With the NFL Draft set for its new primetime debut next Thursday night, the Philadelphia Eagles continue to tweak their roster, today signing guard Max Jean-Gilles to a one-year contract. Jean-Gilles had been a restricted free agent.
Originally a fourth round draft choice of the Eagles in 2006 out of Georgia, Jean-Gilles (6'3", 358 lbs.) has appeared in 29 career regular season games, including 16 starts. The 26-year-old played in 14 games in 2009 (including playoffs), starting six contests at right guard.
Jean-Gilles’ signing comes on the heels of last week’s signing of free agent guard/center Nick Cole to his one-year tender. With starting center Jamaal Jackson rehabbing from knee surgery, Cole’s value increases tremendously as a reserve center, left guard, and right guard.
Philadelphia will probably use several of their draft picks next week to grab some offensive line help.
The Eagles have now re-signed eight of the nine restricted free agents to which they tendered offers, leaving punter Sav Rocca as the only free agent yet to re-sign.
By the way, as far as next Thursday’s draft is concerned, Philadelphia has a total of 11 draft choices, including the 24th overall pick in the first round and the fifth pick in the second round.
In addition, the team owns another second-round pick, a pair of third-round picks and fourth-round picks, selections in rounds five and six, and two picks in the seventh round.
2010 Eagles Draft Picks
1. (24)-Own Pick
2. (55)-Own Pick
3. (70)-Acquired from Seattle in 2009 draft day trade
3. (87)-Own Pick
4. (105)-Acquired from Cleveland along with LB Alex Hall for CB Sheldon Brown and LB Chris Gocong
4. (112)-Own Pick
5. (137)-Acquired from Cleveland along with LB Alex Hall for CB Sheldon Brown and LB Chris Gocong
6. (200)-Acquired from Indianapolis in 2009 draft day trade
7. (243)-Compensatory Pick
7. (244)-Compensatory Pick