Since being elevated to a more prominent role as the Eagles linebacker, TJ Edwards has delivered with both physicality and intensity.

The Eagles rewarded him Monday morning with a one-year contract extension. Edwards’ contract is worth up to $ 3.2 million with $ 2.15 million guaranteed, a league source told The Inquirer.

Edwards was scheduled to be a restricted free agent during the offseason. But with Edwards now signed until 2022, the Eagles will avoid needing to offer him or match a competing offer from another team.

“We’re so excited to have him locked up for next year,” first-year coach Nick Sirianni said of Edwards. “When you watch him attempt a tackle, he always hits the ball. He is really physical with football. The way he hits, the way he’s violent with football – it’s really something that gets noticed and it’s something that running backs feel and need to be able to protect themselves from it.

Edwards was elevated to a starter role nearly a month ago after the release of linebacker Eric Wilson, who signed a one-year contract as a free agent last offseason. Prior to Week 8, Edwards hadn’t played more than 66% of defensive snaps in a single match. In the three weeks since Wilson’s exit, Edwards played 95% of defensive snaps. During that time, he compiled 44 tackles.

Edwards said, “We are performing at a high standard right now. Guys understand what we’re supposed to be doing in some covers. We fly around. … [At the beginning of the season] I was just happy to have a role in the core packages. I wanted to do my job the best I could because I knew that if I did, the defense would be better.

With six games remaining in the regular season, Edwards has already produced a career-high 76 tackles. After being undrafted from Wisconsin in 2019, Edwards signed with the Eagles and went from being a special teams ace to a starter.

In the team’s Sunday win over the Saints, Edwards recorded an interception in the first quarter. He finished with 10 tackles and two assists defended.

“He’s playing really well,” said Sirianni. “I think our defense as a whole is playing well. Starts at the front. TJ brings some truly contagious physicality. And he keeps coming after the ball.

“TJ just has that physique and he’s playing really good football right now. He’s a good communicator with defense and he talks to everyone. These guys from Wisconsin, who played as Badger, my experience with these guys is that they’re tough and they’re mean and they can play physical ball.

“I’m really happy he’s playing the part he’s playing right now.”

So far this season, the Eagles have signed five players for contract extensions, including left tackle Jordan Mailata, defensive end Josh Sweat, tight end Dallas Goedert, cornerback Avonte Maddox and Edwards.

“Talent is always the first thing you think of,” Sirianni said. “When you pay these guys, he’s an example for the younger kids, ‘Hey he got paid there because he’s a good player and he’s working his best to be the best player he can be. These are common denominators. These guys are all on their way to becoming the best in the league at their posts. “

Linebacker Davion Taylor and running back Jordan Howard suffered knee sprains in Sunday’s game, according to Sirianni. The two players went out and did not return. Taylor will likely head to the injured reserve, according to Sirianni, while Howard will likely miss the next game against the Giants.

Howard had 13 offensive shots compared to 29 shots from Boston Scott and 36 from Miles Sanders. The running back trio, along with quarterback Jalen Hurts, smashed the Saints for a record 242 rushing yards.

Linebacker Shaun Bradley also suffered a sprained shoulder, although he is expected to train later this week.




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