One down and one to go. The Eagles announced tonight that they came to terms with second round draft pick Nate Allen. He agreed to a four-year deal that will keep him in Philadelphia through 2013.
It’s nice to see that Allen was able to get the contract negotiated at the beginning of training camp. Andy Reid and defensive coordinator Sean McDermott are counting on Allen to be the starting free safety this season. Even though many high draft picks end up holding out during most of training camp until they get the most money possible, it will certainly be to his advantage to practice ever day at Lehigh.
The only draft pick yet to sign a contract is defensive end Brandon Graham. It’s being reported that he will sign something in the next few days, but you never know with first round draft picks. The only first rounder in the NFL to agree to a contract is Cowboy’s wide receiver Dez Bryant. The rest of them tend to holdout for the most money possible to see what other players are getting. From there it’s usually a domino effect.
Updates from Lehigh
-The practices are without pads and without contact
-Offensive lineman Todd Herremans spoke to the media today and noted that he most likely will not play in the teams first preseason game on August 13th. He is still rehabbing his surgically repaired foot that will probably keep him out of most of training camp.
-Kevin Kolb was praised by the media for his accuracy thus far. Michael Vick on the other hand struggled to hit receivers, which prompted an additional voluntary passing session at the end of camp today.
-Both Riley Cooper and Chad Hall seem to be the standouts on the wide receiver end. Cooper caught a bomb from Kolb that was well received by the crowd and Hall caught everything his way.
-A.Q. Shipley was taking snaps at center for Kevin Kolb.
-Safety Kurt Coleman, the Eagles seventh round draft pick, had a great outing as Nate Allen was watching from the sidelines. McDermott was quick to comment on his hard work and fearlessness even though it was a non contact practice. We will see what happens when Allen starts tomorrow.
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