As a free agent, Rueben Randle didn't earn much security, but he won't be lacking confidence during his first season with the Eagles.
The 24-year-old wide receiver, who spent his first four NFL seasons with the rival New York Giants, signed a one-year contract with the Eagles last week. The deal is worth $1.025 million, with $500,000 guaranteed. With incentives, it could be worth more than $3 million.
Randle held a news conference on Friday at the NovaCare Complex and did not hesitate when asked if he thinks he will be a starter at a position that could use an upgrade.
"I feel confident I will be, and that is for me to go out and prove it," Randle said.
Randle had 57 receptions for 797 yards and a career-high eight touchdowns after catching 71 passes for 938 yards and three scores in 2014.
While Jordan Matthews is the Eagles' top receiver who works mainly from the slot, the Birds could use help on the outside. The other top receivers on the roster are Nelson Agholor, Josh Huff, and another recently signed free agent, Chris Givens.
A second-round draft choice out of LSU, Randle said he had potential multiyear offers.
"I feel like this is a better deal for me," he said.
The question remains: With his numbers, why wasn't there a bigger market for his services? Even Randle said he was surprised.
"A little bit, but it is what it is," he said. "It is over now and I am an Eagle."
In eight career games against the Eagles, Randle had 30 receptions for 493 yards and five touchdowns. The Giants were 2-6 in those games.
He said he has no extra incentive in facing the Giants. "I am excited for every game," said Randle, who never missed a game in his first four years.
Randle consulted Eagles defensive lineman Bennie Logan, his former LSU teammate, while he was negotiating with his new team. Logan gave him a positive evaluation of the organization.
"We went to college together and I trust his judgment based on that," Randle said.
Although he would have liked a longer deal, Randle believes this is a contract that works well for him and the Eagles.
"It's a deal [in which] I can prove myself," he said.
Fullback in training
The Eagles signed Ryan Mueller to a two-year contract and plan on moving him from linebacker to fullback. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Mueller, who was a four-year letterman as a defensive lineman at Kansas State, was a linebacker last season as a rookie for the San Diego Chargers, where he spent time on the practice squad.