It’s about time. With the new CBA establishing a rookie wage scale most draft picks have been signed with little fanfare. Not so with Eagles first-round pick Danny Watkins, who has missed the first six days of training camp. But he won’t miss any more.
Announced Monday night, the Eagles have signed Watkins to a 4 year contract worth a reported $7.9 million.
“Like I said, I don’t know much about the business aspect of football,” Watkins said. “So I trusted [my agent] and I left it in his hands and, you know, he asked me if I was okay with it, and I said, ‘Yeah, I would like to get in there.’”
The delay centered around the fourth year being guaranteed, a new phenomenom resulting from the rookie wage scale. High picks are getting much less money overall but are having more of it guaranteed, in some cases the entire contract. That’s what Watkins wanted and the Eagles weren’t willing to do it. Watkins finally caved.
“This is a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders, that’s for sure,” Watkins said. “Ever since I got here a few weeks ago, I’ve been chomping at the bit to get in here. I understand there’s a business aspect to football. It’s something I’ve never cared for and don’t know much about. I’m just glad this is over with and we can get rolling.”
It sounds like Watkins just got tired of the process and gave in.
“I don’t know much about the business aspect of football,” Watkins said when asked about the guarantee being an issue. “So I trusted [my agent] and I left it in his hands and, you know, he asked me if I was okay with it, and I said, ‘Yeah, I would like to get in there’.”
Watkins is scheduled to report to camp today and is already penciled in as the starter at right guard. Asked whether he can learn quickly after missing all offseason activities due to the lockout and then almost the first week of camp in a holdout, Watkins indicates he should be good to go.
“I hope so. I’ve only played for four years and I felt I picked up the sport very good. I don’t think I’d be where I am now if I wasn’t a quick learner. I’m determined and dedicated to learn this as quick as I can and put all the hard work I can into it. I don’t know what to tell you on that. Like I said, I want to work as hard as I can and try to be prepared.”
For his and the Eagles sakes, he better be right.
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