The Philadelphia Eagles have signed free agent offensive tackle Will Beatty to a one-year contract, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter. Schefty says that “Beatty figures into Eagles plans as season goes.” UPDATE: Eagles officially confirm the news.
One would think the Eagles are signing 32-year-old Beatty to bolster their depth behind current starters Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Lane Johnson. The Eagles were using guard/center Isaac Seumalo as their top backup behind Vaitai and Johnson, which isn’t seem ideal. Taylor Hart, a converted defensive tackle, being the other backup offensive tackle wasn’t great either. Hart is the player the Eagles cut to make room for Beatty on the 53-man roster.
Beatty played seven seasons with the Giants after being drafted by New York in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He made 63 starts in 88 total games played for the G-Men.
Beatty hasn’t logged a start since the 2014 season. The 6-6, 291 pound blocker suffered a torn pectoral injury while preparing for the 2015 season. Then he suffered a torn rotator cuff while rehabbing his pectoral injury. He should be in good shape now that he’s well removed from those issues.
It’s funny how everyone suddenly wants to play for the Eagles. Philly signed Dannell Ellerbe earlier this week and now Beatty. Both of those players already have Super Bowl rings, but it seems like they’re itching for another.
More depth for an Eagles team that’s already deep. Gearing up for that championship run.