UPDATE: According to a report, Chester will sign with the Falcons. Original story below.
According to a report from ESPN NFL insider Adam Caplan, the Eagles are set to host free agent offensive lineman Chris Chester for a visit in Philadelphia. Caplan also reports that Chester will meet with the Atlanta Falcons.
Chester is a 32-year-old player with nine years of experience. He was originally drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft before joining the Washington Redskins in 2011. The 6-3, 300 pound lineman has primarily played at right guard in the NFL. He's made 111 starts in 137 career appearances. He hasn't played less than all 16 games since 2010.
Washington released Chester just a few days ago. Here's how Hogs Haven reacted to the move:
"Chester is thought of as a great fit for a [zone blocking scheme] due to his light stature and athletic ability at the [guard] position. After playing TE during his first three years in college, he converted to G. The Redskins are moving to a larger, power blocking scheme this year that generally requires bigger, stronger OL. Due to Chester's age, salary, and size, the cut isn't all that surprising."
Chester played college football for Oklahoma. Coincidence or not, the Eagles have made a habit of adding some former Sooners this offseason in Sam Bradford and DeMarco Murray.
It's no surprise the Eagles are looking to add some offensive line depth. The team hasn't drafted an offensive lineman since Lane Johnson in the 2013 NFL Draft. Then there's the fact that projected starting left guard Evan Mathis is holding out from voluntary practices. Allen Barbre is currently running with the first team at left guard in his spot while Matt Tobin is lining up at right guard.
Chester fits what the Eagles like in their offensive lineman in terms of athleticism (see the spider graph below) and versatility. Along with playing guard, Chester also has some experience at the center position. It wouldn't be surprising if the Eagles ended up signing him.