The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly tendered the following exclusive-rights free agents: linebacker Alex Singleton, wide receiver Greg Ward, and running back Boston Scott. This much was first noted by Over The Cap and since confirmed by NJ.com’s Mike Kaye.
This news comes as no surprise since tendering ERFAs is basically a formality. In essence, the team offers a minimum deal to these players and they have one of two options: 1) sign the contract or 2) not play in the NFL anymore. So, not much of a choice!
Here’s what we previously wrote about these players earlier this offseason.
REVIEW: Singleton played sparingly before taking over as a full-time starter in Week 6. He never looked back from there, proving to be a tackling machine in the NFL just like he was in the CFL. Singleton finished 15th in tackles in 2020 and he might’ve led the league if he started the entire season.
OUTLOOK: Singleton is an exclusive-rights free agent this offseason, which means the Eagles will offer him a minimum contract and he’ll have to take it. Singleton offers some level of competency to an Eagles linebacker corps that sorely lacks as much. He’s no spring chicken considering he turns 28 this year and he has some limitations in coverage. But he deserves to have some kind of role in the defense in addition to contributing on special teams.
REVIEW: After having success down the stretch in 2019, there was hope for Ward being a bigger part of the offense in 2020. And that sure ended up being the case; he led his position group in playing time and targets. But Ward wasn’t very good in terms of efficiency. He ranked 110th out of 112 wide receivers in yards per route run.
OUTLOOK: Ward is an exclusive-rights free agent this offseason, which means the Eagles will tender him at the minimum and he’ll accept it. Ward can be a quality backup option but he ideally shouldn’t be starting in the slot. He has good hands and can help move the chains at times, sure. But he’s just not a dynamic threat. The Eagles should be looking to get more explosive on offense.
REVIEW: Scott was pretty solid for No. 2 running back standards. He was efficient as a runner. His yards per reception mark ranked 10th at his position and he didn’t drop a pass. The diminutive Scott was subpar in pass protection with seven total pressures allowed, which ranked tied for ninth-most among running backs.
OUTLOOK: Scott, who turns 26 in April, is an exclusive-rights free agent this offseason. This means the Eagles will likely offer him a minimum contract and he’ll have to accept it. After seeing the success Nyheim Hines has had in Indy, maybe Nick Sirianni can help get similar production out of BoSco.
Singleton, Ward, and Scott are set to be restricted free agents next offseason.
Here’s a list of the Eagles players currently set to be unrestricted free agents when the new league year begins on March 17:
OT Jason Peters
S Jalen Mills
QB Nate Sudfeld
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman
DE Vinny Curry
DT Hassan Ridgeway
TE Richard Rodgers
CB Cre’Von LeBlanc
LB Duke Riley
RB Corey Clement
S Rudy Ford
LB Nathan Gerry
P Cameron Johnston (restricted free agent but likely won’t be tendered)
TE Josh Perkins (restricted free agent but likely won’t be tendered)