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Eagles give whopping bonus to undrafted Clemson cornerback originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
Less than five minutes after the draft ended, the Eagles locked up priority undrafted cornerback Mario Goodrich from Clemson.
How badly did the Eagles want Goodrich?
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, quoting Goodrich’s agents, reported that the Eagles gave Goodrich a $217,000 bonus to sign here.
That’s the largest bonus they’ve ever given an undrafted free agent.
According to the rookie wage scale, $217,000 is more than anybody drafted in the sixth or seventh is slotted to receive this year in guaranteed money.
For the sake of comparison, the Eagles handed out $480,000 total in bonus money to all their undrafted free agents last year, and Nebraska tight end Jack Stoll got the most - $122,500.
Goodrich got nearly twice that.
The bonus and the timing of the deal tells you how desperately the Eagles wanted Goodrich, who had been projected by some as a potential 4th- to 6th-round pick this year.
The Eagles did not draft a cornerback this year, and other than Darius Slay and slot corner Avonte Maddox, they have only last year’s 4th-round pick, Zech McPhearson, and guys like Mac McCain, Tay Gowan and Kary Vincent Jr.
So Goodrich will get every opportunity to make the 53-man roster this summer.
Goodrich, 6-0, 175 pounds, had five interceptions during his career at Clemson.
“He has size and plays a physical brand of coverage but might be tethered to a zone scheme due to a lack of desired chase speed,” Lance Zierlein wrote on NFL.com.
“He has some recognition talent, allowing for decent head starts to squeeze routes in his area. He also has the length to help play the passing lanes, but he's more likely to tackle the catch than play the football. He's reliable against the run and has classic Cover 2 traits, but Goodrich might receive some consideration as a backup safety.”
Goodrich suffered a rib injury at the Senior Bowl in Mobile in February and aggravated it at his pro day, but according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has been cleared for all football activities.
The Eagles on Saturday evening also signed Josh Jobe from Alabama, another projected mid-round cornerback who went undrafted. That was first reported by Matt Zenitz of on3sports. They continued stocking up on promising undrafted corners by adding Duke's Josh Blackwell.
The Eagles have room for 14 undrafted rookies on the 90-man roster.
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