The Eagles are keeping one of their Super Bowl LII heroes, as today the team announced they have re-signed Corey Clement to a new contract.
Clement was a Restricted Free Agent this offseason. However, the Eagles decided not to tender him, meaning he could have signed with any team he wanted. He must not have had many suitors (or any), as he decided to come back to Philadelphia to try to win a roster spot.
Joining the Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin in 2017, Clement impressed in the preseason enough to make the Eagles 53-man roster. He had his breakout game against the Denver Broncos during the 2017 regular season, where he scored three total touchdowns and cemented himself as a permanent part of the rotation at running back. He made his name on a global scale in Super Bowl LII, where he recorded 100 receiving yards, had a receiving touchdown, and played an important role in The Philly Special to help the Eagles claim their first Super Bowl in franchise history. NBCSports Philadelphia broke down his historic his Super Bowl performance was:
"Clement's 100 yards are third-most in Super Bowl history by a running back. He's the second Eagles running back with 100 yards in a playoff game. Keith Byars had 103 against the Bears in the Fog Bowl in 1988."
"The only running backs in Super Bowl history with more receiving yards are James White of the Patriots, who had 110 last year against the Falcons, and Roger Craig of the 49ers, who had 101 against the Bengals in 1988."
"His 55-yard catch broke the record for longest Super Bowl catch by a running back set by Marshall Faulk with a 52-yarder from Kurt Warner for the Rams against the Titans in Super Bowl XXXIV in Atlanta."
"Clement's 22-yarder is the third-longest TD by a running back in a Super Bowl, behind a 51-yarder from Steve Young to Ricky Watters for the 49ers against the Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX after the 1994 season and a 33-yarder from Joe Montana to Carl Monroe for the 49ers against the Dolphins in Super Bowl XIX after the 2004 season."
His 2018 and 2019 campaigns were riddled with injuries and put his durability and future with the team at risk. He had been on injured reserve since Week 4 of 2019, so Clement should be entering the 2020 season as healthy as he's ever been as a pro. The question will be if he can keep his health in check, and if so, will he be able to win one of the last two running back jobs that are up for grabs?