By Roxaane Herrera//@rxnlzbth
The Philadelphia Eagles were busy making (money) moves in April. Obviously, the NFL Draft was the number one priority for all NFL teams, but looking back on last month, the Eagles were busy. Signing players left and right, releasing and/or trading players, bringing back favorites, and saving money all in the name of defending the championship title.
Here’s a rundown of what happened in April:
April 3 – Eagles add veteran linebacker Paul Worrilow with a one-year deal. Worrilow signed with the Atlanta Falcons as undrafted free agent and after four years joined the Detroit Lions.
April 4 – Eagles agree to terms with veteran tight end Richard Rodgers on a one year deal. Rodgers was formerly with the Green Bay Packers.
April 11 – Eagles preseason schedule is announced. The most notable is the game against the New England Patriots on August 16th. It doesn’t count for anything but it will still be a fun game to watch.
April 15 – After his arrest early Saturday morning, newly signed cornerback Daryl Worley is released by the Eagles. Worley was acquired by Philadelphia after a trade with the Carolina Panthers (in retrospect, this was probably a bad move by the Eagles but they have since made up for it).
April 19 – Regular NFL season schedule is released. They play the Los Angeles Rams, which could be seen as a preview for the NFC Championship game. It’s also a rematch of last year’s game where quarterback Carson Wentz tore his ACL. The team will also travel to London in late October to play the Jacksonville Jaguars. They will also have a divisional rematch with the Atlanta Falcons to open the 2018 season.
April 26 – The NFL draft begins. Eagles traded out of the 32nd pick to the Baltimore Ravens and picked up five rookies to round out the weekend.
April 28 – Eagles announce they will bring back veteran running back Darren Sproles for another year (trading the 32nd pick to the Ravens made this possible as it provided some salary cap space).
April 30 – Eagles exercised wide receiver Nelson Agholor’s fifth-year option. Agholor showed much improvement this past year since being drafted in 2015 (under the Chip Kelly era).
April 30 – Eagles waived injured cornerback Elie Bouka. If he clears waivers, he will be put on the Injured Reserve list.
There is no question, the month of April was busy for the Philadelphia Eagles. It may not seem like a lot on paper, but on the field, all the movement will show just what VP of Football Ops Howie Roseman and head coach Doug Pederson have in mind for the team. There were also a few press conferences for a few players including quarterbacks Wentz and Nick Foles. They addressed the elephant in the room (the starting position) but, in my opinion, none of that matters because there is still so much time left until September and anything can happen so it’s best to just trust the Eagles’ front office. That’s what I learned this season, anyway.
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