NFL free agency 2021: Eagles special teams ace Rudy Ford signing with Jaguars

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Eagles special teams ace reportedly signing with Jaguars originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Eagles special teams ace Rudy Ford is joining the Jacksonville Jaguars, according to a report from NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Ford, 26, was a high-level special teamer for the Eagles but struggled to stay on the field because of injury. During his two seasons with the Eagles, Ford played in just 18 games.

According to NFL Network, his two-year deal with the Jaguars is worth $4.2 million.

While he barely played on defense during his time with the Eagles, Ford was a very good gunner on the punt team. And while a healthy Ford made the Eagles’ special teams units better, they were unable to rely on him in 2019 and 2020.

Ford, who is listed as a safety, played just 46 defensive snaps during the entire 2020 season and 41 of them came as a starting cornerback in the regular season finale, the game the Eagles were accused of trying to lose.

While Ford never really reached his potential with the Eagles, they essentially got him for nothing. The Cardinals drafted Ford in the 6th round of the 2017 draft out of Auburn but traded him to the Eagles for Bruce Hector in late August of 2019. Ford made the Eagles’ roster and Hector was back with the Eagles’ practice squad less than two weeks later after the Cards cut him.

Without Ford and Jalen Mills, who is signing a deal with the Patriots, the only safeties left on the Eagles roster are Rodney McLeod, who is recovering from ACL surgery, and K’Von Wallace, Marcus Epps and Grayland Arnold.

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