

  • NCBiRDMann22

    Camp body is all he will be now that they set up his contract to their liking…

    • Eagles1018

      You’re prolly right but it’d be nice to see what he can do since we didn’t last season

    • SunShine

      I think so too. With the two recent draft picks. It is very crowded now and playing time will be at a premium.

  • Bird of Prey

    With his luck, He’ll score six TD’s and avg 60 yrs a quarter in the pre-season and get a Lisfranc sprain in the first game. I feel sorry for this guy, he’s working hard to get back every time, and his body just can’t do it. I’ve two ACL go in my time, and I wish him the best. The drop an re-sign was a good move on the birds part, for him as well because he’s still getting a chance to play in league.

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  • Richard Colton

    Arrelious Benn gone
    I can breathe for the first time
    He’s signing back on
    Yeah, yeah
    Thanks to you
    Now I get
    Cap relief
    And now Mohmah’s gone

    • NickS1

      Sounds like a Grammy winner to me. Is Momah gone, though?

      • Richard Colton

        He had his chance, he blew it. Out of sight, out of mind.

        • NickS1

          I’m not arguing that, I was just curious to know if we really did let him go, or if he’s becoming your Casey Matthews of the practice squad in that you wish he was gone but will remain there to keep taunting you.

          • Richard Colton

            Shut your mouth I just can’t take it
            Again and again and again and again

          • EagleDuck

            wait… is that… Kelly Clarkson lyrics? And if so, why do I know that?

          • Jerry Pomroy

            You’ve been exposed. Time to turn in your man card. That was a cleverly designed trap by Colt to see who’d pony up first.

          • EagleDuck

            My 10 year anniversary next month… I turned it in a looooooong time ago.

          • Jerry Pomroy

            Lol! I married late, so still have mine.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob

            ha, well played.

          • Richard Colton

            who’s Kelly Clarkson?

  • Will

    WR is filling out should be some good camp battles this year…anyone know the new deal he got?

  • Will

    Out of all the new draft picks how many are still unsigned at this point?

  • travis papa

    I’d love a receiving Corp of Cooper Maclin Mathews huff Benn and momah just for sheer size and athleticism. Most likely back end will be maehl and Smith or Johnson which makes me want to vomit

    • Richard Colton

      what has Mohmah ever done to make you think he can play in the league?

      • dnabrice

        Did you see him at the practices last year? He has got to have come a long way to have any chance of sticking around a lot longer…It was hysterical to watch him running routes.

        • Richard Colton

          exactly. and he wasn’t productive in college either. you look at him on the sidelines and think – Megatron. You watch him run patterns and think – Bumblebee.

          • Andy124

            What did Bumblebee ever do to you?

          • Jerry Pomroy

            I have to agree. Starscream was the bumbling idiot.

      • travis papa

        Zero but I never said I thought he could. I said I would love the size and athleticism of that group. What has maehl Johnson Smith or Benn really done in the league that momah couldn’t to be honest though. None of those guys are better than a low end 4th or 5th wr for any team in the league. Could momah play 3-5 snaps a gm and some ST absolutely because that’s all there is to expect from a guy who might be the 5th/6th wr on the team. Does maehl Johnson Smith or Benn have any higher ceiling than him ? Probably not in all seriousness.

      • John E. Zang

        I wouldn’t discount Momah just yet. He was fighting an uphill battle last year dealing with getting into football shape, learning a new offense, and inexperience. If he did his homework took to coaching and got stronger he may be ready to compete.

        • himbison

          I still think he should try OLB since he has more experience on defense and has the ideal leangth and speed to cause havoc

      • JAMIN67

        Not a thing. Which is why I expect him to be a camp body, and nothing more. I doubt he’s even PS material as we get more depth on this team.

      • Jerry Pomroy

        He grew to Mammoth size??… No? Ok…next. Andy you’re up.

        • EagleDuck

          Mohmmoth size bro. Mohmmoth size…

          • Jerry Pomroy

            What? My spell check doesn’t register this word. Therefore it must not exist… lol. But mammoths are big too… :-p

          • Andy124

            He ran a mohmazing 40 time for his size.

        • Chris

          High Mohtor

    • John E. Zang

      I think one of those RFAs may make the team like Boone. From what I hear he has talent but didn’t get too many balls thrown his way at LSU.

  • Eagle in VT

    A little off topic, but did anyone listen to WIP last Friday when Howie was on?

    First off, hearing him speak gives me a great deal of confidence in our front office staff. That said though, the part that caught my attention was when he brought up Ertz, unprompted. He said that he looks like a different guy, and said it with quite a bit of enthusiasm in his voice. It made me wonder how the sports science program has impacted these guys during the off season: do the Eagles give them each a specific regiment they would like to see them follow during the off season; are they coming back stronger, faster, or better conditioned; are the Eagles expecting more of a jump from their second year and returning players because of off season efforts?

    I’m sure there is some clause that prevents the Eagles from mandating off season work, but I’m sure there’s nothing against them giving the players a suggested nutrition/exercise regiment. And it sounds like the Eagles are focused on guys who will take the initiative and put in the extra effort.

    I know we are all excited about the rookies right now and the focus has been on them. But because of Roseman’s comment, I can’t help but wonder what we can expect from the balance of the team coming into OTAs from a conditioning perspective and how that may further the competitive advantage for the Birds in year two of the Chip program.

