Philadelphia Eagles free-agent acquisitions who will start this season

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50. player. 54. . . . Eric Wilson, linebacker

Eric Wilson should help elevate the Philadelphia Eagles LB corps immediately.

It isn’t often that the Philadelphia Eagles are mentioned and the conversation evolves into a discussion about the Cincinnati Bearcats program, but every die-hard Birds fan knows Cincy produced one of the greatest Eagles of all time, four-time Pro Bowl nod and three-time First-team All-Pro Jason Kelce.

Perhaps he and Eric Wilson have shared some stories about what the program used to be and what it is now. Wilson was a Second-team All-AAC nod in 2015 and a First-team All-AAC nod in 2016 before joining the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted rookie in 2017.

A little over four years later, he’s heading into his fifth season and has 1749 defensive snaps, another 956 special teams snaps, 234 total tackles, eight sacks, an additional 19 quarterback hits, three interceptions, eight pass breakups, and two forced fumbles on his resume.

Add him to what the Birds already have with T.J. Edwards, Alex Singleton, and a couple of promising second-year players in Shaun Bradley and Davion Taylor, and the Birds may have something brewing at the second level of their defense.