It wasn’t a full-on frenzy for the Philadelphia Eagles in the first day of free agency, but they certainly made a splash by signing five players. CB Bradley Fletcher and LB Jason Phillips signed 2-year deals with the team, while TE James Casey, S Patrick Chung and DL Isaac Sopoaga struck 3-year deals.
The fact that four of the five deals made were with the defensive players reflects Philadelphia’s strongest overall need. And with the release of Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie allowed to walk into free agency, replacing the severely depleted Eagles secondary is chief among the priorities for this team.
Unlike that infamous summer in 2011, the Birds aren’t waving money around at the biggest names available in free agency. Rather, they have so far taken a more low-key approach, inking lesser-known players who they believe will truly make an impact on the team. There was also a decided emphasis on strong special teams performances with these signings.
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