While the Eagles did not have a huge number of free agents, there were some notable veterans among the bunch. Early on in the free agency period, 5-year Eagles veteran offensive tackle, King Dunlap, signed a deal with the San Diego Chargers. Then Cullen Jenkins signed with the rival New York Giants just days after being let go by the team.
This week, a pair of defensive linemen signed deals as well. On Thursday, Darryl Tapp, who spent three years in Philadelphia, signed with NFC East rivals, the Washington Redskins. Then on Saturday, Derek Landri (spent two seasons with the Eagles) finally got the multi-year deal he was looking for, signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a two-year, $3.25 million deal.
The free agency departures have been interesting this year. Two players that played for the team for multiple years, signed with NFC East teams, something that was uncommon during the Andy Reid Era. Whether it was out of respect for Big Red or not, players mostly signed with the Eagles from division rivals, as opposed to the other way around (few exceptions: Terrell Owens, Jerome McDougle, Shawn Andrews...but if you know about any of those guys, you know the respect factor was not high).
Tapp leaves as one of the few disappointing trades of the Reid Era. Big Red was known for typically owning other teams in deals, but trading then-underachiever Chris Clemons and a 4th round pick to the Seahawks for Tapp, turned out to be awful value. Over the three years that the players spent with each team, Clemons recorded 33.5 sacks (three consecutive 11 sack seasons), while Tapp only had just 6 sacks as a rotational player.
Landri was one of the few bright spots of the 2011 season, but his impact greatly diminished in 2012. He pretty much became an after-thought late in the season. He goes to Tampa Bay looking for a new start and will remain a rotational player.
Will you root for any of these guys now that they are on new teams?