As the Saints make changes to their defensive tackle group, another contributor will depart. The Eagles agreed to terms with veteran Kentavius Street on Thursday, per the team. It is a one-year deal.
Street, 26, has settled into a backup role in recent years, but the North Carolina State alum has made interesting contributions in New Orleans and San Francisco in that span. The Eagles will see what the experienced pass rusher can do in Sean Desai‘s defense.
Injuries, most notably the ACL tear suffered during a pre-draft workout five years ago, limited Street early in his career. But the former fourth-round pick has played 17 games in each of the past two seasons. After a three-sack finale in San Francisco, Street totaled 3.5 as a New Orleans backup last season. The 287-pound defender tallied a career-high eight QB hits with the Saints and has combined to total 11 tackles for loss over the past two seasons. Street played a career-most 518 defensive snaps last season.
Playing on a Wolfpack defensive line that housed Bradley Chubb, B.J. Hill and Justin Jones, Street was viewed as a Day 2 draft prospect before the March 2018 ACL tear. His college years offered a preview of NFL versatility; Street played full seasons as both a defensive tackle and defensive end. After beginning his NFL career as a 49ers D-end, Street primarily played inside with the Saints, who have lost he and David Onyemata this offseason. New Orleans, however, has added Nathan Shepherd and Khalen Saunders in free agency.
The Eagles, who lost Javon Hargrave to a monster 49ers deal, will likely view Street as a second-stringer capable of likes of Fletcher Cox and Jordan Davis. But the team still has Milton Williams and Marlon Tuipulotu at D-tackle. Street’s ability to play inside and outside stands to serve him well in an attempt to crack Philly’s two-deep. Robert Quinn is out of the picture at present, after the Eagles redid his contract post-trade. That transaction removed 2024 from the edge rusher’s deal.