Eagles Tender RFA Stewart Bradley, Three Others

Written By Bob Cunningham On Wednesday, March 02, 2011
The Philadelphia Eagles announced today that they have tendered four restricted free agents: linebacker Stewart Bradley (2nd round), guard Max Jean-Gillies (4th round), cornerback Dimitri Patterson (right of first refusal), and running back Eldra Buckey (exclusive rights).

Those not tendered are punter Sav Rocca, linebacker Ernie Sims, linebacker Akeem Jordan, guard Nick Cole, guard Reggie Wells, running back Jerome Harrison, linebacker Omar Gaither, cornerback Ellis Hobbs, and safety Antoine Harris.

Of the remaining guys eligible for a RFA tender, Harris has no chance of getting tendered as he was really nothing but a camp body who wound up on Injured Reserve. Hobbs also has little chance of being tendered since he is likely to retire before the season begins.

Another guy unlikely to get tendered is Wells. I was, and still am, of the opinion that Wells should have been the starter at right guard for the entire season, but for whatever reason he was not a favorite of Andy Reid even though the team sent a sixth-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals to acquire him.

Guys falling under the "maybe" category are Cole, Sims, Harrison, and Gaither. Reid seems to love Cole for some inexplicable reason, Sims is a guy they might still see some potential in, Harrison looked very good in very limited action, and Gaither is a good backup and special teams player.

Rocca and Jordan are two guys I fully expect to get tendered Thursday before the 3PM deadline.

Rocca had a Pro Bowl-caliber season, and continues to break records that he has set. In his three years as an Eagle, he has broken at least one punting record that he set the year before. I wasn't a big fan of Rocca, but the way he performed in 2010 makes me think they should tender him and then sign him long-term when they have the opportunity.

Jordan is another guy I really like. He's a borderline starter (certainly should have played ahead of Sims), is a great backup to have, and is more than willing to play special teams. He's just one of those guys who will do whatever is asked of him, he'll give it all he has, and more often than not he'll do it well.

If he's allowed to hit free agency, some team will snatch him up to be their starter. At the very least the Eagles should make sure they have the right to match any offer he gets.

In other news...

The Eagles have added Matt Nagy, a former Arena Football League quarterback and coaching intern and coaches assistant with the team for a couple years, as an offensive quality-control coach.

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