Seven down and one to go. The Philadelphia Eagles signed tackle Winston Justice to a four-year contract Monday, leaving just Brodrick Bunkley unsigned.
Justice, a 6-6, 319 pounder, was the Eagles second round pick out of USC. The Trojans put up a total of 7,537 total yards in 2005, a total that stands as the 2nd-highest in Division I-A history, and Justice was a key part of that line, earning an All-Pac 10 honorable mention.
The Eagles had to give up a second round pick (45th overall) and a fourth round pick (116th overall) to Tennessee in order to move up six spots to select Justice with the 39th pick in the draft. The move gave the Eagles both players that they targeted in the first round, since they had passed on Justice to draft Brodrick Bunkley with their first pick in the draft.
Bunkley is the last of the eight players drafted by the Eagles to sign. The former Florida State defensive tackle is a key part of a revamped Eagles defense and has a chance at winning a starting job with the club in camp. So far, there have been no threats of Bunkley not reporting to camp with the other rookies on Thursday, but his contract status is obviously a concern for the Eagles. Taken in context though, the fact that Bunkley hasn't signed isn't that surprising, since Mario Williams - the first overall pick in the draft - is the only first rounder to have signed. The Eagles are optimistic that they'll sign Bunkley and that it will come before Thursday's reporting date.
Because of taking part in the Hall of Fame game August 6th, the Eagles are opening camp earlier than most other clubs.