The Philadelphia Eagles and defensive end Cedric Thornton agreed on a one-year deal earlier today.
#Eagles have signed DE Cedric Thornton to a 1-year contract. Thornton was an exclusive rights free agent.
— Eagles Insider (@EaglesInsider) March 3, 2014
The contract is worth $645,000, which is the three-year minimum. Thornton was an exclusive rights free agent, meaning he could only accept a new deal from the Eagles. If he didn’t want to accept, he’d have to quit football.
Thornton has slowly started to emerge as a playmaker on the defensive line. In 2013, he proved to be a terrific run stopper while possessing the versatility to play both end and nose tackle. He was rated by Pro Football Focus as the best 3-4 defensive end when stopping the run.
Thornton’s stat line in last season included 60 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.