York High graduate Will Beatty is officially back in the National Football League.
The 6-foot, 6-inch, 319-pound offensive tackle has signed a one-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles.
To make room for Beatty on the roster, the Eagles released Taylor Hart, a converted defensive tackle who was trying to make it in the NFL as an offensive tackle.
Beatty, 32, gives the Eagles an experienced NFL option at tackle. He’s played in 88 career NFL games, with 63 starts, all with the New York Giants. He has not logged an NFL start since the 2014 season.
He was the Giants' second-round draft pick in 2009 out of the University of Connecticut, where he played for Susquehannock High School graduate Randy Edsall. Beatty started 58 games for the Giants at left tackle through 2014, four at right tackle, and one as an extra offensive lineman. During his stint with the Giants, Beatty's offensive line coach was Pat Flaherty, who is a Delone Catholic High School graduate.
Beatty has battled injuries in his career — suffering a torn retina in 2011 and a torn pectoral muscle and a torn rotator cuff in 2015. According to the Eagles website, however, Beatty is healthy now and ready to play.
The Eagles were looking for help at offensive tackle after All-Pro Jason Peters was lost for the season with a knee injury. The Eagles' current starters at tackle are Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who replaced Peters, and Lane Johnson.
Beatty joins an Eagles team that has the best record in the NFL at 8-1.