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Eagles will not place RFA tender on RB Corey Clement

Corey Clement quickly overcame the disappointment of not being selected in the 2017 NFL Draft to become a critical component of the Super Bowl Championship team.

The Glassboro, New Jersey native made an immediate impact as a rookie and helped the Eagles capture their first Lombardi Trophy as a versatile weapon on offense and a fixture on special teams. He scored six touchdowns on offense in his first season, tied for fourth in franchise history among rookie running backs. He had a career-high three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the November rout of the Denver Broncos that season, becoming the first Eagle with at least two rushing touchdowns and one receiving in a game since Hall of Famer Brian Westbrook in 2008. Clement was the first Eagles rookie to accomplish the feat since 1953.

Clement's signature performance came in that 41-33 triumph over the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. He became just the fourth rookie in NFL history to notch at least 100 receiving yards in the title game. He had a career-long 55-yard reception, the longest catch by a running back since Super Bowl XV, as well as a breathtaking 22-yard touchdown grab in the back of the end zone.

When Clement looks at his Super Bowl ring, there is a waterfall of 127 diamonds paying tribute to the jersey numbers of the key players involved in one of the greatest moments in NFL history – the Philly Special. Clement (No. 30) was the player who took the snap on the fourth-and-goal trick play. Clement pitched the ball to Trey Burton (No. 88), who then tossed it to a wide-open Nick Foles (No. 9) for a touchdown just before halftime.

On Monday, the Eagles announced that they will not tender Clement, who was scheduled to be a restricted free agent but is now free to sign with any team beginning Wednesday at 4 PM.

In three seasons, Clement recorded 1,367 all-purpose yards and eight total touchdowns, not including his Super Bowl score. Since playing all 19 regular-season and postseason games as a rookie, injuries have limited Clement's availability over the past two years. A knee injury ended his 2018 season and a shoulder injury allowed Clement to play just four games in 2019.

No matter where Clement's career continues, he'll always be remembered for his brilliant performance on the game's biggest stage.

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