Five linebackers the Eagles should look to sign
The Philadelphia Eagles linebacking core took a major hit on Tuesday. The first day of OTA’s turned out to be a rough one. During practice linebacker, Paul Worrilow who had just signed from Detroit suffered a torn ACL. It was then revealed later that afternoon that the team decided to release six-year veteran, Mychal Kendricks. Losing two linebackers in one day is tough for a team that was already lacking depth in that position. There are still a lot of solid options available in free agency should the team choose that option. There are five linebackers that if signed could potentially help the Eagles defense right away.
Go with what you got
The Eagles still have Nigel Bradham and Jordan Hicks who figure to see their usual workload. Hicks has struggled with injuries so depth will be key. The team also has Kamu Grugier Hill, Joe Walker, Nate Gerry, Corey Nelson, LaRoy Reynolds and today the team signed Kyle Wilson who is an undrafted free agent. While the Eagles might go with what they currently have don’t be surprised if the team adds someone as the offseason continues.
Connor Barwin reunion?
Could the team look to reunite with Barwin? It could happen and would provide the Eagles with added depth. Barwin spent four seasons in Philadelphia before spending the 2017 season with the Los Angeles Rams. Still, just 31 years old Barwin could play a situational role for the Eagles. He also has started a lot of community activities in the Philadelphia area. During his last Season in Philadelphia Barwin recorded 34 tackles and five sacks playing in all 16 games. Familiar with the team and city a possible reunion could be in the cards.
Connor Barwin recognized the Patriots' protection and called for a stunt on his first sack. But credit Graham, too. pic.twitter.com/W5a40QPxpr
— Josh Paunil (@JoshPaunil) December 8, 2015
Former Steeler Lawerence Timmons
Timmons spent 10 seasons in the black and yellow winning a super bowl with them in 2009. The former Steeler has been very durable as he’s only missed four games in his career. He signed with the Miami Dolphins last season and after returning to the team following a suspension started 14 games recording 84 tackles. At 32 Timmons still has something left in the tank and would provide good depth behind Jordan Hicks. During the 2016 season, Timmons recorded 114 tackles, two interceptions, and 2.5 sacks.
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) October 17, 2017
Former star Navorro Bowman
Bowman is an interesting option. The former 49er was one of the games top linebackers during his prime. Injuries, however, started to take their toll. During the 2013 NFC Championship game, Bowman suffered a gruesome knee injury tearing his ACL and MCL causing him to miss the entire 2014 season. Then during the 2015 season, Bowman suffered a torn Achilles causing him to miss the rest of that season. Bowman spent last season in Oakland and played well. He recorded 89 tackles 1.5 sacks and one interception. The former Penn State Nittany Lion if healthy could add needed depth and experience to this Eagles core. Pro Football Focus ranked Bowman as the 11th best linebacker with a grade of 84.8 following last season.
— Rob Lowder (@Rob_Lowder) December 23, 2015
Agile linebacker Gerald Hodges
At Just 27 years of age Hodges is another former Penn State Nittany Lion. Hodges has spent time with the Vikings, Steelers, Bills, and Saints. Released in February Hodges could prove to be a cheap yet impactful signing. In 2016 he played in 15 games with 12 starts games recording 83 tackles three sacks and two interceptions with the 49ers. Known more for his coverage skills Hodges could prove to be an asset in the Eagles dime package as a backup.
— WBG84 (@WBG84) May 22, 2017
Super Bowl champion Dannell Ellerbe
If the name sounds familiar Ellerbe spent the end of the 2018 season with the Eagles. Added for depth he signed with the team in November. He appeared in three games recording eight tackles. While Ellerbe is 32 years old he spent time in the system and could be a solid veteran option for the Eagles. Bradham referred to Ellerbe as just as important a signing as Jay Ajayi. “It’s the same situation as when we got the running back, We’re just adding depth and trying to get stronger as a team as we’re keeping this thing going”.
— CoachMia (@CoachMiaT) January 28, 2018
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All five linebackers have had great moments in their career and would provide the Eagles with a veteran presence. Which of these five Linebackers would you like to see in Midnight Green or are the Eagles fine with what they have? Let us know.
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