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Eagles lose LB T.J. Edwards in opening minutes of free company: report

Eagles lose Edwards in opening minutes of free agency originally appeared on NBC Sports PhiladelphiaThe Eagles lost valued inside linebacker T.J. Edwards to the Bears in the opening minutes of free agency Monday.Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Edwards and the Bears had agreed to a three-year, $19.5 million contract with $12 million guaranteed

Eagles lose LB T.J. Edwards in opening minutes of free company: report

Eagles lose Edwards in opening minutes of free agency initially appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Eagles misplaced valued inside linebacker T.J. Edwards to the Bears within the opening minutes of free company Monday.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Community reported that Edwards and the Bears had agreed to a three-year, $19.5 million contract with $12 million assured simply quarter-hour into the authorized tampering interval, which opened at midday. No offers might be finalized till 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Dropping Edwards is the primary of what is going to seemingly be a number of massive blows to the NFL’s No. 2 protection.

MORE: Top Eagles storylines heading into 2023 NFL free agency

Edwards had a profession yr in 2022 and was the 4th-highest rated linebacker within the NFL through the common season in accordance with Professional Soccer Focus with an 84.8 grade. He was ninth as a run defender [83.4], fifth as a move rusher [81.0] and tenth in protection [79.7].

Edwards, who made the Eagles in 2019 as an undrafted rookie out of Wisconsin, earned about $4.2 million in his 4 seasons with the Eagles.

Though this deal is pretty modest, averaging $6.5 million per yr, it does put him among the many top-30 highest-paid linebackers within the league in 2023 primarily based on common annual wage, though that may clearly go down as different gamers signal.

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In Chicago, Edwards will play for head coach Matt Eberflus, who was on Frank Reich’s Colts workers from 2018 by way of 2020 with Nick Sirianni.

The Bears haven’t had a successful season since 2018 and went 3-14 final yr with the Thirty second-ranked protection within the NFL.

Edwards, 26, has began 47 of 54 video games for the Eagles over the previous three years, and this previous yr wore the inexperienced dot helmet that enabled him to relay play calls from defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon to the opposite gamers on the protection.

Edwards was a Gannon favourite, however with Sean Desai now taking on the protection maybe the urgency for the Eagles to re-sign Edwards wasn’t as nice.

Different key Eagles defensive gamers who hit free company Monday embrace Javon Hargrave, James Bradberry, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Fletcher Cox and Kyzir White.

With Edwards gone and White hitting free company, the one off-ball linebackers the Eagles have underneath contract for 2023 are Nakobe Dean, Shaun Bradley, Davion Taylor and Christian Ellis.

Dean is predicted to take over one beginning spot in 2023, but it surely stays to be seen who the opposite starter shall be.

The Eagles haven’t drafted a linebacker within the first two rounds since Mychal Kendricks in 2012, and so they haven’t drafted one within the first spherical since Jerry Robinson in 1979.

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