Eagles extend Hughes, have only seven free agents after 2012

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.