The Eagles have had struggles with their linebacker group for years. Two of the biggest examples of those struggles were the usage of linebackers Omar Gaither and Jamar Chaney. Both players started at every linebacker spot at one point or another throughout their tenure in Philadelphia and the pair of former SEC players were never able to settle into a position with the Eagles. On Tuesday, both were given a new opportunity in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons.
Chaney, who was a seventh-round pick in 2010, started 23 of the 44 games that he appeared in with the Eagles. His totals over the last three seasons combined for 158 tackles, one sack, three interceptions and a forced fumble. Chaney, formerly of Mississippi State, stood out in relief of then-starting middle linebacker Stewart Bradley as a rookie in 2010. Unfortunately, he was moved around the lineup over the next two seasons. The Eagles waived him during final cuts in August and he went unclaimed. He will now likely play outside linebacker in the Falcons' 4-3 defense with starter Sean Weatherspoon being put on injured reserve.
Gaither played for the Eagles from 2006-2010. He was a special teams player and occasional starter for the Eagles during his time in Philadelphia. A former fifth-round pick, his standout season came in 2007, when he started all 16 games while collecting 102 tackles, one interception and a forced fumble. Since Gaither has been away from the Eagles, he has bounced around the league from Carolina to Houston to Oakland. The Raiders let go of Gaither during final cuts in August. He will likely serve as veteran depth for the Falcons.
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