The Philadelphia Eagles signed Cre’Von LeBlanc to a one-year contract extension, according to an official announcement from the team.
LeBlanc was previously set to be a free agent after the 2019 NFL season. Now the 25-year-old is signed through 2020.
The Eagles originally added LeBlanc to their roster by claiming him off waivers in November 2018. Philadelphia desperately needed cornerback depth at the time and injuries forced LeBlanc into playing time.
Unlike most players added in the middle of the season, LeBlanc actually excelled for the Eagles. The man nicknamed “Strap” was contributing as the team’s primary nickel cornerback as Philly was making a playoff run.
LeBlanc was projected to be the Eagles’ primary backup slot corner in 2019 prior to suffering a foot injury early in training camp. It’s still possible LeBlanc resumes that role but there’s thought he could soon be placed on injured reserve and later activated back to the 53-man roster at some point after Week 8.
LeBlanc’s extension allows him to get some more money now while the Eagles benefit from getting another year of team control.
Get well soon, Strap!
Skies the limit— Cre'Von LeBlanc (@Strap_Ent) March 15, 2019
UPDATE: As I was writing this story, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported LeBlanc WILL be heading to IR with the possibility of returning later this season. The Eagles have yet to officially announce this move.
The #Eagles signed CB Cre'von LeBlanc to a one-year contract extension that guarantees him this year’s salary, plus a bonus, and a chance for real money next year. LeBlanc (foot) is headed to Injured Reserve and could return later this year.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 2, 2019
SECOND UPDATE: The Eagles offically put Strap on IR, as expected.