Philadelphia Eagles sign CB Walter Thurmond

Walter Thurmond got a 1-year, 3.5 million dollar deal from the Giants last off-season, but only played 2 games because of injury. Despite that, the Eagles have given him the same contract this off-season. Thurmond isn’t a bad player (I loved the move by the Giants last off-season when they made it), but I don’t like that out of principle. It’s hard to imagine anyone else was going to pay him this, especially since the injury he suffered last season just reinforced that he’s one of the most injury prone players in the NFL. Thurmond has played just 36 of a possible 80 games in 5 seasons in the league since the Seahawks drafted him in the 4th round in 2010. But Chip Kelly seems to have a thing for injury prone players and former Oregon Ducks.

I don’t hate signing Thurmond though. He’s shown upside, particularly in 2013, when he graded out as Pro Football Focus’ 33rd ranked cornerback on a career high 480 snaps. He could end up being worth this deal, but I don’t think it’s a great value. I also don’t know where Thurmond will play in Philadelphia. His strength is the slot, as he ranked 7th in the NFL among eligible cornerbacks, allowing 0.85 yards per coverage snap on the slot on 229 snaps in 2013. However, the Eagles already have a talented slot cornerback in Brandon Boykin. If the Eagles are expecting Thurmond to be a starter for them opposite Byron Maxwell, they’re going to be very disappointed and, if the Eagles are paying him 3.5 million to be their 4th cornerback, they’re overpaying.

Grade: C+




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