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Eagles rank among teams with fewest NFL free agency signings

Quality over quantity?

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This Eagles offseason has been crazy. No doubt about it. Chip Kelly wasn't shy to make some big changes to Philadelphia's roster now that he's in charge of the team's player personnel department.

But what if I told you the Eagles weren't as active as we thought? (Cue ESPN's 30 for 30 music)

According to a post from's Gregg Rosenthal, the Eagles actually rank among teams with the fewest signings in NFL free agency. Only four teams signed less players than the Eagles did: the St. Louis Rams, the New Orleans Saints, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Green Bay Packers.

These are the nine players the Eagles signed (including re-signings):

RB DeMarco Murray - (5 years, $42M)

CB Byron Maxwell - (6 years, $63M)

RB Ryan Mathews - (3 years, $11.5M)

CB Walter Thurmond III - (1 year, $3.25M)

ILB Brad Jones - (2 years, $2.85M)

OLB Brandon Graham - (4 years, $26M)

QB Mark Sanchez - (2 years, $9M)

ILB DeMeco Ryans - (1 year extension)

WR Miles Austin - (1 year, $2.3M)


There are a few reasons why this total number of signings is a little lower than expected. For one, the Eagles arguably opted for quality instead of quantity in free agency. They opted to sign players like Murry and Maxwell to big contracts instead of taking their 2013 approach where they signed a number of players to cheaper deals.

Another reason is because, unlike offseason, the Eagles didn't yet extend any of their young players from the 2012 NFL Draft class who are scheduled to be free agents after this season. There is still plenty of time for that to happen, but it hasn't happened yet.

Also important to note that trades were not counted here. The Eagles obviously added Kiko Alonso from Buffalo in the LeSean McCoy trade and Sam Bradford from St. Louis in the Nick Foles trade.

The Eagles probably aren't done making moves yet. They still have some roster holes and several of their own players are rumored to be on the trade block.

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