Eagles Sign Monte Simmons, Interested in LB Dan Connor

We all assume that the Eagles’ primary focus once the free agency period begins next Tuesday afternoon will be to upgrade their talent at middle linebacker.

According to Eagles beat reporter Geoff Mosher, there is one play the team is particularly interested in–Carolina Panthers LB Dan Connor.

According to Mosher:

Several league sources confirmed the team’s interest in the former Penn State All-American who just finished his fourth season in Carolina, although the degree of interest remains unclear.

At least two sources close to the situation believe Connor, a native of the Delaware County suburb of Wallingford, Pa., is high on the Eagles’ wish list. But one source with direct knowledge of the Eagles’ offseason plans indicated that Connor isn’t their top choice and suggested that it’s less likely to happen, although he did acknowledge that Connor, 26, is someone the team has sought in the past.

The former Penn State product stands at 6-3, 233-pounds, and would provide an instant upgrade over the current stable of Eagles linebackers.

Mosher reports that the Eagles approached the Panthers last offseason about a trade for Connor, but Carolina was hesitant because Pro Bowler Jon Beason was nursing a foot injury at the time.

If the Eagles do in fact sign Connor, expect him to start in the middle, and slide Jamar Chaney to the strong side.

The Eagles also announced Monday the signing of former Kent State linebacker Monte Simmons. Simmons is a 6-3, 226-pound linebacker who spent the 2011 season on the 49ers’ practice squad.

If the Eagles do sign Connor, there’s no word at this point if that would be the extent of their interest in free agent linebackers, or Boston College’s Luke Kuechly.

Stay tuned.

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