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The Philadelphia Eagles hung on to one of Carson Wentz's backups.

The team announced it agreed to a one-year contract with Nate Sudfeld on Tuesday morning. The terms of the deal are for one year, $2 million ($500K guaranteed) with another $3M in incentives, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

The 26-year-old quarterback was set to be Wentz's backup last season but suffered a broken wrist in his non-throwing hand during the preseason. The injury led to Philly signing Josh McCown out of retirement. McCown is currently a free agent.

Philly likes Sudfeld's talent, he'll enter his fourth season in Doug Pederson's system, and by all reports gets along well with Wentz. Entering his fifth season, however, the signal-caller lacks experience, having thrown just 20 regular-season passes in his career.

Given Wentz's injury history, the backup QB in Philadelphia will always be a key spot. The question is whether the Eagles will roll with Sudfeld in that gig or bring in competition this offseason.

The Eagles are also re-signing safety Rodney McLeod to a two-year, $12M deal, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, as well as cornerback Jalen Mills.The 2016 seventh-rounder agreed to a one-year, $5M deal, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo via Mills' agent Drew Rosenhaus. Garafolo added that Mills is expected to play both corner and safety.

Veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins, however, will not be returning for the 2020 season. The team announced they will not exercise his contract option, making him an unrestricted free agent.

Elsewhere in the NFL on Tuesday:

»Former Eagles running back Jordan Howard is closing in on a deal to join the Miami Dolphins, according to Rapoport. Howard was plagued by injuries in 2019 but showed flashes when healthy, averaging 4.4 yards per carry. The former Pro Bowler is only a couple years removed from consecutive 1,000-plus rush yard seasons with the Bears in 2016 -- his rookie year -- and 2017.

The Dolphins also agreed to terms with a pair of defensive players: former Chiefs defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah on a two-year deal worth $15 million with $7.5 million fully guaranteed (per Rapoport) and former Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill on a one-year, $3 million deal, a source tells Garafolo.

»*Tom Brady* confirmed via Twitter what many have speculated over the past several months: he intends to leave the New England Patriots and play his age-43 season in Tampa Bay.

The Patriots are signing former Cardinals receiver Damiere Byrd to a one-year deal, Garafolo reported.

»*Drew Brees* and the New Orleans Saintsagreed to terms on a two-year, $50M contract extension, according to Rapoport via sources informed of the situation.

New Orleans is also restructuring linebacker Kiko Alonso's deal so that he'll make less than the $7.8 million he was slated to make.

»The Carolina Panthers announced they have allowed quarterback Cam Newton to seek a trade, a move the former MVP says is being pushed for by the team and not himself.

In other Panthers news, the team has agreed to a deal with former Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, sources tell Rapoport. Pelissero later confirmed the numbers via a source: three years, $63M.

The team will re-sign safety Tre Boston to a three-year deal worth $18M with $9.5m in year one, Rapoport reports per Boston's agent, Drew Rosenhaus.

»The Indianapolis Colts and quarterback Philip Rivers have agreed on a one-year, $25M deal, according to Rapoport and NFL Network's Judy Battista. After rumors circled for weeks, the Colts are finally bringing the veteran signal-caller to Indy.

» The Buffalo Bills are signing linebacker/special teams player Tyler Matakevich to a two-year, $9 million deal, per Garafolo. Matakevich played his first four seasons with the Steelers.

Former Panthers defensive end Mario Addison agreed to terms on a three-year, $30.45M deal -- $14M in the first year and $15.25M in guarantees -- with the Bills, Pelissero reported.

Buffalo is also expected to sign ex-Seahawks defensive end Quinton Jefferson to a two-year deal and ex-Panthers defensive tackle Vernon Butler to a two-year, $16 million deal, Rapoport reported.

Safety Jordan Poyer will return to the team after signing a two-year extension worth $20.5M, a source tells Rapoport.

» Former Chargers fullback Derek Watt will join his outside linebacker brother T.J. on the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Rapoport via a source. While the length is unknown, Rapoport added that the deal is worth $3.25M per year.

After spending the past two seasons on the reserve/PUP list, former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazierhas been placed on the Reserve/Retired list.

Long snapper Kam Canaday is heading back to the Steelers on an undisclosed two-year deal, a source tells Rapoport. Pittsburgh is also tendering restricted free agent tackle Matt Feiler at the second-round level, Garafolo reported.

»Former Rams linebacker Cory Littleton has an agreement to join the Las Vegas Raiders, per Rapoport via an informed source. The deal is for three years and is worth up to $36M.

The Raiders have made another FA splash, signing tight end Jason Witten, per Rapoport. The team also plan to bring his former Cowboys teammate safety Jeff Heath along for the ride, per Pelissero via an informed source.

Las Vegas is also adding edger rusher Carl Nassib on a three-year, $25 million deal that includes $17 million guaranteed, Rapoport reported.

»The Chicago Bears announced that they have placed a second-round tender on offensive lineman Elijah Wilkinson, and tendered four exclusive rights free agents.

The team also agreed to a five-year, $70M deal with defensive end Robert Quinn, according to Rapoport and Pelissero via Quinn's agent, Sean Kiernan. In a corresponding move, the team has released former first-round DE Leonard Floyd.

