Mar 042011
 
Eagles RB Jerome Harrison

Eagles RB Jerome Harrison

By Justin Adkins:

The Eagles have officially tendered offers to a  couple more restricted free agents — punter Sav Rocca and running back Jerome Harrison.

Last season the 28 year-old Harrison had 40 carries for 239 yards and a touchdown.  He will likely look to sign elsewhere to secure more playing time but it would be a good idea for the Eagles to make the guy a quality offer to return. 

Rocca performed well last year, statistically having his best year as an Eagle, averaging 48.3 yards per punt with a 39-yard net average, both career highs.  Punter is the most replaceable position on the field but it wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep Rocca in the fold.

The team recently tendered offers to four other soon-to-be restricted free agents, middle linebacker Stewart Bradley, right guard Max Jean-Gilles, cornerback Dimitri Patterson, and running back Eldra Buckley, and we speculated correctly that Rocca and Harrison would likely also be made offers by Thursday afternoon’s deadline.

Once the free agent process eventually begins, these players will still be free to sign contracts with other teams; however, if a player signs the tender he will no longer be able to seek a deal with a new team.  If a player does indeed sign with someone else, the Eagles will have a week to match the contract signed.  If the Eagles choose not to match, the Eagles would receive compensation back based on the level of the tender offered to each player. 

Like Bradley, Harrison was tendered at the second-round level, and like Patterson and Buckley, Rocca is at the right-of-first-refual level, meaning no compenation would come back to the Eagles if Rocca signs elsewhere but the team will first have the opportunity to match any contract Rocca signs.

With the deadline passed, the Eagles other remaining free agents will be hitting the road once the labor situation is finally resolved — Ernie Sims, Ellis Hobbs, Akeem Jordan, Omar Gaither, Reggie Wells, Nick Cole, and Antoine Harris.  While it’s possible the Eagles could attempt to bring one or more back at a later date, considering the team didn’t even bother giving them the lowest possible tender means they are all likely long gone.  No big loss on any of them.

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