Hobbs and Gocong sign tenders

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Ellis Hobbs (pictured) and Chris Gocong signed their restricted free agent tenders today. (Yong Kim / Staff Photographer)

Cornerback Ellis Hobbs and linebacker Chris Gocong signed their restricted free agent one-year tenders today, according to the Eagles.

Hobbs, who suffered a season-ending neck surgery last year, was tendered at a first-round level and Gocong was tendered at his original draft level, which would be the third round.

Neither player was expected to draw much interest from other teams because of their high tenders. The Eagles expect Ellis to return next season. He injured his neck against Dallas in November and underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk in December. He rotated in at cornerback when starters Asante Samuel and Sheldon Brown needed rests. Hobbs also returned kicks.

Gocong started the season at strong-side linebacker, but eventually lost his spot to rookie Moise Fokou.

Linebacker Akeem Jordan signed his tender (second round) last week. Linebacker Omar Gaither (fifth round), guard Nick Cole (second round), guard Max Jean-Gilles (fourth round) and punter Sav Rocca (right of first refusal) have not yet signed their tenders. Fullback Leonard Weaver and wide receiver Jason Avant were restricted free agents, but the Eagles locked them up with long-term deals earlier this month.

Samuel and Brown were reportedly two of four veteran players that did not show for yesterday's optional off-season conditional program. Quarterback Donovan McNabb and punter Sav Rocca were also no-shows.

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