Eagles sign Marcus Smith to four-year deal

Eagles sign Marcus Smith to four-year deal

June 9, 2014, 5:00 pm
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The Eagles selected Marcus Smith with the 26th overall pick in last month's draft. (AP)

The Eagles got their final rookie draft pick under contract Monday afternoon when they signed first-round pick Marcus Smith, the linebacker from Louisville.

Smith, the 26th player taken in this year’s draft, received a four-year deal, just like every other rookie league-wide that has signed already.

Based on the NFL’s rookie wage scale, Smith’s deal is worth $7,799,088, according to Spotrac.com, which tracks these things.

The deal should include a $3.992064 million signing bonus and base salaries of $1,418,016 in 2014, $1,772,520 in 2015, $2,127,024 in 2016 and $2,481,528 in 2017.

The deal is fully guaranteed and gives Smith cap figures of $2,416,032 this year, $2,770,536 in 2015, $3,125,040 in 2016 and $3,479,544 in 2017.

The Eagles traded down four picks in the first round from 22 to 26 to select Smith, who is not expected to challenge for a starting position this year.

"It means everything," Smith said about the deal. "I've been waiting on it for a long time, been wanting to sign my contract just to get everything over with. It just feels great to be an Eagle and have no worries and go on the field and do what I do best.

“When I put the pen to paper? The first person I think of is my mom. She did so many things for me and I just feel like I could go out and do something special for her."

Smith had 24 sacks at Louisville, including 14½ last year, when he ranked second in NCAA Division I.

He’s expected to intern this year under outside linebackers Trent Cole and Connor Barwin with the hope that he can earn significant playing time as the year goes on.

“I think he has a huge upside,” head coach Chip Kelly said. “He's a very, very good athlete. He's over 6-3, in the 250-, 255-pound range, ran 4.68. He's got speed coming off the edge.

“We thought adding a pass rusher was a big thing for us. I think a young kid to bring in behind Trent and Connor, and those guys can teach him the ropes and bring him along and show him what we can do. But I think his ceiling is very, very high.”

The Eagles have now signed all seven of their draft picks. They signed wide receiver Josh Huff on May 13, defensive tackle Beau Allen on May 15, defensive end Taylor Hart and defensive back Jaylen Watkins on May 19, safety Ed Reynolds on May 21 and receiver Jordan Matthews on May 27.

Smith is the 19th first-round pick to sign. League-wide, 211 of 256 drafted players are now signed.

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