The Eagles have signed former Giants offensive tackle Will Beatty, and released Taylor Hart, the team announced Tuesday. Beatty started 63 games for NY from 2009 to "14, but a torn pectoral muscle in 2015 derailed his career".
The Eagles previously showed interest in Beatty last season when right tackle Lane Johnson was suspended 10 games for violating the NFL's Performance Enhancing Drug policy. The signing comes a few weeks after Eagles tackle Jason Peters tore both his ACL and MCL, effectively ending his season.
Isaac Seumalo, who spent all offseason working as a guard, has served as Philly's swing tackle the past two games, and the team signed Hart for insurance. He remained on the roster for the entirety of the 2016 season, appearing in six games.
Halapoulivaati Vaitai stepped in to replace Peters and played at a higher level against the Denver Broncos in Week 9 than he did the previous game against the San Francisco 49ers when he surrendered two sacks. Hart was waived to make room for Beatty. The 35-year-old Peters is a nine-time Pro Bowler in his ninth season in Philadelphia, and their offensive line has suffered in his absence.
It is likely that Seumalo will be the backup tackle once again this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, and going forward, at least until Beatty gets comfortable with the Eagles offense, and the Eagles feel comfortable with him.