Philadelphia Eagles fans, prepare for the T.J. Edwards era.
It’s becoming more and more apparent that T.J. Edwards is the Eagles’ starting middle linebacker in waiting. That title alone carries a ton of responsibility. He’s got the sticker on the back of his helmet, and he’ll be the guy to get the defensive signals from Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and relay them to the rest of his teammates.
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After a First-team All-American nod in 2017 and two consecutive First-team All-Big Ten nods in 2017 and 2018, questions about his speed and lateral movement led to seven rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft passing by without Edwards hearing his name called.
Shortly thereafter, the “Birds” landed him as one of their undrafted free agent signings on May 9th. 16 games with four starts in 2019 led to 30 tackles with 15 solo stops. Much is expected of Edwards going forward, but in 2020, he’ll be working for $679,166 before earning $854,168 in 2021. That includes signing bonuses of $4,166 and $4,168 respectively.
He’s a much better player than those dollar amounts indicate. That will be proven without a shadow of a doubt in the coming regular season.