Eagles and Leonard Weaver Talking Contract Extension

Written By Bob Cunningham On Sunday, February 28, 2010

Weaver is a guy the Birds must keep beyond 2010.

According to Geoff Mosher of DelawareOnline.com, the Eagles and Leonard Weaver's agent, Harold Lewis, are making good use of their time in Indianapolis to talk about a contract extension for the All-Pro fullback.

"Hopefully, we can get something done that works for everybody," Lewis told Mosher in Indianapolis at the scouting combine.

Weaver will be a restricted free agent absent a new CBA.

Instead of just slapping him with a tender and trying to squeeze him into a long, but underpaying, contract next season, it would be in everyone's best interest if the Eagles simply pay him right now and get it over with.

That way they can turn their attention to another guy who needs a long-term deal in wide receiver Jason Avant. Like Weaver, he's not the flashiest or best-known player the Birds have, but he's incredibly important to their offensive success and letting him leave would be a disaster.

The biggest question, of course, is going to be how much Weaver wants and how much are the Eagles willing to pay?

From where I sit, he was the best fullback in the league last year. He's a young guy, and he's got the potential to be the very best fullback for several years to come. With that said, he should be paid like the best fullback in football.

Ovie Mughelli was the highest paid fullback last season with a base salary of $2.5 million, so a four-year deal worth about $12 million would make Weaver the highest paid at his position.

Give him a few million in guaranteed money and not only will he be happy, but the Eagles will be able to keep a key player from last season for years to come -- at a very reasonable price.

Lewis said talks with the Eagles will continue again toward the end of the combine, and it's expected that a new deal will be in place around that time. If they don't come to an agreement before they leave the combine it could put talks off for a little while, so it's likely that a deal is done by the end of the week.

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