The Philadelphia Eagles signed free agent offensive tackle Taylor Hart on Wednesday, according to an official announcement from the team.
Hart, as we all know, was originally a fifth-round pick by the Eagles in the 2014 NFL Draft. After failing to make an impact at defensive tackle in the first three seasons, Hart transitioned to offensive tackle during the 2017 offseason.
The move didn’t seem to be the worst idea. There was thought Hart was on the roster bubble heading into final roster cuts. Former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich had praise for Hart.
“All my grades on Taylor, when he was here, were very high. It’s a tough business. There are only so many [roster] spots. But I was very impressed with Taylor through OTAs and training camp and thought he showed a lot of good signs.”
Hart didn’t end up making the final 53, but the Eagles did bring him back for a brief stint after Jason Peters suffered a season-ending injury. A few weeks later, the Eagles replaced Hart with the more seasoned Will Beatty.
Hart likely would’ve spent the 2017 season on the Eagles’ practice squad if he was eligible for it. Due to his experience, however, he wasn’t.
So now the Eagles are bringing him back for another look. Hart isn’t too old — he turns 27 later this month — and he’s a good athlete. It’s worth seeing if he can become a decent backup at offensive tackle even though the Eagles seemingly have good depth there with Jason Peters and Lane Johnson as starters and Halapoulivaati Vaitai as the main backup.