    • Andy124

      There are various things that factor in to a team’s year-to-year improvement. Rookies, Free Agents, coaching tweaks, but I’d argue that the single biggest factor, regardless of team, is improvement from 2nd and 3rd year players already on the roster. Sure there are exceptions (Denver and Manning), but I’d say the norm is just internal player development.

    • John E. Zang

      I think it’s largely overlooked that Andy got pretty lazy with his player evaluation and ethic he was supposed to demand from his players. He played favorites and was way too easy on his players to the point where you can tell they didn’t truly respect him or what he wanted to accomplish. It’s largely why he lost his job. There really was no direction. We couldn’t have asked for a better fix to that situation. Go EAGLES!

      • DAWK215

        I don’t think AR lost respect with the players, rather he was too lax with his favorite players that he didn’t have mandates for them during the off season. I felt like some of them got out of shape during the offseason and he hoped to beat them into shape during training camp.

      • Richard Colton

        A bit of an oversimplification, but fair.

        Did he get lazy with player evaluation? Very. And his arrogance hit its apex with the 2011 draft. He felt the team was two players away from a Super Bowl, so instead of following the board, they took the best available player at team need #1 in round one. Then they totally reached and took a player two rounds early in round #2 – because he filled the team’s #2 need. Then they took a bunch of projects and luxury picks.

        • JBShakes

          The Jarrett pick was pretty inexcusable, but I think the Watkins pick has become the subject of a little bit of revisionist history. If you go back and take a look at the final “expert” mocks from the 2011 draft, Watkins is mocked somewhere between the Eagles’ pick and the end of the 1st round in nearly every mock – and in the first 5 picks of the 2nd round in every other mock. The guy had just completed two very solid years playing left tackle against a high level of competition, and the general consensus was that he’d be NFL-ready from Day 1 and that a move inside to guard might make him an All-Pro candidate within a season or two.

          Yes, he was going to be a 27-year-old rookie, and YES, he filled a “need”, but to argue that he was a significant “reach” is probably unfair. Offensive linemen have a significantly higher level of career longevity than other positions, so drafting a 27-y/o rookie at OL is essentially the same as drafting a 23-y/o rookie at a skill position. Whatever happened to make Danny Watkins fail as a prospect in the NFL, I don’t think it’s fair to argue that it had much to do with the overall strategy that resulted in drafting him.

          • Richard Colton

            I agree 100% with you. I actually had this argument with someone a few days ago. Watkins wasn’t a reach at all in terms of being an unexpected pick. When his name was called – people expected it. He was, however, the perfect example of a needs pick. Their 2011 board had guards in round one and safeties in round two.

          • JBShakes

            I can see that, but I think there’s a false narrative that “BPA” and “need” are diametrically opposite strategies, while I think the truth is that ALL teams factor “need” into their grading system for determining BPA. The “tier” system everybody seems to use suggests that you group guys with relatively similar grades into a “tier”, and then rank them based on a variety of other factors, including scheme fit, positional value, and need.

            For example: it’s entirely possible that the Eagles had Watkins in a “tier” with Cameron Jordan and Mo Wilkerson (both projected as 5-technique 3-4 DEs) in the 2011 draft, and it’s also possible that Jordan and Wilkerson had slightly higher overall grades than Watkins. Would the “smarter” strategy have been to go strictly BPA and take one of the two guys who don’t fit your scheme than take a guy at a position of need with a slightly lower grade, just because he’s not “strictly” BPA?

          • Richard Colton

            Using your example, no. But damn it stings. For the record, I was happy with the Watkins pick but hated the Jarrett pick at the time.

          • JBShakes

            Yeah, me too. And as always, the question I REALLY have is whether or not Kaepernick was in the same tier as Watkins. Because if I’M ranking guys in the tier, positional value (QB >>>>> G) plays a hell of a lot bigger role in my thinking than need does.

        • John E. Zang

          That was the most atrocious draft I can think of in recent history for any team. It set this team back but fortunately we’re rebounding with some hopeful ones.

  • PaoliBulldog

    Good for Benn, since the Eagles must at least think he’s rehabbed well enough to merit a camp roster spot (albeit at a lower salary).

  • bobloblawslawblog

    Can’t remember where I heard it but someone wrote that UDFA Kadrone Boone is a good bet to win a roster spot….he was buried between Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry at LSU but has good size/speed. A lot of competition for those last 1-2 spots

    • PaoliBulldog

      A lot of LSU fans down here rag all over Les Miles because he’s not a coonass and he’s a bit eccentric, but dude can recruit.

    • Andy124

      Sounds like Sheppard.

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  • cliff henny

    must admit, seems like an odd guy to play hardball with. Have Graham, Celek, casey, Herremans and Cole (toss d-jax in here too) all of whom could have negotiated contracts to save millions, and they jerk around a guy for couple 100k. feels like the moneyball scene on airplane, where Justice asks where the ‘soda money’ shows up on the field.

  • JoeyJoeJoeJuniorShabadoo

    9 snaps he sees in 2014.

  • Kev_H

    Benn spent all season rehabbing at the facility and attending every meeting learning the offense. I bet it would have been tough for him to go elsewhere after envisioning himself in the Eagle offense and doing all that work.

  • Johnny Domino

    Everytime I read Arrelious Benn, I think Hieronymus Bosch.

    Weird, huh?

    • Maggie

      Nah. No weirder than anybody else here!

  • bushisamoron

    only one thing to say to howie and chip as i know they are both reading this… GET A KICKER. The fifth or sixth receiver does not make a difference. Sign Bironas before someone else does.Fire Fat Andy’s 4TH round screw up before the season starts.