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Eagles announce they’ll let Corey Clement become an unrestricted free agent

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No RFA tender for CC.

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The Philadelphia Eagles will NOT place a restricted free agent tender on running back Corey Clement, according to an official announcement from the team.

This means Clement will be an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins at 4:00 PM Eastern on Wednesday, March 18.

This development doesn’t close the door on Clement returning to Philly. It’s just that the Eagles decided not to pay Clement the $2.1 million it would’ve cost to use the original round tender on him.

It’s hardly crazy to realize the Eagles didn’t want to pay Clement that much money. The 2017 undrafted rookie free agent signing has only appeared in 15 combined games over the past two seasons after finishing each year on injured reserve. Clement logged 68 rushing attempts for 259 yards (3.8 average) and two rushing touchdowns in that span. He also had 22 receptions for 192 receiving yards (8.7 average).

Clement’s career got off to a promising start in 2017 when he was a solid contributor to the Eagles’ running back rotation. Everyone should always remember him as Philadelphia’s leading receiver in their Super Bowl LII victory.

Sources told Bleeding Green Nation that the Eagles were high on Clement heading into 2018 but injury issues have since put a damper on the promise he once demonstrated.

It’s still possible that Clement — a Glassboro, New Jersey native — and the Eagles are able to work out a new contract that allows him to return to Philly in 2020. It’d be nice to have him back as a third or fourth running back behind Miles Sanders and Boston Scott. But maybe Clement will opt to go elsewhere.