Player Updates - January 2018

January 04 2018

Adam Zaruba - first day Eagles training
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Adam Zaruba Signs Reserves/Futures Contract with Eagles

The chances of seeing Adam Zaruba again in a Canada 7s jersey just dropped today. He signed a reserve/futures contract with the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL. The Eagles are currently the top NFC team going into the playoffs and are guaranteed home field throughout the conference playoffs.

Both Canada 7s and the Seattle Seawolves were eyeing Zaruba for this year, he had decided on Canada 7s ahead of Seawolves but that may be all moot now that he signed this contract. It doesn't mean he'll suit up for the Eagles in the playoffs but he's signed up for camp next year with a shot to make the 2018 team. He'll likely be making more money on the Reserves contract than he would with either rugby option. Such is the reality of North American sports right now but that may change over the next decade with the advent of the MLR.

Zaruba at 26 still has a few years to make his mark in the NFL but next year will be crucial to make the 53 man regular season roster.


The Philadelphia Eagles signed four free agents to reserve/futures contracts, according to an official announcement from the team.

The four players: tight end Adam Zaruba, punter Cameron Johnston, cornerback Elie Bouka, and wide receiver Marquess Wilson.

Again, to be clear, none of these players are being signed to the active 53-man roster. These signings are being made for the 90-man offseason roster.

These guys aren’t likely to end up being significant contributors. They project to be depth players or long shots to even make the team.

With that said, here’s a little information on everybody.


The Eagles signed Zaruba, a former rugby star, prior to training camp this year. He was understandably raw since he’s new to the NFL game. Zaruba had two receptions for 17 yards in the preseason. I thought he showed some nice blocking skills.

The Eagles could be facing changes at tight end this offseason. Brent Celek could end up being a cap casualty and Trey Burton is a free agent. Philadelphia potentially needs depth behind starter Zach Ertz. Zaruba will compete with practice squad member Billy Brown (and others) for a backup job in 2018.

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