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Official: Eagles re-sign Hassan Ridgeway

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The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed impending free agent defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway to a one-year contract, according to an official announcement from the team.

Ridgeway was originally a selection of the Indianapolis Colts and eventual draft day acquisition for the Eagles, who traded a seventh-round selection for Ridgeway during Day 3 of the Draft last offseason. Ridgeway opened the season as DT4 behind starters Malik Jackson and Fletcher Cox, and incumbent vet Timmy Jernigan. Following the Jackson injury, and then the Jernigan injury, Ridgeway gained significant rotational reps along with veteran journeyman Akeem Spence, and by Week 4 was taking about 70% of the snaps on defense, with positive flashes abound.

However, Ridgeway wasn’t long for the starting role, as an ankle injury hit him in Week 7, and he never recovered, as he was placed on IR in Week 8. Presumably back and healthy, Ridgeway slides right into the role the Eagles envisioned for him in 2019: backing up their starters in Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson.

Ridgeway’s signing doesn’t have a dollar figure attached to it yet, but it is likely a modest deal for a younger player, who was effective in rotational minutes. Ridgeway will continue to see playing time on Jim Schwartz’s defensive front, which heavily utilizes rotations in the regular season, regardless of the health of the players before him.

Are the Eagles set at the position? Likely not. With only practice-squaders behind Ridgeway, and a player in Malik Jackson who is at his best kicking to the outside on rush downs, look for the Eagles to remain interested in adding depth to the interior line in the form of rotational pass rushers, whether in the draft or in free agency.

WIth that said, any positive reps out of a seventh-round acquisition are plus value — and the Eagles are now getting multiple seasons worth of value out of Ridgeway. All in all, the deal looks better with every passing week.

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