Eagles tender three exclusive-rights free agents: All you need to know

NFL: DEC 01 Eagles at Dolphins
MIAMI GARDENS, FL – DECEMBER 01: Philadelphia Eagles Linebacker Alex Singleton (49) on the field before the start of the NFL game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Miami Dolphins at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on December 1, 2019. (Photo by Doug Murray/Icon Sportswire)

The Eagles are starting the week with a bang. According to NJ.Com’s Mike Kaye and Over The Cap, the Birds have tendered three exclusive-rights free agents.

Being an ERFA means that if the Eagles offer the player a contract, they have to accept it in order to remain in the NFL. The deal is of league-minimum value, which also helps the cap-strapped Birds. Here are the three players in question.

Alex Singleton

Arguably one of the brightest talents on the roster, the former CFL standout joined the Eagles in 2019 and carved a special teams role. One year later, he grinded his way to a starting role in week 6 and never looked back. His first ever NFL interception came against the Niners and was returned for a 30-yard touchdown, setting the tone for what would be a stellar year to come.

Having led the team in tackles (120) and finished fifth in the entire NFL overall despite only being a starter for less than 75% of the season, it’s safe to say that Singleton was an absolute menace for opposing running backs. Meeting them at the hole and making clinical reads all year long, he brought a refreshing sense of production and security to the linebacker spot – an area that previously lacked any kind of positive play.

Boston Scott

The New York Giant Killer, Scott has become a strong complement to Miles Sanders in the Eagles backfield. 2020 was a weird year in that the Eagles almost refused to run the ball, but when Sanders was down, Scott stepped up and proved he could fill a bigger role in a pinch if needed.

His 374 rushing yards and 212 receiving yards were both career highs and with Nick Sirianni’s new offense looking to lean much more on the run, having such a nippy and versatile running back around makes a ton of sense when building back out a once destroyed committee.

Greg Ward Jr.

Greg Ward’s story is an inspiring one. A QB coming out of college, Ward converted to wide receiver in hopes of making it stick in the NFL. After a pair of failed tries in Philadelphia where he was among the final offseason cuts, he took a brief trip to the AAF where he shone brightly before returning to do exactly the same in Philadelphia.

Ward ended 2020 with 419 yards and 6 touchdowns after ending 2019 on such a high note. It became very clear that ‘G-money’ has a floor of a solid slot receiver in the NFL. Whether or not the Eagles will seek to ‘upgrade’ this offseason remains to be seen, but there’s no doubting that Ward will fight for every inch to keep his current role and is absolutely deserving of it.

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