Terrance Turner agrees to deal with Eagles

Three months after the draft, Terrance Turner finally has an NFL home.

The NFL Players Association approved the new collective bargaining agreement on Monday afternoon to formally end a 136-day lockout, which was keeping teams from signing undrafted free agents. Late Monday night, Turner reached an agreement to join the Philadelphia Eagles. He will fly out to meet with team officials today and he can formally sign a contract after 10 a.m.

“It’s crazy because you had to wait so long for it,” Turner said. “You couldn’t pinpoint where your opportunity was going to be. Now I can pinpoint it. It just feels good to know where you’re going now that the process, and the whole lockout is over.”

Teams were allowed to begin negotiating with undrafted free agents at 6 p.m on Monday evening. Turner’s agent, Scott Smith, said Turner had several offers but that the Eagles seemed to be the most interested.

“We entertained a couple of different opportunities for Terrance,” Smith said. “We matched those up in terms of where he could have the best success. The general manager of the Eagles reached out and expressed a real interest. It’s really about opportunity. We thought this was his best opportunity.”

Turner and Smith say the Eagles’ West Coast offense fits Turner well. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Turner was a reliable possession receiver in four years with the Hoosiers, catching 67 passes for 681 yards and three touchdowns as a senior, finishing third in the Big Ten in receptions per game.

“I think they’re definitely a good fit,” Turner said. “It’s a lot of short routes and timing patterns. It’s a really good fit for the way I play.”

Said Smith: “They like physical, athletic playmakers, and he fits that mold. They also like guys that work hard and are competitive and play with a little bit of an edge. I think he brings all of those qualities.”

That fit should give him an opportunity. Many undrafted free agents were concerned that the lockout would cut down on their opportunity to impress coaches, because there were no spring mini-camps. Turner said he feels confident he’ll get a shot.

“Just like we were saying with the offense, they throw a lot of passes,” Turner said. “So if they throw the ball a lot, that makes for a lot of reps. They told me I would get a fair chance at showing myself. As long as I make the plays, I think it will be a good fit and turn out in my favor.”

It was unknown late Monday night whether any of IU’s undrafted free agents were receiving interest from teams, but they were pleased early in the afternoon to learn that the lockout was over.

4 comments

  1. Hold on to the ball TT. You can make the team if you dont put the ball on the ground!

  2. I wish TT luck, but there are a lot of good receivers out there. Given the shelf life of some of these guys (TO, Ocho S, etc), and the new rules protecting player safety, it’s now much harder for young receivers like TT to make it in the NFL. The veteran turnover is not near what it used to be. Maybe the new rookie pay scale will allow him to be seen as a great value. He’s already better the any receiver the Bears have on the roster.

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