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NFL Free Agency Day One: Philadelphia Eagles News and Notes

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Just some news bulletins/notes from today regarding the Philadelphia Eagles and their free agency plans:

The Eagles were visited by former 49ers NTs Ricky Jean-Francois and Isaac Sopoaga. Both are former 49ers; the influence of new personnel director Tom Gamble is clear. At 31, Sopoaga is a veteran space-eater (6’2″, 330 pounds) who can fill the role of 3-4 NT nicely for the Eagles. Oh, and remember, RJF is small enough to play 5-tackle DE.

Team SIGNED Sopoaga to three-year, $12 million deal. Will likely be Week 1 starter.

Per Adam Caplan, the Eagles have signed former Rams CB Bradley Fletcher. Fletcher recorded 2 FFs and 1 INT last season but had 4 INTs in 2010. Pro Football Focus ranked Fletcher as their 9th best FA CB because of his ability to limit passing plays (as evidenced by his low yards per catch against average) and good acceleration.

Also, the above fact makes it clear that the Eagles will use a variation of the 3-4 defense, most likely a combination of traditional 3-4 set with Billy Davis’ 4-3 “Under” defense.

The Eagles are reportedly not interested in any of the following defensive backs: LaRon Landry, Dashon Goldson, Darrelle Revis, and Sean Smith. If that’s true, likelihood of grabbing Dee Milliner at No. 4 and signing Texans SS Glover Quin shoot up.

Eagles announced they signed safety Patrick Chung, formerly of the New England Patriots. In four seasons he has seven interceptions, will certainly be upgrade over Nate Allen.

They also announced agreeing to terms with LB Jason Phillips, who’s played for the Carolina Panthers and Baltimore Ravens. With only 31 career tackles, likely backup to sophomore Mychal Kendricks.

The Eagles have signed former Texans FB/TE James Casey to a three-year deal worth $14.5 million. Dave Spadaro of PhiladelphiaEagles.com describes him as “very athletic, good route runner, hands, would fit into offense”. Will likely share reps with Brent Celek as Chip Kelly looks to bolster TE group.

At offensive tackle, the two names we’ve been hearing are All-Pro Jake Long and Eric Winston, another top ten OT. Winston interest peaked last week, but reports are that the Eagles, at least most recently, have expressed interest in Long.

According to Les Bowen of the Daily News, the Eagles’ FA list also includes CB Antoine Cason.

OLB Paul Kruger has also signed with the Cleveland Browns, a name that came up in relation with the Eagles before. They have Brandon Graham at one OLB spot, and depending on how comfortable they are with Vinny Curry/Trent Cole in a stand-up position, Dion Jordan (Oregon) becomes a name to watch in the draft.

Former Eagles CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is visiting with the Denver Broncos and is likely to sign there. Good riddance, in my opinion.

Former offensive tackle King Dunlap has signed with the San Diego Chargers. Again, good riddance. Too many holding calls and missed assignments.

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Categories: Beat Writing, Eagles

Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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