PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 07: Derek Landri #94 of the Philadelphia Eagles tackles Marion Barber #24 of the Chicago Bears during the third quarter of the game at Lincoln Financial Field on November 7, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
In a mild surprise, the Eagles have agreed to a one year deal with DT Derek Landri. There had been some talk that he may have been headed to Tampa Bay, but after nearly a month as a free agent, he's returned to the nest.
Landri made quite the impact last season, so you'll probably be surprised that he only played in 12 games for the Eagles last season. IN those 12 games he managed 43 tackles, 2 sacks, a blocked FG and led the team in tackles for a loss with eight.
He'll certainly be a welcome addition to the Eagles DT rotation in 2013. Also, like Jimmy, I'm not sure this means the Eagles won't be targeting a DT in the upcoming draft. The reasons Jimmy listed certainly make sense, but let's also look at the organizational depth at the position. Mike Patterson is signed long term, but Antonio Dixon & Derek Landri are both on 1 year deals and Cullen Jenkins is 31 and gets very expensive in the final years of his deal.
So it certainly stands to reason that the future of the position is still very much up in the air.
[Update by JasonB, 04/09/12 11:37 AM EDT ] Interesting note from Ruben Frank.
Derek Landri said he had long-term deal worked out with Eagles but fell through after Jason Peters injury changed Eagles' financial plans.— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) April 9, 2012