There is excitement in the air as the Eagles rookies will report to Training Camp a week from today. After making 13 selections in the 2010 draft, the Eagles have been busy getting the newcomers contracts. They’ve done a pretty solid job signing their players; however, top picks Brandon Graham and Nate Allen are still without contracts.
This is a super important Training Camp for both players as they have legitimate shots at starting the season at their respective positions. Missing any time at camp would put them at a huge disadvantage and jeopardize their starting spots.
I’m sure the Eagles are working hard to get both players contracts before camp opens next Monday, but they’re not getting a whole lot of help around the league. It seems that this has been a slow offseason in terms of signing early draft picks. Out of the 32 players selected in the first round, none have signed at this point.
Often times, players wait for contracts to get offered to those who were drafted near them so they can try to gauge their own market price. With the stalemate taking place right now, it seems like a question of who’s going to step up to the plate first.
The good news concerning Graham is that he has already come out and said he will be at camp regardless. You hate to see the guy come out to camp and not be fully focused because there is still doubt about his contract, but I’d rather see him do that than miss any of the other sessions.
For Allen, there has been speculation that he will want more money now because of the odds of him being the opening day starter. I have not heard Allen say whether or not he’d be in camp without a contract, but I hope he has the same mindset as Graham.
In the end, I hope both deals get done before Monday so there aren’t any worries. These players can potentially have a huge impact on this team, so I don’t want to see them miss any time.