Not Their Mann
Birds Lose Out On Punter
The Philadelphia Eagles are looking to solve their punting woes for the 2023 season.
Adam Caplan of Inside The Birds reported on Monday morning’s “Inside The Birds” podcast that the Eagles were one of the teams to submit a waiver claim for punter Braden Mann before ultimately losing out to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The 25-year-old came into the league in 2020 as a sixth-round pick for the New York Jets, spending three seasons with the team before being released following the signing of veteran Thomas Morstead.
“He has a big leg, the knock on him is hang time,” Caplan said. “He’s on the final year of his rookie deal, and what makes him attractive is there is no guaranteed money in his contract.”
Despite a nearly flawless 2022 season and roster, punting was a weakness for Philadelphia, and ultimately a downfall for the team in their Super Bowl LVII defeat.
Arryn Siposs underwhelmed for most of the year before an injured ankle made way for the signing of veteran All-Pro Brett Kern, who was also unable to find any consistency.
Siposs returned for the Super Bowl, where his most notable moment was a 38-yard punt in the fourth quarter that was returned 65-yards by the Kansas City Chiefs – the longest in Super Bowl history – and led to the Eagles’ deficit being extended from one to eight points.
With Pittsburgh having priority in waiver claims, the Steelers were able to bring in Mann, but the Eagles have established themselves as being on the lookout for an upgrade at the punter position.
“We all know they have to bring in another punter, at the very least to compete against Siposs,” Caplan added. “He needs competition.”
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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