With the NFL Draft set for its new primetime debut next Thursday night, the Philadelphia Eagles continue to tweak their roster. Today the team signed guard Max Jean-Gilles to a one-year contract. Jean-Gilles had been a restricted free agent.
With third year quarterback Kevin Kolb set to take over the reigns of the offense next season, it is in the team’s best interest to provide Kolb with as much offensive line help as possible, otherwise it won’t mean a thing having all those offensive weapons, ala DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek, Jeremy Maclin, Jason Avant, Leonard Weaver and LeSean McCoy.
Originally a fourth round draft choice of the Eagles in 2006 out of Georgia, Jean-Gilles (6-3, 358) has appeared in 29 career regular season games, including 16 starts. The 26-year-old played in 14 games in 2009 (including playoffs), starting six contests at right guard.
Jean-Gilles’ signing coming on the heels of last week’s signing of free agent Guard/Center Nick Cole to his one year tender. With starting center Jamaal Jackson rehabbing from knee surgery, Cole’s value increases tremendously as a reserve center, left guard, and right guard.
Philadelphia will probably use several of their draft picks next week to grab some offensive line help.
The Eagles have now re-signed eight of the nine restricted free agents to which they tendered offers, leaving. Punter Sav Rocca as the only free agent yet to re-sign.
By the way as far as next Thursday’s draft is concerned, Philadelphia has a total of 11 draft choices, including the 24th overall pick in the first round and the fifth pick of the second round.
In addition, the team owns another second-round pick, a pair of third-round picks and fourth-round picks, a selection in rounds five and six and two picks in the seventh round.