The Philadelphia Eagles announced that they have re-signed cornerback Joselio Hanson, who had been released by the team four days ago. Hanson was signed to a two-year deal (of which the details of the contract have yet to be disclosed).
To make room for Hanson on the roster, they released Trevard Lindley, a fourth-round draft pick of the Eagles in 2010.
Lindley played in nine games last season and saw significant action in four. He won the Sunday night game against the San Francisco 49ers with a last-second interception. He is not eligible for the practice squad because he played in nine games last season.
Hanson has been on the roster since 2006, always as a backup. He has earned a reputation as one of the top nickel cornerbacks in the National Football League.
Last season was easily his best. He was targeted 46 times and allowed just 4.4 yards per attempt, the second best total in the NFL for cornerbacks targeted at least 40 times. He also allowed only 1.5 yards after the catch, the best figure in the NFL.
He played in 66 percent of defensive snaps last season, according to Football Outsiders, but that number will drop significantly this season because Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie now the team’s nickel cornerback, and Hanson is likely the fourth corner.
The release of Lindley means that the Eagles apparently favor Brandon Hughes over Lindley, which surprises me. The Eagles have now parted ways with a third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh round draft pick from 2010 (although third-round pick Daniel Te’o-Nesheim is still on the practice squad).