Philadelphia Eagles linebacker T.J. Edwards
Fourth-year linebacker T.J. Edwards has been another pleasant surprise for the Philadelphia Eagles. There were conflicting opinions about this six-foot-one former Wisconsin Badger who entered the league as an undrafted free agent.
Some said he was too heavy. Most thought he was too slow, but everyone could agree on one thing. There was a ton of potential.
T.J. was ignored during the early stages of his career, but look at him now! Three years later, he is the starting middle linebacker, and for a Philadelphia Eagles team that was once ridiculed for lacking talent, the Eagles have coached up Edwards perfectly. He’s the play caller on defense and one of the unit’s most important cogs and heading into 2023’s offseason, the conversations will be about whether or not he’s deserving of a contract extension (if he hasn’t received one already).
For this success story to continue, the Eagles will need to pay up. Howie Roseman has been known for being hesitant to sign linebacker talent as has been evidenced by the dismissal of decent linebackers like Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham in favor of weaker and less expensive talent like Nate Gerry and Duke Riley.
It would be wise to avoid making that mistake again. Locking up the 26-year-old Edwards on a multi-year deal is of the utmost importance.