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Eagles extend Hughes, have only seven free agents after 2012

New York Jets receiver Pollard is tackled after a gain by the Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Hughes during the second quarter of their NFL preseason football game in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Reuters

The Eagles moved quietly to secure one of their top special teams players, extending cornerback Brandon Hughes’ contract by a year, according to Adam Caplan of TheSidelineView.com.

Hughes got a $50,000 raise this year ($490,000 to $540,000) and $250,000 worth of performance escalators each of the next two seasons. He’ll make $630,000 in base next year.

They effectively bought his restricted free agent year for a short-term bump and some incentives, in exchange for some savings next year over what the low tender would have been.

It also gives the Eagles little to do this offseason, as 46 of the 53 players on the roster are under contract through 2013.

The only seven who aren’t locked up past this year are: Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, defensive tackle Derek Landri, offensive tackle King Dunlap, long snapper Jon Dorenbos, defensive end Darryl Tapp, linebacker Akeem Jordan and safety Colt Anderson.

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7 Responses to “Eagles extend Hughes, have only seven free agents after 2012”
  1. mdpickles says: Sep 23, 2012 11:43 AM

    DRC will be signed before week 8.

  2. bleedgreen says: Sep 23, 2012 11:56 AM

    and the only 2 on that list that they’ll keep is drc and dorenbos. everyone else is replaceable for cheap.

  3. bluefan204 says: Sep 23, 2012 11:57 AM

    If they gave out trophies for Salary Cap Champions, the Eagles would win it every year. Fortunately for the rest of the world outside of Philly, thats all they’re capable of winning, and we’re all happy about it.

  4. dalucks says: Sep 23, 2012 12:03 PM

    When will the Eagles spend some salary cap space on an offensive line to protect Michael Vick?

  5. greymares says: Sep 23, 2012 12:30 PM

    @bleedgreen, I’m hoping they also re-sign Landri.

  6. pairface says: Sep 23, 2012 1:17 PM

    Hey dalucks – Eagles have top LT in football and top-5 Center on IR. How are the Eagles not spending on OL???

    Know football much???

  7. phillyphannn83 says: Sep 23, 2012 1:38 PM

    @bleedgreen, I have a feeling your green isn’t as “midnight” as the rest of ours because you clearly are undervalueing our starting WILL Jordan, an extremely valuable backup in Landri, and a special teams Phenom in Colt Anderson. FYI, when you don’t understand the value of players like that, most noteably Anderson, you show you’re what I like to call, an “ESPN fan”. That’s someone who claims to be a true fan but the only things they know about their team comes from national media.

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