INDIANAPOLIS -- The Eagles are proving how much they want to keep Trey Burton.
The team is placing a second-round tender on the 25-year-old tight end, a league source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com. This will prevent Burton from becoming an unrestricted free agent. The Boston Herald first reported the move.
It's not surprising at all the Eagles are going to place a tender on Burton; they think very highly of the young tight end. But the important part about this is the level at which they did.
Basically, there are three levels of tenders. A first-round tender, a second-round tender and an original-round tender. Because Burton is a restricted free agent, any team can sign him to an offer sheet, but the Eagles would have a chance to match. If they don't match, the Eagles would get a second-round pick from the team getting Burton. That's very likely not going to happen.
Placing a second-round tender on a guy like Burton is essentially ensuring that he'll be with the team in 2017 at a cap hit of around $2.8 million for the year. The original-round (or right of first refusal tender) would have cost around $1.8 million, but wouldn't have the same protection.
It's possible the tender could be temporary. According to a league source, the Eagles tried to sign Burton to a long-term deal during last season but the two sides couldn't reach an agreement.
Burton is coming off a career year in 2016. Coming into the year he had just three career catches, but in 2016 had 37 for 327 yards and a touchdown. And he was again a huge contributor on special teams.
If Burton continues to progress and the Eagles do sign him to a multi-year deal, they could have a duo of young and talented tight ends to help franchise quarterback Carson Wentz grow.
The Eagles' only other restricted free agent is running back Kenjon Barner.
Brian Dawkins and Terrell Owens are again one step closer to making it to the Hall of Fame.
Both former Eagles were named as two of 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2018 class.
Their inclusion on the list Tuesday is not a surprise at all. Both were on the list of finalists last year, but did not make the 2017 class to the dismay of Eagles fans.
The 15 finalists will be announced during January and Hall of Fame voters will cast their votes for the inductees on Super Bowl Saturday.
This is Dawkins' second year of eligibility and Owens' third. Traditionally it has been difficult for safeties to make it into the Hall of Fame, which might have hurt Dawkins. Owens has likely been hurt by his abrasive personality. Both are very worthy candidates and have a shot to be inducted this year.
Joining them on the list of semifinalists are six who made it on their first years of eligibility: DB Ronde Barber, OG Steve Hutchinson, LB Ray Lewis, LB Brian Urlacher, WR Randy Moss and DL Richard Seymour.
The original list of 108 nominees was cut down to 27 semifinalists instead of 25 because of ties.
Here is the full list of semifinalists:
S Steve Atwater
CB/S Ronde Barber
OT Tony Boselli
WR Isaac Bruce
S LeRoy Butler
Coach Don Coryell
RB Roger Craig
S Brian Dawkins
G Alan Faneca
WR Torry Holt
OG Steve Hutchinson
OT Joe Jacoby
RB Edgerrin James
Coach Jimmy Johnson
CB Ty Law
LB Ray Lewis
FS John Lynch
C/G Kevin Mawae
LB Karl Mecklenburg
WR Randy Moss
DE Leslie O'Neal
WR Terrell Owens
DE Simeon Rice
DE/DT Richard Seymour
LB Brian Urlacher
CB Everson Walls
WR Hines Ward
Former Eagles cornerback Dexter McDougle has found a home with another one of the top teams in the NFC.
McDougle on Tuesday signed with the New Orleans Saints, who, like the Eagles, are also on an eight-game winning streak.
McDougle, 26, came to the Eagles in a trade with the Jets for safety Terrence Brooks in late August and even signed him to a one-year extension in early September.
The former third-round pick in 2014 played more than the Eagles likely anticipated during his eight games active in Philly.
In total, McDougle played 55 defensive snaps, and just three weeks ago played 32 of them in a pinch against the 49ers. He also played 135 special teams snaps (50 percent through the Denver game).
McDougle was waived last week when the Eagles brought in linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. McDougle was expendable as Ronald Darby returned from his dislocated ankle. The only game McDougle was inactive was the opener, before Darby's injury.
Without McDougle, the Eagles still have plenty of corners. They have five on the roster, including Jaylen Watkins, who is listed as a safety but has played corner this season.