Cedric Thornton Signs Tender

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Photo by: Jeff Fusco.

Restricted free agent Cedric Thornton signed his tender on Monday, the team announced, putting him under contract for the 2015 season. He is scheduled to make a shade under $2.4 million, a healthy bump from his 2014 base salary of $645,000.

The Eagles protected themselves by giving Thornton a second-round tender, which comes at a higher price but serves as a deterrent for any team looking to scoop him up because they would have to part ways with a second-round pick if the Eagles did not match their offer. The deadline for teams to make a bid on restricted free agents is April 24. By signing, Thornton is now officially off the market.

Chris Polk is not. He has yet to sign his low tender. The Eagles would not receive any compensation in return if they decided not to match another team’s offer sheet. To this point, there has been no action on that front.

Thornton, 26, has taken well to Billy Davis‘ 3-4 scheme, carving out a starting role. He posted 61 tackles (three for a loss), a sack and three fumble recoveries for the Eagles last season. The Southern Arkansas product is slated to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.