Eagles extend two key special teamers as free agency frenzy continues

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – OCTOBER 22: Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott (4) misses a field goal at the end of the first half during the game between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles on October 22, 2020 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

The job is never finished for Howie Roseman. While today has been much quieter in comparison to yesterday’s festival of signings, the Eagles are still making some moves. Punter Braden Mann and long-snapper Rick Lovato have both signed new deals with the team.

Rick Lovato

It doesn’t feel like Lovato has been with the Eagles for a long time, but the team revealed in their press release that he’s actually the third-longest tenured member of the team having caught on back in the 2016 season. He hasn’t missed a game since joining the team and was named a Pro Bowler in 2019.

Stability at long-snapper is often overlooked, but Lovato has helped push Jake Elliott to some sensational records and defining moments. He’ll be back for another rodeo in 2024.

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Philadelphia Eagles place-kicker Jake Elliott kicks a game tying field goal against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)

Braden Mann

The Eagles struggled to replace Cameron Johnston but finally found some solace in Braden Mann, who enjoyed a career year in 2023. He actually set single-season team records in both gross and net pruning averages, according to the Eagles’ press release, and ranked 6th in the NFL in net punting average.

Bringing him back on a two-year deal is a smart move for the Eagles, who won’t have to worry about fielding punting competitions at the end of training camp practices for the time being, safe in the knowledge that Mann was one of the longer legs in the league in 2023. The deal equates to around $4.2M and gives Philly a punter they can hang their hat on, which is much more than Arryn Siposs provided, who was replaced by Mann ahead of the 2023 season.

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