The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms on a contract with free agent defender/special teams demon Bryan Braman, according to the player’s agent (via NFL insider Ian Rapoport). The Eagles have also confirmed the signing.
Philadelphia had an open roster spot after officially placing Carson Wentz on injured reserve.
This news hardly comes as a surprise considering the Eagles worked out Braman earlier on Monday.
Braman gives the Eagles’ special teams unit a much-needed boost. Dave Fipp’s squad still ranks 10th overally by Football Outsiders, but it’s clear there have been some issues. The Eagles allowed a 61-yard return against the Cowboys. They had one Donnie Jones punt blocked in the Rams game and almost had another.
Part of the Eagles’ special teams struggles can be attributed to ST ace Chris Maragos being out for the season. Now the Eagles have Braman back to help matters on that front.
In three years with the Eagles, Braman never missed a single game. He was virtually a designated special teams player but he played well. Braman finished fourth on the team in ST tackles in 2014, fourth in 2015, and fifth in 2016. He also blocked a punt in his first year with Philadelphia. Braman was part of a number of Dave Fipp’s special teams units that ranked near the top of the league.
In other news, Adam Caplan notes the Eagles didn’t work out any quarterbacks on Monday. The team is sticking with Nick Foles and Nate Sudfeld, as expected.