The Philadelphia Eagles’ recent signings suggest the team thinks they’re closer than even their fans presume.
This week the Philadelphia Eagles addressed their defense by signing Chris Long and Patrick Robinson. The moves seemed almost surprising until you remember that the team released Connor Barwin earlier in the offseason. It also helps to keep in mind that the Eagles were picked clean last year because of their corners’ ineptitude.
The addition of Robinson and Long obviously aren’t long-term answers as Robinson is 29 and Long is 32, but they address needs. Better yet, Long comes to the team fresh off a Super Bowl victory, his playoff experience could prove valuable.
Veterans mentoring young Eagles
Now consider the impact both Robinson and Long could have. Robinson immediately becomes the most experienced corner on the roster. His experience on the outside and as the nickel-back should contribute to Jalen Mills’ development. Similarly, the Eagles would shock the league if they didn’t draft a corner, this (or these) rookie(s) will be competing with Robinson, and working with him daily.
As much as Eagles fans expect the birds to select a corner in the upcoming draft, they also expect defensive end to be addressed as well. Vinny Curry’s 5-year $47.5 million deal from a year ago is giving fans indigestion. Curry was supposed to be the breakout stud in 2016, and then Brandon Graham showed up. Curry’s salary puts the Eagles in a bind because of his lack of performance and the importance of competent play on the edge. In comes Long, whose experience and ability are well-known. In nine seasons, Long has accumulated 281 tackles, 58.5 sacks, and 9 forced fumbles. Long’s experience would prove invaluable if the Eagles get hot. Graham, Curry and Jordan Hicks have never started in an NFL playoff game, tutelage from Long could prove to be immeasurably valuable.
Long’s father told him that he’ll love Philly because of the fans and atmosphere. He is not likely to be wrong. Long’s history of being passionate and open with fans will thrive with the Eagles and its fans.