Eagles find their linebacker, sign Eric Wilson to one-year deal
It looks like the Eagles might have their solution at linebacker. According to reports, Philly has come to terms with former Minnesota linebacker Eric Wilson to a one-year contract. Wilson’s contract is worth up to $3.25 million. During his four seasons with the Vikings, Eric started in limited playing time but grew during the 2020 season having over 120 tackles, eight tackles for loss, and three sacks.
The leading cause for Wilson’s departure was Anthony Barr’s dominance over the middle, leaving the Vikings without a need for him. Despite the high numbers, Wilson struggled in the run game and was an iffy tackler, but was solid for the Vikings in coverage. Health-wise, Eric has not missed a single game in his entire career, giving some stability to the Eagles defense. Wilson replaces former linebacker Nate Gerry who signed with the 49ers earlier in free agency.
There are some connections between Philly’s coaching staff and their newest signing. New linebacker coach Nick Rallis worked with Wilson, previously coaching the Vikings linebackers as an assistant last season. Following this signing and Jordan Howard’s return, the Eagles are running low on cap space and done with any significant free agency signings.
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