The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed veteran tight end Richard Rodgers on Friday afternoon, according to an official team announcement.
The development marks the fourth time the Eagles have re-signed Rodgers since he signed a first contract with the team in April 2018. The other precedents were in March 2019, December 2019 and September 2020.
Rodgers returns for yet another stay in Philly is hardly a surprise. We wrote about the possibility earlier this year:
SEE AGAIN: The Eagles brought back Dick Rod for his fourth stint at Philly early last season. It ended up being a decent signing with Ertz and Goedert both injured! Rodgers had the second best season of his career. In what should serve as a huge indictment on the quality of the Eagles’ roster, he was one of the most effective offensive options of the past year.
PERSPECTIVES: The Eagles could do worse than bring Rodgers down to a minimum. Ideally, however, they’ll be looking to churn the bottom of the roster and not bring back a 29-year-old with no advantage.
Eagles fans here at BGN were leaning towards the return of Dick Rod:
Now back in the fold, Rodgers will likely serve as the Eagles’ No.2 tight end behind alleged starter Dallas Goedert. Zach Ertz is currently still on the roster, but it only seems like a matter of time until he is actually traded or released. On that front, Josina Anderson recently suggested that the Buffalo Bills could still be on the line:
From today’s conversations, I understand that the apprehensions with production and consistency at #Invoices tight stitches are always a topic of conversation in Buffalo. Something to watch out for, especially with people still watching Zach Ertz’s situation in Philly.
– IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) June 11, 2021
With Goedert and Rodgers probably finishing as the two best options, there is a competition for third place behind them. Suitors include Jack Stoll, Jason Croom, Caleb Wilson, Hakeem Butler, and Tyree Jackson. It’s possible the Eagles will keep two of that group instead of Rodgers, especially since he’s likely re-signed for the minimum (or almost). But the assumption here is that Dick Rod sticks. And Stoll could be the favorite as No.3 option.
Rodgers has the makings of a cromulent No. 2 tight end. He’s a good wide receiver and he helps special teams.
Welcome back for another ride, Dick Rod.