Eagles Sign NT Isaac Sopoaga, Interested in Rickey Jean-Frncois
Former Forty-Niners nose tackle, Isaac Sopoaga has agreed to terms with the Eagles on a 3-year deal worth close to $12 million with about $5 mil guaranteed.
The Eagles set out to bring in players who could fit into the new 3-4 defensive look they will use in 2013 and will also bring in a pair of 49er defensive lineman to try to help with their new 3-4 look. The team scheduled a visit with free agent nose tackles; Isaac Sopoaga fits that bill.
New Eagles VP of Personnel Tom Gamble knows Sopoaha from his days in San Francisco, and Philly needs a nose tackle for its new 3-4. Sopoaga turns 32 in September and in 2012, was phased out of the defense and only started nine games, making 27 tackles.
Meanwhile, his teammate the versatile utility lineman Ricky Jean-Francois just turned 26 in November will be in for a visit on Wednesday. Jean-Francois is younger and more versatile, and many around the league felt the team would bring him back.
The 6-foot-3, 295-pound lineman is a hot commodity, Jean-Francois would provide versatile depth along the defensive line as the Eagles switch to an attacking 3-4 defense and has been a fine run defender and can fit into any spot on the defensive line.