Eagles re-sign TE Albert Okwuegbunam ahead of free agency

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Denver Broncos tight end Albert Okwuegbunam catches a touchdown pass against the Los Angeles Ramsduring the first half of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 26, 2023, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

With free agency just around the corner, the Philadelphia Eagles made a minor roster move on Thursday afternoon, bringing back TE Albert Okwuegbunam on a one-year contract.

Eagles bring back TE Albert Okwuegbunam

The Eagles signed ‘Albert O‘ at the end of last offseason following a preseason finale for the Broncos where he racked up 109 yards on 7 catches. This was enough for Howie Roseman to see some developmental upside. However, he barely featured on the Eagles in 2023-4, playing in just 22% of offensive snaps and just 5% on special teams.

This is especially confusing when you remember that Dallas Goedert missed 2 games and the Eagles have lacked a solid TE2 since the departure of Zach Ertz. Considering how much of their offense was built on run-blocking and RPO-based plays, you’d assume that Okwuegbunam would’ve carved out more of a role.

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Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert (88) celebrates his touchdown catch as teammate Kenneth Gainwell (14) looks on during the first half of an NFL divisional round playoff football game against the New York Giants, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

This deal is likely to be a veteran’s minimum, or close to it, so the upside is still there to get the most out of the 25-year-old TE who measures in at 6’5, 258 lbs. While he’s not going to be expected to play a big role in 2024, the Eagles at least have a tight end with 30 games and 7 starts worth of experience under his belt who could play in a pinch, or at least compete with younger, developmental guys this offseason.

Nothing like some late-evening housekeeping.

AP Photo/David Zalubowski