There had been a sense around the league in recent days that things were shaping in a way that DT Derek Landri would probably return to the Philadelphia Eagles. And this morning that sense was validated.
The Eagles have signed Landri to a one-year contract, a move that further solidifies the Eagles’ depth at the defensive tackle position.
Landri played in 12 games for the Eagles last season, tallying 43 tackles, two sacks, and 18 hurries as part of the team’s defensive tackle rotation.
Landri was a 2007 fifth-round selection by the Jacksonville Jaguars out of Notre Dame. He took his time exploring other free agent opportunities, but ultimately elected to return to Philadelphia for another season.
So what’s this move mean? Along with bolstering the team’s depth, it also likely means the end of the line in Philadelphia for fellow Irish alum Victor Abiamiri and Trevor Laws.
The team has five defensive tackles currently under contract. Landri, Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson, Cedric Thornton, and Antonio Dixon. While it would seem that the Eagles are set at the position, I still believe the team will target LSU’s Michael Brockers or Mississippi State’s Fletcher Cox, if he’s available, with the 15th pick in the draft.