The Philadelphia Eagles signed Blake Countess to a contract extension, according to a report from NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Reuben Frank. Countess is now under team control through the 2020 NFL season.
Countess was originally set to make $2.025 million on the final year of his contract in 2019. The Los Angeles Rams tried to get him to take a pay cut but he refused so they waived him. The Eagles claimed Countess (and his contract) off waivers last Friday.
The exact contract details are currently unclear but it’s believed the new deal for Countess lowers his cap hit in 2019 by pushing money into next year. The Eagles have made a habit of restructuring contracts to free up cap space for this season.
Countess, who was selected by the Eagles in the sixth-round of the 2016 NFL Draft, figures to be a backup safety and special teams contributor for Philadelphia. He’s essentially the team’s new Chris Maragos.
Prior to this Countess extension, Over The Cap projected the Eagles to have about $24.9 million in cap space. That figure doesn’t account for Zach Brown’s contract, which is reportedly worth $3 million.