Eagles Sign Jaylen Watkins, Taylor Hart

Jaylen Watkins

The Eagles have signed fourth-round pick Jaylen Watkins and fifth-round pick Taylor Hart, the team announced today.

Watkins (5-11, 194), a Florida product, will begin his NFL career at cornerback for the Birds, but could move to safety at some point.

Hart (6-6, 281) played for Chip Kelly and Jerry Azzinaro at Oregon. He’s expected to become an immediate part of the defensive line rotation, backing up either Fletcher Cox or Cedric Thornton at the end spot.

The Eagles now have four of seven draft picks signed (WR Josh Huff and NT Beau Allen are the others). Still unsigned are: first-round pick Marcus Smith, second-round pick Jordan Matthews and fifth-round pick Ed Reynolds.

The team also announced it has signed CB Davon Morgan (6-0, 196). The former Virginia Tech Hokie played last year for the Richmond Raiders of the Professional Indoor Football League. He got a shot with the Jets in 2011, but was released. Morgan joined the Eagles on a tryout basis during the weekend mini-camp.

To make room for Morgan on the 90-man roster, the team released DB John Fulton.

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  • Andy124

    Love love love the slotted salary system.

    • eagles92

      i disagree. i think players and teams should be able to settle a contract together based on how much they need/want each other. it’s the fairest system. it’d also reward teams who got high-character guys because you know they won’t hold out/try to milk you for all you’re worth

      • southy

        I get that, but too often you have young guys that won’t have much time in the league getting off on the wrong foot because of agents trying to milk teams of every last drop even if it doesn’t benefit the player all that much if at all.

        as it stands the players association has basically negotiated the slotted salaries ahead of time with the interests of players in mind. given all the uncertainty around draft picks and where they are taken, having a structured system and getting your guys into your system asap seems to be the best solution overall.

        • EaglesFanInPhx

          agreed, it makes the most sense. While eagles92’s point is certainly valid, I don’t think it’s the best answer for everyone involved. When you look at being fair to the player, the team, the agent, and the fans, I think the slotted system is the best answer. It’s definitely not perfect, but neither is a completely open negotiation.

          • southy

            The one thing I would say is that you can make the argument that rookies are getting shortchanged because the players association – that has negotiated on their behalf – is made up of veterans who want to keep their slice of the pie as large as possible. I think the end result is the 1st/2nd rd guys aren’t getting the ridiculous upfront checks, which leaves more room for tenured players to do deals, but the 3rd+ guys are probably in a more stable/favorable situation.

          • jvf

            but vets are often getting cut for salary reasons. so big contracts and hight veteran minimums probably lead to some careers being shorter and therefore less total money earned.

      • Jamie

        I think it should be illegal to be a sports agent that has no ethics too.
        But as long as there are agents, there needs to be a certain amount of standardization for rookie contracts.

        • Bert’s Bells

          Agents work to get the most money for the person they represent. What owners want and what fans want is not their concern.

          Can this sometimes lead to short-sighted negotiations? Sure. The TO thing is the big example, but -get this: Rosenhaus didn’t put Owens up to it, he merely represented his client’s wishes. It can be argued that Owens would have made more money in the long run (which he would have blown anyway, apparently) had he stayed in Philadelphia, but that’s speculation.

          A large part of the problem, as demonstrated by “the player” and other holdouts, stems from the way the NFL structures its contracts. That’s not the agent’s fault. Its the league.

          Also, do you really think 22 year old kids -most of whom got into and graduated college based on their football ability -are in any position to negotiate a multi-million dollar deal with billion dollar corporations?

          • JAMIN67

            Next question.

      • anon

        that’s the opposite of what a high character guy would do.

      • Burberry Manning

        What about the agents trying to get their cut ? That’s usually the biggest problem with getting deals done.

      • reb

        I’m not convinced that that’s the fairest system. At this point they’re signing contracts based solely on a large group’s general assessment with actual performance unknown; though it’s allowing for higher salaries for the higher expected performance (draft round) so it does compensate for that. It actually also protects young athletes from unscrupulous teams and agents by generally setting the range of wages. After a couple years and actual performance at this level is observed and the athlete has more experience (both in the league and life) then it makes sense to just let them negotiate what they will.

  • anon

    To bad Matthews wasn’t like “i’m going to sign my contract faster than you”. But maybe he’s trying to put that economics degree to use.

    • Andy124

      Jordan Matthews is busy looking for a loophole that will allow him to sign for less than his slot, for the betterment of the team.

      • ChandlerMc

        Jordan Matthews is negotiating his own contract. $1 base salary, $1 signing bonus with incentives based solely on team performance.

        • DoctorRick

          Jordan Matthews is doing a sports law degree in the next week so he is prepared.

        • Rohan Patel

          I am loving these “Jordan Matthews is a moral God” jokes :D

  • addicted2mula

    Completely off topic but I pray Shady makes the cover of Madden 25. I know I know about the curse but I believe the Eagles can break the curse. But I have a deep feeling Sherman will win

    • Joe L

      I’d rather not chance it. Go get it, Sherman.

    • Will

      Didn’t Calvin Johnson already break that curse?

      • knighn

        He’s still on the Detroit Lions. It can’t get much worse than that.

    • myeaglescantwin

      this name had me dying.

      well done sir.

  • addicted2mula

    Lyerla to Green Bay. First Ha Ha now him

    • Joe L

      Yea that happened a day or two ago. He doesn’t have a ton of competition in the way either. Pretty clear Chip wanted nothing to do with him, so no big loss.

  • Will

    Thanks Sheil asked who was signed/unsigned yesterday…Davon Morgan is another Safety to throw in the mix…I’m losing track of all the Safeties the Eagles will have in TC…lol…which is a good thing…lol…