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After witnessing a 2012 season where the Eagles defense gave up a league worst 33 touchdowns through the air, there was no doubt in anyone’s mind that the Eagles needed to address the weakness in the secondary. And so far this offseason, that is exactly what Chip Kelly and the Eagles brass has done.
On day 1 of free agency they locked up S Patrick Chung and CB Bradley Fletcher and now on Thursday they sign a few more pieces to make their secondary complete. The Eagles announced they have come to terms with former Giants S Kenny Phillips(1 year deal) and former Ravens CB Cary Williams(3 years, $17 Million). So the Eagles go from Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen to Chung, Bradley, Williams, and Phillips!
The 28 year old Williams(6-1 185lbs) has spent the last three and half seasons in Baltimore after getting traded getting released by the Tennesse Titans in 2009. And has started all 32 games the last two season recording 160 total tackles, four interceptions (1 TD), and 33 pass deflections. But despite being a starter on the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens, he struggled in 2012. Last season according to Pro Football Focus, teams during the regular season threw for 1,000 yards, six touchdowns, and a 91.6 quarterback rating.
In five seasons with the New York Giants, Phillips (6-2, 217) proved to be a playmaker in the secondary, totaling eight interceptions and 26 pass deflections, in addition to 263 total tackles. Originally a first-round selection of the Giants in 2008, Phillips, 26, shined during the team’s Super Bowl championship season in 2011, tying for second on the team with a career-high four interceptions and ranking fifth in tackles (72). But has been bothered by serious knee injuries last season and has had a history of having problems staying on the field. He is also a liability in coverage. He struggles man to man if he has to line up across a tight end and has issues with his assignments and awareness on the football field If he can stay healthy, he can make an impact with his hard hitting playmaking ability but again that is a huge IF.
Im just not too thrilled with these additions. These are two guys that have potential but haven’t been incredibly overwhelming throughout their respected careers. Who knows maybe they just need new scenery but Eagles fans should not be too thrilled with these additions. The only bright side is the Eagles have brought in some physical players, something we have been lacking in our secondary for years and guys who are familiar with playing in a 3-4 defense. The Eagles now have their secondary set but I see this only being a short term fix and still need to address the secondary in this upcoming April’s NFL Draft or Free Agency because I don’t know if the Eagles find success with these moves.
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After signing TE James Casey to a 3 year, $14.5 million contract, they address the defensive side of the football by coming to terms with former 49ers nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, former Rams CB Bradley Fletcher, former Patriots S Patrick Chung, and former Panthers LB Jason Phillip on Tuesday.
Sopoaga contract is reportedly worth 3 years, $12 million with $5 million guaranteed. In 8 years with the 49ers, the 31 year old has played in 124 games(80 starts) recording 218 total tackles, 7.5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. The 6’2” 330lb nose tackle will fit well for the Eagles. He is more of a two down nose tackle that can anchor the defensive line and get a solid push to be an impact against the run for the Eagles with his size and strength. His age and staying healthy has been a concern but at that contract it is worth it to get one of the real nose tackles left in the game.
And then just hours after the Eagles moved on from CB Nnamdi Asomugha and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, they look to re-build that secondary by signing CB Bradley Fletcher to a 2 year contract. The 6’0” 196lbs corner will be turning 27 before the start of the season is one of the more under rated cornerbacks in a deep free agent market. In 4 seasons with the Rams, he played 43 games(26 starts) with 139 total tackles, 21 pass deflections, 5 interceptions, and 1 forced fumble. He is now 2 years removed from an ACL tear and looks to be fully recovered from the tear and brings his physical, solid press-man coverage skills and great tackling ability to Philadelphia. He is right now slotted in to be the starter… But the Eagles weren’t finished addressing the secondary.
They also managed to lock up 5th year veteran S Patrick Chung to a 3 year contract. The 5-11 210lbs defensive back amassed 235 tackles, seven interceptions, 3 sacks, and 19 pass deflections in 50 games(29 starts). The former 2nd round pick has the same routes as Chip Kelly playing at the University of Oregon. Only 25 years old, is a physical hard hitting safety with some decent coverage skills. Has to work on his awareness and his what his assignments are. Also needs to do a better job of wrapping up and not just going for the big hit but is easily an upgrade among the safety core and provides some physicality to this secondary.
And finally they lock up former Ravens and Panthers LB Jason Phillips to a two year deal. The former 5th round pick is a nice addition if healthy. He really isn’t a guy that I feel will come in here and compete for a starting job but will provide competition and depth to a slim linebackers core and is familiar with the 3-4 defense. The 27 year old Phillips(6-1, 240lbs) in 29 games(2 starts) only recorded 14 total tackles in a reserve role. He has had issues staying healthy but if he can stay on the football field, he will make an impact on special teams where he lead the Panthers with 16 special teams tackles in 2012.
Yes these aren't names that many have heard of but I feel the Eagles got some quality up and coming talent to build for the future and got great value for these players. They realized their issues and that they needed to address the defensive side of the football and I felt they done a decent job instead of going all out on the big franchise names but still a lot of work to do...
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The Eagles make their first free agent signing of the Chip Kelly era on the opening day of NFL Free Agency on Tuesday by bringing another weapon for his fast paced offense.
The Eagles have signed former Texans TE/FB James Casey to a 3 year contract on Tuesday. The 29 year old started nine games in 2012 coming off career highs in catches(34), yards(330) and TDs(3) for Houston. He is a guy that does a lot of things of Chip Kelly’s offense. What is most intriguing not just by the Eagles but around the league since there were reports that “at least 14 teams” contacted Casey about his services.
The 6’3” 240lbs Casey brings the Eagles tremendous speed and gives the Eagles some flexibility at the tight end position to work in more two tight end sets with Brent Celek in the passing game and is also a solid blocking tight end. He also brings the Eagles versatility with his ability to play the full back position and be that “H” back to add another dimension to this Eagles offense catching the ball out of the backfield and with the read option to add deception to give the Eagles another weapon for defenses to worry about. This means probably the end of the Stanley Havili era in Philadelphia since Kelly seems to not use a traditional FB in his system which is the reason for the Casey signing.
The Eagles now have Brent Celek, James Casey, and Clay Harbor on the roster at the tight end position and hopefully this is a sign for things to come but from what I hear, the Eagles at this time won’t be big spenders in some of the top free agents right now and looking to add great value for their roster instead of over paying for a player. They are currently letting the market set itself for help in the secondary since they aren’t flying off the board just yet. But we know how this usually turns out…
Eagles Schedule Visits with 49ers Linemen
-As free agency continues and teams are wheeling and dealing trying to swoop under the radar to grab some talent, the Eagles are looking to pick up some talent that helped their former team reach the Super Bowl. Reports on Tuesday surfaced that the Eagles have scheduled visits with San Francisco DL Ricky Jean-Francois and NT Isaac Sopoaga.
The 26 year old Jean-Francois started 3 games in 2012 recording 22 total tackles and two sacks. And the 31 year old Sopoago started 9 games recording 27 total tackles and one sack. Both players provide tremendous depth and versatility to an Eagles defense that is trying to find the prototypical nose tackle as both can play tackle or defensive end in a 3-4 scheme.
Both bring tremendous size(Jean-Francois- 6’3” 295lbs; Sopoaga-6’3” 330lbs) to anchor that defensive line and get off blocks to close gaps in the running game and get a push up front to get to the quarterback. There really isn’t any “real” nose tackles left in today’s NFL like a Tony Siragusa or that sort but these two have done a tremendous and would make a big boost to a slim Eagles defensive line to fit the personnel on this roster.