Love Me Tender: Eagles Move on RFAs

The Eagles have made a number of moves today involving players who would be restricted free agents under the current system, even as the clock ticks toward the end of the CBA.

They have tendered linebacker Stew Bradley at second-round compensation, guard Max Jean-Gilles at fourth round (his draft round) and cornerback Dimitri Patterson under the right of first refusal (Patterson was undrafted).

Exclusive rights free agent Eldra Buckley also was tendered.

Under the current system, if another club signs a player to an offer sheet, the Eagles have seven days to match the offer. If they choose not to match, the Eagles will receive a pick in the round that the player was tendered.

Last year, only one restricted free agent in the NFL changed teams, when the Eagles signed running back Mike Bell away from the New Orleans Saints. They later traded Bell for Jerome Harrison, whom they elected not to tender today.

Under last year's rules, which teams are following, the threshold for unrestricted free agency was 6 years. It is unlikely that will be the case in a new CBA, which makes some of these tenders dubious.

The Eagles opted not to offer RFA tenders to a number of players, including Harrison, linebackers Ernie Sims, Omar Gaither and Akeem Jordan; offensive linemen Nick Cole and Reggie Wells; punter Sav Rocca; and defensive backs Antoine Harris and Ellis Hobbs, who is said to be mulling retirement.

Players who are not tendered could still return to the Eagles.

Teams have until 3 p.m. tomorrow to offer tenders to their restricted free agents so it is possible someone not tendered today could still be tendered.

I'll be a little surprised if Eagles don't end up tendering Sav Rocca, who was tendered last year. I have two think that Jordan and Harrison are decent possibilities.

Cole is said to be bound for the Packers.

Also, the team named former Delaware and Soul quarterback Matt Nagy as offenisve quality control coach. Nagy had spent time as a coaching intern and now gets a full-time position.


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