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Former Jets OT Mekhi Becton signs a one-year contract with the Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles neglected to address their offensive line until the third day of the draft.

Two days later, they’re using free agency to bring in further support.

The Phillies announced on Monday that offensive tackle Mekhi Becton is joining them on a one-year contract.

Becton will probably start as Lane Johnson’s and Jordan Mailata’s primary backup on each side of the Eagles’ line, pending a physical.

After playing in just one game in the previous two seasons, the enormous 6-foot-7, 363-pound 2020 first-round pick finally put together a mostly healthy season last year. However, his output was insufficient for the New York Jets, who have been gradually rebuilding their O-line, to move on with keeping him.

In 16 games, Becton received a 59.6 offensive grade from PFF, with a 60.7 pass-block score and a 56.3 run-block score. These numbers were sharp declines from his rookie season (786.6, 76.0, and 73.9, respectively), when knee problems caused numerous delays.

However, Becton is still a formidable player that the Eagles can rely on.

Mekhi Becton signs a one-year contract with the Eagles
Howie Roseman, executive vice president and general manager of the Eagles, kept a watchful eye out during the chaos of an NFL Draft weekend. Roseman, who never stops looking for ways to improve the team, had an exciting three days and nights. He selected nine players, made eight deals, and added three more picks for the 2025 NFL Draft.

In order to add depth and experience to the offensive tackle positions, the Eagles announced on Monday that they had signed offensive lineman Mekhi Becton, an 11th overall first-round pick of the New York Jets in 2020, to a one-year contract.

Becton, a large man who stands 6-7 and 364 pounds, had a good start to his New York career, starting 13 of the 14 games he played at left tackle and being on the field for 81 percent of the offensive plays the Jets ran.

Becton was expected to make major progress in his second season, but instead, while serving as the team’s starting left tackle in Week 1, he sustained a season-ending knee injury. Rather than working on his game, he spent the remainder of the year recuperating from surgery.

After a second offseason, Becton thought he would benefit from moving to right tackle, but an injury suffered during the preseason put him on the injured reserve for yet another unsuccessful year.

Becton started 16 games at left tackle for the Jets last season, participating in 95% of the offensive snaps. Like the Jets’ offense, Becton’s play was erratic, and in 2024 he was holding out for the ideal chance to sign with a team.

Over the weekend, the Eagles selected two interior offensive linemen but left the tackle position unattended.

“The board fell that way,” Roseman stated on Saturday. “In certain areas where we didn’t choose, I believe there was a run on offensive linemen. It didn’t really match when we returned and made some of those rounds of picks. We believed that adhering to our board’s principles was more crucial than merely aiming high.”

It is crucial to comprehend this: The Eagles were using other methods to address their offensive tackle depth, which now includes Becton, so they chose not to make a draft pick. For Jeff Stoutland, the offensive line coach and run game coordinator, it’s a dream come true. He undoubtedly enjoys working with a player like Becton, who has played 883 of his 984 career snaps.

It’s a win/win, obviously, and it shows how well the Eagles read the field, how creatively they can push the squad, and how versatile and visionary Roseman is at juggling multiple balls at once.

The Eagles added a player with more experience than any tackle they could have selected in the 2024 NFL Draft as Phase 2 of this offseason got underway.

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