Eagles tender contracts to three

The Eagles have tendered 1-year contracts to restricted free agents Hank Baskett and Nick Cole and exclusive rights free agent Tank Daniels.

Playing under the tender, Baskett and Cole would each make $1.545 million next season. Because both were signed as undrafted free agents, the Birds had to offer the so-called "middle" tender in order to retain the right to match.

If another team signs Baskett or Cole to an offer sheet, the Eagles have 7 days to match. If they choose not to match, the Eagles will receive a second-round draft pick. By tendering Daniels, the Eagles retained exclusive negotiating rights with him.

Baskett set career highs in 2008 with 33 receptions for 440 yards and three touchdowns.

Cole has played in all 53 regular and postseason contests at guard, center, and as a blocking back. In 2008, Cole filled in for the injured Max Jean-Gilles, starting the final four regular-season games and all three postseason games at right guard.

Daniels, who returned to the Eagles this season, ranked fifth on the Eagles with 18 special teams tackles after being claimed off waivers from the New York Giants on Aug. 31.

The free agency signing period begins tonight at one minute after midnight.

Frederick Lyles, agent for Cole, said he and his client would have no problem accepting the tender, though talks to replace it with a longer-term deal are ongoing.

"If we can do an extension, that would be better," Lyles told your Eagletarian. "He's a young kid (24) who wants to be in Philly, and he's already got three years under his belt ... The door's open. We have some dialogue going on."

Baskett's agent, Jim Ivler, said his client also was OK with the tender, but Ivler said there have been no recent talks with the Eagles about doing something longer term. "Maybe sometime down the road," he said.

Meanwhile, the two longest-tenured Eagles, 13-year-veteran free safety Brian Dawkins and 11-year veteran offensive tackle Tra Thomas, crept closer and closer to unrestricted free agency. Dawkins' agent, Jim Steiner, said he had no comment on the situation late Thursday afternoon. Thomas's agent, Peter Schaffer, did not respond to a request for comment, which also was the case with Eagles president Joe Banner.