The coronavirus has the Philadelphia Eagles shutting down their facilities but it hasn’t rendered them totally inactive. The team announced they’ve officially tendered exclusive-rights free agent punter Cameron Johnston.
In simple terms, this means the Eagles offered Johnston a minimum contract for the 2020 season. His options are to either 1) sign the contract or 2) not play football at all anymore. You might be able to guess which one he’s going to take.
We previously wrote about Johnston earlier this offseason:
Review: Johnston was never noticeably an issue but some of his numbers did decline from last season. He finished 30th out of 32 punters graded by Pro Football Focus after previously finishing 31st out of 34 in 2018.
Outlook: Johnston, who turns 28 in February despite playing just two seasons, is an exclusive-rights free agent this offseason. The team will sign him to a minimum contract and he’ll likely be the Eagles’ punter in 2020. Johnston will need to avoid struggles to earn a long-term deal in Philly.
Tendering Johnston was an obvious call. He’ll be Philly’s punter for at least one more season.
The Eagles will have some more challenging decisions to make when NFL free agency (potentially) begins next Wednesday, March 18.