cbs – The Philadelphia Eagles opened up free agency on Tuesday with almost $40 million to spend and new coach Chip Kelly didn’t waste any time spending it. The Eagles signed five players, including former Texans tight end James Casey and former Patriots safety Patrick Chung. The Eagles also signed former Panthers linebacker Jason Phillips, former Rams cornerback Bradley Fletcher and former 49ers nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga. Sopoaga agreed to a three-year, $12 million deal that will guarantee him $5 million, according to Adam Caplan. Casey also agreed to a three-year deal that is set to pay him $14.5 million overall, according to the Houston Chronicle. Phillips and Fletcher agreed to two-year deals, however, the financial details of those deals weren’t available. Chung, who signed a three-year deal with the team, will be having a reunion of sorts with Kelly. Kelly was the offensive coordinator at Oregon during Chung’s final two years with the Ducks.
First off — VERY excited about Sopoaga. Not so much because I know anything about him as a player or because of the Birds’ glaring need for a nose tackle, no. More so because personally I’ve been dying for the Eagles to sign a giant Samoan guy for like a decade and now we have one.
What were our needs? Corner, safety, linebacker, defensive line, and offensive line? Well it looks to be like the team is equally aware of where they need to improve and took some steps towards adding competition at those spots. Sure, I’ve never heard of any of these guys outside of Patrick Chung before tonight, but that doesn’t mean they’re bad signings. It just means they’re mediocre. And mediocre Patrick Chung is better than bad Kurt Coleman.
Also, hey, did you notice that slick tight end signing flying under the radar? Get ready for a lot of that shit. There’s gonna be multiple TEs on the field a lot in this new Kelly offense, and I know that because Belichick stole the idea and brought it to the NFL two years ago. I ain’t mad at him. It was a smart move. And you can bet multiple receiving tight ends are in the game plan.
But seriously, go sign Goldson.