The Philadelphia Eagles are re-signing Richard Rodgers. The team officially announced a two-year contract for the veteran tight end.
Rodgers sustained a knee injury during the 2018 preseason and spent the first half of the regular season on injured reserve. He was activated with seven games left, but by that time, rookie Dallas Goedert had established himself as the second tight end behind Zach Ertz. Rodgers had just one catch for seven yards after returning.
In 2018, the Eagles signed Rodgers to a one-year deal worth $880,000 after he finished out his four-year rookie deal with Green Bay. In his first four seasons in the league, the tight end played in all but one game, and amassed 121 receptions for 1,173 yards (averaging 9.7 yards per catch) and 13 touchdowns.
Mr. Rodgers is back in the neighborhood.#FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/vXSHq916vB— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) March 28, 2019
BLG Take: Re-signing Dick Rod, who only turned 27 in January, makes sense. The Eagles needed a third tight end behind Ertz and Goedert given their desire to use more 12 personnel packages. Rodgers can help on special teams return/coverage units and he also serves as the emergency long snapper behind Rick Lovato.
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