Philadelphia Eagles

Source: Eagles place 2nd-round tender on TE Trey Burton

Source: Eagles place 2nd-round tender on TE Trey Burton

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Eagles are proving how much they want to keep Trey Burton. 

The team is placing a second-round tender on the 25-year-old tight end, a league source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com. This will prevent Burton from becoming an unrestricted free agent. The Boston Herald first reported the move. 

It's not surprising at all the Eagles are going to place a tender on Burton; they think very highly of the young tight end. But the important part about this is the level at which they did. 

Basically, there are three levels of tenders. A first-round tender, a second-round tender and an original-round tender. Because Burton is a restricted free agent, any team can sign him to an offer sheet, but the Eagles would have a chance to match. If they don't match, the Eagles would get a second-round pick from the team getting Burton. That's very likely not going to happen. 

Placing a second-round tender on a guy like Burton is essentially ensuring that he'll be with the team in 2017 at a cap hit of around $2.8 million for the year. The original-round (or right of first refusal tender) would have cost around $1.8 million, but wouldn't have the same protection. 

It's possible the tender could be temporary. According to a league source, the Eagles tried to sign Burton to a long-term deal during last season but the two sides couldn't reach an agreement. 

Burton is coming off a career year in 2016. Coming into the year he had just three career catches, but in 2016 had 37 for 327 yards and a touchdown. And he was again a huge contributor on special teams. 

If Burton continues to progress and the Eagles do sign him to a multi-year deal, they could have a duo of young and talented tight ends to help franchise quarterback Carson Wentz grow. 

The Eagles' only other restricted free agent is running back Kenjon Barner. 

There's a Chance a change could be coming for Eagles at left guard

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There's a Chance a change could be coming for Eagles at left guard

On Monday, Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said he didn't want to "push any panic buttons" because of his offensive line. 

Turns out, he might be ready to. 

During the portion of Wednesday's practice that is open to reporters, Chance Warmack took first-team left guard reps between Jason Peters and Jason Kelce during individual drills. Isaac Seumalo was no longer working with the first team. It could possibly be a sign of things to come. 

The team portion of practice is closed to media members. 

Seumalo, the second-year offensive lineman out of Oregon State, had a terrible game against the Chiefs on Sunday. He gave up four of the six sacks the Eagles allowed and three of them went to defensive end Chris Jones, who was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week. 

Seumalo, 23, admitted after the 27-20 loss Sunday that he needed to play better (see story). Meanwhile, Pederson pointed out some of Seumalo's issues — dropping his head, late hands, getting off the ball late — but said they were correctable. 

"So we'll evaluate the whole thing," Pederson continued Wednesday after saying he didn't want to push panic buttons. "It's not — again, it's not just one guy. If you're going to point the finger too, you can point it at me; I'm part of the pie, too. We'll evaluate it and we'll keep evaluating it."

Seumalo was handed the starting left guard job at the start of this training camp. The team decided that and was set to release veteran, and previous starter, Allen Barbre until they were able to get a conditional seventh-round pick for him. Looking back, they might have made that move too hastily. 

For the first two games of the season, Warmack has been inactive. It's the first time in his NFL career that he's been healthy and hasn't played. The former 10th overall pick joined the Eagles this offseason on a one-year deal but has since signed an extension to keep him under contract through the 2018 season. Warmack, after the first game of the season, said he was trying not to read into anything (see story)

In Philadelphia, Warmack has been reunited with his college position coach Jeff Stoutland. That was a big part of the reason he decided to join the Eagles. 

In addition to Warmack, the Eagles also have veteran Stefen Wisniewski available to play guard. 

Eagles Injury Update: 3 more defensive backs miss practice

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Eagles Injury Update: 3 more defensive backs miss practice

The Eagles are pretty light at defensive back Wednesday.

Rodney McLeod and Jaylen Watkins, who both suffered hamstring injuries during Sunday's 27-20 loss to Kansas City, didn't practice Wednesday. 

"Right now, day to day," Pederson said. "Keep evaluating, keep monitoring both of those guys."

Defensive back Corey Graham also didn't practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury of his own. He was on the field wearing a baseball cap, chatting with McLeod, Watkins and Sidney Jones.

The Eagles are down to just six healthy defensive backs without McLeod, Watkins, Graham and Ronald Darby, who is out for at least another few weeks with a dislocated ankle. 

Despite the numbers in the secondary, the Eagles still haven't filled the empty spot on their roster. The Eagles have had the 53rd spot empty since they placed Donnel Pumphrey on IR with a torn hamstring Friday.

Pederson said the Eagles are going to "keep [their] eyes open" but haven't made a decision on how to fill the empty roster spot yet. They have just one defensive back on their practice squad. They signed former Chiefs corner De'Vante Bausby last week.

The Eagles tried to sign safety DeAndre Houston-Carson off the Bears' practice squad, according to Rich Campbell of the Chicago Tribune, but the Bears were able to keep him by promoting him to their active roster.

The Eagles were so light at safety in Sunday's game that defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz admitted the team started to prepare linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill to go into the game. On Wednesday, the Eagles had just two healthy safeties: Malcolm Jenkins and the seldom-used Chris Maragos. 

DT Destiny Vaeao (wrist) also missed Wednesday's practice. He missed the game on Sunday.