After a very good first day of free agency, the Eagles got right back to work. They made what was possibly the very first NFL transaction of the day by signing former Seahawks S Chris Maragos and then later signed former Texans LB Bryan Braman. Both of these guys will be nice depth players and will contribute greatly on special teams.
Very early this morning, the Eagles agreed to sign Maragos to a 3 year, $4 million contract with $1 million guaranteed. His special teams services will be welcomed with open arms in Philadelphia, an area that they struggled all season with, even down to the last drive of their season against the Saints in which they gave up a huge kick return to help the Saints get the game-winning FG. Maragos was a special teams ace with the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks and even played some snaps back at safety, which fits perfectly into the Eagles needs. He seems to be the replacement for S Colt Anderson, who did basically the same thing for the Eagles last year.
A few hours later, the Eagles announced that they signed Braman, another special teams ace. The deal is a 2 year deal for $3.15 million, with $1 million guaranteed. Braman actually made the Pro Bowl as an alternate two years ago for Houston as a special teams player. Braman should also fill in as a backup LB for the team, although special teams will be his main focus. It marks the third year in a row that the Eagles have signed a former Texans LB, with DeMeco Ryans and Connor Barwin being the two previous guys.
These two special teams signings, in addition to the signing of P Donnie Jones yesterday, prove that the Eagles are focusing on special teams this offseason. I still expect for the Eagles to make another couple moves, possibly a CB and another LB. There were links between the Eagles and Mike Neal, Corey Graham, and Nolan Carroll, but Neal re-signed with the Packers and Graham signed with the Bills.
Other reports have listed the Eagles as a possible suitor for Darrelle Revis, who was released earlier this afternoon by the Buccaneers. There also might be interest in Saints RB Darren Sproles, who is actually going to be traded, not released. The Eagles don’t need him to run the ball, but a dynamic player like him could be a nice pass catcher out of the backfield and a returner. While he could be expensive for a backup RB/KR, the Eagles have the money, so why not? And with DeMarcus Ware officially off the market after signing with the Broncos today, that ends that fantasy. Oh well. Kudos to the Eagles so far.