The Eagles have once again showed how much they think of quarterback Nate Sudfeld.
This time, they used a second-round tender on the quarterback who was set to be a restricted free agent, a league source confirmed. SiriusXM's Adam Caplan first reported the move.
The second-round tender is basically the Eagles telling the other 31 teams in the league "hands off." Because if any team wanted to sign Sudfeld to an offer sheet, the Eagles would first have a chance to match and if they didn't, that team would have to give a second-round pick to the Eagles.
Had the Eagles used an original-round tender, a team would have to give up just a sixth-round pick (Sudfeld was a sixth-round pick in 2016).
Sudfeld will play the 2019 season on a contract that is estimated to be just over $3 million, about $1 million more than if they used an original-round tender on him. But this way, they pretty much guarantee that he'll be back this season.
This will be a nice raise for Sudfeld, who had a base salary of $630,000 last season.
While Doug Pederson said a couple weeks ago that they wanted Sudfeld to compete for the backup job, it appears Sudfeld will have the inside track unless the Eagles add another veteran when free agency begins on Wednesday.
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The Eagles got Sudfeld, 25, before the 2017 season. They added him to the 53-man roster midway through that year to avoid losing him and then kept him as the backup behind Nick Foles when Wentz went down. He was the backup behind Foles late in the 2018 season too.
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