Philadelphia Eagles worst free-agent signings under Howie Roseman

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James Casey #85, Philadelphia Eagles
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5. player. 54. . . . James Casey, tight end

James Casey won’t be remembered as one of the Eagles’ great tight ends.

We spend a ton of time banging on the Eagles for what they do wrong, so let’s talk about something they do right. They have a nose for landing great tight ends.

From Chad Lewis to L.J. Smith and, eventually, the current era with their current star, Dallas Goedert, Philadelphia seems to have a much better tight-end factory than a quarterbacks assembly line.

Sorry about that. We couldn’t resist. There is one blemish on the ledger though.

There’s a reason that so many teams have erased the fullback position from their roster… It isn’t necessary. Once upon a time, it was valued though, so much so that the Eagles grabbed one that was formerly on the Houston Texans’ roster with an idea that they could turn him into a tight end.

The plan was flawed, to say the least, and what began as an idea to sign James Casey, give him $14.6 million over a three-year span, and partner him with Brent Celek and a young rookie named Zach Ertz, didn’t turn out too well.

Ertz and Celek held up their end. Casey didn’t, and in the end, 32 games, three starts (we’ve included his lone playoff game in an Eagles jersey), six receptions, 90 yards, two touchdowns, and the questions about why a fullback/tight end hybrid needed just under $5 million per season is all we have to remember about what wound up being a two-year run in Philadelphia.