The Philadelphia Eagles and General Manager continue to take care of their own, re-signing pieces that were key to this past season’s 10-6, playoff run.
The latest man to be reeled back in is defensive end Cedric Thornton, who was an exclusive rights free agent. No other team other than the Eagles could compete with his services, so this deal was more of a formality. He will be a restricted free agent in 2014, according to Eagles beat writers.
Thornton emerged as an unsung hero on this defense last season, cementing his spot as the 5-technique defensive end in Billy Davis’ 3-4 defense. Thornton, a third-year player, anchored the Eagles’ stout run defense, making big play after big play in the run game. He finished the year with 60 tackles, seven stuffs, a sack, and a forced fumble. He also added a safety, tackling Bears running back Matt Forte in the end zone in Week 16.
The Eagles have also re-signed Jason Kelce, Jason Peters, Riley Cooper, and Jeremy Maclin over the past week.
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