Extra Points: Eagles, Pumphrey, Jets

The Eagles have a loaded backfield with LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi and Corey Clement. That is expected to grow in 2018 with the return of fourth-round pick Donnel Pumphrey, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Paul Domowitch writes.

A fourth-round selection in 2017, Pumphrey was expected to serve a large role in the team’s offense as Darren Sproles-like pass catcher out of the backfield. That didn’t happen, however, with the San Diego State star tearing his hamstring in the preseason and sitting out the rest of the season on IR.

Pumphrey has been working out for some time now and has upped his weight from 177 out of college to around 185 or 190 pounds now. With the added bulk, the record-breaking college back might be able to withstand a full season in the pros. He will have some work to do to make the roster with those proved backs ahead of him on the depth chart.

Here’s more from around the NFL:

  • Sticking with the Eagles, NJ.com’s Eliot Shorr-Parks ranked the Eagles top offseason needs for the Super Bowl champions. He listed linebackers as the No. 1 overall need, citing injury concerns (Jordan Hicks) and free agency (Nigel Bradham).
  • The Jets are expected to release Muhammad Wilkerson before March 16 when his $16.75 MM salary would be guaranteed for 2018, ESPN’s Rich Cimini writes.
  • The Bears are likely to release TE Dion Sims, the Chicago Tribune’s Brad Biggs writes. He notes: “It’s important to note that $4 million of that $10 million guarantee does not kick in until March 16, the third day of the league year. Sims has a base salary of $6 million for 2018 and two-thirds of that becomes fully guaranteed then. So a decision on Sims needs to be made in the next five weeks or so and it’s possible, I don’t know how likely, he winds up walking away with only $6 million from the 2017 season.”
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12 comments on “Extra Points: Eagles, Pumphrey, Jets

    • sports is life

      Not worth the money. Didn’t live up to his potential another example of these outrageous contracts that players continue to underperform. Teams should get smart and make incentive based to prevent this

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      • justinept

        The contacts already aren’t guaranteed. Isn’t that enough?

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        • Begamin

          i got an idea, how about they pay the organization to get CTE?

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  1. Strauss

    Grammas got to be pissed the way Pace is pissing away her money

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  2. Beyond_Max_Power

    Howie Roseman needs a good draft. need replacement players. Bradham, Burton, Blount, Smith, and probably Peters won’t be back. Fill some holes, get some depth.

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    • Polish Hammer

      I would expect some trades as they are some picks due to past trades and also picking last in each round. Otherwise don’t expect much from this draft. Also, Pumphrey looked horrible last year, so I expect nothing from him.

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    • marckahn

      Think they make effort to sign Burton and Bradham. Celek gone. Patrick Robinson gone. Ask Peters to take a cut. Need to draft linebacker and O lineman

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      • cjelepis

        Burton gone ($) and celek (age) gone. If peters take a big cut, fine. Otherwise, save the cap space and go with vaitai who got better and better all season. Would be great to get Robinson back but might be too pricy unless we can trade foles or save some cap space. Plus we get back Sidney Jones next year. Resign bradham and draft LB and O tackle.

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