Much of the news this offseason regarding Hank Baskett has been related to his impending nuptials with former Playboy Playmate Kendra Wilkinson. From the reality TV show to the size of the ring to sales of her stripper pole.
Now, here is some football news about Baskett.
The Eagles re-signed the restricted free-agent to the 1-year tender offered by the team. The Eagles had extended the tender previously, but Baskett had not signed it.
Baskett and offensive lineman Nick Cole were tendered at the so-called midlevel, which would have required any other team making them an offer to give the Eagles a second-round draft pick if the Birds declined to match the offer. Like Cole, Baskett will make $1.545 million and will be a free agent in 2010 if he does not have a new deal.
Because Cole and Baskett entered the NFL undrafted in 2006, the Eagles had to tender them at least at the midlevel to assure compensation if they signed elsewhere; low-tender compensation is a pick in the round in which the player was drafted.
Baskett set career highs in 2008 with 33 receptions and three touchdowns, adding 440 yards. He has posted 71 catches, 1,046 yards and six touchdowns in his 3-year career in Philadelphia. He is one of six players in NFL history to have three catches of 85 yards-or-more in a career.
The team also announced the signing of tight end Eugene Bright, a Harriton High graduate. Bright (6-4, 254) played defensive end at Purdue, compiling 48 tackles and 7.5 sacks in his 4-year career. He was undrafted in 2008 and was not on an NFL roster last season. Coach Andy Reid's older sons, Garrett and Britt, also attended Harriton High.