Philadelphia Eagles new veteran linebacker Zach Brown claims he only wanted Philly when he found out the team was interested.
Free Agency can be an exciting time for a high profile player who is looking for their next destination. Whether they are looking for a good fit for a football move or looking for a big break when it comes to a payday, the entire process can be thrilling. Once a player reaches a certain age though, it tends to get more and more stressful, as the older the player, the lesser the demand.
For former Washington Redskins linebacker Zach Brown, he was looking for a win-now type of move for himself. The 29-year-old linebacker isn’t precisely what you call washed up, but he’s been around the block in the league for some time now. Since his debut with the Titans in 2012, Brown has been recognized as one of the more productive linebackers in the league.
His most notable seasons were sort of recently, as he totaled for 149 tackles in 2016 with the Bills and 127 tackles in 2017 with the Redskins. Although Brown still had a stellar year with Washington in 2018, the organization figured they wanted to take a step in a different direction. So they cut Brown, making him a cap casualty. As the Philadelphia Eagles were on the hunt for an experienced inside linebacker, they turned Washington’s trash into a treasure — and Brown couldn’t be more thrilled about his next step with the Eagles.
Brown had eyes for Philly only
With the mandatory portion of the offseason coming next week, the Eagles’ OTAs sessions are beginning to wind down. Now, they are anticipating their healthy veterans to start coming around and practicing. And for the first time on Monday, Brown was present on the field with a helmet on practicing with the Eagles’ defense.
Afterwords, he met with reporters at his locker, which is when he revealed that he had his heart set on Philly when he found out there was a possibility of landing there. According to NJ Advanced Media’s Zack Rosenblatt, Brown instructed his agent to not take anymore calls during his personal free agency process. Why’s that? Because the Philadelphia Eagles took an interest.
Once Brown found out that was a possibility, the former Redskins’ defender knew exactly where he wanted to be — on a Super Bowl caliber team, who just so happens to be in the same division as the team who recently cut him.
Not to mention, Brown is a major fan of the culture within the Eagles’ locker room. He mentioned that there are no cliques behind the scenes. Unlike in Washington, where players typically only hang out with guys that play within the same position group. In Philly, it’s different. Everybody is friends, and that’s what makes the Eagles such a tight-knit group.