Eagles announce re-signing of tight end Richard Rodgers

Posted on June 11, 2021 - Last Updated on June 12, 2021

The legendary Dick-Rod is back.

The Eagles announced they resigned veteran tight end Richard Rodgers, along with the signing of wide receiver Michael Walker.

The exact terms of the deal haven’t been revealed yet, although it’s likely that this will be a one-year contract.

Rodgers, 29, appeared in 14 games for the Eagles last season. Playing as the primary back-up tight end and occasionally starter in light of the Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert injuries, Rodgers caught 24 receptions for 345 yards and two touchdowns. His receiving totals were the second-highest of his career.

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Much of Rodgers’ productivity came in Weeks 7-11, where he posted 246 yards. The highlight of that stretch was his six receptions/85 yards performance against the New York Giants.

The Eagles hadn’t added much in the way of talent to their tight end core this offseason before this resigning. Previously, the Birds signed UDFA Jack Stoll and kept Caleb Wilson. Neither is a likely candidate to move the chains often this upcoming season.

Still, there are some concerns here. Injuries limited Rodgers to just eight total gamed played for the Eagles over 2018 and 2019. For a team that has struggled to keep its players on the field, that’s not an encouraging factoid.

Rodgers Returns To A TE Group That Still Has A Lot Of Uncertainty

As of June 11th, Richards currently sits behind Ertz and Goedert on the depth chart. That arrangement could change at any moment due to the possibility (or likeliness) of an Ertz trade.

If Ertz is traded, Rodgers would grab the #2 spot behind Goedert. As he showed last season, Rodgers can provide the Eagles some productivity in the event he’s needed. It’s a solid depth signing that could prove to be a smart decision during the upcoming year.

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