Eagles Sign Ex-Bills QB Tyree Jackson to Futures Contract to Play TE

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyree Jackson (6) looks to pass during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Orchard Park, N.Y., Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/David Dermer)

The Philadelphia Eagles have made a habit of drafting hybrid players in recent years, including moving explosive talents around the field like chess pieces. Sometimes it has worked and other times it has failed miserably. Get ready for the Tyree Jackson experiment, an explosive player they brought in for a tryout back on Dec. 10.

The Eagles signed the former Buffalo Bills quarterback to a reserve/futures contract on Thursday and hope to turn him into an NFL tight end. The team is banking on him making the same jump that guys like Hakeem Butler and Greg Ward have done in switching positions. Butler struggled mightily in his first year at the position — one offensive snap in two games — while Ward has turned into a reliable slot receiver.

Jackson, who has been drawing comparisons to Washington’s Logan Thomas, will likely have an opportunity to battle for the backup tight end spot behind Dallas Goedert since Zach Ertz and Richard Rodgers are expected to leave. He’ll be up against his old Bills teammate, Jason Croom, along with Butler and Caleb Wilson.


“At the end of the day, he knows how to win,” Croom said of Jackson after he led a come-from-behind win in 2019. “I mean that’s what it takes. Everything is not going to be perfect, but you execute the plays that need to be executed to get down field and win. That’s what we needed to do, and he did it.”