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Eagles re-sign restricted free agent Cedric Thornton

Cedric Thornton was a quiet but valuable piece for the Birds in 2014.Getty Images

The Eagles will retain a key defensive piece in 2015, as the club and Cedric Thonrtonagreed on a second-round tender worth $2.356 million Monday.

A Southern Arkansas product who got his start on the Eagles practice squad in 2011, Thornton started all 16 games in the middle of Chip Kelly's 3-4 defense last season and has been a stellar run-stopper for the Eagles in recent years. He had 51 combined tackles last year.

With the tender, other teams would need to sacrifice a second-round pick to Philadelphia in order top sign him. He will be an unrestricted free agent in 2016.

The only unsigned restricted free agent left for Phillyis running back Chris Polk.

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