The Eagles’ first foray into the NFL free agent market is receiving positive reviews.
Adding pass rusher Haason Reddick is exactly what the Eagles lacked in 2021, a peak rusher who has been one of the best to reach quarterback over the past two seasons, ranking as the fifth-best performer bag from the NFL during this time.
Last offseason, he hit the open market and was somewhat surprised, landing in Carolina on just a one-year contract after posting a 72.8 PFF overall rating rated for 12.5 sacks, 20 tackles for loss, 56 QB pressures and six forced fumbles in 2020 for Arizona.
Carolina signed him to a one-year, $6 million contract and he continued his 12.5 sack season by racking up 11 more.
A new free agent, he got 3 years and $45 million from the Philadelphia Eagles, ESPN.com NFL writer Kevin Seifert gives the Eagles an A- for signing.
Not everyone thought Reddick was a premium pass thrower when he came out of nowhere to record 12.5 sacks for the Cardinals in 2020, so he went to Carolina on a one-year contract to prove that. he was. He did, compiling 11 sacks in 16 games. His 23.5 sacks over the past two seasons ranks 5th in the NFL over that span, and he’s done it in 728 rushing passes — fewer than anyone ahead of him on the list.
From that perspective, the Panthers made a big mistake by not finding a way to keep him. He will be 27 at the start of the season and plans to have several top years ahead of him. The Eagles were smart to step in, and the $30 million in full guarantees that come with that deal should be seen as an entirely reasonable byproduct of signing an open-market pass-rusher. This is a big development – and a great deal – for Philadelphia.
So the Eagles have landed their passing thrower, what does that mean for the upcoming NFL Draft, where they own three first-round picks and they should have plenty of rushing options on the board when it’s over? is their turn to make a choice.
Here’s what ESPN.com NFL Draft analyst Jordan Reid thinks:
Following the departure of Derek Barnett, the Eagles have found a new running mate alongside Josh Sweat in Reddick. With three first-round picks, the options for Howie Roseman remain wide open. Still needing help at wide receiver and cornerback, the Eagles continuing to tackle the edge rusher isn’t out of the question either. Florida State’s Jermaine Johnson II and Purdue’s George Karlaftis are two names that could be in play with any of Philadelphia’s picks on Day 1 of the draft.
I think adding another point rusher is still a big possibility, but don’t discount them to find an inside defensive lineman to replace Fletcher Cox who is aging and has been in trade talks.
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