3 free-agent moves from NFC East that Commanders fans can laugh at

These signings come with scrutiny attached, for now.

Jon Runyan
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Saquon Barkley

This is a tentative choice. There are very few signings made by Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman that haven't come off in recent years. But this one did take people aback all things considered.

Paying running backs on second contracts - especially when they have someone with Saquon Barkley's injury history - isn't exactly in keeping with the current NFL trend. That said, the Eagles moved swiftly to sign the dual-threat force once the New York Giants opted to let him test the market.

Barkley is a phenomenal playmaker at the peak of his powers, that's not up for discussion. However, handing the former first-round pick out of Penn State such a lucrative financial commitment comes with an element of risk attached.

After discussions, Barkley penned a three-year, $37.75 million deal with a $11.62 million signing bonus and $26 million guaranteed. While the rewards will be substantial if the player puts a consistent run of games together, he missed three contests last season and hasn't put a full campaign together since his rookie year in 2018.

With high risk comes high dividends. But everyone associated with the Washington Commanders will be hoping this blows up in the Eagles' face as they look to impose themselves within the NFC East next season and way into the future.

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