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Eagles agree to terms with Rick Lovato, Braden Mann

Rick Lovato
Rick Lovato

The kicking operation for one of the league's best special teams units will be intact for the 2024 season after the Eagles agreed to terms on Tuesday with long snapper Rick Lovato on a one-year extension and punter Braden Mann on a two-year extension. Both players were scheduled to become unrestricted free agents on Wednesday.

Lovato is the third-longest-tenured member of the team, having signed with the Eagles late in the 2016 season. He's one of four remaining members of the Super Bowl LII Championship team still on the roster. He's played in all 133 games (including playoffs) since arriving in Philadelphia, earning Pro Bowl honors following the 2019 campaign.

Thanks in part to Lovato, Mann and kicker Jake Elliott enjoyed record-setting seasons in 2023. Elliott posted a career-high 135 points while converting a franchise record of 93.8 percent of his field goal attempts and connecting on seven field goals of 50+ yards, also a new team record. – Chris McPherson

Braden Mann
Braden Mann

Mann enjoyed a career year in 2023, his first season with the Eagles.

The 26-year-old registered single-season franchise records in gross punting average (49.8) and net punting average (43.9), eclipsing the previous marks set by Cameron Johnston in 2018 (48.2 gross, 42.7 net). Mann's gross punting average and net punting average were the best marks of his four-year career.

Mann was among the best punters in the NFL this season, ranking sixth in net punting average and eighth in yards per punt. He also served as the holder for Elliott.

The former Texas A&M standout signed with the Eagles' practice squad in Week 3 and was elevated to the active roster for Weeks 3, 4, and 5, before being signed to the 53-man roster on October 12.

Before joining the Eagles, Mann spent his first three seasons with the New York Jets. During his rookie season, he led the league in punts (82) and punting yards (3,598). Mann was selected in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft by the Jets. – Owen Boyle

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