Eagles will not tender Cam Johnston, who becomes UFA


The Eagles are going to let punter Cameron Johnston truly test the free agent market.

Johnston is a restricted free agent but the Eagles have elected to not tender him, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia.

NJ.com's Mike Kaye first reported the news.

Just because the Eagles didn’t tender Johnston, it doesn’t mean he won’t be back in Philly next year.

In fact, it would have been a little more surprising if the Eagles did offer a tender to Johnston because even at the lowest level, that tender would come with a salary of around $2.1 million in 2021. For a team like the Eagles, paying a punter over $2 million for this coming season doesn’t make a lot of sense.

So instead, the 29-year-old punter will get a chance to explore his value on the open market as an unrestricted free agent and my guess is the Eagles will be more than willing to re-sign him if the price is right. Just last year, the Eagles did the same thing with Corey Clement, letting him hit free agency without a tender and then signing him later in the process.

In fact, during our Stay or Go series, we both had Johnston returning in 2021.

We already know kicker Jake Elliott and long snapper Rick Lovato will be back in 2021 — both have long-term contracts — so that’s reason enough for a reunion with Johnston. Those three work well together and they have been together for several seasons, building that level of comfort.

Johnston has been the Eagles’ punter for the last three seasons and he’s been pretty good since taking over for fan favorite Donnie Jones.

Johnston is the Eagles’ leader in career gross average (47.0), career net average (41.80), single-season gross average (48.2 in 2018) and single season net average (42.7 in 2018).

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