November 22, 2021   2 MINUTE READ

Birds, Edwards Agree On Extension

3rd-Year LB Gets 1 Year Added

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For the third time in the past week, the Eagles have signed one of their players to a contract extension. The team and third-year linebacker T.J. Edwards agreed on a one-year extension, the Eagles announced Monday. Edwards’ extension is worth up to $3.25 million, with $2.15 million guaranteed, per a league source.

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Edwards, an undrafted free agent from 2019, was set to be a restricted free agent this offseason. The Eagles could’ve easily retained him for another year on a restricted free-agent tender, but the team chose to reward one of the main components of their recent turnaround.

Edwards, who began the season as a situational linebacker and big contributor on special teams, moved into a starting role Oct. 14 and has since helped the Eagles fix their leaky run defense, which was once among the NFL’s worst.

The former Wisconsin standout has recorded double-digit tackles in three of the past four games and picked off his first pass of the season in Sunday’s 40-29 win over the Saints. His coverage, once considered a weakness, has also improved. Edwards has three passes defended in the past two games. He also has three tackles for a loss in the past four games.

The Eagles had allowed over 100 rushing yards in each of their first seven games, including 160 to the Cowboys and 200 to the Chiefs on respective Sundays, but have allowed more tha 100 rushing yards just once in the past four games.

Edwards is the third player from the Eagles’ defense to earn an extension this season, along with cornerback Avonte Maddox and defensive end Josh Sweat. Offensive tackle Jordan Mailata and tight end Dallas Goedert have also inked extensions.

Goedert and Maddox signed their extensions in the past week.

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

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