Notes: Polk To Receive Low Tender
Busy morning. Let’s get to the latest:
The Eagles will give restricted free agent Chris Polk a low tender, per NJ.com, which would put his salary at approximately $1.5 million for 2015. Teams that want to snatch a low tendered free agent away from their current employer must give up a draft pick equal to where that player was drafted. Polk, though, was an undrafted free agent, so no compensation in this case is required.
The Eagles could have ensured that he’d remain with the team by offering a higher tender, but that would have cost more money. This tells us that they are interested in having Polk back but at their price, and are probably willing to let him walk if another team comes in and sweetens the pot. They do have the right of first refusal should they want to match an incoming offer.
Cole, Williams begin visits
Two recently-released Eagles are generating interest.
Per Adam Caplan, Trent Cole‘s first visit will be with the Bucs. Should he sign there, he’d be back in the comforts of a 4-3 defense.
Cary Williams, meanwhile, is set to meet with the Seahawks today.
Maxwell for Williams swap? Sounds fair. MT @RavensInsider: Former Eagles cornerback Cary Williams is visiting the Seattle Seahawks today.
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) March 5, 2015
Caplan says other teams are interested in Williams as well should he leave Seattle without a deal.
Wilfork is available
Last June, Billy Davis was asked whether having a large, space-eating nose tackle in the middle of a 3-4 defense is overrated.
“Well, those monster noses are ideal,” he said. “There’s not very many of them out there and they come around every five years maybe. And what we do is we have good football players, like I said, and we get them at the heaviest weight that they can function well at and make ‘em fit and ask ‘em to do the things they can do the best. And when that monster comes along and you’re in a position to acquire him, you acquire him.”
Vince Wilfork is listed at 6-2, 325, but he has the look — and plays — like a monster. And he’s available. The Patriots declined to pick up his $4 million roster bonus, making him a free agent. Wilfork is 33 and the Eagles are in pretty good shape at nose with Bennie Logan and Beau Allen in the fold. But who knows?