With NFL free agency underway, it’s a perfect time to recap everything that has happened with the Philadelphia Eagles over the past week. The Eagles lost some notable players on both sides of the ball (T.J. Edwards, Javon Hargrave, Marcus Epps, Miles Sanders, and Kyzir White) from this past season.
However, they retained some key defensive players (James Bradberry, Darius Slay, Brandon Graham, and Fletcher Cox) and made a couple of low-risk, high-reward signings. Below we’ll look at the latest free agency news involving the Eagles and highlight some players they can still sign.
- The Eagles announced on Monday morning that they officially signed veteran quarterback Marcus Mariota. He will be the new backup QB to Hurts after Gardner Minshew signed with the Colts. Mariota was inked to a one-year deal, $5 million (worth $8 million), according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, after being released by the Falcons on Feb. 28. The 29-year-old QB completed 61.3 percent of his passes for 2,219 yards, 15 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. He also had 438 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground in 13 games as a starter.
- Former Eagles wide receiver Zach Pascal signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals on Monday, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Media. Last season with the Eagles, Pascal had 15 receptions (19 targets) for 150 yards and a touchdown.
- Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reported Sunday night that former Eagles safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson signed a one-year, $8 million deal ($6.5 fully million guaranteed signing) with the Lions. When free agency began last week, there was a thought that maybe the 24-year-old defensive back would return to the Eagles. However, that was not the case as Gardner-Johnson did not have a huge market as the only other interested team was the Broncos. In his lone season with the Eagles, Gardner-Johnson had 67 combined tackles, eight pass deflections, six interceptions (career-high), and five tackles for loss (12 games).
- Staying with C.J. Gardner-Johnson, veteran NFL reporter Derrick Gunn reported that the Eagles offered the veteran safety a three-year deal (two guaranteed) for more money total than the one-year deal he signed with the Lions. This report from Gunn coincides with what Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer tweeted on Sunday night.
Skinny on why C.J. Gardner-Johnson is no longer in Philly:
– #Eagles made multi-year offer early in FA.
– He was looking for more.
– They moved on, signed Bradberry, extended Slay.
– He/agent overvalued not realizing market/league viewed him as risk.
– Settled for prove-it deal.
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) March 20, 2023
- Along with Gardner-Johnson, the Eagles saw left guard Isaac Seumalo go elsewhere in free agency, signing a three-year deal with the Steelers on Saturday, according to Jordan Schultz of The Score. Seumalo has been one of the more underrated offensive guards in the NFL over the past few years. The Eagles will likely try to replace Seumalo with second-year offensive lineman Cam Jurgens, who they selected in the second round of the 2022 NFL draft.
- The Eagles announced on Saturday that they officially signed former Cleveland Browns cornerback Greedy Williams.
- The team signed former Seattle Seahawks running back Rashaad Penny to a one-year deal early last week. Penny will replace Miles Sanders, who signed a massive four-year, $25 million deal with the Carolina Panthers. Last season with Seattle, Penny recorded 346 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 57 carries. The veteran running back only played in five games after suffering a fractured tibia in Week 5 against the Saints.
- The Eagles also announced the re-signing of James Bradberry and an extension for Darius Slay. Bradberry reportedly signed a three-year deal for $38 million ($20 million fully guaranteed and $6 million in incentives). Meanwhile, Slay inked a three-year, $42 million extension ($23 million fully guaranteed), per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
- Lastly, with the Gardner-Johnson signing a one-year deal in Detroit, here are some safeties who could be on the Eagles’ radar:
– John Johnson
– Adrian Amos
– Taylor Rapp
– Terrell Edmunds
– Jalen Mills
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