Eagles find new backup kicker
A week after he was benched for the first time since his rookie season, the Philadelphia Eagles have signed kicker Caleb Sturgis to a one-year deal, a person with knowledge of the contract told NJ Advance Media.
Sturgish will make $500,000 and will earn $600,000 if he starts the season as a kicker, the person said.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract is confidential.
The Eagles had been looking for a kicker for about a year.
The team has a number of kickers in its mix.
But Sturgys signing brings the total to five, including kicker Justin Tucker, who has been inactive for the past two games with a groin injury.
Struggling kicker Shayne Graham has been a steady starter for the Eagles this season.
Graham, 28, was one of the Eagles’ most consistent kickers, and he was one touchdown away from a career-high four field goals with four kicks.
Sturdys, 28 of Houston, made just one field goal for the Texans in three games this season, and has not made a field goal since Nov. 2.
The veteran is coming off a season in which he missed all of training camp and the first four games.
He missed two games in 2016 due to a back injury, but missed all but one of training camps in 2017 due to foot and ankle injuries.
He also missed the entire 2017 regular season due to back and shoulder injuries.
Strictly as a backup, Sturgises play would have been a significant downgrade from Graham’s playing time, but he had the opportunity to see the field a lot more this year.
With the departure of Travis Coons, Sturdis is the Eagles only other backup kicker.
With Coons gone, the Eagles are now left with Sturgisfy.
He has a career average of 20.2 field goals per game and has made four of them, the most in the league.