Philadelphia Eagles Sign QB Nick Foles to Four-Year Deal; Release QB Jacory Harris

By Bryn Swartz

The Philadelphia Eagles have now signed eight of their nine draft picks to a contract, following the signing of third round draft pick Nick Foles to a four-year deal.

Foles, a quarterback out of Arizona, became the second to last 2012 draft pick to sign a contract with the Eagles, good news for a team that certainly doesn’t want any offseason contract drama to distract the team from preparing for an extremely important 2012 season.

Foles will now be eligible to participate in the team’s full squad practices, which begin on Tuesday and will last for the next four weeks. He did miss a three-day minicamp.

The 6’6, 243-pound Foles is expected to compete for the backup quarterback position on the Eagles. Because he was drafted in the third round, you can count him as a lock to at least make the 53-man roster. It will come down to him, third-year quarterback Mike Kafka, and veteran Trent Edwards for the backup quarterback spot (but I fully expect Kafka to enter the season as the backup quarterback).

First round draft pick Fletcher Cox, a defensive tackle out of Mississippi State, is the only remaining draft pick who still needs to sign with the Eagles. This shouldn’t be much of a problem for the Eagles, especially because of the new contract rules that limit the amount of money a team can pay its first round draft pick.

In other news, the Eagles announced that they have released quarterback Jacory Harris, a rookie free agent signing out of the University of Miami. Harris’s spot has not been replaced on the roster so the Eagles currently have 89 players.

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