By Harry Allison
All of the attention is on the Eagles’ possible pursuit of Oregon QB Marcus Mariota and their $50 available cap space to attract free agents when that auction officially opens on Tuesday, March 10.
But they are quietly wrapping up restricted free agent defensive end Cedric Thornton. Unlike unrestricted Eagles free agents like Jeremy Maclin, however, Thornton is a restricted free agent, which severely limits his ability to maximize his worth on the open market.
According to Field Yates of ESPN, Thornton received a second round restricted free agent tender from the Eagles.
Thornton is a terrific run stuffer, and his one-year deal is worth $2.356 million. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2015 season. If another team were to sign Thornton to a contract, they would have to forfeit their second round draft pick to the Eagles, which all but guarantees that Thornton will remain with the Eagles through 2015.