Report: Eagles bring back familiar face, sign veteran swing tackle
The Eagles have added some veteran depth along the offensive line.
Per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Philadelphia has signed free agent swing tackle Dennis Kelly.
Veteran OL Dennis Kelly is signing with the #Eagles, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 19, 2023
Kelly has 54 career starts, including 15 in his first stint with Philadelphia from 2012-2015.
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Kelly, 33, was originally drafted by the Eagles in 2012 and started 15 games for them across his first three seasons. In 2016, Philadelphia traded Kelly to the Titans for former second-round pick Dorial Green-Beckham. We all remember how that turned out.
The Eagles have always valued versatility with their reserve linemen and Kelly provides just that, having played at both tackle spots in his career.
Dennis Kelly snaps over the last four seasons:
- 2022: LT (240)
- 2021: RT (305)
- 2020: RT (1,049)
- 2019: LT (352)
With Andre Dillard leaving in free agency, the Eagles lacked depth behind starting LT Jordan Mailata. Kelly’s familiarity with Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson, and Jeff Stoutland gives them a solid backup when needed.
Kelly started three games for the Colts in 2022, allowing zero sacks in 240 offensive snaps.
Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith | USA TODAY Sports