Following the 53-man roster cutdown deadline Tuesday, many teams will make slight tweaks to their rosters. In addition to waiver claims, teams can begin constructing their 16-man practice squads today. These Cowboys, Eagles, Giants and Washington moves are noted below.
Here are Wednesday’s NFC East transactions, which will continue to be updated throughout the day.
The release of wide receiver Travis Fulgham was one of today’s more notable moves. Fulgham played a big role for the Eagles last year as the team was decimated by WR injuries. However, they didn’t see enough this summer to keep him on the 53-man roster. With Fulgham gone, the Eagles are left with J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Jalen Reagor, DeVonta Smith, Greg Ward, and Quez Watkins as their Week 1 receivers.
September 6th, 2020 at 3:39pm CST by Andrew Ortenberg
Well this is an unusual arrangement we didn’t see coming. The Eagles are signing veteran quarterback Josh McCown to their practice squad, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets.
Thanks to a new COVID-19 exception veterans will be able to serve on practice squads, making this possible. As Schefter notes, he’ll easily be the oldest practice squad player in NFL history. Making the situation even more unique, McCown won’t even be reporting to the team. Instead McCown will continue to live in Texas, earn a $12K weekly salary, and serve as Philly’s emergency quarterback remotely.
McCown’s lovable journeyman career has taken him all over the football world, so it feels right for him to blaze this unheard of trail. We had heard back in January the Eagles were talking about adding him to the coaching staff, and this is the next best thing.
After originally announcing his retirement in June of last year, he signed with Philly last August after they had a couple of injuries. After serving as Carson Wentz‘s backup and not starting a game he was suddenly thrown into the spotlight when Wentz went down in the Eagles’ first round playoff game against Seattle.
The Eagles have Nate Sudfeld and Jalen Hurts behind Wentz now, but in these uncertain times it can’t hurt to have too much insurance. McCown has turned into a fan favorite over the course of his career that started in 2002 with the Cardinals, and this is a nice feather in his cap.
Olson may have a decent path to the active roster or practice squad spots. Although the Eagles drafted two linebackers, their group remains uncertain. Olson comes in with quite a pedigree at the Division I-FCS level, winning the Buck Buchanan award — given to D-I-FCS’ best defensive player — last season. The Eagles lost Nigel Bradham this offseason.
Good-Jones started 49 games at Iowa State, setting a school record. A second-team All-American as a redshirt junior, Arnold played mostly in the slot at Baylor. He declared for the draft early. Bailey began his college career as a linebacker, making the odd transition to wide receiver. Killins goes only 5-foot-7, 162 pounds but earned first- or second-team All-American Athletic Conference acclaim in each of his three Central Florida seasons.
The Eagles guaranteed $116K of Juriga’s league-minimum salary, per the Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson (on Twitter). This includes a $16K signing bonus. Togiai received $100K guaranteed, while Warren will be guaranteed $57.5K guaranteed, per Wilson (Twitterlinks).