Jan 8, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles tight end Tyree Jackson (80) celebrates with Eagles quarterback Gardner Minshew (10) after scoring a touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles re-sign TE Tyree Jackson, cut S Marquise Blair

The Philadelphia Eagles re-signed tight end Tyree Jackson and released safety Marquise Blair on Monday.

Jackson, 25, signed his exclusive-rights free agent tender. He had three catches for 22 yards and one touchdown in 14 games (three starts) for Philadelphia during the 2021 and 2022 seasons.

Blair, 25, signed a reserve/future contract with the Eagles on Feb. 9. He has 50 tackles and three forced fumbles in 25 games (three starts) with the Seattle Seahawks (2019-21) and Carolina Panthers (2022).

–Field Level Media

Aug 29, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a Minnesota Vikings helmet prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings Pro Bowl LB Blair dies at 70

Former linebacker Matt Blair, the second-leading tackler in Minnesota Vikings history, died Thursday at age 70, the team announced Friday.

His death was believed to be caused by complications from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The neurodegenerative disease, caused by repeated brain injuries, cannot be diagnosed while a person is alive.

The Star-Tribune reported that Blair had been in hospice care.

Ex-teammate Scott Studwell told the Star-Tribune of Blair’s death, “He’d been suffering for a while, so I guess maybe it’s a blessing in disguise, but it’s still too young. It’s a sad day.”

Vikings owner Mark Wilf said in a statement, “Matt Blair was a great presence at Vikings events and a tremendous teammate long after playing. He embodied the best of what it means to be a Viking. Matt is a Ring of Honor player whose legacy will live on forever with the franchise and in the community he loved.”

Blair, a Hawaii native, starred at Iowa State before the Vikings selected him in the second round of the 1974 draft. He played all 12 of his NFL seasons in Minnesota, earning six Pro Bowl appearances and All-Pro honors in 1980.

He was credited with 1,452 tackles, trailing only Studwell’s 1,981 in club history. Blair also had 16 interceptions and 20 fumble recoveries in his 160 career games (130 starts).

An All-American at Iowa State in 1973, Blair was voted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2012, the Vikings added him to their Ring of Honor.

–Field Level Media