Recapping The Eagles Recent Acquisitions
After Free Agency and the draft, the Eagles have been making many smaller moves over the past week and a half.
This makes it much harder to write any articles about these recent moves, so I thought I could recap and give my thoughts on each.
Signed: DE Ryan Kerrigan
This move was definitely shocking to me, but in the best way possible. Kerrigan has been an Eagles killer over his entire career, and now Eagles fans can finally cheer for him. Edge rusher has been an underrated position of need this offseason, and adding another veteran into that group is such a great move. The only question from most has been, what does he have left in the tank? Last season Kerrigan did not play as much as he would have probably liked to, mostly due to Washington committing to Chase Young with the 2nd pick in the draft. Even in that limited time however, Kerrigan still put up relatively good numbers(5.5 Sacks, 1 INT). Depending on how much he plays in the Eagles talented rotation, I truly think he could put up good numbers in Eagles green. We'll see how he stacks up to Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett and Josh Sweat once training camp comes around.
Trade with JAX: CB Josiah Scott in exchange for CB Jameson Houston, 2023 6th Round Pick
Once you get past Kerrigan, none of these moves are exactly blockbusters. The Eagles continued to shake up their cornerback room, adding Josiah Scott from Jacksonville in exchange for essentially nothing. My first thought was that I always like bringing young corners who have potential upside, so this seems fine? Scott is a slot corner however, so I can only really think of this as a meh trade. Avonte Maddox has obviously locked up that spot, and if you want depth there why not just sign Cre'Von back for cheap? Jameson Houston is not good by any means, but at least he has been in the building and knows the system to an extent. Competition is always great, I just don't think they acquired the right guy.
Signed: T Casey Tucker and T Le'Raven Clark
I decided to clump the two tackles together since both are pretty similar signings. Casey Tucker was with the Eagles in last years training camp, and spent some weeks on the practice squad last season. Someone who already has been with the team and the new coaching staff clearly liked can only be good, so I like it. Clark is another guy with connections to the current coaching staff, having played all 5 years of his career with the Colts. The reason he was still available this late is most likely because he tore his ACL in December and is still making a recovery. NBCS Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro reported that Le'Raven was at practice on Tuesday, but was a spectator. I probably like this move more then most, just because of the injury-proneness of this offensive line, it is nice to have a veteran who has already played in Nick Sirianni's offense. Both are simple depth moves to help that tackle position.
Signed: DT Willie Henry
Not much to report here. Henry is a former 4th Round Pick who has really not played since the 2018 season. I was surprised that there was no connection to the coaching staff here, but the Eagles must have liked the guy enough that they had to make a roster move to get him. Henry comes in as competition in a very crowded defensive tackle room for the Eagles.
Released: LB Joe Bachie
This was the roster move that would free up a space for Willie Henry. You can see how important Bachie was in his time here, as I could not find a clear photo of him in an Eagles jersey. Bachie was an UDFA from last years draft class, and played in four games for Philadelphia after being called up from the practice squad. We know how little the Eagles value the linebacker position, so this move is not a surprise.