The Eagles kicked off the new league year by handling some internal housekeeping duties on Wednesday.
Instead of signing new players, the Eagles officially waved goodbye to Carson Wentz, Alshon Jeffery and Malik Jackson. Heading into Thursday, Howie Roseman and the front office will look to test the second and third waves of free agency.
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Eagles agree to bring back Hassan Ridgeway
As NJ Advance Media first reported on Eagles Extra, Ridgeway and the Eagles agreed to terms on a new contract on Thursday. Ridgeway was one of over a dozen Eagles free agents to hit the open market on Wednesday.
Ridgeway — who was acquired in a draft weekend trade with the Colts in 2019 — has spent the past two seasons as a depth defensive tackle. While he has flashed ability regularly, both of his seasons in Philadelphia have ended with injuries.
In 2019, Ridgeway was put on injured reserve after suffering a foot injury. Last season, he was sent to IR due to a bicep injury. He’s missed 18 games over the past two seasons due to those IR stints. (READ MORE)
Eagles to sign former Giants and Bucs safety
Adams will join a secondary without much proven talent. While No. 1 cornerback Darius Slay will return, free safety Rodney McLeod isn’t expected to be ready for the start of the season due to an ACL injury he suffered toward the end of the last season. The Eagles also lost strong safety Jalen Mills to the Patriots and special teams ace Rudy Ford to the Jaguars during free agency.
Adams will battle with last year’s fourth-round pick, K’Von Wallace, third-year DB Marcus Epps and former undrafted free agents Grayland Arnold and Elijah Riley for playing time. Given his experience, Adams should be favored to earn immediate playing time, even if the Eagles continue to add to the safety group in free agency and the draft. Adams is particularly strong on special teams, as he played roughly 65% of the third-phase snaps for the Bucs last year. (READ MORE)
Phillip Lindsay becomes unrestricted
Former Pro Bowl running back Phillip Lindsay is free to sign anywhere he chooses. Lindsay made the Pro Bowl as an undrafted rookie for the Denver Broncos in 2018, but has since become more of a role player under the Vic Fangio regime.
Lindsay and the representatives met with the Broncos — who gave Lindsay a “right of first refusal” restricted tender this week — and both sides agreed to part ways. If the Eagles are looking for a backup/insurance for Miles Sanders, Lindsay could be a premium option, especially after two less-than-stellar workload seasons. He’s only 26.
Beau Allen released by Patriots
Former Eagles defensive tackle Beau Allen was released by the Patriots on Thursday morning. Allen missed all of last season with a knee injury and never stepped on the field for New England.
Allen was part of the Eagles’ Super Bowl LII team, playing for four seasons with the franchise before signing a free-agent deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2018. Allen was a locker room and fan favorite. At 29, he might need to sign a minimum one-year “prove it” deal somewhere. Why not with the Eagles?
Derek Barnett’s contract is officially guaranteed
Derek Barnett is sticking around in Philadelphia in 2021 after the Eagles allowed Barnett’s $10.05 million fifth-year option to become guaranteed at the start of the new league year, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to NJ Advance Media.
According to Over the Cap, an extension would have saved the Eagles about $7.25 million in cap space. A trade or a release would have opened up Barnett’s entire salary.
Barnett, a 2017 first-round pick, has struggled with injuries and inconsistent play during his four seasons with the Eagles. However, while he has struggled at times, Barnett has shown flashes as to why the Eagles selected him in the first round way back when.
Barnett’s career arc has actually had a comparable trajectory to Pro Bowl defensive Brandon Graham’s past. Graham started off as a middling pass rusher who grew into a role as a team leader and a consistent force upfront. The Eagles are likely hoping Barnett follows suit.
Eagles release two notable veterans … as expected.
Both moves were expected as Jeffery and Jackson reworked their contracts in January to make their departures run smoothly at the beginning of the new league year. The Eagles will designate them as June 1 cuts and save an additional $4 million in cap space this summer.
With Jackson headed out of town and Hassan Ridgeway set to become a free agent, the Eagles have Hargrave, Cox, T.Y. McGill and Raequan Williams under contract. The Eagles are likely to invest a draft pick in the defensive tackle spot, but McGill and Williams will have opportunities to fight for the No. 3 spot this summer.
The Eagles are going to be banking on youth at the position. Last year’s first-round pick, Jalen Reagor, will team with Travis Fulgham, John Hightower, Quez Watkins and Greg Ward on offense this season. Quarterback Jalen Hurts will need to show progress with this young group to keep the starting job under center.
Adrian Killins is back
The Eagles re-signed running back Adrian Killins on Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to NJ Advance Media. The Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson reports it’s a two-year deal.
Killins signed with the Eagles last year as an undrafted free agent out of UCF. He played in one game, rushing for -12 yards and catching a two-yard pass.
The Eagles have Killins, Miles Sanders, Boston Scott, Jason Huntley and Elijah Holyfield under contract at running back.
In-house free agents
– LB Nathan Gerry
– LB Duke Riley
– S Jalen Mills (four-year, $24 million deal with Patriots)
– CB Cre’Von LeBlanc
– CB Nickell Robey-Coleman
– S Rudy Ford (two-year, $4.2 million deal with Jaguars)
– T/G Jason Peters
– TE Richard Rodgers
– RB Corey Clement
– DT Hassan Ridgeway
– DE Vinny Curry
– QB Nate Sudfeld
– P Cameron Johnston
– TE Josh Perkins
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