The Eagles will have Cedric Thornton in the trenches for at least one more season.
The starting defensive end has signed his restricted tender that was issued by the team earlier this month, according to an official release from the team. The deal is a one-year tender worth approximately $2.356 million.
Thornton has been a starter for the Eagles for the last two seasons. During that time, Thornton has been one of the best run-stopping linemen in the league. A former undrafted free agent, Thornton has formed quite the trio with Fletcher Cox and Bennie Logan on Philadelphia's defensive line.
The Eagles will enter next season with Thornton in another contract year. Originally signed shortly after the 2011 NFL Draft, Thornton has collected 138 tackles, three sacks and four pass breakups in 48 career games.
Thornton is still just 26 years old and has never missed a game due to injury. It will be interesting to see if the Eagles look to extend his contract at some point this season. One report indicates the two sides have already begun to discuss a long-term deal.