Seeking help for the team’s offensive line, the Philadelphia Eagles have apparently reached an agreement on a one-year deal with former New York Giants offensive tackle Will Beatty, according to a report from ESPN.
A former second round draft pick of the Giants in 2009, Beatty was the primary left tackle protecting quarterback quarterback Eli Manning for the last five seasons. He had his best seasons in 2013-14 and 2014-15 for New York, but missed the entire 2015-16 season due to rotator cuff surgery. Beatty also was rehabbing a torn pectoral muscle at the time. He returned to the Giants in 2016-17 but played in just six games, none as the starter, but was not signed again after the season.
Beatty, now 32 years old, will play an undetermined role for the Eagles in 2017. The signing comes a few weeks after Eagles tackle Jason Peters tore both his ACL and MCL, effectively ending his season. The 35-year-old Peters is a nine-time Pro Bowler in his ninth season in Philadelphia, and their offensive line has suffered in his absence. In addition to Peters, the Eagles have also lost running back Darren Sproles, linebacker Jordan Hicks, safety Chris Maragos, cornerback Sidney Jones and several other key players to serious injuries this season.
Philadelphia currently has the best record in the NFL at 8-1 and is eyeing the team’s first trip to the Super Bowl since the 2004 season. With three games separating them and the second-place Dallas Cowboys over halfway through the schedule, the Eagles seem to be a lock to win the NFC East division.