Leonard Weaver has agreed to a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. The deal is reportedly worth $1.5 million, but incentives could push it closer to $2.5 million.
From what I’ve heard, Weaver was asking for a deal worth between $2.5 and $3 million, and the market never developed for him like he expected. He should be a good fit in Philadelphia, although it will be interesting to see what role he’ll play in their offense; the Eagles rarely used a fullback last season.
I would’ve loved to see Weaver back in Seattle, but the Seahawks probably made the wise decision here. He is replaceable because Owen Schmitt is an outstanding prospect, and should be able to step right in and fill the void as a more traditional blocking back. It is obvious the front office preferred to retain Weaver, but his asking price was too high. I’m expecting Seattle to react by bringing in fullback Justin Griffith, who is familiar with coordinator Greg Knapp and his offensive scheme.
With only four running backs now on the roster, Seattle will likely select one or two backs in the upcoming draft – between rounds one and seven, wherever Ruskell can achieve the highest value.