They didn’t draft a new safety this year, but the Philadelphia Eagles added former San Francisco 49ers defensive back, Godwin Igwebuike.
Maybe the 2019 NFL Season wasn’t the year the Philadelphia Eagles were hunting for a potential Rodney McLeod/Malcolm Jenkins replacement after all. For the last two offseasons now, the Eagles have been heavily interested in safeties throughout their scouting process. Although they have taken up visits with a number of guys throughout the last couple of offseasons, they still have yet to spend a draft pick on one. This year was no different.
Instead, the Eagles continue to play the free agency game when it comes to the position. Last month, veteran safety Andrew Sendejo inked a deal with the Eagles, which is good for one year. Also, Rodney McLeod reworked his current contract situation to make it a one-year deal as well. And although the Eagles didn’t draft anybody for the position, they did recently claim former San Francisco 49ers safety Godwin Igwebuike off the waivers.
Eagles add depth on the back end
Godwin Igwebuike is a former Northwestern product, who went undrafted last season. He got his start with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers back in April of 2018. Unfortunately, he didn’t clinch a spot on the final 53-man roster. At the beginning of the regular season, Igwebuike was assigned to the practice squad and would remain unclaimed until November when he got called back up to the main roster. His stint on the 53-man roster lasted ten days before he got released.
Igwebuike ended up inking a deal with the 49ers after getting claimed off of the waivers. He appeared in six total games during his rookie season where he racked up two total tackles. The 49ers waived Igwebuike on Monday, and the Eagles have now brought him on to compete for a roster spot this summer. It’s not the move we have all been waiting for, but we’ve seen the Eagles develop undrafted players into somewhat of a contributor before, so it’s worth a shot.