Eagles: Hargrave, Edwards, Epps are on the move; Kelce returns for 13th season

Last season, the Philadelphia Eagles had a loaded roster, which helped them become NFC champions and play in Super Bowl 57, but that roster took a hit on the opening day of NFL free agency.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, former Eagles Pro Bowl DT Javon Hargrave has reached an agreement on a four-year, $84 million deal that includes $40 million guaranteed at signing with the San Francisco. 49ers.

Last season, Hargrave, who started 20 games(including playoffs) recorded a career-high 11.0 sacks, which helped Philadelphia record a league-leading 70 sacks in the regular season. The 49ers already had a stout defense and an excellent defensive line, and the addition of Hargrave makes their defensive line and defense even better next season.

Hargrave, 30, joined the Eagles in 2020 as a free agent when he signed a three-year, $39 million deal after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Steelers. The seven-year veteran spent three seasons in Philadelphia.

Without Hargrave, the Eagles hope that DT Jordan Davis can step up next season.

Edwards goes to Chicago

Former Eagles LB T.J. Edwards has reportedly signed with the Chicago Bears. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Edwards gets $19.5M over three years, with $12 million guaranteed. 

The 26-year-old had a breakout season in 2022. Edwards, who started all 20 games for the Eagles last season, including the playoffs, had a career-high 159 tackles in the regular season.

He spent four seasons in Philadelphia after joining the team as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2019. 

As of now, Philadelphia is hoping LB Nakobe Dean can replace Edwards.

Epps is headed to Las Vegas

According to the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Raiders are signing former Eagles safety Marcus Epps to a two-year, $12 million deal with nearly $8 million guaranteed.

Last season, the 27-year-old Epps started all 20 games for Philadelphia, and according to ESPN’s Stats & Info, Epps played 1,058 defensive snaps, the most by any Eagles player in 2022.

Epps was claimed off waivers by the Eagles in 2019 after playing eight games with the Vikings.

He spent four seasons in Philadelphia.

Kelce returns!

In some good news for the Eagles, Pro Bowl center Jason Kelce announced that he would return for next season and play his 13th season in Philadelphia.

Kelce, 35, went to his sixth Pro Bowl last season and was selected All-Pro for the fifth time in his career. Kelce has not missed a game for the last eight seasons and is still playing at a very high level.

Here’s how Kelce announced his return:

“I have put much thought into whether it makes sense to play another season. After talking it over with my wife and many other friends and family, I have decided to return for another year. Thank you to all my supporters and detractors for fueling me, I ain’t fu***** done yet!”

All deals can become official on March 15.

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