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Philadelphia Eagles work out four free agents, including two offensive linemen

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The Birds are looking for more depth.

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The Philadelphia Eagles worked out four free agents on Monday, as noted by NFL insider Adam Caplan. The team hosted two offensive linemen, one linebacker, and one wide receiver. Here’s some more info on each player.

DANNELL ELLERBE

I already wrote about Ellerbe’s visit.

Ellerbe, 31, has played in 77 career NFL games and made 42 starts since entering the league in 2009. During that span, he’s recorded 272 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 13 passes defensed, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles.

The Eagles are likely checking up on Ellerbe’s medical status. They clearly already have familiarity with the linebacker thanks to the Joe Douglas connection.

Philadelphia is in need of extra linebacker depth after Jordan Hicks suffered a season-ending Achilles injury last Monday. Hicks is still officially on the 53-man roster so the Eagles could open up a spot for Ellerbe by moving Hicks to injured reserve.

Ellerbe is the fourth experienced veteran linebacker the Eagles have worked out in the past several weeks. The Eagles haven’t signed any of those players (yet) but it’s something to watch. Second-year linebacker Joe Walker has had some struggles while filling in for Hicks so the Birds might have to turn to a veteran to help out.

WILLIE BEAVERS

Get your laughs out now.

The 24-year-old Beavers was selected by the Vikings in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Minnesota cut Beavers as a rookie, which certainly wasn’t a good look, but they eventually brought him back to their roster. He played in two games last season.

Beavers has been an offensive guard in the NFL but he played offensive tackle at Western Michigan. The Eagles clearly need more help on the outside than the inside so perhaps the Birds were giving him a look there.

It’s worth noting the 6-5, 322 pound Beavers is still practice squad eligible.

DALLAS THOMAS

The Eagles signed Thomas, 28, shortly after the end of the 2016 season. The former third-round pick spent the entire 2017 offseason with Philly. Though he mostly worked with the third team offense, Thomas didn’t look too bad this summer. There was thought he deserved to make the Eagles’ final roster over Chance Warmack. Unlike Warmack, who is strictly a guard, Thomas offers some versatility since he can play at offensive tackle. Thomas has made 26 career starts in 37 games played.

DANIEL BRAVERMAN

Braverman was originally selected by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The 24-year-old measures in at 5-10, 185 pounds. Braverman is a slot receiver-type who also has some (limited) experience as a returner. He’s also still practice squad eligible.


Of these four names, I’d think Ellerbe is the one who has the best chance of getting a contract offer from the Eagles. It’s quite possible none of them end up signing with Philly, however.