Former New York Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle has decided to change teams within the Tri-state area and signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Eagles. The new signee was with the Giants for four years since being selected by them in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of LSU.
Randle signed a one year deal with the Eagles was worth a little more than $3 million with $500,000 guaranteed. The 24-year old was a free agent looking to be resigned by the Giants, previously stating that he would love to stay with Big Blue. Yet the Giants did not feel his end of the bargain when it came to his production on the field.
Randle would show flashes of playmaking ability during his career such as during the end of the 2014 season where he had run 290 yards off 12 catches over the final stretch of the year. The former LSU standout wasn't able to rekindle the flash that he started with the 2015 season when he hauled three touchdowns within the first 10 games.
Even though most of his stats had dropped from the previous season, Randle still finished with a career high season total of 8 touchdowns. Randle, on top of his inconsistent play, would have conflicts with the coaches over his frequent lateness to meetings.
The former Giant might indeed fit well with the Eagles bringing his size and talent with him to the City of Brotherly Love. Seeing as how they were on of the only two teams to have a meeting with Randle (the other being the Rams), it was a no-brainer for him to sign with limited options. It may feel like he was betrayed by the Giants as it has been reported that Randle felt like he was put on hold waiting for someone else to throw him a contract offer.
Some feel that the fact that he only got a one year deal is an example of a low risk and high reward scenario. It’s very possible that Randle could blossom in new setting and become the player the Giants thought he would develop into four years ago. It is also possible that the Eagles may see firsthand why the Giants were so willing to let him go in the first place. Randle is still only 24, turning on May 7, so there can still be a potential uprising on the horizon. .