Greg Ward Jr. is now officially under contract for the 2021 NFL season. The Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver signed his exclusive-rights free agent tender on Monday afternoon.
The Eagles originally tendered Ward earlier this month. This left him with two options:
1) Sign the one-year tender worth $850,000.
2) Stop playing in the NFL.
Pretty obvious choice for the 25-year-old, who is currently the oldest wide receiver under contract for 2021. The only other players at Ward’s position include Travis Fulgham, Jalen Reagor, Quez Watkins, John Hightower, J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, and Khalil Tate.
Ward will be a restricted free agent ahead of the 2022 offseason.
Here’s what we previously wrote about Ward in BGN’s offseason position series:
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.