Eagles bring back Richard Rodgers on 2-year deal

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Here come the Eagles, stealing that opening day spotlight from the Phillies. 

OK, not quite. 

But the Eagles on Thursday afternoon did re-sign tight end Richard Rodgers to a two-year contract to keep him around as their third tight end. 

Rodgers, 27, began last season on IR with a knee injury, but returned for the second half of the season, playing in seven regular-season games and both playoff games. He had just one catch for seven yards. 

With Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert firmly entrenched in their roles as the top two tight ends on the depth chart, Rodgers figures into the roster as a veteran presence and their third option. Josh Perkins held that position until a knee injury of his own. He’s still on the team too. 

The Eagles will likely use a lot of 12 personnel in 2019, but don’t count on them using a ton of 13 personnel to get Rodgers in the game. They used some 13 personnel last year but that was because they lost so many receivers, they were really using Perkins as a wideout. 

In 2018, Rodgers had a base salary of just $790,000 and then he had one catch for seven yards, so it’s not like re-signing him is going to break the bank. It likely doesn’t even mean he’ll definitely be on the 2019 roster. 

Rodgers played just 42 offensive snaps in the regular season and just three in the 2018 postseason. 

His best season came in 2015 when he was still with the Packers. That season, Rodgers caught 58 passes for 510 yards and eight touchdowns. That was four years ago, but Rodgers isn’t a bad option as a third tight end. 

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