Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Eagles sign Herremans to extension

The Eagles have just announced that they extended right tackle Todd Herremans' contract for three more years through 2016.

The versatile Herremans will get just over $21 million, with just over $11 million guaranteed for the additional three years.

“We are excited to be able to sign Todd to a new contract,” said Eagles head coach Andy Reid. “Todd’s intelligence, toughness, durability, and leadership are second to none. Very few players in the NFL can play at an extremely high level at both the guard and tackle positions and Todd has done that for us. He has been a big part of the success of our offense over the last several years.”

The 29-year-old Herremans started all 16 games at tackle for the Eagles in 2011 after primarily playing guard during his first six campaigns in Philadelphia. The Ravenna, MI, native started 15 games at right tackle and one at left tackle a year ago. A fourth round draft choice in 2005 out of Division II Saginaw Valley State, Herremans is currently the second longest-tenured member of the Philadelphia offense, having played in 95 regular season games (92 starts). A two-time USA Today All-Joe Team selection in 2008 and 2011, Herremans has actually scored two touchdowns in his career, the first from Donovan McNabb at Seattle in 2008 and the other from Michael Vick at Dallas in 2010.  

Herremans was part of an Eagles offense that set a franchise record this past season with 6,386 total yards, one year after helping set a team record with 439 total points in 2010. The 2011 offensive line paved the way for LeSean McCoy’s career year in which he scored a team-record 20 total touchdowns and 17 rushing scores. The unit also allowed only 32 sacks in 2011, which tied for the fourth-lowest total in the NFC and was the team’s fewest allowed since 2008.

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