Bennie Logan is going elsewhere.
According to Terez A. Paylor of the Kansas City Star, Logan has agreed to sign with the Kansas City Chiefs.
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the Eagles were unable to re-sign Logan. With limited cap space, the Eagles opted to build around quarterback Carson Wentz by signing wideouts Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. They also added some much-needed depth on the offensive line by signing guard Chance Warmack. Re-signing Logan likely would have caused the Eagles to sacrifice the majority of their cap space, keeping them from building around Wentz.
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Of course, losing Logan certainly isn’t ideal for the Eagles. He has become one of the NFL’s best run-stopping defensive linemen and, along with Fletcher Cox, has formed one of the league’s most dynamic defensive tackle tandems.
Logan’s statistics don’t jump off the page. In 14 games in 2016, he recorded 24 total tackles, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. However, his ability to clog running lanes and force plays to the outside played a big role in the Eagles having the second-best front seven in the league last season.
With Logan gone, the Eagles will have to figure out who will play alongside Fletcher Cox at defensive tackle. It was reported earlier this month that the Eagles were negotiating a contract extension with Beau Allen. Allen impressed a rotational player in 2016, recording 29 tackles and a half-sack. However, he has started just five games in his three-year career and may not be able to handle a starting workload.
The Eagles could also add a veteran to fill Logan’s shoes. The Eagles are reportedly interested in Johnathan Hankins, formerly of the New York Giants. Hankins plays a similar game to Logan and is just 24 years old. In 2016, he recorded 43 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble in 16 games.