Eagles re-sign WR Arrelious Benn

Eagles re-sign WR Arrelious Benn
May 19, 2014, 10:15 am
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Wide receiver Arrelious Benn re-signed with the Eagles for a discounted rate, Monday. (USA Today Images)

As expected, the Eagles re-signed veteran wide receiver Arrelious Benn Monday morning, three days after releasing him.

The Eagles gave Benn a small pay cut from the $1 million base salary he was due under his previous contract, signed last spring.

When they released him, the Eagles told Benn he was free to try to find a better deal with another team but he would be welcome to re-sign with the Eagles at a lower salary.

Benn missed much of 2012 and all of last year with various injuries after two seasons with the Buccaneers. He was 25 for 395 and two TDs in 2010 and 30 for 441 with three TDs in 2011.

He has just four receptions since the end of the 2011 season.

But with the Eagles lack of experience at wide receiver -- Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper are their only established veterans -- and with Benn’s size -- he stands 6-foot-2, 225 pounds -- the Eagles believe Benn has some value heading into the spring workouts.

Benn, 25, came into the league as a highly regarded second-round pick out of Illinois but has just 59 catches for 862 yards and five TDs in four NFL seasons.

Those 59 receptions do rank third among all current Eagles receivers behind Maclin (258) and Cooper (93).

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