The Eagles have re-signed free agent safety Corey Graham, as Adam Caplan of SiriusXM was first to report (via Twitter). Graham signed a one-year pact with the eventual Super Bowl champs almost exactly one year ago, so this has become something of an annual tradition.
Graham, who is entering his 11th NFL season, was a solid third safety for Philadelphia last season, playing 35% of the team’s regular season defensive snaps in support of starters Rodney McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins. He was a key special teams contributor as well, as he posted the second-most special teams tackles on the club, and he added two interceptions and four passes defensed. We ranked him as one of the ten best available free agent safeties in March, and now that the safety market has finally started to move a bit, Graham was able to land another one-year deal with the Eagles.
The Eagles deployed three safeties throughout much of their championship run last season, and Graham played 60% of the club’s postseason defensive snaps as a result. Given that Philadelphia did not do much to bolster the depth chart behind McLeod and Jenkins, it was almost an inevitability that Graham would be back.
In addition to Graham, Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Eagles have signed tight end Gannon Sinclar, who has not played in a regular season game since entering the league as a UDFA with the Cardinals in 2015. To make room for Sinclair and Graham, Philadelphia waived safety Ryan Neal and waived/injured tight end Adam Zaruba.
Here are the latest reserve/futures contract signings from around the NFL. These deals will go into effect on the first day of the 2018 league year, with players joining their respective clubs’ offseason 90-man rosters:
September 1st, 2017 at 5:03pm CST by Connor Byrne 2
The Eagles have placed rookie cornerback Sidney Jones on the reserve/NFI list, per a team announcement. Consequently, Jones won’t be eligible to practice or play during the first six weeks of the season.
Although Jones suffered a torn Achilles during his pro day in March, the Eagles still used a second-round pick on the former Washington standout. Jones looked like a first-rounder in the making after a stellar three-year Huskies career that saw him intercept eight passes. When the Eagles signed Jones, they inserted language in his contract that will pay him his full 2017 base salary even if he spends the season on the NFI list.
Along with the Jones transaction, the Eagles announced that they’ve waived 14 players to bring their roster to 70:
The Broncos have waived linebacker Josh Banderas with a non-football injury designation, reports Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post (via Twitter). The former Nebraska standout joined the organization as an undrafted free agent earlier this offseason. The defender earned All-Big Ten Coaches and Media honors in 2016 after compiling 93 tackles.
The Eagles announced (via Twitter) that they have signed tight end Adam Zaruba to a three-year contract. Zaruba, who played rugby in Canada, is coming off of a successful audition with Philly. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound player is set to compete with Zach Ertz, Trey Burton, Brent Celek, Anthony Denham, and Billy Brown for a spot on the roster. According to Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer (on Twitter), despite working out with the team on Sunday, Zaruba can’t return to the Eagles until he is granted a visa.