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Ex-Giants OT Will Beatty joins Philadelphia Eagles

Lineman had been out of the league all season

NFL: New York Giants at Cleveland Browns
Will Beatty
Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Former New York Giants offensive tackle Will Beatty is back in the NFL, signing on Tuesday with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Beatty last played truly meaningful NFL snaps in 2014, when he started all 16 games for the Giants.

He missed all of the 2015 season, first because of a torn pectoral muscle suffered during offseason workouts and then because of a season-ending rotator cuff injury. He was with the Giants for six games in 2016, but was an afterthought behind Ereck Flowers, Marshall Newhouse and Bobby Hart. He played only seven offensive snaps all season.

Beatty, 32, has not played this season. The 8-1 Eagles are trying to plug the hole left by the season-ending knee injury to left tackle Jason Peters. Philadelphia’s current starters at tackle are Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Lane Johnson.

Beatty was a second-round draft choice by the Giants in 2009. If he somehow emerges and plays well for the Eagles there are certain to be questions from Giants fans wondering why Beatty wasn’t brought back to at least compete for a roster spot.