The Philadelphia Eagles are set to sign former Villanova linebacker Don Cherry (not to be confused with the Canadian hockey commentator of the same name pictured above), according to a report from ESPN's Adam Caplan.
The 21-year-old Cherry measures in at 6-1, 236 pounds. He originally signed with the Bears as an undrafted rookie free agent following the 2016 NFL Draft. Chicago released Cherry in mid-June.
Cherry played in 46 games for the Wildcats over four seasons. He finished his college career with 258 tackles, 14 sacks, 46.5 tackles for loss, seven forced fumbles, seven passes defensed, and one interception.
For more background on Cherry, check out this interview our friends at Windy City Gridiron did with SB Nation's Villanova blog: VUHoops.com.
Windy City Gridiron - The Bears will probably want the 6'1", 236 pound Cherry to play inside linebacker in their 3-4. Many scouts had him pegged as a 4-3 OLB in the NFL, so were did Cherry play at Villanova?
VU Hoops - At Villanova, Don Cherry was primarily the inside linebacker in the Wildcats' 3-3-5 defensive scheme. He's probably capable of shifting to the outside -- he was a very versatile player in college -- his but his comfort zone will be playing in the middle.
WCG - Mel Kiper Jr. said Cherry is, "A potential starter you can draft on day three out of a program that isn't short on NFL alums," Do you think Cherry has what it takes to stick on an NFL 53 man roster or is he more a practice squad candidate?
VUH - If he finds the right fit, I can definitely see him sticking. He's a versatile linebacker who has good instincts and was a playmaker in college. That formula doesn't always lead to a big time role, but it's a pretty valuable resume for any defensive coach to keep around if they have a slot.
Cherry really seemed to come out of nowhere. I'm not sure we knew anything about him coming out of high school, but the last couple of seasons, he really blew up for the Wildcats.
It's tough to make the 53-man roster when you aren't drafted, but it does happen, and I do think that Cherry has the type of skillset to make it. The Bears are going to love his work ethic.
The Eagles sorely lack linebacker depth so it can't hurt to give Cherry a shot. If/when the Eagles sign Cherry, they will only have two open roster spots remaining. Philadelphia released Jonathan Krause earlier on Friday.
Watch some of Cherry's college highlights in the video below.