The Philadelphia Eagles are signing former Army offensive tackle Brett Toth to a three-year contract, according to a report from NFL insider Adam Schefter.
It was previously reported the Eagles made an offer to Toth but the Army needed to waive his service requirement in order for him to play in the NFL. Toth’s military waiver request was successful.
Here’s what we previously wrote about the prospect of the Eagles signing the 6-6, 305 pound Toth:
The Eagles already have a lot of depth at offensive tackle with Jason Peters, Lane Johnson, Andre Dillard, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Jordan Mailata, and Matt Pryor under contract. But with Johnson missing the rest of the preseason due to injury and the Eagles recently trading Ryan Bates to Buffalo, there are some practice and preseason reps to fill at tackle. One also can’t rule out the possibility of another lineman (Big V?) getting traded.
Toth’s realistic best case scenario — assuming he’s cleared to sign with the Eagles — is probably ending up on Philadelphia’s practice squad. But that’s still a solid gig for someone like Toth looking to start his NFL career.
Toth will only get to spend a limited number of practices and two preseason games on the Eagles’ 90-man roster before final cuts take place prior to 4:00 PM Eastern on Saturday, August 31. He’ll have a limited window to impress the coaching staff.
It would seem, then, that Toth might be a long shot to stick around. But it’s not like Toth was just any free agent sitting on the couch. He went through the lengths of getting a service waiver so he could join the Eagles and pursue his NFL dream. It seems like he wouldn’t do that if the Eagles were only interested in him as a camp body for a couple weeks?
For now, here’s some more background info on Toth.
Brett Toth had back-to-back elite overall grades from us at @PFF_College in his final two seasons at Army.— Cam Mellor (@PFF_Cam) August 16, 2019
85.6 in 2016
88.6 in 2017
2017: Starting right tackle against Fordham, Buffalo, Ohio State, Tulane, UTEP, Rice, EMU, Temple, Air Force, Duke, North Texas and Navy ... did not record any statistics.
2016: Appeared in the season opener at Temple ... started against Rice ... did not appear opposite UTEP ... started at Buffalo ... earned the start against Lafayette, but did not make an impact statistically ... did not see any action versus North Texas ... started against Wake Forest ... started for Army opposite service academy rival Air Force and versus Notre Dame ... earned the starting spot at right tackle against Morgan State and Navy.
2015: Started at right tackle against Fordham ... first-career start ... listed in the starting lineup at Connecticut ... did not play against Wake Forest, Eastern Michigan or Penn State ... appeared against Duke ... played in a reserve role opposite Bucknell ... did not play at Rice or Air Force.
2014: Made his collegiate debut against Buffalo ... did not see any action at Stanford, Wake Forest, Yale, Ball State, Rice, Kent State, Air Force, Connecticut and Western Kentucky.
Scouting report via NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein:
Toth’s physicality and ability as a move blocker will appeal to zone-heavy rushing attacks, but it will take some time to adjust to a run scheme where he isn’t constantly playing so far forward like he was at Army. Toth is an athletic guard/tackle prospect who will likely need a redshirt season to add mass and work on his fundamentals in pass protection.