Eagles Sign DeMeco Ryans To Contract Extension

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

The Eagles signed linebacker DeMeco Ryans to a one-year contract extension Monday, the team announced. His deal now runs through the 2016 season.

Ryans, who was entering the final year of his deal, carried a $6.9 million cap hit this season prior to the restructure. It looks like that number will go down in the reworked deal.

Ryans leads the Eagles in tackles (390) since joining the team in 2012. He ruptured his right Achilles against Houston in early November and appeared in just eight games last season. The 30-year-old recently told Mark Eckel that he expects to be ready for training camp.

The Eagles currently have three starting-caliber inside linebackers on the team with Mychal Kendricks and Kiko Alonso also in the fold. That has led to speculation that there could be an odd man out. Given that Chip Kelly just traded for Alonso and added a year to Ryans’ deal, logic suggests Kendricks would be that man. Kelly, though, told reporters that adding depth at inside linebacker was a priority this offseason, and acknowledged that the Eagles “were a different team with [Kendricks] on the field” last season.