Eagles Add Three More Free Agents
The Eagles front office was busy tonight as they kicked off free agency by agreeing to terms with five players after the league year officially began at 4 pm.
The team first the team inked tight end James Casey and nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga. Now they have now added defensive back Bradley Fletcher, formerly of the Rams, safety Pat Chung, formerly of the Patriots and linebacker Jason Phillips, formerly of the Panthers.
Fletcher, who turns 27 before the season, is a physical press-man coverage corner who has flashed starting-caliber skills in the past. However, the Rams got fed up with Fletcher's persistent penalties in 2012 and replaced him with rookie Trumaine Johnson. Fletcher is an effective press-man corner when healthy and on his game but is probably to inconsistent to be excited about. He posted 169 tackles and five interceptions in his four seasons with the Rams, starting in 26 of 43 games.
Chung, who played at Oregon while coach Chip Kelly was the offensive coordinator.has missed 14 games over the last three seasons while dealing with shoulder, foot, and thumb injuries, among others. He amassed 235 tackles, seven interceptions, three sacks, and 19 passes defensed in four seasons with New England. Originally a second-round pick of the Patriots in 2009, Chung has played in 50 games (30 starts) and has also racked up 25 special teams tackles.
As for Phillips, he fits in as a reserve linebacker and special teams contributor, appearing in 29 total games. The 27-year-old played in all 16 games (two starts) for the Panthers in 2012 and led the team with 16 special teams tackles.