Legal Tampering: Eagles lose backup LT to Tennessee Titans
The Philadelphia Eagles have lost another pending free agent with the NFL’s legal tampering period underway. Fortunately, this departure shouldn’t significantly hurt the team.
Per NFL Network insiders Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo, former first-round pick Andre Dillard is expected to sign with the Tennessee Titans. Dillard’s new deal will be three years for $29M, Garafolo tweets.
Once upon a time, Dillard was viewed as the long-term answer at left tackle for the Eagles in the post-Jason Peters era. Howie Roseman traded up in the 2019 NFL Draft to snag Dillard, only to see him eventually lose the starting job to former seventh-round pick Jordan Mailata.
After the Eagles refused to pick up Dillard’s fifth-year option, the writing was on the wall.
With Taylor Lewan no longer protecting the blind side in Tennessee, the Titans clearly view Dillard as a potential long-term replacement. He had his moments during his Eagles career, but he just never seemed to put it all together.
At 27 years old, Dillard’s career is far from over. If he manages to stay healthy and carries some of the coaching he received under Jeff Stoutland with him, he should do just fine in Tennessee.
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