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Eagles give Matt Tobin the lowest possible restricted free agent tender

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The Philadelphia Eagles offered a one-year contract tender to restricted free agent offensive lineman Matt Tobin, according to an official announcement from the team. To little surprise, the deal is reportedly the lowest possible restricted RFA tender possible. The contract is worth over $1.6 million.

What this tender means is that the Eagles own Tobin's rights moving forward. If Tobin signs his tender, he'll be back with the Eagles. If not, Tobin has until Apr. 22 to receiver offers from other teams. If another team wants to sign Tobin to an offer sheet, they have that option. The Eagles can then decide to either match the offer to keep him or let Tobin walk for no compensation. The Eagles also have the option of rescinding the tender, which is what they did with Chris Polk last offseason. Doing so would make Tobin an unrestricted free agent to sign with any team.

The likely course of path here involves Tobin eventually signing his tender and coming back for at least one more season with the Eagles. Offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland seems to like the 25-year-old player. Tobin has started 20 games and played in 30 since the 2013 season. He has the versatility to play both guard and tackle. Tobin has often struggled in a starting role but he can be a serviceable backup for the Eagles in the short-term. The team will obviously look to upgrade their offensive line this offseason.

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