Another security, another one-year deal.
After losing NFL combined interception leader Chauncey Gardner-Johnson last week, the Eagles on Friday signed former starting quarterback Terrell Edmonds, who spent the last five seasons with the Steelers. On Tuesday they signed safety Justin Evans, former Pirates and Saints.
Edmonds, like Evans, signed a one-year contract, presumably at a reduced cost but with a chance to hit free agency again this offseason.
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Edmonds was the 28th pick in the 2018 draft. He was selected after running back Rashad Beene, who also signed with the Eagles last week.
In five seasons in Pittsburgh, Edmonds played in 79 games and started 75. He had five interceptions, five sacks, 15 tackles for loss, and nine quarterback hits. Only three have played safe in more games than Edmonds since 2022 – Adrian Amos, Kevin Bayard and Terran Mathieu.
The Eagles are working to rebuild the safety position after losing both 2022 starters to free agency. Marcus Epps signed with the Raiders and Gardner Johnson with the Bears.
Edmonds earned a grade of 69.1 last season from Pro Football Focus, which ranked him the respectable 38th out of 101 safeties who have played at least 200 snaps. It was the second highest score of his five NFL seasons. His highest score was for pressure generation, ranked 10th out of 101.
So the Eagles now have two veteran safety cornerbacks in Evans and Edmonds, who have started a total of 100 career games, along with running back Reed Blankenship, who started four games in place of Gardner Johnson when he had a torn kidney. K’Von Wallace, the Eagles’ fourth-round pick in 2020, is also still on the list.
Edmonds’ father, Ferrell Edmonds, was the Dolphins’ third-round draft pick in 1988 and spent seven years with the Dolphins and Seahawks as a tight end. His brother Tremaine Edmonds — who had 12 first-round picks earlier in 2018 — spent his five-year career with the Bills. Another brother, Trey Edmonds, spent the 2017 to 2021 seasons with the Saints and Steelers as a running back and special team member.
Terrell and Tremaine are the only brothers to be in the first round of the same draft.
After the Steelers declined to exercise Edmonds’ fifth-year option when his four-year, $0.7 million rookie contract expired after the 2021 season, Edmonds signed a one-year deal with the Steelers worth $0.5375 million.
The Eagles have so far signed six outside agents over the past two weeks – Penney, Edmonds, Evans, linebacker Grady Williams, linebacker Nick Morrow and quarterbacks Marcus Mariota.
All deals signed for one year.
The Eagles also re-signed Jason Kelsey, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, James Bradbury and Boston Scott, restructured Darius Slay and added a year to Lyn Johnson’s deal.
They lost Javon Hargrave (49), TJ Edwards (Bears), Marcus Epps (Raiders), Keizer White (Cards), Miles Sanders (Panthers), Isaac Somalo (Steelers), Gardner Minshew (Colts), Andre Dillard (Titans )) and Zac Pascal (cards).
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