» Former Texans defensive tackle D.J. Reader has landed a four-year, $53M deal with the Cincinnati Bengals, according to Rapoport via a source.

Cincy is also landing former Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes, sources tell Rapoport and Pelissero. The terms of the deal are valued at three years, $42M. Waynes gets $20M in the first year and averages $14M over the course of the contract.

»*We have a trade!* The Cleveland Browns will acquire fullback Andy Janovich from the Broncos in exchange for a 2021 seventh-round pick. Denver announced the move.

»In a bit of a surprising twist, the Detroit Lions have released linebacker Devon Kennard.

Rapoport reported earlier that the Lions were having conversations with teams about trading Kennard rather than releasing him. Kennard was a team captain in 2019 and is coming off back-to-back seven-sack seasons.

»Former Patriots linebacker Jamie Collinsconfirmed in a tweet that he has agreed to an undisclosed three-year deal with the Lions.

The Lions have agreed to an undisclosed deal with quarterback Chase Daniel, per Garafolo. The team announced they have released safety A.J. Howard and quarterback Kyle Sloter.

»The Green Bay Packers have tendered receiver Allen Lazard as an exclusive rights free agent, according to his agent, Michael Perrett.

»Former Bears linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis will sign a one-year deal worth up to $3.45M with playtime incentives with the Washington Redskins, according to Rapoport via athlete management firm Sportstars.

Former Chargers linebacker Thomas Davisannounced on Instagram that he's headed to Washington to reunite with coach Ron Rivera, whom he played for with the Panthers for eight seasons. The terms of the deal have not been revealed.

»The Los Angeles Chargers have agreed to terms with former Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga on a three-year deal worth $30M, a source tells Rapoport.

The Chargers also placed a second-round tender on cornerback Michael Davis, and have tendered exclusive rights free agents defensive end Isaac Rochell and offensive tackle Trent Scott.

»The Jacksonville Jaguars are releasing tight end Geoff Swaim, the team annnounced. Swaim, 28, appeared in six games (two starts) and contributed 13 catches for 65 yards in 2019, his lone season with the Jags.

The Jaguars have also applied a second-round RFA tender to wide receiver Keelan Cole, a source tells Rapoport. Cole has posted 104 career receptions for 1,600 yards and seven touchdowns in three seasons with the team.

Former Browns linebacker Joe Schobert is expected to sign a 5-year, $53.75M deal to join Jacksonville, per Rapoport via a source. Rapoport added that Schobert will make an average of $10.75M per year and is set to get $12M to sign and $22.5M guaranteed.

Set to join Schobert on the Jags is former Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard, per Rapoport via a source. Pelissero later reported the particulars: three years, $13.5 with $6M guaranteed, per source.

»Former Falcons defensive end Vic Beasley has agreed with the Tennessee Titans on a one-year contract worth $9.5M guaranteed with a max of $12M, Rapoport reports per an informed source.

»The San Francisco 49ers are bringing back defensive end Ronald Blair on a one-year deal, via Rapoport per an informed source. The terms have not yet been disclosed.

The team has also tendered one-year contracts to restricted free agents receiver Kendrick Bourne and running back Matt Breida.

» Former Bills defensive tackle Jordan Phillips agreed to a three-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, Rapoport reports. Phillips had a career-high 9.5 sacks in Buffalo last year.

The Cardinals have also tendered a one-year qualifying offer to restricted free-agent kicker Zane Gonzalez and an exclusive rights tender to offensive lineman Justin Murray.

»The New York Jets have agreed to an undisclosed deal with guard Alex Lewis, whom they acquired from the Ravens in August in exchange for a 2020 seventh-round pick. Former Broncos center Conner McGovern is also joining the team, per Rapoport. Pelissero added, via a source, the deal is for three years, $27M with $18M fully guaranteed.

»The Los Angeles Rams will not exercise the 2020 contract option for cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman. The team has decided to tender exclusive rights free agents tight end Johnny Mundt and center Coleman Shelton.

»The Baltimore Ravens are bringing back defensive tackle Justin Ellis on an undisclosed one-year deal, according to Rapoport via a source. Ellis was signed by Baltimore in November.

»Dallas Cowboys safety Darian Thompson has re-signed with the team, according to Garafolo per Thompson's agents. The terms are unknown at this time.

Linebacker Sean Lee is also returning, per Rapoport via Lee's agent. Garafolo later reported the deal is for one-year, $4.5M with $2M fully guaranteed

»The New York Giants are signing former Packers linebacker Kyler Fackrell to a one-year, $4.6 million, Garafolo reports. He will reunite with DC Patrick Graham and fellow LB Blake Martinez, who he spent time with in Green Bay.

The Giants are also re-signing receiver/special teams ace Cody Core to a two-year deal worth up to 4.7M, Pelissero reports per a source. The team later confirmed the news.

»The Atlanta Falcons have placed an original round tender on running back Brian Hill and officially released longtime RB Devonta Freeman.

» The Seattle Seahawks are signing ex-Steelers offensive lineman B.J. Finney to a two-year, $8 million deal, Pelissero reported.

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