The Eagles have added an offensive lineman to their 90-man roster, signing tackle Andrew Gardner today.
Gardner (6-7, 308) was a sixth-round pick of the Dolphins back in 2009. He spent time on the practice squads of the Ravens, Bengals and Vikings in 2010. Gardner was with the Texans from 2011 to 2013 – both on the practice squad and the active roster.
The Georgia Tech product has played a total of 49 offensive snaps in his career, per Pro Football Focus. He turns 28 next month.
As things stand now, the Eagles appear poised to go with the same starting offensive line as a year ago – Jason Peters and Lane Johnson at the tackle spots; Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans at guard; and Jason Kelce at center.
Mathis wants a new deal, but it seems unlikely at this point that he gets traded.
Allen Barbre provides them with a versatile backup who can play guard or tackle. But behind him, depth spots are up for grabs. Gardner figures to get a chance to compete with several others for a spot on the 53-man.