Eagles Sign Linebacker Off Waivers From Buccaneers; Release Acho
With just three outside linebackers on the roster available for the start of the NFL season, the Philadelphia Eagles looked to Tampa Bay to start filling the void.
The Eagles signed linebacker Najee Goode off waivers from the Buccaneers' Monday, to help fill out their linebacking corps while Trent Cole, Brandon Graham and Connor Barwin begin the season as the only outside linebackers on the team.
To make room for Goode on the roster, the Eagles waived linebacker Emmanuel Acho, who they acquired from the Browns in exchange for RB Dion Lewis back in April. The move came as a surprise to many who cover the team, Acho just had 11 tackles and a sack in the final preseason game against the Jets.
Acho finished fifth overall in the NFL with 24 total tackles this preseason, he also forced a fumble and added a sack in four games.
Meanwhile Goode had a pretty solid preseason himself, with 21 tackles and a interception returned for a touchdown in the Bucs final preseason game.
Goode was selected in the fifth-round pick of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Buccaneers out of West Virginia. Described as a special teams standout, Goode played stronside and inside linebacker at West Virginia - he played in three games during his rookie season in Tampa.
Goode appeared in just three games as a rookie, he did not register a stat. He probably fits best as an inside backer in the Eagles 3-4 scheme, but can also play outside, and should appear on special teams - something that is very important to Eagles head coach Chip Kelly.
I asked former NFL tight end and current Tampa Bay radio talk show host Anthony Becht to give his thoughts on Goode via twitter and he responded: