Eagles sign familiar face to be their 3rd tight end originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
In need of a third tight end the Eagles have again turned to a familiar face.
The Eagles on Tuesday evening signed veteran tight end Richard Rodgers … again. This will be his fourth separate stint with the Eagles. The Eagles' roster is full at 53 players.
Rodgers, 28 was with the Eagles late last season but spent this past spring and summer with the Eagles’ Week 1 opponent, Washington. Rodgers was released at final cuts on Sept. 5.
In the past two seasons, Rodgers has played in eight games for the Eagles and has one catch for seven yards.
But the Eagles needed someone to be their third tight end after Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert and chose someone who at least knows the offense and has NFL experience. During training camp, Josh Perkins suffered a serious injury that landed him on IR and the Eagles’ plan to sneak Noah Togiai through waivers and to the practice squad failed when the Colts picked him up.
The only other tight end with the Eagles right now is Caleb Wilson on the practice squad.
Rodgers is several years removed from his best NFL performances but he has a body of work. Back in 2015, he started 12 games for the Packers and caught 58 passes for 510 yards and eight touchdowns. And in 2016, he still caught 30 passes for 271 yards.
The Eagles originally signed Rodgers back in April of 2018 but he landed on IR with a knee injury. He then was activated off IR and played the final seven games of that season.
Last summer, Rodgers suffered a foot injury and was put on IR. Eventually, he was brought back in December.
Here’s a look at Rodgers’ long transaction history with the Eagles:
4/4/18: Agrees to one-year contract
9/4/18: Placed on Injured Reserve with knee injury
11/16/18: Activated off Injured Reserve
3/28/19: Signed to a two-year contract
8/30/19: Placed on Injured Reserve with foot injury
9/11/19: Released off IR with injury settlement
12/24/19: Signed to active roster after Zach Ertz cracked a rib
9/8/19: Signed Rodgers for Week 1 vs. Washington