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Eagles re-sign defensive end Cedric Thornton

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The Eagles have re-signed exclusive-rights free agent defensive end Cedric Thornton to a one-year contract, the club said Monday.

The 25-year-old Thornton started all 16 games for the Eagles in 2013, notching 60 tackles (48 solo).

Thornton (6-4, 309) played collegiately at Southern Arkansas, earning an invitation to the 2011 Senior Bowl. Though he went undrafted, the Eagles signed him as a free agent, and he spent most of his rookie season on Philadelphia’s practice squad. In 2012, he worked his way into the defensive line rotation, notching 27 tackles as a reserve.

Thornton is eligible for restricted free agency next offseason.

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  1. ncmalko1 says: Mar 3, 2014 11:47 AM

    One of the most underated run stoppers in the league!

  2. c4nnon says: Mar 3, 2014 11:50 AM

    Taking care of our own first..he was one of our best defensive players last year. I’m liking the moves roseman is making thus far

  3. philliampenn says: Mar 3, 2014 11:53 AM

    Hopefully they can work on a long term deal during the season. He was great last year!

  4. richardmswartz says: Mar 3, 2014 12:03 PM

    Smart. They really need to get a safety via free agency. It doesn’t have to be Byrd, whom is going to cost way too much. I like Mitchell out of Carolina, he has upside and is certainly in a higher class than anyone on the roster now. The team needs to draft best player available and can’t afford to give up alot to move up for Ha Ha or Pryor.

    Oh and please sign Donnie Jones, Please!

  5. chaser44 says: Mar 3, 2014 12:25 PM

    I agree with all above posters, great signing, he has steadiy improved every year here. I think next year could be a true break out for him. I keep hearing buzz about Worilds from Pittsburgh, sounds like an intriguing player to add opposite of conner barwin, if his price isnt too high. Richardmswartz, yes I also agree with bringing back Donnie Jones and hopefully some competition for Henry at kicker. BYrd might price himself right out of a reunion with Chip.

  6. crubenst says: Mar 3, 2014 12:46 PM

    I pray we get Calvin Pryor.

  7. 1unnamedsource says: Mar 3, 2014 12:49 PM

    Roseman, Chip and Tom Gamble seem to be a solid trio. Resigning the youth within and building through the draft. Similar of the approach in the early to mid 2000’s in the Andy Reid era which provided much success. Exciting time to be a fan of the midnight green.

  8. imnotsorryisaidthat says: Mar 3, 2014 1:05 PM

    Solid move by the Birds,Byrd wants out of Buffalo at any cost,even if it means giving up getting paid the most,a reunion with Chip isn’t out of the question if the question is does he want to play for a winner

  9. 2013 NFC East Champs says: Mar 3, 2014 1:32 PM

    Birds looking to ” take care of business ” !
    while . . JJ is at the Oscars.

    Howie . . . Exec of the Year ( or at least Feb. /March) , so far.

    Donnie Jones – by rule, the team and Donnie have to wait until free agency starts to do a new deal.
    ( no worries there. )

    Fly Eagles Fly

  10. phillyeaglefan says: Mar 3, 2014 5:15 PM

    I would say the Eagles would be able to get Byrd if they cut Avant, Chung, and maybe Casey. They would be near their cap, but it could be worth it. They have made a lot of good deals so far with re-signing many of their key players. A good draft this year could make the Eagles a serious contender.

  11. oldbyrd says: Mar 4, 2014 8:17 AM

    This guy might just be a BEAST in 2014. He has improved every year. We still need a pass rusher who requires a double block on every down. Hats off to Howie.

  12. richardmswartz says: Mar 4, 2014 10:26 AM

    If Clinton-Dix, Prior, Barr, that other outside linebacker whom realalistically might be there and that big nose tackle are all gone by #22, do you pick Benjamin or trade for Jordan?

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