The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms on a contract with free agent wide receiver Rueben Randle, according to an official announcement from the team. The one-year deal is reportedly worth over $3 million with only $500K guaranteed.
This signing comes as a bit of a surprise. There was no previous indication the Eagles had interest in Randle. On the other hand, the Eagles' wide receiver corps isn't very deep so they can afford to add more talent and depth.
The Eagles are obviously familiar with the 24-year-old Randle due to his time spent playing for the Giants. New York drafted the LSU alumnus with the No. 63 overall pick in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Randle played in 64 games and started 33 with the G-Men. He finished with 188 receptions for 2,644 yards (14.1 yards per reception) and 20 touchdowns over a four-year span. Randle most recently had 57 receptions for 797 yards and eight scores in 2015.
Randle brings size to the Eagles' wide receiver corps. He measures in at 6-3, 210 pounds.
Randle seems like a nice low-risk, moderate-reward option for the Eagles. Philadelphia needs about all the help they can get at receiver after being so bad there in 2015. It doesn't hurt for the team to take a shot on a guy like Randle who is young, has good size, and has proven he can produce in the NFL.
With Randle in the fold, the Eagles now have nine receivers on the roster. Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor are key pieces moving forward. Josh Huff's future isn't so clear. Recently signed veteran Chris Givens and Randle have the chance to compete for playing time. Guys like Jonathan Krause, Freddie Martino, Seantavius Jones, and Xavier Rush are long-shots to make the final roster. The Eagles still could look to add another receiver in the 2016 NFL Draft.