Eagles Sign Tight End Alex Ellis, Waive a Linebacker

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By Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor

Before the Eagles made the Johnathan Cyprien signing official (the deal is still pending physical), Howie Roseman and Co. have decided to make another roster move ahead of their first preseason matchup.

Friday afternoon, the Eagles signed tight end Alex Ellis and made room for him by waiving linebacker Joey Alfieri.

If you are thinking that this is an odd move to make, you are not alone.

The team is seemingly set at tight end with Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert guaranteed a position on the roster as long as they’re healthy and Richard Rodgers seemingly holding down the third spot as the blocker/special teams tight end.

The team also has Joshua Perkins, who was on the active roster and flashed potential in some regular season games before being placed on the injured reserve.

Ellis has been in the league since 2016 and appeared in eight games with the Jaguars and Chiefs. He has been used primarily on special teams and for blocking as is evident by his total of 11 receiving yards.

Ellis has also spent time with the Titans and Saints, though he was never on their active roster. He was with the Chiefs last season until he was placed on IR.

Given his profile he figures to compete with Rodgers and Perkins for the third or possibly fourth tight end position on the roster.

What makes this an especially odd signing is the fact that the Eagles released one of their more highly thought-of undrafted free agents at what could be considered their weakest position.

Alfieri, who the Eagles signed out of Stanford, seemed to have almost no shot at making the roster but appeared to be an ideal candidate for the practice squad and figured to push the rest of the team’s linebackers with some good competition.

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