Philadelphia Eagles CB Brandon Hughes has quickly become one of the team’s top special teams players, so the Eagles rewarded him with a one-year contract extension through 2013, a source confirmed. Hughes signed the deal after he made the 53-man roster earlier this month. Hughes got a raise from $490,000 to $540,000 for this season. He’ll earn $630,000 in base salary for 2013. The deal also includes $250,000 worth of performance escalators each season. Hughes was scheduled to become a restricted free agent after this season.
The former Oregon St. defensive back was in for 52 plays on defense in his first season with the Eagles back in 2010. He saw 89 plays on defense last season and has participated in 16 plays through 2 games this season. Hughes has been in on 45 special teams plays through two games this season, which is the most of any player on the roster.
Hughes (5-11, 185) has appeared in 16 games for the Eagles and started 1 of them. He has posted 21 tackles on defense (18 solo, 3 assists) and has 7 tackles on special teams.
Hughes, 26, was originally selected in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. He spent his rookie season on IR (knee). The Chargers waived him prior to the start of the 2010 season, but the defensive back signed with the New York Giants practice squad in September of that season after clearing waivers. The Eagles signed him off the Giants practice squad to the active roster in November of 2010, where he has remained since that time.
The Eagles now have 46 players of the 53 players on the active roster signed through next season.
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, DT Derek Landri, OT King Dunlap, LS Jon Dorenbos, DE Darryl Tapp, LB Akeem Jordan, and S Colt Anderson are only signed through this season.