The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed Corey Clement to a one-year contract, according to an official announcement from the team. NBC Sports Philadelphia reports it’s a veteran minimum deal worth $825,000.
This development doesn’t come as a surprise. We wrote about this possibility on Monday:
This could be the more realistic running back reunion [as opposed to the Eagles re-signing LeSean McCoy].
Clement recently said he’s been medically cleared from his shoulder injury and he’s been in contact with the Eagles. It couldn’t hurt to bring the Super Bowl LII hero back on a minimum deal and let him compete for a roster spot.
It’s perhaps worth noting that the Eagles haven’t given away Clement’s No. 30 jersey.
Clement was set to be a restricted free agent when the new league year began in March but the Eagles opted not to offer a tender, thus making the South Jersey native an unrestricted free agent. Clement clearly didn’t draw much interest on the open market and ultimately decided returning to Philly was his best bet.
Here’s what we wrote about Clement following the 2019 season:
Review: Clement was expected to bounce back in some capacity after finishing the 2018 season on injured reserve. It didn’t happen. Clement barely even played on offense. He suffered a shoulder injury on a play where he fumbled a kick return in Week 2. The Eagles placed Clement on IR and called up Scott in October.
Outlook: [...] The Eagles were high on Clement heading into 2018 and understandably so. He was coming off a promising rookie season that featured a 100-yard receiving performance in the team’s Super Bowl LII win. Since then, though, Clement hasn’t been able to stay healthy or effective. He’ll have to prove he belongs on the 2020 roster this offseason.
Here’s how Clement fits in to the current offensive depth chart:
1 - Miles Sanders
2 - Boston Scott
3 - Corey Clement
4 - Elijah Holyfield
5 - Michael Warren
6 - Adrian Killins
Clement will have a chance to earn a roster spot assuming he can stay healthy.
But just because the Eagles brought back Clement doesn’t necessarily mean they’re done at running back. NFL insider Adam Caplan tweeted that the Eagles “also are considering signing a veteran RB.”
Veteran RB should be added at some point... https://t.co/Zn9PrsH4CF— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) April 29, 2020
So, who could that be? BGN previously touched on Shady and Carlos Hyde as potential options. Devonta Freeman is also out there.
We’ll just have to wait and see what comes to fruition. In the meantime, Clement is back.