That Philadelphia Eagles re-signed veteran tight end Richard Rodgers on Friday afternoon, according to an official statement from the team.
This development marks the fourth time the Eagles have signed Rodgers since first signing a contract with the team back in April 2018. The others that previously took place in March 2019, December 2019 and September 2020.
Rodgers is coming back to another one stint in Philly hardly qualifies as a surprise. We wrote about the opportunity earlier this year:
REVIEW: The Eagles brought Dick Rod back to his fourth season at Philly early last season. It ended up being a decent signature with Ertz and Goedert, both of whom were injured! Rodgers experienced the second-best season of his career. In what should serve as a huge accusation about the quality of the Eagles’ roster, he was one of the most effective offensive options last year.
EXPECTATIONS: The Eagles could do worse than bring Rodgers back to a minimum. Ideally, however, they will look at crushing the bottom of the list and not bringing a 29-year-old back without going up.
Eagles fans here at BGN leaned towards wanting to see Dick Rod return:
Now back in the fold, Rodgers will likely serve as the Eagles’ no. 2 close ends behind the supposed starter Dallas Goedert. Zach Ertz is currently still on the list, but it only feels like a matter of time until he is actually traded or released. On that front, Josina Anderson recently suggested Buffalo Bills could still be in play:
As in conversations today, my understanding is that fear of production and consistency is on # Bills tight end is still a topic of conversation in Buffalo. Something to keep an eye on, especially with people still outlining Zach Ertz’s situation in Philly.
– IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) June 11, 2021
Since Goedert and Rodgers are likely to end up as the two best options, there is a competition for third place behind them. Competitors include Jack Stoll, Jason Croom, Caleb Wilson, Hakeem Butler and Tyree Jackson. It’s possible the Eagles could keep two from this group instead of Rodgers, especially since he probably re-signed as little as possible (or close to it). But the guess here is that Dick Rod is holding on tight. And Stoll can be the favorite as No. 3 possibility.
Rodgers has the option of a cromulent No. 2 tight end. He is a suitable pass catcher and he contributes to special teams.
Welcome back for another trip, Dick Rod.