The Philadelphia Eagles have signed linebacker T.J. Edwards to a one-year contract extension.
Edwards, who was set to become a restricted free agent after this season, will now play through 2022. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the 25-year-old’s extension is worth up to $3.2 million with $2.15 million fully guaranteed.
After going undrafted in 2019, the Eagles signed Edwards. He played in all 16 games his rookie season. He was placed on injured reserve in 2020, missing three weeks.
This season, Edwards has been a crucial part of the defense. He was named to the starting lineup in Week 8 after the Eagles waived Eric Wilson. Since then, Edwards has recorded 44 tackles, three tackles for a loss, one interception, and a fumble recovery.
Head coach Nick Sirianni stated, “T.J. brings a physicality that really is contagious. And he continues to come after the ball. I’m sure glad he’s playing the role he’s playing right now.”
Edwards’ teammates feel the same. Cornerback Avonte Maddox added, “I’ve known T.J. since he got here, and I always scream out his name as soon as I see him. He’s a mentor, and he makes big plays. I’m happy and proud of him, and hopefully, he will be here a long time as well. He does everything. He runs the defense from the middle linebacker spot, and every time I go out there, he’s talking to me, and we’re always communicating. He’s making big plays, and I’m proud of him.”
The contract extension is the third one in the last week. Tight end Dallas Goedert signed a four-year extension, and the following day, Avonte Maddox signed a three-year extension.