Workout updates stand to be sparser going forward, with Mike Garafolo of NFL.com noting the NFL has moved to, in light of some teams’ recent issues with the coronavirus, cap workouts at five per week (Twitter link). However, the rule will not apply to teams that place more than three players on IR in a week, Garafolo tweets. In those scenarios, teams would be permitted to work out 10 players in a week. That said, here are the top developments from the workout circuit, as of Tuesday evening.
MarcusGilchrist has secured his next gig. The veteran safety has signed with the Jaguars, reports ESPN’s Michael DiRocco (via Twitter). In a corresponding move, the team placed linebacker NajeeGoode on the injured reserve.
Gilchrist started 16 games for the Raiders last season, finishing with 58 tackles, six passes defended, and three picks. However, he was ranked 86th among 95 qualified safeties by Pro Football Focus, and he went without a job heading into the 2019 regular season. The 30-year-old signed with the Lions back in October, but he was cut two days later.
Goode, 30, joined the Jaguars this offseason. The linebacker appeared in 10 games (four starts) for the Jags this season, compiling 21 tackles, one sack, and two passes defended. Goode recently suffered a knee injury, forcing him to the sideline. Rookie QuincyWilliams will step up in his place.
The Jaguars added a pair of linebackers on Wednesday. The team agreed to terms with former Rams and Chiefs linebacker Ramik Wilson as well as Najee Goode, who spent last season with the Colts after five years with the Eagles.
Wilson, 27 in August, appeared in all 16 regular season games for the Rams, notching 35 tackles, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery. Although he spent much of the 2016 season as a starter for the Chiefs, he’s primarily been used as a backup throughout his career, which is likely how both he and Goode will fit in with Jacksonville.
Goode, 30 in June, entered the league as a fifth-round pick of the Bucs in 2012, but only appeared in three games for them as a rookie. After that, he became a supporting linebacker and special teamer for the Eagles.
Goode, 26, is almost exclusively a special teams player. In 2016, he played all of two defensive snaps, but did see time on more than two-thirds of the Eagles’ special teams plays. Although he’s spent the past four years in Philadelphia, 2016 marked the first season in which Goode appeared in all 16 games. Originally a fifth-round pick of the Buccaneers, Goode has played in 48 games during his five-year NFL career.
The Eagles re-signed Goode to a one-year pact last offseason, as well, and although he was released at final cutdowns, Goode re-upped with Philadelphia before the club’s first regular season contest.
The Eagles roster is now at 53 after the organization brought back a key special teams player. According to ESPN’s Tim McManus (via Twitter), the team has re-signed linebacker Najee Goode. The 27-year-old was cut by the organization last week.
Goode, a former fifth-round pick out of West Virginia, has been with the Eagles since 2013. The linebacker has appeared in 29 games through his three seasons with the organization, though he missed the majority of the 2014 campaign with an injured pectoral muscle. In his career, Goode has compiled 32 tackles, one sack, and four passes defended. Goode has also established himself as a main contributor to the Eagles’ special teams unit.
Goode was also cut by the Eagles during last season’s preseason, but he rejoined the team in late September. The linebacker actually inked a one-year extension back in February, but that was likely thrown out following his release by the team last week.
February 10th, 2016 at 6:13pm CST by Zachary Links
Today’s minor signings, cuts, and other moves:
The Broncos signed nine practice squad players to reserve-futures contracts, as Cameron Wolfe of The Denver Post writes. Receiver Jordan Taylor, running back Kapri Bibbs, safety RyanMurphy, guard Dillon Day, tackles Cameron Jefferson and Kyle Roberts, tight end Nick Kasa, defensive end George Uko, and linebacker Zaire Anderson all have new deals with Denver. Taylor served as as Peyton Manning‘s personal practice receiver in 2015 when he rehabbed from his foot injury. Murphy was sent packing during Super Bowl week after being involved, but not arrested in a prostitution sting in San Jose. In a related move, Northern Colorado receiver Jace Davis was waived.
On Wednesday, the Eaglesannounced that linebacker Najee Goode has been signed to a new one-year contract. Originally a fifth-round draft pick of Tampa Bay in 2012, Goode was claimed off of waivers by the Eagles in September 2013. After a pectoral injury suffered in the 2014 opener against Jacksonville put him on Injured Reserve for the rest of the season, Goode returned to form in 2015.
The Saints have re-signed fullback Austin Johnson, as Evan Woodbery of The Times-Picayune writes. Johnson, 26, was an exclusive-rights free agent. In his three years with the Saints, Johnson has bounced between the active roster and the taxi squad. Johnson has played in 17 games in the last two seasons, rushing 12 times for 31 yards and catches seven passes for 45 yards. He is also a frequent contributor on special teams. As Woodbery notes, Johnson will likely compete with fullback Toben Opurum for a roster spot in 2016. Besides the two fullbacks, New Orleans already has four other tailbacks under contract for 2016, not counting free agents Khiry Robinson (RFA), Tim Hightower, Travaris Cadet, and Kendall Hunter.
After seeing a pair of inside linebackers go down with injuries on Sunday against the Cowboys, the Eagles have brought back one who was with them in the past, announcing today that they’ve re-signed Najee Goode. The club cut offensive lineman Julian Vandervelde to create room on the roster for Goode.
Goode, 25, was originally a fifth-round pick by the Buccaneers in 2012, but he has seen most of his NFL action for the Eagles, appearing in 14 games for the club in 2013. The West Virginia product was among the last players let go by Philadelphia before the 2015 season began, as he was waived during the team’s cutdown to 53 players.
While Mychal Kendricks‘ injury isn’t believed to be serious, it appears Kiko Alonso could be sidelined for a significant period after suffering a partial tear of his left ACL on Sunday. Alonso is getting a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews today and the Eagles figure to determine a course of action and a recovery timetable for him after that.
In the meantime, Goode should help provide depth on the inside for Philadelphia’s linebacking corps.