April 1, 2024   2 MIN READ

Blankenship Extended

Extra Year Tacked On Safety's Deal

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The Eagles on Monday announced their latest contract extension.

The team and Reed Blankenship agreed on a one-year extension for the safety going into his third and final season. Blankenship, a 2022 undrafted free agent, is now signed through 2025.

Reed Blankenship

GETTY IMAGES: Reed Blankenship earned a contact extension after playing 25 games his first two seasons as an undrafted free agent.

While drafted players can’t be extended until after their third season, undrafted players aren’t restricted by the same league rule.

Blankenship would’ve been available to be tendered at the end of the 2024 season if he didn’t agree to the extension.

The Eagles used a similar tactic in 2021 with former undrafted linebacker T.J. Edwards, who was in his third season when he and the team agreed to a one-year extension.

Blankenship, like Edwards, made the team’s 53-man roster as a rookie. The Middle Tennessee State product played 10 games as a rookie, starting four, and became the first undrafted rookie in team history to start a postseason game when he started an NFC Divisional game against the Giants at the Linc.

Last year, Blankenship played 15 games and finished with 113 tackles to go along with three interceptions.

The Eagles re-signed safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson last month to upgrade the position but haven’t yet made any other additions to the position, which for the moment leaves Blankenship as a starter.

– Geoff Mosher (@geoffmoshernfl) is co-host of the “Inside the Birds” podcast and staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.

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