Eagles Sign TE Richard Rodgers
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - Moments after introducing linebacker Paul Worrilow the Eagles made another sensible free-agency signing by agreeing to terms with veteran tight end Richard Rodgers.
A former third-round pick in Green Bay, Rodgers put together a career year in 2015 when he snared 58 receptions for 510 yards and eight touchdowns with All-Pro Aaron Rodgers throwing him the football.
At 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, however, Rodgers is more of an in-line tight end who lacks the speed to scare defenses down the seam. He caught only 12 passes for 160 yards and a TD last season.
In Philadelphia, however, he will be asked to take on the Brent Celek role as the blocker at the position while Pro Bowl selection Zach Ertz handles most of the traffic as a receiver.
Rodgers, 26, played in 304 offensive snaps for the Packers last season and graded out as the 41st best TE in football by ProFootballFocus.com. Conversely, Celek played more for the Eagles (462 snaps) but graded out worse as both a receiver and blocker.
Despite his big body, however, Rodgers is regarded as an average blocker with sure hands so this will not preclude Philadelphia from trying to further bolster the position in the draft.
After Ertz and Rodgers the Eagles also have Billy Brown, Adam Zacruba and Joshua Perkins on their offseason roster at tight end.
GOODE JOINS REICH IN INDY
The Eagles introduced linebacker Paul Worrilow on Wednesday and signed Rodgers but they also lost a player from their 2017-18 Super Bowl roster, linebacker Najee Goode.
Goode, a special-teams standout, is joining Frank Reich in Indianapolis after signing with the Colts.
The writing was on the wall for Goode in Philadelphia after the Eagles brought in two LBs -- Corey Nelson and Worrilow -- who figure to be core four special teams players.
Worrilow, meanwhile, always some of the same versatility Goode did as a backup LB and has far more starting experience.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen