Take a breath and learn from very recent history when it comes to the Eagles’ Cam Jurgens.
A few are starting to realize Jurgens has yet to sign his rookie contract with training camp a month away.
Rewind to last year and you will find that the Eagles signed their 2021 first-round pick, DeVonta Smith, on June 3, inking the now-developing star the same day they agreed to terms with three other draft picks: third-round defensive tackle Milton Williams, fourth-round cornerback Zech McPhearson, and fifth-round running back Kenny Gainwell.
A day later, sixth-rounders, DT Marlon Tuipulotu, and edge rusher Tarron Jackson, along with seventh-round SAM linebacker Patrick Johnson were signed.
The next domino was June 7 when another sixth-round pick, LSU safety turned LB JaCoby Stevens, was secured.
There was growing angst on second-round pick Landon Dickerson, so much so that a lot of my time on BIRDS 365 was talking some off the ledge when it came to a potential holdout and sure enough the Alabama product was signed on July 26, two days before the start of training camp.
That’s not because I’m Nostradamus either. It’s because rookie holdouts were virtually eliminated with the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement thanks to a slotting system and that continues with the current CBA.
In fact, all 32 2022 first-round picks have already been signed with No. 20 overall pick, Kenny Pickett, the last to put pen to paper earlier this week with Pittsburgh, over a month before training camps are set to begin.
The Eagles got their first-rounder, DT Jordan Davis, signed on May 5, four weeks earlier than they wrapped up Smith last year. Sixth-rounders — SAM Kyron Johnson and tight end Grant Calcaterra — were done the same day.
Third-round selection Nakobe Dean agreed to his rookie deal on May 16, leaving Jurgens as the lone unsigned Eagles pick.
That’s because what little wiggle room there is — things like a fully guaranteed four-year deal and offset money — tend to take place in the second round, making that the wheelhouse for what little complication there is.
To highlight that while every first-round selection is signed as of today, only 16 second-rounders have taken the plunge.
What we already do know is that Jurgens is penciled in for a four-year deal worth $6.9 million with a $2.2M of that as a signing bonus.
The Houston Texans may have caused a few ripples with others by fully guaranteeing three years of Jalen Pitre’s deal, the No. 37 overall pick.
Jurgens with No. 51 overall to the Eagles and the pick directly ahead of him, New England WR Tyquan Thornton, signed his deal late last week. Nos. 48 and 49, Chicago safety Jaquan Brisker and New Orleans cornerback Alontae Taylor, have yet to sign.
Jurgens, who is represented by Rep 1 Sports, will be in the fold by the start of training camp on July 26 but his camp with soft-pedal things in an attempt to get everything they can.
It’s just part of the process.
-John McMullen is the managing editor of JAKIBSports.com. You can reach him at JMcMullen44@gmail.com and on Twitter @JFMcMullen