Cedric Thornton re-signs with Eagles

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The Eagles extended a second-round tender to restricted free agent defensive end Cedric Thornton this year because they didn’t want to lose him to another team without compensation.

That was enough to keep other teams from making an offer for Thornton’s services and the Eagles announced that Thornton signed the tender on Monday afternoon. The deal will pay him $2.356 million for next season.

Thornton has started every game for the Eagles over the last two seasons and has established himself as a key part of their run defense. He has 111 tackles in his two years as a starter up front and his return means the Eagles will keep their starting unit of Thornton, Bennie Logan and Fletcher Cox together for at least one more year.

There’s been some talk about discussions between the Eagles and Thornton about a longer deal, something that can continue for the next 11 months before Thornton would be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.

16 responses to “Cedric Thornton re-signs with Eagles

  1. Mug man, what about linebackers? Demeco Ryans, Mychael Kendricks and kiko Alonso arguably best crop of middle linebackers in the league on one team. Plus all pro Connor barwin on the outside. Sad to lose Trent cole though but our lbs are def a big strength of this team. Front 7 is definitely a strength. It’s the secondary that’s a mess

  2. Front 7 is awesome…demolished the so called top ranked O-line last year too (both games). Secondary was absolutely pitiful…so glad to see the dbs gone anything is got to be better than that.

  3. CaptainWisdom8888 Landon Collins doesn’t fit our scheme.. he gets lost in coverage and only provides good run support. He’s more of a traditional SS when we really employ two FS’s. A converted corner would fit best for us especially with all the great wide outs in the Nfc east.

  4. Agree with Smart Devil. The entire front 7, not just the d-line, was really good last year. It was the dbacks that consistently failed, something that can’t happen in todays NFL. That was with Matthews getting a large portion of playtime for both Ryans late, and Kendricks early (Goode going down early proved to be huge). That can only get better with Alonso in his role. Don’t forget as much as everyone loved Cole, Graham had just as many sacks last year in about 1/3 of the snaps, and it’s not like Cole playing in coverage was a strength of his

    The defensive backfield needed 3 new starters, period. They question is, how many will they need after the draft. Right now, I’d say 2 (not sold on Thurmond, but would like to see what Watkins can do healthy and opposite Maxwell). If they can get a starting Safety in the draft, I think the defense becomes an overall strength. If they can somehow get a CB and a S (CB in the first, and a S like Rowe in the 2nd maybe?) the unit could be elite

    If that happens, the rest of the league will have to take notice. They already have an elite ST unit. If the “weakness” of the team is Chip’s offense, Eagles fans would be thrilled

  5. Eagles aren’t getting Landon Collins. He just doesn’t fit. He is an amazing player but Eagles need a safety that is better in coverage so we stopped getting burnt deep all year again. Landon Collins is better when up towards the line not so much in back where we need the improvement. Collins will be a beast on an NFL team just isn’t going to be philly.

  6. Great sign. I know everyone wants to sign him to a long term contract, but I understand that it must be difficult for both sides. Thorton is great, but we also have Vinny Curry who is playing at a high level. Sure, he’s not as good at stuffing the run, but he’s way better at rushing the passer. Plus we have Baird and Taylor Hart who needs more of an opportunity. But, for the meanwhile, Thorton is a good signing.

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