For the second year in a row, defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway returns to Philadelphia after testing the free agent market. The Eagles announced on Thursday that they agreed to terms with the 26-year-old Ridgeway on a new contract.
With Ridgeway back in the defensive tackle rotation mix, the Eagles have 2020 starters Fletcher Cox and Javon Hargrave, along with reserves T.Y. McGill and Raequan Williams.
The 6-3, 305-pound Ridgeway was a valuable depth piece early in 2020. He played a season-high 30 snaps in the season opener at Washington with Hargrave sidelined due to injury. He played at least 23 snaps in four of the first five games. Unfortunately, Ridgeway suffered a season-ending biceps injury and was placed on Injured Reserve after just seven games.
Acquired during the 2019 NFL Draft in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts, Ridgeway has played in 14 games for the Eagles in the past two seasons, contributing 21 tackles and three sacks.
New Eagles Defensive Coordinator Jonathan Gannon was in Indianapolis with Ridgeway, so the team envisions the veteran in the new scheme.
In his five-year career, Ridgeway posted 62 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and 7.5 sacks in 48 games (11 starts). He was originally a fourth-round pick of the Colts out of Texas.