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Philadelphia Eagles work out six free agents, including a former fourth-round draft pick

Looking for depth.

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The Philadelphia Eagles worked out six free agents on Monday, per NFL insider Adam Caplan. Here’s a complete list with some background information on each player.


Carey, who is 25 years old and measures in at 5-10, 210 pounds, is the most noteworthy name from this group.

The Bears originally selected him with the No. 117 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Carey made one start in 36 games played for Chicago. He rushed 111 times for 443 yards (4.0 average) and two touchdowns. He also had 13 receptions for 131 yards and one receiving score. Carey only fumbled once on all of his NFL touches.

Carey was on the roster bubble this summer following the Bears’ addition of Tarik Cohen and Jordan Howard over the past two drafts. Then he suffered a wrist injury, which didn’t help his case. The Bears waived him off injured reserve in September.

The Eagles already have five running backs on their roster, so I doubt they’ll be looking to sign Carey to the roster or even the practice squad. It won’t be surprising, however, to see Philadelphia ink Carey to a futures/reserve contract after the season is over. He’s worth a look on the offseason 90-man roster. Keep in mind LeGarrette Blount and Darren Sproles are both set to be free agents after this season.

Another thing to consider here is that Joe Douglas had some overlap with Carey in Chicago. Douglas wasn’t with the Bears when the running back was drafted but he still got to see Carey up close.

Carey also overlapped with Nick Foles in college for one year at Arizona.


The 22-year-old Jerome measures in at 5-10, 204 pound. Following the 2017 NFL Draft, Jerome signed with the 49ers as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Division I FCS school St. Francis.

Jerome played well enough at safety to make San Francisco’s roster before being waived in October. Here’s what our friends over at Niners Nation had to say about him.

Jerome was a preseason and practice surprise that led to him earning a spot on an opening-day roster that included three excellent safeties in front of him. Making the roster was no small feat, and it seemed to be a sign that the 49ers were worried about potentially losing him.

49ers fans seemed surprise that the team did not re-sign him to their practice squad. Maybe there was something going on behind the scenes with Jerome. In any case, he could be worth an offseason roster spot. Corey Graham and Jaylen Watkins are going to be free agents so the Eagles could stand to add some more depth at safety.


The 25-year-old Ladler measures in at 6-1, 205 pounds. He spent some time with the Buffalo Bills after going undrafted out of Vanderbilt in 2014. Ladler currently plays for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. In 34 CFL games, Ladler has logged 156 tackles, five interceptions, three forced fumbles, and one defensive touchdown.


The 24-year-old McClure measures in at 5-11, 205 pounds. He’s spent time with the Colts, Redskins, and Lions since entering the league as an undrafted free agent in 2016. McClure played 24 defensive snaps and 127 special teams snaps with Washington this season before he got hurt and they released him with an injury settlement in November.


The 27-year-old Davis measures in at 6-1, 238 pounds. He bounced around the league after going undrafted out of SMU in 2013. Davis currently plays on the defensive line for the CFL’s Calgary Stampeders. In 28 games played over the last two years, Davis has notched 64 tackles, 16 sacks, five forced fumbles, one interception, and one defensive touchdown. The Eagles haven’t been shy to sign CFL talent in the past. Davis could be worth a look on the offseason roster.


The 28-year-old Edebali measures in at 6-2, 253 pounds. The German-born pass rusher went undrafted out of Boston College in 2014. He originally signed with the Saints before having short stints with the Broncos and Lions in 2017. Edebali has made two starts in 61 career NFL games played. He logged 36 tackles, eight sacks, three pass deflections, and one forced fumble during that span. Edebali doesn’t offer much in the terms of upside but he could be viewed as a proven depth player.


If they do, it probably won’t be right now. As I said with Carey, they’re probably just doing homework on potential long-shot guys they can sign to really cheap reserve/futures contracts.

I do think it’s interesting how the Eagles worked out three safeties. They already have two safeties on the practice squad (Tre Sullivan and Harold Jones-Quartey) as well. Rodney McLeod and Malcolm Jenkins haven’t had their best seasons ever in 2017.

Also note that there are no quarterbacks on this list. For the second week in a row since Carson Wentz’s injury, the Eagles aren’t showing interest in any passers. They genuinely like the combination of Nick Foles and Nate Sudfeld.

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