Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi re-signed with the NFC East franchise last week, a reunion which comes at a time when the Eagles need help. The 26-year-old Philly rusher did not appear in the Eagles' Week 11 loss to the New England Patriots.
Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the contract Ajayi signed with Philly essentially makes the running back a restricted free agent in 2020, giving the Eagles the right of first refusal should any other team offer him a contract.
Interesting tidbit to #Eagles RB Jay Ajayi’s contract with his new team. It includes a right of first refusal for the team during the 2020 offseason, source said. That means Philly can match any offer Ajayi receives.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 18, 2019
That means Philly can match any offer thrown Ajayi's way in free agency at the conclusion of this season.
Ajayi spent half of the 2017 NFL season with the Eagles after being traded for a conditional draft pick by the Miami Dolphins. Ajayi started his professional career with the Dolphins after being selected in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. Two and half years later he found himself on the Super Bowl–contending Philly team, winning a championship for the first time in franchise history. Ajayi rushed for 57 yards in the NFC-AFC clash nearly two years ago.
Since then, however, Ajayi fell on hard times—tearing his ACL during the 2018 season with the Eagles and getting placed on the injured reserve (IR) list.
Back with the Eagles, however, Ajayi is looking to make an impact in the backfield with both Darren Sproles and Corey Clement on the IR. Sproles tore his hip flexor muscle while Clement has a shoulder injury. The team's leading rusher, Jordan Howard, did not play for Philly in Sunday's loss to New England.