A move that would probably annoy people, bringing back Richard Rodgers for yet another season wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. An established veteran who has a relationship with the team’s front office, Rodgers actually performed admirably well last season when given an increased role.
Across 14 games, Rodgers recorded 24 catches for 345 yards. He also hauled in two touchdowns. Not bad numbers at all for a TE2.
While the “upside” is admittedly very low with someone like Rodgers (he turns 30 in January), his presence would give the Eagles much needed leeway when it comes to the tight end position. Assuming Ertz is moved at some point this summer, Goedert will see significant targets as the team’s starting TE, leaving a rather glaring hole when it comes to running 12-personnel.
The team is either expecting way too much out of recent UDFA signing Jack Stoll, or they’re really banking on one of: Jason Croom, Tyree Jackson, Hakeem Butler, or Caleb Wilson to take the reigns as a serviceable backup tight end. None of these players have logged significant snaps at tight end in the NFL.
Even if running it back with Rodgers for another season is boring, it’s a safe bet that allows the team to push this issue off to 2022.