The Eagles have re-signed defensive end Cedric Thornton to a one-year deal, the team announced today (Twitter link). Thornton had been an exclusive rights free agent, so while he didn’t previously have a contract for 2014, he couldn’t sign with any NFL team except the Eagles.
Thornton, 25, had an excellent second season in Philadelphia, starting all 16 games for the team. In addition to racking up 62 tackles and a sack, Thornton graded as one of the NFL’s best run-stopping 3-4 defensive ends, according to Pro Football Focus’ advanced metrics (subscription required).
Terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed, but given his limited leverage in negotiations, Thornton will likely be on a minimum salary contract for 2014. The Southern Arkansas alum will be eligible for restricted free agency a year from now.