Report: Eagles sign two free agent linebackers to one-year deals
After losing Kyzir White and TJ Edwards in free agency, the Eagles will have two new starting linebackers in 2023.
Thus far in training camp, those incumbent starters are second-year player Nakobe Dean and veteran Nicholas Morrow, with Christian Elliss rotating in. The Eagles have reportedly brought in additional competition, signing free agent linebackers Myles Jack and Zach Cunningham to one-year deals.
Myles Jack, a former 2016 second-round pick, could potentially step into a starting role for Philadelphia. Jack has started 95 games in his career at both inside and outside linebacker, most recently for the Steelers last season.
Jack turns just 28 years old in September and has posted a missed tackle rate below 10% in three straight seasons. His 76 defensive stops against the run over that span rank 12th among off-ball linebackers, per PFF. New Eagles DC Sean Desai wants his defense to be felt; Jack’s speed and physicality could help embody that message.
Cunningham led all NFL linebackers with 99 solo tackles three years ago while appearing in 16 games for Houston. Last season, injuries limited Cunningham to just six games with the Titans. Still, he’ll only be 28 years old and eager to earn a roster spot.
A former first-round pick, Cunningham is a proven inside linebacker with extensive starting experience that didn’t break the bank — right up Howie Roseman’s alley.
With Nakobe Dean recently injuring his ankle in practice, Jack and Cunningham will serve as viable off-ball bodies in camp, if nothing else.
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