Eagles sign three additional rookie contracts following Smith

Posted on June 4, 2021

Yesterday the Philadelphia Eagles finalized their first-round pick’s rookie contract — a four-year $20.1 million deal. Wide receiver DeVonta Smith is fully guaranteed that big payday which includes a fifth-year option (standard for first-round selections).

But the Philadelphia Eagles didn’t stop there. Three other rookie contracts were also signed, including that of Milton Williams, Zech McPhearson, and Kenneth Gainwell.


Milton Williams

Defensive tackle Milton Williams was the Eagles’ third-round pick (No. 73 overall). From Louisiana Tech, he lacks true size but is capable of positional versatility. He finished his collegiate career with 108 tackles and led his team with ten sacks.

After last season, he announced he was forgoing his senior year and it paid off.

  • 2021: $929,124
  • 2022: $1,171,405
  • 2023: $1,393,686
  • 2024: $1,625,967

Zech McPhearson

A position that the Eagles desperately need, cornerback Zech McPhearson was a fourth-round pick (No. 123 overall). McPhearson began his collegiate career at Penn State where he played a combined nine games. He eventually transferred to Texas Tech, playing in every game his junior and senior year. McPhearson finished his 2020 season with 53 tackles, two fumble recoveries, and four interceptions.

  • 2021: $842,415
  • 2022: $1,007,415
  • 2023: $1,122,415
  • 2024: $1,237,415

Kenneth Gainwell

Gainwell, a running back from Memphis, joins Philadelphia with only one full season worth of experience. In 2019 alone, he finished with 1,459 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. He caught 51 passes for 610 yards and three touchdowns. Gainwell became the third player in Memphis’ history to reach 2,000 yards.

Gainwell opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19.

The fifth-round selection (No. 150 overall) will likely see time on the field behind Miles Sanders.

  • 2021: $743,881
  • 2022: $908,881
  • 2023: $1,023,881
  • 2024: $1,138,881


Five rookies remain unsigned, including offensive lineman Landon Dickerson, defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu, defensive end Tarron Jackson, linebacker JaCoby Stevens, and linebacker Patrick Johnson. Contracts for these players are on the way.

Dickerson, who will follow Jason Kelce, is the only remaining unsigned rookie who will add to Philadelphia’s salary cap. Dickerson along with Smith and Williams will count towards the top 51 earning players on the roster. The three represent $3,615,148 against the Eagles’ salary cap.

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Alicia was born and raised in Philadelphia, becoming an avid Eagles fan as a child. She graduated from Penn State University and now works in the medical field. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and baking.

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