8:10pm: Gardner’s deal has a base value of $4.7MM, including a $500K signing bonus, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. Incentives can significantly raise the value of the deal, he adds.
7:37pm: The Eagles and starting right guard Andrew Gardner have agreed to a three-year contract extension, according to Adam Caplan of ESPN.com (on Twitter). The interior lineman is now signed through 2018.
Gardner was signed by the Eagles prior to the 2014 season to serve as a backup. Gardner proved to be a very valuable addition, however, as he went on to appear in every regular season game, including eight starts. The Eagles had an open competition for the starting right guard job this summer, but Gardner came away with the gig. Gardner is now with his sixth NFL team after stops with the Dolphins, Ravens, Vikings, Bengals, Texans, and Eagles, but it sounds like the 29-year-old has finally found a home at this late stage in his career.
In June of 2014, the Eagles hammered out an extension with fellow starting guard Allen Barbre, which means that the duo is under contract for at least the next three years.