Jay Ajayi Contract Contains Rare Provision Giving Eagles Chance to Match First Offer in Free Agency

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The injuries to Darren Sproles and Jordan Howard left an already thin Philadelphia Eagles backfield searching anywhere and everywhere for a replacement. Philly decided to bring back a familiar face when they re-signed Jay Ajayi, who hadn't played since his season-ending injury last year, to a one-year deal.

Included in Ajayi's deal is a clause that gives the Eagles right of first refusal should he hit free agency, strongly implying the team may want Ajayi back next year.

Ajayi played just four games for the Eagles last season, averaging 4.1 yards per carry and scoring three touchdowns before his ACL injury. He was a key member of Philly's championship team, as his skill as a third down/change of pace back can't be underestimated.

The Eagles don't need him to be the Pro Bowl running back he was in Miami (albeit before Adam Gase ruined him). All they need is someone who they can trust to tote the rock 10 times a game and grind out short gains late. Ajayi, if healthy, is more than capable of that undertaking.